Saturday, December 27, 2014

Fifteen by Jen Estes (The Dreamwalker Diaries, #1)

by Jen Estes

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Dreamwalker Diaries - Book 1
Publication Date: January 15, 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: YA paranormal
Number of Pages: 233


Legend has it if you die in your dreams, you die in real life. Fifteen-year-old Ashling Campbell knows that’s not true because when she closes her eyes each night, she doesn’t dream about public nudity or Prom dates. Instead, she’s catapulted to the front row of her future self’s execution - fifteen years from now - where monsters have taken control of her hometown and she, or rather, her 30-year-old counterpart, is their public enemy number one.

For three months and counting, it’s been the same dream… until an encounter with an antique dreamcatcher. Ash falls asleep to discover she’s no longer a mere spectator in these dreams - now she’s astral-projecting into the body of her future self. Each night, she goes on the run with a ragtag group of rebels - who have no idea she’s really a high school sophomore and not their noble warrior. She has to make it through each night so that she can wake up and find a way to change the future. For every action she does in the present day, she falls asleep to discover it had an equal impact fifteen years later. It’s up to her to manage her two worlds and make sure she’s still got a place in both.

Fifteen (The Dreamwalker Diaries, #1)My Review
Fifteen by Jen Estes 

Do you have a lucky number? Do you have an unlucky number? Can you really die in your dreams? Jen Estes has taken myths, cultural legends and a mysterious future look at one girl’s life, it’s called Fifteen and it is fantastic!

How can a fifteen year old girl see the future in her dreams? Why is she seeing her own execution at thirty years old? What has happened to her town? Who has taken it over? Who are the rebels and how did she become part of them? How is her fifteen year old self caught up in the nightmare of her future self and should she keep the future others from finding out? Can she change the future? With the help of her best friend Tate, Ashling must first unravel the ties between the present and the future. With Tate’s fascination and beliefs in the legends of his Lakota ancestors, answers to the twisted world of demons and death may be within reach as Ashling’s dreams come to horrendous life. If there was any good in her nightmares, it was Coop, a fellow rebel, but so much more. Will he be in her future reality? Is he destined to be part of her life?

Through it all, this YA read is fascinating, angst-free and brilliantly gripping! Be prepared to hang on for the sharp twists and turns that will leave your head spinning and your breathing shallow. What Jen Estes has created is first class reading with strong characters, drawn so well, they practically jump off the pages. The maze of subplots, side stories and interactions between each character is all part of a tale that will hold you tight as the world around you fades away and you are there, emotionally connected, mentally playing out each well-defined scene. After Ashling’s dreams, I’m thinking that even my worst nightmare is pretty boring. The biggest problem I‘m going to have is waiting patiently for the next addition to this series, although it will give me time to unclench every inch of my body!

I received an ARC edition from Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for my honest review.

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