Book Review: Blue is for Nighmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Blue is for Nightmares (Blue is for Nightmares, #1)Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In Blue is for Nightmares, Stacey, a boarding school amateur witch, tries to find and stop her roommate’s stalker by using her unique skills. But time is running out and Stacey’s nightmares are beginning to come true.

This book played out like an 80’s teen horror film without the gore. If it didn’t reference cell phones and email I really would have thought it took place 25 years ago. The author, in fact, references these “cheesy” movies more than one time.

The characters, all teens who attend the coed boarding school, are shallow and kitschy, the girls self-centered and snotty and the boys immature and girl crazed.

Stacey, the main character from which the stories’ point of view is told, practices Wicca, and uses a scrapbook of spells from her deceased Grandmother to help her solve the mystery of who is terrorizing her roommate and best friend, Drea. A lot of time is spent with Stacey trying to conjure spells. Unfortunately, this doesn’t really work well or lend anything to the story. It just filled time. I felt like someone should tell her to get a new hobby, this one is not for her. The nightmares were a better way to portray her special gifts and did add suspense to the story.

One thing I thought was odd was that the author used words like joyance, sexilicious, sittage and touchage, which was strange to use, even for teens.

Overall, the mystery was suspenseful. If you like those 80’s style teen slash movies, you’ll probably like this one.

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