Mar 5, 2013

Tuesday Prelude

Tuesday Prelude is a weekly meme inspired by Should Be Reading's Teaser Tuesday. I always found it extremely difficult to limit myself to just two lines, so I decided to amp up my posts a little bit and give you a little more insight into my current reads.

This week's Prelude is inspired by The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett:

The Nightmare Affair

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.


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. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

I was just an average sixteen-year-old girl who happened to be the offspring of a normal human father and a mother who was a Nightmare.         Literally. 
Interesting concept. How can someone literally be a Nightmare? The book explains that they are:
...those mythic creatures who sat on your chest while you were asleep and gave you bad dreams, the kind where you woke up struggling to breathe. 
Nightmares had to dream-fead to live... 

Now, I've heard of these Nightmares on one of those ghost shows that the Discovery channel likes to marathon every now and then, and in the show I just remember them being scary as hell. And I also remember the less elegant name of "Old Hag." Ouch.

Upon further reading, these Nightmares, Old Hags, Dream-Feeders, are myths scientifically explained away by sleep paralysis. (Read more...) Has this ever happened to you? It's happened to me several times, unfortunately, and its not an experience I want to relive anytime soon. I wake up but I can't move ~ I'm literally paralyzed to the point that I can't open my eyes or even make a noise no matter how hard I try, and it totally freaks me out every time. Makes me afraid to go back to sleep....

Is it a Nightmare, feeding on my dreams?


Happy Reading Everyone :)


  1. Wow, this book sounds fantastic! Back in my country, we also have scary stories that involve a ghost sitting on your chest while you sleep. It's even scarier when you see illustrations and stuff. Seriously creepy. I will check out this book! Thanks for the great book. And thanks for dropping by my blog.
    Happy reading!

  2. Love your teasers this week. Interesting concept. I have to check this novel out. OK I thought I was the only one that has that happened to me. It has not happened in a long time but there were quit a few times I would be asleep but my mind was awake. Yes I could not move anything or open my eyes or talk. I would always tell my mind MOVE SOMETHING and I would flinch real hard. When I woke up I did not want to go back to sleep.

    TT Prelude

  3. This book is very high on my TBR, and I think your teaser just pushed it higher. Love the little spin that you put on the meme! It does give a much better glimpse of the book.

    Thanks for visiting my page.

    Stephanie (Go Flash Go) @ Read, Rinse, Repeat

    Here's my TT

  4. Very interesting, and just as creepy as I thought fromt he summary. I hope you enjoy, though. =) My TT

  5. What a great idea for a story. I've never had sleep paralysis (thank heavens!) but it must be terrifying.
    My Teaser is from THE LAW OF SIMILARS.

  6. Sounds very interesting .. and confusing :-P But I like your teaser, maybe I'll take a look at this book thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Zenia @ The Obsessive Reader

  7. Creepy teasers.


  8. Anonymous3/05/2013

    Wow, love the teasers you gave, I will defiantly be adding this to my wishlist. Thanks for stopping by and checking my teaser as well. :)

    (New Follower)

  9. That definitely sounds creepy... and intriguing! Here's my TT post!

  10. VERY unique idea! and definitely creeeeepy. thanks for sharing!

    Check out mine, if you'd like: Teaser Tuesday - Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins (@ i*Heart*BigBooks)

  11. This one really sounds good. Thank you!!

    I have one up as well this week, if you'd like to stop by...

  12. Interesting teasers. The Nightmare Affair is on my TBR list. Hopefully you'll enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by :)

  13. Oh, sheesh! Interesting teasers! Nightmares can be so creepy. It just scares the hell outta me! This sounds like a good read. I hope you're liking it.

    Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by my TT earlier.

    Happy reading! :D

    Sarika @ The Readdicts


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