City of Nightmares by Rebecca Schaeffer


Gotham meets Strange the Dreamer in this thrilling young adult fantasy about a cowardly girl who finds herself at the center of a criminal syndicate conspiracy, in a city where crooked politicians and sinister cults reign and dreaming means waking up as your worst nightmare.

Ever since her sister became a man-eating spider and slaughtered her way through town, nineteen-year-old Ness has been terrified—terrified of some other Nightmare murdering her, and terrified of ending up like her sister. Because in Newham, the city that never sleeps, dreaming means waking up as your worst fear.

Whether that means becoming a Nightmare that’s monstrous only in appearance, to transforming into a twisted, unrecognizable creature that terrorizes the city, no one is safe. Ness will do anything to avoid becoming another victim, even if that means lying low among the Friends of the Restful Soul, a questionable organization that may or may not be a cult.

But being a member of maybe-cult has a price. In order to prove herself, Ness cons her way into what’s supposed to be a simple job for the organization—only for it to blow up in her face. Literally. Tangled up in the aftermath of an explosive assassination, now Ness and the only other survivor—a Nightmare boy who Ness suspects is planning to eat her—must find their way back to Newham and uncover the sinister truth behind the attack, even as the horrors of her past loom ominously near.

My Review:

Are you ready to face your nightmares?

In Newham, where you become your own nightmare. You either conquer your nightmare to become one or become a monster killer. Ness, the main character has joined friends of restful souls. So she can have a place to hide out from the monsters. When she messed up on an assignment, she ended up on mail detailed. She now must face the real world and confront those who scare her.

The summary sums it better than I do. I really did the storyline to this book, cover, and characters. It is interesting how the main character is not this bad ass chick. Ness suffers from PSTD when her sister turns into a nightmare and kills two people. She is very scared of every monster she sees and rather hides than fights. It was annoying at first, but she kinda grows on you. This book was perfect, with the original story with crazy twists. I’m looking forward to book two.

Make sure to add City of Nightmares to your tbr.

Happy Reading!!!!

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