This is Bookmunchies’ Books & Munchies! A fun post with a book review and pictures of yummy, yummy food. These upcoming posts will be a travel edition with books I’ve read while on my holiday and some of the foods that I’ve eaten. So fair warning, you’ll probably get hungry, so grab a snack!
Publisher: Tor Teen (March 5th 201)
Hardcover: 367 pages
Series: The Arkwell Academy #1
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 3 of 5 stars
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.
Apparently I thought “Mmm maybe 3.5 stars on a good day” on my Goodreads when I originally read this. Truth be told I can’t quite remember where I read this. Let’s say while I was trekking up and down the coast of Malaysia.
So I don’t know if maybe I just had far too high expectation going into this book, but it didn’t quite live up to what I was expecting. I mean, Here’s Dusty Everheart, she a nightmare, A NIGHTMARE literally! (though reluctantly) that feeds on your dreams (well fictus, the substance of dreams), how awesome is that! To boot, she’s stuck working with the hot guy from school who probably normally wouldn’t give her the time of time. Can we say some rom-com action please? Add to that, a pretty interesting universe with a good paranormal lore aspect and a murder mystery to solve. Sounds like a recipe for awesome pie to me. And while it definitely had its quirky moments and spooky moments, it ended up coming out as a pretty formulaic pie, tasty but forgettable.
Character wise, everyone was pretty likable. The romance was cute, though the dreaded love-triangle of death had so sneak in for a bit. The plot wasn’t bad, the murder mystery while not the intricate mystery ever, was engaging. Overall, it was a fun and entertaining read if not exactly super memorable. Not a bad read when you want a bit of fluffy cute paranormal.
note: I wanted to food pictures to be somewhat in chronological order of when I ate this stuff, but somehow that didn’t really work out. So please ignore all the jumping around haha.
From: Kapitan Restaurant, Penang, Malaysia.
I saw this dish in a Penang food guide and really wanted to try it out. They didn’t actually have this on the menu there, but was nice enough to make it for me anyways haha.
From: A Restaurant in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia.
*not actual name of dish.
Unfortunately I can’t remember the full name of the dish, but it was quite the yummy noodle dish (despite the cilantro haha). It was from a little stand, in sort of a outdoor food court/complex.
From: Food stand, Penang, Malaysia.
This was easily one of the best dish I had in Asia and by the far the cheapest ($1.50CAD for the large!)! (Sorry for the crappy photo, it was dark lol). It so delicious, I’m drooling just thinking about it haha. It was probably 40C and the noodle was hot, but so good.
From: KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
From the food court, after we went to see the Petronas Twin Towers. It wasn’t bad for food court food. Not as good as my first Laska in Malaka though.
From: Small restaurant in Penang, Malaysia
After wandering around for ages looking for this particular restaurant, me friend and I gave up b/c it was easily over +40C and we were hungry. Ended up stopping at this little restaurant and got this lovely dish for maybe $4CAD. cheap & yummy!
a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.