Written by: Jen Estes
Series: The Dreamwalker Diaries
Sequence in Series: 1
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: January 15, 2015
Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Scifi | Fantasy
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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 by Jen Estes
Fifteen takes us on a dark magical adventure that brings the Lakota folklore into a contemporary urban or should I say suburban fantasy.
Ashling has been plagued with horrible nightmares, well its actually the same nightmare reoccurring every night, and every night Ashling witnesses her own murder of her older self; her adult self. Keeping a journal and with the help of her best friend Tate, Ashling tries to discover the cause of these nightmares.
Ashling volunteers for a dream study and is given guidance by the doctor on how to continue her dreams where they left off. But when her physical injuries during her dreams manifest on her waken body, Ashling realizes that there is much more going on than she could ever imagined.
Ancient Demons, spirits and sleep walkers, Estes gives a fascinating and highly imaginative plot that twist enough to keep your reeling with the what ifs and maybes. Plots within plots and carefully orchestrated changes by Ashling’s dream interventions give hope for the future that will come.
Fifteen was utterly mind blowing. Just when I thought I had a grasp on what was happening, I was once again surprised by Estes creative twists.
I have to admit I was disappointed in Tate but the ending leaves so many more what ifs and maybes that I will be anxiously waiting for the next installment.
I received this copy of Fifteen from Curiosity Quills in exchange for a honest review.'