Review: BLUE IS FOR NIGHTMARES by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Blue is for Nightmares
by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Series: Blue is for Nightmares#1
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Format Acquired: Paperback (Deluxe Spellbook Edition)
Source: Purchased from Fullybooked
Published November 1st 2003 by Turtleback Books

"I Know Your Secret . . ."
Nightmares. Dark Secrets. Premonitions of Death.

Welcome to Stacey’s World!

It begins with the dreams. White lilies, the death flower. Being chased through the woods, knowing she cannot outrun her pursuer forever. Visits from the spirit of a girl who was murdered. Threats and taunts from an unseen assailant.

But that’s only the start. When the dreams begin to spill over into Stacey’s waking life, that’s when the nightmare really begins.

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?

Some people have always wondered why and how I came up living a life full of reading and books. Well, I love reading books ever since. But the FIRST Young Adult I ever read was White is for Magic by Laurie Faria Stolarz. Ever since I finish reading that book (which is way back in highschool) I spent my time looking for the first installment in the series. I don't even know before that I can reserve books online, or order them if they're not available here in the country.

So when I finally had a blog and learned many things on how to acquire books, I was happy yo finally have my copy of Blue is for Nightmares. I always wondered how it all began...

This book kept me hooked. I envy Stacey, 'cause she's a witch (Anyway, I'm a vampire) and it's very interesting everytime she's doing one of her spells. I learned a lot of spells, since I bought the Deluxe Spellbook Edition. I like it how certain colors of candles represent something, how she mixes different kinds of oils and other ingredients to complete her spells.

The best part of this book is how her dreams about Maura haunted her, and how it made me itch to know who the bad guy really is. Some said they figured it out very early, but I didn't. Lol. Then here goes the death of another bitch, Veronica Leeman. It made me more curious as each chapter goes by. Even though Drea, her bestfriend, is a little bit bitchy, I didn't want her to like, die or something. On the other hand, I can't help but love Amber. She's funny and bubbly at times. She's like the neutralizer between Stacey and Drea when things got heated between them.

About the romance, it's the love triangle between bestfriends type of romance. Stacey is inlove with Chad who happens to be the boyfriend of Stacey who happens to be her bestfriend.  Enough for the romance part, I didn't really focus on that part of the book. Heh.

Reading this book gave me the creeps. Well, it should since it a mystery-thriller type. I enjoyed reading it and it kept me intrigued until the end, which makes me wanna read the next books. The titles were pretty interesting too! Good job, Stolarz. Good job. :) 


Laurie Faria Stolarz

Laurie Faria Stolarz grew up in Salem, MA, attended Merrimack College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. 

Laurie Faria Stolarz is an American author of young adult fiction novels, best known for her Blue is for Nightmares series. Her works, which feature teenage protagonists, blend elements found in mystery and romance novels.

Stolarz found sales success with her first novel, Blue is for Nightmares, and followed it up with three more titles in the series, White is for Magic, Silver is for Secrets, and Red is for Remembrance. The four novels in the "BIFN" series have sold over 500,000 copies collectively.Stolarz has also announced a graphic novel entry into the series titled Black is for Beginnings, which she published in summer 2009.

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  1. Found the synopsis of this book pretty spooky! But I love spooky, and may have to check this one out for myself! :)

    Kimi of Geeky Chiquitas


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