Title: Blue is for Nightmares (Blue Is For Nightmares #1)
Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Publication Date: November 8, 2003
Published By: Llewellyn Books
Format: Paperback, 283 pages
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Stacey's junior year at boarding school isn't easy. She's not the most popular girl at school, or the smartest, or the prettiest. She's got a crush on her best friend's boyfriend, and an even darker secret that threatens to ruin her friendships for good. And now she's having nightmares again. Not just any nightmares – these dreams are too real to ignore, like she did three years ago. The last time she ignored them, a little girl died. This time they're about Drea, her best friend who's become the target of one seriously psycho stalker. It started with weird e-mails and freaky phone calls. Now someone's leaving Drea white lilies – the same death lilies that have been showing up in Stacey's dreams. Everybody thinks it's just a twisted game . . . until another girl at school is brutally murdered. There are no witnesses. Worst of all, no one has a perfect alibi. With everyone as a potential suspect, Stacey turns to the one secret weapon she can trust – the folk magic taught to her by her grandmother. Will Stacey's magic be strong enough to expose the true killer, or will the killer make her darkest nightmares come true?
I read and loved the first two books of Laurie Faria Stolarz's Touch series and adored them, and Cait a blogger friend of mine suggested I give this series a try, and I'm so glad she did, Thanks Cait!. I am totally Stolarz's newest fangirl.
The mystery in this book was executed really well, no matter how much you want to believe in a characters innocence Stolarz has you questioning everyone's motives. Main and side characters alike. The wiccan elements in the book really added to the story, not distracting from it. I'm confident you could take them out and still have a great story, they just add more depth and colour to it. It also made Steacy's character that much more intriguing.
Stolarz has a knack for getting inside the teenage brain and it shows in her writing, the characters have a natural feel, less like their imagined and more like actual people she's based them on. Steacy and her friends Amber and Drea couldn't be more different but their personalities suit each other. Drea is the gorgeous spoiled friend that loves you more then anything. Amber is the wacky but highly entertaining friend that encourages the stuff you shouldn't do and Steacy is the grounded logical one that always has your back.
I loved this book and I'm definitely purchasing the next in the series it was a really fun read with a great mystery. Blue is For Nightmares gets 4 out of 5!