The Compulsive Reader: The Nightmare Academy by Dean Lorey

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Nightmare Academy by Dean Lorey

If Charlie Benjamin ever had any hope of being a normal kid, it vanished in a cloud of smoke the night he went to that sleepover and he unwittingly unleashed a monster, causing the other kids to avoid him like the plague. Because Charlie's nightmares have a strange tendency to come to life. Each night sets loose a new terrifying creature...until the night Charlie wakes up to find Rex, Tabitha, and Pinch, combatants against these monsters, corralling them back to where they came from...Nether, a world where monsters reside, let loose into our world by the sprinkling of portals that are opened when certain children dream. It's then that Charlie learns he has a gift far greater than any average child. He must attend The Nightmare Academy to learn how to control his powers. There he will make friends and enemies, learn the true extent of his gift, and start to come to terms with his own destiny.

The Nightmare Academy is a rollicking read, full to the brim of strong, unique and witty characters, wild and mysterious settings, and one fast paced and engaging adventure. You'll find yourselves almost wishing to be Charlie or his friends as this tale unfolds. For those who are still mourning over the completion of Harry Potter, or are waiting for the next Charlie Bone installment, here is one book that will keep you reading late into the deepest part of night, with an ending that promises much more to come. The Nightmare Academy is a winner.


Anonymous said...

Sounds interesting! ^^ I'll have to add that to my list of books to read.

The Two Chicks said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my site! I would be happy to put up a link for your site if you would do the same for me. :)

Happy reviewing!

Chelsea said...

Sounds scary, but good! Great review.

J Scott Savage said...


I agree completely with your review. My ten and seven year-old sons and I just finished it and loved it. Scary enough to keep the 10 entertained, but not so scary that the 7 wouldn't be able to sleep afterward.

Just as an FYI, Dean is a great guy. I recently asked him to blurb my YA fantasy coming out in August and he volunteered right away. Realy impressed me with how nice and down to earth he is.

I'm adding your link to my blog.