My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In my honest opinion, this underrated book is the love child of Harry Potter and Nancy Drew (or even Sherlock Holmes). Filled with the delights of magic, mystery, adventure and friendship, The Nightmare Affair has integrated the best of both worlds.
However, I will not be hasty and categorize it as fan fiction, for it has shown originality in its own special way. Otherwise, I bet our beloved Marissa Meyer wouldn’t have blurbed it. I dare you to contradict me, or her for that matter. Hahaha. For me, the most unique feature of this novel was its magic system, which was highly “parasitic” in nature. Furthermore, this might sound strange, but the political side of me was pleasantly surprised by the book’s subtle delineation of Republican and Democratic ideologies. After all, this is NOT supposed to be a dystopian story. #Overthinking
Sadly, it did take me more than a month to finish it, but this only happened because I had the nerve to read eight books alternately. Please trust me when I say that this book has blown my mind. Readers will surely have a brain workout trying to pinpoint the elusive killer. I had quite a number of suspects in mind, so I had a blast judging the diverse cast of characters. When I come to think of it, the only problem I encountered was the insta-love trope, but in the end, it actually turned out to be “justified.” (wink, wink)
In conclusion, if you decide to pick up this book, I salute you. I hope you would enjoy it as much as I did. I would love to be a student at Arkwell Academy!