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The Nightmare Dilemma (The Arkwell Academy #2)

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The thrilling fantastical mysteryseries, Arkwell Academy,from YA author Mindee Arnett continues in The Nightmare Dilemma.

Dusty Everhart might be able to predict the future through the dreams of her crush, Eli Booker, but that doesn’t make her life even remotely easy. When one of her mermaid friends is viciously assaulted and left for dead, and the school’s jokester, Lance...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Tor Teen
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Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Afinished copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion in any way.

This was definitely one of my most awaited sequels for the year and when I got a copy in the mail, you would not believe how loud I screamed. When I finally got around to reading the book, I was so glad to not have been let down. I wouldn’t say it got better or worse, it was just the same level as awesome as T...more
Alex B.
Soon, Mindee, SOON
Sophia C
This book was good, don’t get me wrong, but it was not exempt from “sequel syndrome”. You know, when the second book is not as good as the first? I loved the first Arkwell Academy book, and it was so nice to get into the series again. I also like how, unlike a lot of mystery novels, this was a continuation of the first mystery and added more mystery on top. Meaning: it’s complicated, but I like it. The beginning of the book eased me back into this incredible magical world, and I had no trouble r...more
Jenny
The Nightmare Dilemma is a solid, entertaining sequel to The Nightmare Affair, beautifully avoiding some of the pitfalls so common in second books of a series and taking us on a complete journey with Dusty instead of leaving us on the final page but only mid-story overall. The synopsis is a bit misleading in a way that doesn’t do this book justice, giving readers the idea that we’ll have to deal with a love triangle when Dusty’s ex-boyfriend reenters the picture to give Eli a run for his money,...more
Alice Liu
4.5 stars. I didn't read the first book, so I was a somewhat of a disadvantage reading The Nightmare Dilemma. There was enough information for me to follow the story, but I was a bit perplexed at the very opening when Dusty is so rebellious that she isn't trying to help a friend who has been attacked. Not having read Nightmare Affair, I wasn't sure if there was a reason for her reluctance, or if she was just being immature. Throughout the book, her rebellious nature is often reactive, but as she...more
Pili
I really enjoyed The Nightmare Affair and thankfully The Nightmare Dilemma was even better!

Dusty, Eli and the rest of the Dream Team and for that matters the rest of the hiding magical society, are still recovering from the consequences of the battle with the evil sorcerer with the black phoenix pet and the break of the Will.

If I had liked Dusty before, I simply adored her in this one. She's got this quirky and sarcastic sense of humour and she's beginning to try and learn to put a filter betwee...more
Monica Williams
This is the second book in the series featuring nightmare Dusty Everhart. Dusty is a real nightmare, she can link up with her dream partner Eli Booker to help predict the future through the dreams they share. Dusty and friends go to school at Arkwell Academy- a special school for the magically gifted and other supernatural beings. The story picks up after the events of the first book. Dusty is once again summoned to help. Brittany, a mermaid has been brutally attacked and Dusty is asked to read...more
Ashley
:OOOOOOOOO call me late but i didnt know there was going to be a second book until i went to barnes and nobles and it WAS JUST SITTING THERE!!!!! AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH JBADLKBAEFHJVJdescription

my friends were literally restraining me from grabbing it and running up the escalator and through the doors, laws be damned. but me and the book, u see, we arent meant to be
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...... at least not that day..... stupid friends brithday present made me go bankrupt. I WILL COME BACK FOR YOOU
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u see, me and this book, we're me...more
Moonglint (A Kernel of Nonsense)
Life as a Nightmare is never boring, especially since Dusty inadvertently helped the Red Warlock destroy The Will, a powerful spell that prevented magickind from harming one another. In The Nightmare Dilemma, Dusty’s adventures continue after a mermaid at Arkwell Academy is attacked and Dusty is asked to enter her dream to discover the culprit. To Dusty’s surprise, she doesn’t find a magickind cursing her classmate but Eli Booker. But how can Eli, something more than a friend to her, be capable...more
Xzellaz
Mmmm. Mmmm again. I had so much fun reading this book! Beside the pillow punching and tantrums I needed to make.

I swear I'm going to legalize the prescription of sequel in the future for mentally-unable-to-wait patients. I so need the next one. I have a feeling about it, and, well, god help us.

I kind of read this one in a single breath. It never seemed to leave my hands today.

Dusty grew so much. Eli grew on me too, but his mood annoys me. Paul was sweet. I always end up defending the villain,...more
WJ
The Nightmare Dilemma is the sequel to The Nightmare Affair, a book that I really enjoyed despite some of the tropes that the author used. In this book we check back in with our heroine Dusty Everhart, Nightmare and dream-seer as she tries to get over her trust issues (view spoiler). The relationship between Eli and Dusty's now at this awkward stage where Dusty feels...more
Van
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publicist in exchange for a honest review.

The Nightmare Dilemma is the sequel to last year’s fun paranormal mystery The Nightmare Affair. Dusty and the gang are all back in the latest installment. It’s been a month since Dusty and her friends defeated the Red Warlock and broken the Will (rule/law governing magic use) enabling everyone the freedom to use magic without any restrictions/consequences. Since Dusty, Eli and Selene worked so well together i...more
Adelynne
Unfortunately, I didn't like this novel as much as I'd hoped I would. The romantic aspect of the book completely ruined it for me. And no offense to Twilight lovers, but it was like reading another Edward and Bella; and we all know how that went.

I was expecting a great paranormal mystery, but what I got instead was a book mainly focused on the romance rather than the actual plot.

Eli and Dusty constantly acted like a couple of rabbits in heat- they would have random spouts of lust and then st...more
Kim
From Children's Literature review:
Dusty Everhart returns in this sequel to The Nightmare Affair (2013). Since high school sophomores Dusty and Eli defeated the evil Marrow and broke The Will, students at Arkwell Academy have been able to practice magic much more freely-- with some disturbing results. Fights between various sects of magickind have increased, and after an attack leaves mermaid Britney Shell in critical condition, Dusty's assistance is requested by a Magi Senate member. As a Nightm...more
Bayla
Buzzwords: Dreams, amateur detective work, prejudice, romance (a hint of love triangle, a dash of star-crossed romance), thwarting evil plots

When their friend Britney is attacked, Dusty and Eli are again recruited to use their dreams to solve the mystery. With the help of their friend Selene and an unexpected source, they again stumble into a problem that's much more than they expected - and get ready to save the magic-world. Again.

With humor, action, and some serious teenage drama, this book is...more
Melodramaticfool
Neato cover! I like the moon/stars with the branches, plus its blue!

I see some serious drama in this next book! Bring it!
Griffinyarn
It may be just me, but the style and pacing of the Arkwell Academy series reminds me of the early Harry Potter books. (Even some of the plot elements are similar.)

Still, this series is able to stand on its own merits and I quite enjoyed following the "dream team" as they sleuthed their way through another mystery. The only fly in the ointment for me was the revelation of (view spoiler)...more
Prima
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Read This: You like detective/ sleuthing? You also like paranormal? This is a book for you.
Movie Adaptation? I want to see more of these kind of books being turned into movies. It's light, fluffy with a touch of paranormal and good plot.

I know the first one was a so- so kind of book but this one was pretty amazing. I really enjoy reading about this world. It's got funny little quirks like the technology having a personality and all the different types of magickind. It just makes for an overall g...more
Samantha
Actual rating: 3.75
Hannah (The Curiouser & Curiouser)
Read to 50% and then skimmed the rest of the book. It was boring, tedious, and I really, really wanted to punch Dusty by the second chapter. Which is kinda disappointing because the first in the series was not this bad, at all. I remember liking it well enough, though I would have to say for the life of me I cannot remember exactly what happened. It wasn’t memorable in any way.

I felt like I was reading a bad impersonation of Nancy Drew. All Dusty and her crew do is wonder around their magical bo...more
Hope Molinelli
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Ta§chima Cullen
Well, I didn't think The Nightmare Dilemma could have been any better than The Nightmare Affair...

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Guess I was wrong.

Sophomore reads can sometimes be a downer. It is so nice when they manage to keep up with their predecessor! The Nightmare Dilemma had all the magic that drew me to The Nightmare Affair. Best of all it had Dusty in all her glory. I love this character, she is a smart mouthed Nightmare. Quite literately, she feeds on other people's dreams. Though lately the only dreams she has been...more
Nikki (Fiction Freak)
I have to admit, I loved The Nightmare Dilemma a lot more than The Nightmare Affair and I was absolutely thrilled to get an early copy!
Writing a review of this is actually going to be pretty hard, so expect this review to be short guys! All you really need to know, though, is that I absolutely loved it.Dusty is a fun character and there was absolutely no limit to her snark and she’s just as smart alack-y as in The Nightmare Affair. She’s a lovable character who brings some comic relief to the st...more
Haley
3.5 stars

As far as sequel go, The Nightmare Dilemma was pretty good. Not as good as the first book, but good enough. I love the narration and the humor. Dusty is a great main character. She’s funny and always saying smart-remarks to people.

This series is riddled with clichés of other YA PNR books about boarding schools. But the humor and twists in the story make it more unique. It’s not a vampire boarding school, it’s more like Hogwartz for all paranormal being. You have the nature-kind: fairie...more
marlene
Not what I was hoping for :(

I was super excited to get started on this one! I really enjoyed the first book "The Nightmare Affair" and expected this one to be a fun read too. Well, it wasn't that much fun to be honest. I enjoyed the beginning but then it just seemed to drag on forever. I basically had to force myself to finish this book. It wasn't what I was hoping for at all. Not much of a plot and that annoying romance was terrible. Bah.

"The Nightmare Dilemma" had some of the flaws that I did...more
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
The Nightmare Dilemma is the second book in The Arkwell Academy series by Mindee Arnett.

Luckily enough this book doesn't suffer from the Sophomore Syndrome of being a filler book, instead it is as fresh and exciting as the debut novel that started this well developed and fantastic series off.

Catching up with our favorite characters: Dusty, Eli and Selene, who have had a quiet spell with no drama at all, until their friend Britney is attacked, and they find themselves amidst all the goings on.

Dus...more
Chelsey
I am so thankful that this book did not have “second in a series” syndrome! I am always skeptical of the second book in a series, especially when I loved the first book. The Nightmare Affair was awesome, and Dusty’s character drew me in immediately! This book was just as good as the first one. In this addition to the series, we get a whole new mystery and all the fun and action that were jam-packed into the first book. A plus with this book is that we get a little more romance thrown into the po...more
Tanja Voosen
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Jessica
I didn't like this one as much as the first one. I was really annoyed by how for the longest time, Dusty and Eli's relationship and attraction to each other was ignored. I kept wondering, "Are Dusty and Eli ever going to talk about their relationship or get together?" Authors some times do this, but they create this tension and palpable attraction that makes up for the characters not being together. (I'm not sure how to explain exactly what it is, but what ever it is, is missing from this book)...more
Rachel
In The Nightmare Affair, I was enchanted by the engaging and hilarious voice of Dusty, the narrator, and pulled into her world, a magical place filled with all the creatures of legend and where fairy tales are true but even more gruesome. The Nightmare Dilemma brings all of that fun back while adding to the mix a whole new mystery, a bit more romantic angst, and new details to the world.

It's been months since Dusty broke The Will and defeated Marrow (for the moment). That doesn't mean life goes...more
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