A review by disconightwing
Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz


This is an enoyable, short mystery novel about a young witch who keeps seeing her best friend and roommate kidnapped in her dreams. She knows that these dreams are really premonitions and decides to do whatever she needs to do in order to stop her friend from dying.

Over the course of the novel, several predictions she make end up coming true: she does a cartomancy reading (like tarot, with regular cards) and everything unfolds the way the reading predicts.

In addition to the witchcraft and the mystery that's the central plotline of the novel, there's also a love triangle, if you can call it that--Stacey has some crush on her best friend/roomie's boyfriend/ex-boyfriend, Chad, and he likes her too. Gasp. But Drea's still kind of in love with him and therefore thwarts all the opportunities that Stacey and Chad have to talk.

I liked the plot of this book, and the witchcraft contained in it was realistic and believable, but while I liked Stacey, I had to dock the stars for her tendency to be a doormat and her friends' tendencies to be obnoxious and/or bitchy.

Seriously, I have no idea why Stacey even bothered to help Drea or why afterward she remained friends with her. Her nightmares caused her to wet the bed, which is a problem she's never had before, and when Drea finds out about this she tells everyone all at once--to be catty, not to get support for her friend--and not once does Drea ever apologize for this. Ever. I can tell you right now that if I peed the bed, and my "best friend" decided to announce that? I'm sorry would be the least she could say.

I found Amber, PJ, and Chad to be two-dimensional and somewhat forgettable.

That being said, the whodunnit at the end was reasonably well done. The character it ended up being was one that I hadn't dedicated much thought to. it wasn't UNenjoyable by any means but I hate reading books where I hate the main characters.