Skip to main content

The Nightmare Charade | Mindee Arnett

“I realized the real world had now become the dream. And I wanted to stay in it forever.”

The Nightmare Charade is the third and final installment in the Arkwell Academy series. It follows a nightmare and her dream-seeing partner/love interest in their latest mystery at a school for the paranormal. For a complete summary, you can go here.

This follows The Nightmare Affair and The Nightmare Dilemma. I was semi-disappointed with the second book, but I thought that Mindee did a great job tying up all the loose ends and concluding this trilogy. However, I do think that the ending was a little too perfect for my liking, but I suppose I prefer a little bit more of a twist than a happy ending. 

I have said this in all of my reviews of the Arkwell Academy series books, but I feel the need to say it again: this book still feels so similar to me. I can’t really put my finger on it, but it feels like a book I have read before, not to mention the similarities to Harry Potter (i.e. school for magic kind, reoccurring villain that can’t seem to actually die, ending up in the school hospital and recovering from near death, the guilty professors, etc.). I do think that this book dug the deepest out of the three in the series and attempted more complexity, but I think at some points it just became too confusing to keep all the new pieces of info straight. 

This book, like the other two, is very entertaining and cute, and I would recommend it to fantasy lovers. [Side note: this book is categorized as paranormal romance, which I can understand, but I still would consider it more young adult fantasy. The romance is a little more background—besides all the many, many kissing scenes]. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

“If we eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

4/5 stars

*****


o Amber Gregg


*Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of this book, but it did not impact my review in any way.*











Check out my spotlight of this book here







Also, check out my Q & A session with Mindee





If you like books like this, you should also check out these books:





































Popular posts from this blog

El Deafo | Cece Bell

And being different? That turned out to the best part of all. I found that with a little creativity, and a lot of dedication, any difference can be turned into something amazing. Our differences are our superpowers.”
Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel/Memoir. Number of Pages: 233. Perspective: First. Location: Virginia.
This graphic novel follows the author throughout her time as a young girl in the 1970s and her experiences losing her hearing from meningitis at the age of four. She learns how to make friends and accept herself. For a complete summary, you can go here.
This was a beautiful story about someone who copes with becoming deaf. I took an American Sign Language course in college and we talked a lot about the deaf culture; it was interesting to learn about some of the daily challenges that someone who is deaf faces. This book explains those challenges in a way that children can understand and relate to. We have come a long way with accessibility since the 70s, but we all could use …

5 Reasons Why I Hate Book Series

Many of you know that I hate book series. If at all possible, I try to stick to stand-alone novels. A few rare trilogies land on my bookshelf and an even rarer few get a good review. Here are my reasons why I hate trilogies: 

1. The first book is perfected.

Authors have an unlimited amount of time to perfect the first book. They may have many rewrites and rejections before it is finally accepted by a publisher. By that point, the book should be pristine. The author may not have a deal with the publisher for a series yet, but once the first book proves its worth, the publisher will definitely ask for the rest of the series. Depending on the popularity, the author will be forced to get the next books out quickly—unless you are George R.R. Martin. There will be less time to perfect the story and it will be sent out without many rewrites, as to appease the fan-base. As a result, the rest of the series suffers in comparison to the debut. 
2. The waiting is torture. 

Part of the reason why the …

My Journey with Scoliosis [and related book reviews]

I have scoliosis. That is a fact and it is a part of my identity. I am on a continuous journey to correct my spinal curve. Part of this journey is educating myself and figuring out which approach I should take next. So I received and reviewed several books on scoliosis ( I will be adding more as time goes on). But before I can begin my reviews, I think it is important that I share my own personal journey with scoliosis. 
I was diagnosed with scoliosis, a curve in my spine, when I was about eight years old. It was purely an accident. My mom was seeing a chiropractor for her own slight curvature, and I was playing around on the scales when the doctor noticed that when I stood on two scales, one foot on each, one side of my body weighed significantly more than the other. So he decided to give me an X-ray. My curve was noticeable at that time, but it became more severe as time went on. The worst was during puberty when I hit a growth spurt. In several years, my spinal curve increased almos…

Hex | Thomas Olde Heuvelt

“Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay 'til death. Whoever settles, never leaves."
Genre: Horror. Number of Pages: 384. Perspective: Third. Location: New York.
Hex is the story of a town that is cursed by a witch with her eyes and mouth sewn shut. She shows up in houses and just stands and stares for days at a time. The people of the town can never leave and are plagued by the fear of what would happen if the witch’s eyes and mouth are ever opened. For a complete summary, you can go here.
This book started off kind of funny and light-hearted. The middle starts to get a little creepy and suspenseful, and the end is downright strange. It was an enjoyable book, but you’ll have to wait a long time for the climax. The bulk of the action happens in the last 50 pages. For me, that felt rushed and left me with more questions than answers. 
Hex was originally written in Dutch and translated to English. With that in mind, I am utterly impressed with the flow and readability of the story. Th…

Ten Things Writers Need to Know

This is a guest post by Heather Weidner. I was asked recently what advice I would give to someone who wants to write. Here’s my list…
1. Read. Read. Read. 

Read everything you can get your hands on. Learn about the genre. Learn about techniques and style. See what works and what doesn't.



2. Seek out writers like you. 

Find a writers' group. I write mysteries, so Sisters in Crime was a perfect fit. I am also in the online community, Guppies. They have tons of resources and advice. And they are so supportive and helpful. 
3. There are a lot of books out there on the craft of writing. 
My favorite is Stephen King's On Writing. Invest in books that help you. But use your library too. FREE is good.



4. If you are serious about writing, find a critique group. 
It's an investment in your time to read the submissions. Make sure that the feedback is helpful. Critiques need to be constructive and not personal. My critique group specializes in mysteries and crime fiction. And that works fo…