Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Nightmare Dilemma

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine and is a fun way to see what books other bloggers just can't wait to get their hands on!


Arkwell Academy #2
Releases March 4th, 2014 from Tor Teen

From Goodreads:

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 Rathbone, is accused of the crime, Dusty’s as shocked as everybody else. Lance needs Dusty to prove his innocence by finding the real attacker, but that’s easier asked than done. Eli’s dreams are no help, more nightmares than prophecies.

To make matters worse, Dusty’s ex-boyfriend has just been acquitted of conspiracy and is now back at school, reminding Dusty of why she fell for him in the first place. The Magi Senate needs Dusty to get close to him, to discover his real motives. But this order infuriates Eli, who has started his own campaign for Dusty’s heart.

As Dusty takes on both cases, she begins to suspect they’re connected to something bigger. And there’s something very wrong with Eli’s dreams, signs that point to a darker plot than they could have ever imagined.


I thoroughly enjoyed The Nightmare Affair earlier this year, so I'm extremely excited to get back into this world and see what trouble Dusty will stir up next. I'm slightly concerned over the mention of Dusty's ex-boyfriend given my full approval of the budding romance with Eli–my love triangle radar is pinging warning after warning in my head–but seeing as the first book was relatively low in the angst department, I'm going to pick this one up hoping it continues in the same deliciously relationship melodrama-free vein.

Also, anyone else see screaming faces in the black shapes above each of the character's heads on that cover? Or is that just me? At first I thought they were branches or flourishes, but I think they're creepy-yet-cool faces with pointy noses and open mouths, and the one on the right seems to be sucking the "a" of "dilemma" right in. Awesome. I'm a big fan of illustrated covers, so both of the covers in this series have worked really well for me:)

33 comments:

  1. I have the first book in this series, I just haven't got to it yet. I think I'll wait until this one is closer to release until I pick it up!

    I do see the faces on the side! Gives it a nice creep factor! :)

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  2. Well, so this reminds me to go and read the first book!! I remember we talked about it and since you loved it so much I know I'll love it too!

    I'm also a big fan of both covers and now I truly need to get a copy!

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  3. I have the first one (signed even!) but still haven't read it! They really do have the best covers and I agree, it looks pretty creepy!

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  4. I love the cover too! And I see the wonderful screaming faces that are also shaped like gargoyles. I enjoyed but did not love the Nightmare affair. this book does sounds interesting, though i'm surprise XXXX was freed. Hopefully this book is love triangle bothersome free.

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  5. Boy, that sounds like paranormal creatures galore. I need to read Nightmare Affair.

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  6. I know a lot of people didn't like the first book but I really did and I can't wait for this one. great pick this week!

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  7. I still haven't read The Nightmare Affair but I have heard some great things about it. I must say that this cover is so pretty (I mean it's blue, of course I'll fall for it). I hope you'll get to read it soon Jenny :)

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  8. Wow, I didn't notice those faces before :O I don't know if I want to read #1. I know you liked it just as you said, but I.. I don't know. I had it on my tbr pile and I still do, I think, but it just doesn't have the same appeal anymore. I hope there won't be a huge love triangle in this one and your guys is safe from elimination:) Heh.

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  9. Nice! Been seeing this one a bit lately! Haven't read the first one though. Hope you enjoy it!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  10. O yah. I kinda see screaming faces too!

    Of course in my imagination they're like the talking door knobs in the movie Labyrinth. ;)

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  11. NO! NO TRIANGLES! AKUJALSKDUAUW

    End rant. I haven't read the first book, but colour me absolutely intrigued. I want to read this book, mostly because I see the screaming faces, too. I'm not sure what that says about me ;)

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  12. Although I didn't read the first book yet, I love the covers of this series! I love how matching they are. But, why did you mention the dreaded word "Love Triangle"? :( You know how I am with my love triangles!

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  13. Really loving the covers for both of these books -- though I haven't yet read the first one. Daisy sounds like a great character! But I'm with you re. the triangle radar pinging...say it ain't so!

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  14. Wait what? *goes back to check*
    Yup screaming heads

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  15. Lol, I thought those were crows on top of the characters! *Goes back to check* Yup, you're right. This reminds me to pick up the first book.

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  16. I wasn't a fan of the first book, but I love these covers and hope you enjoy this one, Jenny!(:

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  17. I keep hearing about the Nightmare Affair and Dilemma, and having just finished Avalon, Mindee Arnett is my new favorite author. I need to read these books ASAP so I can keep my Mindee love strong.

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  18. I still need to read the first in this series! I've heard great things about the author.

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  19. Oooh I love the cover to this book Jenny! I didn't even notice the creepy looking faces until you mentioned it! I unfortunately didn't really enjoy the first book, but the premise to this sounds so enticing! Brilliant pick Jenny! :)

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  20. Ooh creepy! I didn't see the faces until you mentioned it, but you're right, that 'a' is totally getting devoured. A bit scared by the love triangle radar going off, but hopefully it won't amount to anything serious. Great WoW pick! (and ps- sorry for comment bombing you, I'm catching up on blog reading after being gone all week :D)

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  21. It is a cool cover and yes I can see the screaming faces. I thought the first book was interesting enough. Hopefully I can find time for the sequel next year!

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  22. LOVE TRIANGLE. Nooooo. I haven't read the first one, but I'm going to wait until your verdict to invest. It definitely sounds like the author is pushing a triangle from that description.

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  23. I still want that first book. Oh and I do love the cover as well. :D

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  24. Alright, not only is the cover awesome but I love the synopsis. I need to read the first book asap.

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  25. I didn't much care for the first book, I'm afraid. In fact, I gave up halfway through. But I can still admire the cover, right? RIGHT? Tor always has the best ones.

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  26. Hmm, I haven't read the first in the series, but I'm liking the cover and how it matches the first so well. I need to go back and see what I missed :D

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  27. I still need to check out the first book, especially since they both sound intriguing!

    I see the screaming faces too - a cool design. I like it!

    Great WOW :)

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  28. Goodness, I love the covers for these books! I read the first book and I thought it was just okay, but I'm actually a little curious to pick up the sequel. Lovely pick this week, Jenny!

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  29. Nope those a screaming profiles..creepy! The cover is gorgeous. Great pick!!

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  30. I haven't read The Nightmare Affair yet but I love how both the covers match. And the screaming faces, I see it too!

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  31. I haven't read The Nightmare Affair yet, but I have been meaning to check it out. I love the cover of this book and the screaming faces----so cool! Great pick!

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  32. So The Nightmare Affair is on my list because you said how much you loved it! But ACK! I really need to read it before this one comes out. Of course, yes, I realize I have some time. But I have a lot of catching up to do!

    And yes, I do see the screaming faces. Either they have toddler like ponytails on their heads or they are demons. That's what I think. More disturbing is the sword in the ground/rock/hill/grave??? Yikes!

    So hoping there is no love tri!

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  33. Well I see the faces now though I originally didn't pay attention. I enjoyed the first book too so I'm looking forward to this sequel.

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