Thursday, August 6, 2015

Blog Tour for The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett: Review & Giveaway!!!

Hey there guys!!

Today I'm more than honoured to be part of The Nightmare Charade Blog Tour hosted by IFB Tours!
Mindee is one of my auto-buy authors and I'm really sad to say goodbye to The Arkwell Academy series and Dusty and Eli! But with Nightmare Charade we say goodbye to the series with a proper bang!

Before I share my spoiler-free as possible review of The Nightmare Charade and you guys can enter the giveaway, I'll let you know a bit more about book and author, in case you aren't familiar with either of them!

And don't forget to check the rest of the tour schedule HERE!

The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett
Series: Arkwell Academy #3
Release date: August 4th 2015
Publisher: Tor Teen
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
Synopsis via Goodreads:

The final installment in a thrilling fantastical mystery series.

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy is hard enough, not to mention the crazy events of the past year. Dusty may have saved the day, but there are many days left in the year, and with an old foe back to seek revenge, she'll need all her strength to defeat him and save her friends. 

Mindee Arnett thrills again in this stunning final installment in the Arkwell Academy series.


YA Author of THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR, a contemporary fantasy coming March 5, 2013 from Tor Teen (Macmillan) and AVALON, a YA sci-fi thriller coming Winter 2014 from Balzer+Bray (HarperCollins). Represented by the fabulous Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary. Addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic, the macabre, and outer space.


From the first moment that I read The Nightmare Affair, I fell in love with Dusty and her slightly awkward charm and loved this school for different magickind and here I am now trying to review the final book...

Whenever we read the final book in a series we've loved and enjoyed, it's always a very bittersweet feeling and there's a lil trepitation about how well the final book will wrap up the story. In this case, I'm more than happy to report that we needed not fear! Mindee did a fantastic job to solve the big mysteries, move the story along, keep us turning pages like mad and worry about everyone because it seemed like no one was really safe!

I will try my best to remain spoiler free for not just this book but also the previous books in the trilogy, but keep in mind something might slip if I get overenthusiastic, as it might happen!

We knew to expect a mystery since we're talking about the Dream Team after all! (is it cheesy? Yes, but hell I love it!) But things are getting darker and creepier and even more dangerous than ever before! Do you see that barge/boat on the cover? You won't look at it in the same way after you've read the book, let me tell you that!

Not only we have out main guys fighting to be together as the star-crossed lovers they're now (some revelations happen here) but we also have more distrust and misdirection that ever since our new bad minion can be anyone!

We also get a good look at profiling and discrimination done through how different kinds of magickind are treated by each other. Easier to digest when it's not presented as obvious as it'd be through our normal reality but will give plenty of food for thought if applied to our every day life.

High stakes, evil that can be anyone and anywhere, and loved ones that keep on disappearing make for a tense read and if we add the very disquieting dreams that are the only clues our Dream Team has, along with some memories from the sword... Guessing who the bad guy is, turning the page hoping things can be fixed somehow, it all makes for a tense and at the same time fun read, because no matter how high the stakes are, there is always a lil bit of humour in these books, and I'm really thankful for it!

Very well deserved 4.5 stars to this final chapter! Fantastic way to end this trilogy full of charm, fun and plenty of mystery!



  1. AHHHHH! I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS PILI!!! Like you, Mindee is an auto-buy author for me and I've loved everything she's written. I'm going to be said to say goodbye to Eli and Dusty, but I also can't wait to see what she comes out with next. I need a good YA at the moment, and I know this will be it:)

    1. YES it will, Jenny!! I cannot wait to hear what you think of this one!
      Btw, have you heard Mindee is writing both a high fantasy and a spin-off of Polaris next??

  2. Nice review. Thanks for participating :)

    1. Thank you for organizing the blog tour Shane!

  3. I haven't read this series! You know I loved Avalon/Polaris, but I've not touched this series by Arnett. The name Dusy is quite an interesting one ;)

    I see your reply to Jenny's comment - Polaris spin-off, oooooo!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. This was a super fun urban fantasy series with some Arthur like mythology bits here and there! It might be a Pili Pushed series at some point! ;)

  4. Yay :D Gorgeous tour post Pili. <3 Your review is amazing :) So glad you loved the book. Sigh. I still have only read book one.. but re-reading it soon :D Then reading book two and three. <3 I can't wait. I adore Mindee :) So glad we were both a part of this tour :D Thank you for sharing sweet girl. <3

    1. I hope you will enjoy them all! Thank you sweetie!

  5. I love the cover. This new cover fad of silhouettes has me wanting to buy all the books, IN HARDCOVER! Wonderful post, Pili. :)

    1. Thank you Linda! I cannot wait to get this one in the mail, LOVE the cover!


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