WoW #244 ~ City of Nightmares

Posted October 26, 2022 by Lillian in Features / 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event originally created and hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are all eagerly anticipating. Jill has been MIA since August of 2016. Despite this, the meme lives on….Hope you come back Jill! Until then I will be joining Tressa at Wishful Endings and her meme Can’t-Wait Wednesday.

Happy Wednesday y’all! Today I’m eagerly anticipating City of Nightmares by Rebecca Schaeffer. This dark fantasy blends dreams with reality in a city similar to Batman‘s Gotham. That comparison alone is enough to make me want to read it, however in reading the blurb and a few early reviews, I’m sold. I love morally grey characters and dark fantasies plus I’m fascinated by people turning into Nightmares. Like how does that work? And NO ONE wants to see my nightmares in real life 😅

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WoW #244 ~ City of NightmaresCity of Nightmares by Rebecca Schaeffer
Series: City of Nightmares #1
Published by Clarion Books on 2023-01-10
Length: 384 pages

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.

About Rebecca Schaeffer

Author Rebecca Schaeffer

Rebecca Schaeffer can be found sitting in a cafe on the other side of the world, writing about villains, antiheroes and morally ambiguous characters. Her critically acclaimed debut, Not Even Bones, received a starred review from Booklist, and was shortlisted for Cybilis awards and the Sunburst Award for Speculative Fiction. It has been adapted into a WEBTOON Original, which has garnered nearly 2 million subscribers and a hundred million views. Her next book, City of Nightmares, comes out in January 2023.

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