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Fifteen➶ [Reading] ➸ Fifteen By Jen Estes ➫ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk 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 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, heryear old counterpart, is their public enemy number oneFor 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 sopho 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 Book 1 by Jen Estes is a very intense young adult fantasy novel but one that adults will love too It is so well done, and it keeps you on your toes It is a nail biter, a fantasy, touch of romance, time travel, and just plain awesome Every fifteen years there is a Dreamwalker, and lucky for our gal of the story, she is it She is to save the world basically It is soooo exciting The plot is well thought out and the characters very well developed I was going Fifteen The Dreamwalker Diaries Book 1 by Jen Estes is a very intense young adult fantasy novel but one that adults will love too It is so well done, and it keeps you on your toes It is a nail biter, a fantasy, touch of romance, time travel, and just plain awesome Every fifteen years there is a Dreamwalker, and lucky for our gal of the story, she is it She is to save the world basically It is soooo exciting The plot is well thought out and the characters very well developed I was going to give this a 4 star although I could not stop reading it until 2 am, but I thought about it the rest of the night Any book that lingers that much and I keep thinking about must be a 5 star There is so much to it, the back and forth time travel is well planned This is why I normally don t like time travel books but this one is great There are so many twists and surprises in the book, even to the end Wow I can t wait to read Sixteen Thanks to Curiosity Quills I had a chance to read this book 3 STARS Some things I quite enjoyed and other things annoyed me I admit it was a page turner for me.I know some people can t stand time travel books, but I m sort of addicted to them In this case, I enjoyed the somewhat Groundhog Day way Ash was reliving the dream future until she got it right Except in this case, she proceeds a little further each time.The book starts almost immediately in Ash s recurring dream of her future execution What I initially thought was instalove, I was able 3 STARS Some things I quite enjoyed and other things annoyed me I admit it was a page turner for me.I know some people can t stand time travel books, but I m sort of addicted to them In this case, I enjoyed the somewhat Groundhog Day way Ash was reliving the dream future until she got it right Except in this case, she proceeds a little further each time.The book starts almost immediately in Ash s recurring dream of her future execution What I initially thought was instalove, I was able to forgive In this case, Ash is literally crushing on the older early twenties Coop who is her future boyfriend On his end, he has had a long relationship with the future Ash, and is NOT affectionate to her whenever she is young Ash Somewhat confusing to explain here, but it worked out really well I enjoyed her friendship with her best friend Tate No one is pining or yearning for friendship to turn into love Yay for no love triangles Ash s voice is snarky and fun There s my favorite quote of the bookWell, if that wasn t the thong calling the pasties skankyDislikesI wasn t fond of the inserted future slang, especially since this is supposed to only be 15 years from now I have never seen this pulled off in a book successfully It always seems forced Ash takes longer than she should to connect the dots and be suspicious of people certain people I prefer books where the author understands when the reader is going to figure things out and makes it happen at the same time as the main character Otherwise, you re just annoyed until the MC FINALLY catches up and we can finally keep moving I m not so sure that I really understand how the bad guys work, but this is a series after all I suppose We learn what they want to do, but we don t understand why or to what extent their power has manifested.I m intrigued enough to want to read the next in the series to see where it goes Thank you Netgalley and Curiosity Quills Press for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review. 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 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 muchgoing 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 manywhat 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 Written by Jen EstesSeries The Dreamwalker DiariesSequence in Series 1Paperback 234 pagesPublisher Curiosity Quills Press Publication Date January 15, 2015Rating 5 StarsISBN 10 1620077515ISBN 13 978 1620077511Genre Scifi FantasyFind this book onBarnes NobleFor Reviews and More Check out 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 i 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 muchWill 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.Series The Dreamwalker Diaries Book 1Publication Date January 15, 2015Publisher Curiosity Quills PressGenre YA paranormalNumber of Pages 233Reviewed for Disclaimer I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.15 year old Ash dreams about her future public execution every night In her dreams she watches as she is thrown to a pack of monsters but after tampering with her ancient dreamcatcher, her dreams change and she is now in the body of her future 30 year old self, experiencing her dream including the fear, confusion and pain She finds that she now has the ability to subtly change her dreams, escape her e Disclaimer I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.15 year old Ash dreams about her future public execution every night In her dreams she watches as she is thrown to a pack of monsters but after tampering with her ancient dreamcatcher, her dreams change and she is now in the body of her future 30 year old self, experiencing her dream including the fear, confusion and pain She finds that she now has the ability to subtly change her dreams, escape her execution and in doing so change the future.At first I found Ash a little grating and had to remind myself that she was 15, as YA is not my regular genre it took a bit of getting used to As the read hit it s stride I started to enjoy her character , her sense of humour is dark and self depreciating and she is no whiny brat unlike her adopted step sister, Nadette Nadette came across as rather one dimensional, she was purposely written as an unlikeable character and although this is set up for the future storyline I feel she could have beencomplex and not just written as someone that readers are set up to hate.There were some nice twists in the story and I liked how small changes that Ash made in her dreams caused big changes to her future It did get a bit confusing when she started to sleep in her dreams and try to wake in her past to change what had already transpired The future world was also not explained that well especially around the supernatural elements and how it all came about This is part of a series though so I m sure future books will be exploring this much .An interesting read that had a great concept, just needed to keep things a bit clearer with relation to the future world building.Recommended REVIEW FIFTEEN by Jen EstesFIFTEEN is an absorbing YA novel, with a delightfully self deprecating heroine who lives in two different time frames her ordinary fifteen year old self in Billings, Montana and her life and death fifteen years into the future, same place, different time, different everything Fifteen years on is a dystopia, in which humans are third class and ruled by a definitely other species Ashling has a lifetime bestie, Tate, who despite being an adolescent male with a cr REVIEW FIFTEEN by Jen EstesFIFTEEN is an absorbing YA novel, with a delightfully self deprecating heroine who lives in two different time frames her ordinary fifteen year old self in Billings, Montana and her life and death fifteen years into the future, same place, different time, different everything Fifteen years on is a dystopia, in which humans are third class and ruled by a definitely other species Ashling has a lifetime bestie, Tate, who despite being an adolescent male with a crush on Ash s wild foster sister Nadette, is of Lakota lineage and steeped in the traditions of Lakota Spirituality It is Tate who is Ash s foil and spiritual guide, as every night she dreams her brutal death, fifteen years in the future This review andposted at Tangled BookmarksI love time travel or parallel universe stories, so Fifteen by Jen Estes was right up my alley.Every night, Ash Campbell has the same recurring nightmare she is being executed on a stage in front of a crowd of people in her hometown By a monster that couldn t possibly exist.This was such a fun read Ash discovers that if she controls her nightmare, she can change it She is actually inhabiting her future 30 year old self, and being that she is a This review andposted at Tangled BookmarksI love time travel or parallel universe stories, so Fifteen by Jen Estes was right up my alley.Every night, Ash Campbell has the same recurring nightmare she is being executed on a stage in front of a crowd of people in her hometown By a monster that couldn t possibly exist.This was such a fun read Ash discovers that if she controls her nightmare, she can change it She is actually inhabiting her future 30 year old self, and being that she is aware she is dreaming, she is able to do different things that will help her discover exactly why her town was taken over by a monster, and how she can stop it And along the way, she must prevent a horrible personal tragedy.I really enjoyed Fifteen Unusually for me, as I m not too particularly keen on young adult novels Ash was a great character still only fifteen, she feels a little out of her depth in her older body, particularly when she realizes she has a relationship with a fellow rebel, Coop In the future, Coop is a little younger than her, but he s also a lot older than her when she is astral dreaming As Ash says, he wouldn t pass the mom test for her present self So Ash is dealing with her new found feelings for Dream Coop, at the same time as having to deal with a spoilt selfish foster sister her social worker mum has brought home, and working with Tate to discover the reason for her nightmares She s not a whiny self absorbed teenager, but she s not a Dawson Creek too old for her years teen either She s quite level headed and I really liked her.Tate, her best friend, is a bit of a hoot I actually kept expecting he and Ash to get together, sticking with that old trope of best friends finally discovering their love for each other rolls eyes But if that s going to happen, it s obviously not going to happen in the first book didn t really go there at all Tate unfortunately is going through that teenage boy in lust with the hot popular chick thing, letting his raging hormones for Nadette override his good sense Nadette being the spoilt selfish bitch of a foster sister and omg she is AWFUL I truly want to see her die horribly Her parents died a few months before, so she is being fostered by Ash s mum and Nadette s only concern is how awful Ash s single mum is cos she won t buy her an 800 dress for the Homecoming Dance Aaargh Self absorbed, selfish, cruel, nasty, and downright evil bitch, I still can t work out why Ash hasn t popped her one yet She puts up with Queen Bitch for her mother s sake really and for some reason, Ash s mum really wants to help the little cow I guess that s the only character really that I had trouble getting a handle on not that she is a bitch, but because no one in the whole book ever has a go at her Even Ash s mum sits back and takes the shit she spews not something that I would EVER do, particularly from a snotty spoilt little fifteen year old teenager I had a lot of trouble with the way people reacted to Nadette it just didn t ring true that no one would ever say anything to her about her attitude and behaviour, particularly the adults.Despite that, Fifteen really was an enjoyable read The majority of the characters are very well drawn and the monster itself is drawn from Lakota legend It s the first in a series, and ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I m really looking forward to the next one The world of the Dreamwalkers that Jen Estes has created is intriguing, and a little bit timey wimey wibbly wobbly with Ash s actions in her nightmares, changing her future.Recommended if you like Good well written female protagonists Time travel parallel universes Native American myths legends I am reviewing this book on behalf of katsindiebookblog I was given a great opportunity to read this book and enjoyed it every minute Even though I m in my mid 30 s does not mean I don t read YA s I actually tend to enjoy themso than other books out there This happens to be one of them Jen has a way of putting you in the story as you read it It kept you on your toes and wondering what is going to happen next If it wasn t for having to help around the house with the kids I would have I am reviewing this book on behalf of katsindiebookblog I was given a great opportunity to read this book and enjoyed it every minute Even though I m in my mid 30 s does not mean I don t read YA s I actually tend to enjoy themso than other books out there This happens to be one of them Jen has a way of putting you in the story as you read it It kept you on your toes and wondering what is going to happen next If it wasn t for having to help around the house with the kids I would have never book this book down Ash is a 15 year old girl, a sopho in High School Nothing should be strange about an average girl, right Well she is a dreamwalker Without trying to give too much away, a dreamwalker is sent every 15 years, why I won t say, sorry, I hate giving spoilers But, something big, bad, and nasty works it s way onto our earth around that time every year Her best friend Tate is there every step of the way trying to help her out even giving her old tales past down by his granddad.For me this is not your typical YA book with typical plot lines Much is to be said about Jen and her writing skills If you want to step out of the norm, this is a perfect book for you Curiosity Quills recently offered me the opportunity to read FIFTEEN by Jen Estes in exchange for an honest review After reading the back cover blurb, I decided to take a chance on it as the premise really captured my attention.I m really torn over this book Part of me really, really loved it and the other part of me only liked it.I thought the beginning started out kind of slow and I was wondering when the story would pick up It didn t take long before the first dream sequence, and boy, di Curiosity Quills recently offered me the opportunity to read FIFTEEN by Jen Estes in exchange for an honest review After reading the back cover blurb, I decided to take a chance on it as the premise really captured my attention.I m really torn over this book Part of me really, really loved it and the other part of me only liked it.I thought the beginning started out kind of slow and I was wondering when the story would pick up It didn t take long before the first dream sequence, and boy, did it catch my attention The monster in Ash s dreams is wicked beyond wicked, and what happens to her during the dream is just too freaking weird and unsettling.I m really trying hard not to give spoilers away here but it s difficult to talk about this book without giving something away Hmm, let s talk characters.There is this doctor in the book that is an oddly placed character Ash and her friend, Nadette s, reaction to him seemed too quick They just went with him unknowing, unthinking, and it s not like he was a young college kid, either He s an old guy, well, old to a couple of teen girls I thought this entire scene just unfolded way to easy They were too trusting Personally, I was kind of creeped out by the guy, the way he stood under a tree staring at the two girls, and yet they re like hey, baby It felt off to me It through my creep groove off However, I liked the character and I really enjoyed watching the way he helped Ash come to terms with her dreams.Anyway, Ash s relationships with Tate, Nadette and Skylar are all very typical teenager, and there is a strong YA voice when the three of them get together I would have liked to have seen deeper characters, a little bit deeper POV with Ash and her feelings toward Tate Don t get me wrong We know he relationship with him We know how she feels about him I just would have liked to have seen a bit deeper connection.The settings are pretty typical high school and college campuses The scenes are easy to picture in my mind The prose is fairly quick overall and engaging The storyline and plot are easy to follow, but there are some twists and turns that are really quite nice.There is a scene where Ash falls asleep in class that I would have liked to have seen developed a bitI think there would have beenreaction among the students I really liked this first introduction into carrying things over from sleep to reality one dimension to another Very nicely done.Bad thing is, I found myself wanting to get to the dreams instead of reading the story At one point I found myself skimming because I thought it was taking too long to get to the dream scenes, which were becomingandintense and vivid Ms Estes knows how to write these villains and monsters, and even better, she knows how to weave them into reality I can t really say it s the author s fault I wanted to jump ahead Then again, a slow enticement is much better than a WHAM Know what I mean As for the end of the novel, Jen Estes knows how to end a book I loved the twists and turns in the end and the last line was most excellent It made me go ooooo All I could think of is if I were Fifteen, everything she d just been through would completely freak me out.Overall, I wish there had been a taddeep character development Sometimes they felt flat to me and then in other spots, they were bopping all over the page I didn t like the ending with Tad and Nadette That really sucked and I would have liked to have seen a different ending for them and Ash Again, my preference and nothing the author did wrong.Try as I might, it is really difficult to peg down score for this one It would be between a 3.75 and a 4.0 I think I ll give a 4.0 because the creepy, wraithy kind of villain was just written so damn well I could see him in all his ghoulishness At times, it was if he were standing right in front of me Shiver And then to find out he s really Nope, not going to tell you You re going to have to read the book to find out.I give FIFTEEN 4 stars It really does have a menacing, hair raising storyline and I think most people who like edgy YA horror without going overboard, will love this novel It is pretty intense for the most part, with a very interesting plot line I am happy to say this is the first book I ve read in 2015 Thank you Curiosity Quills Press and Jen Estes with starting out my year with a really enjoyable read I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review This review may contain spoilers.First of all, I d like to say that I absolutely loved the front cover When I saw it for the first time, I was immediately drawn in and the blurb of the book just made me want to read it even .I did really like Ash as a character I was pulled into the book fairly quickly and she was a character I could really relate to I was also drawn into the future timeline really easily The group of peop I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review This review may contain spoilers.First of all, I d like to say that I absolutely loved the front cover When I saw it for the first time, I was immediately drawn in and the blurb of the book just made me want to read it even .I did really like Ash as a character I was pulled into the book fairly quickly and she was a character I could really relate to I was also drawn into the future timeline really easily The group of people that Ash meets and interacts with were really interesting and it was also quite cool to see them in the different future timelines.I liked Coop as well, but I was less than thrilled with Tate s sudden interest in Ash, since there was no hint of that until much later in the book Unless it was something caused by Ash but it didn t come across as that.The linking in to the legends is quite intriguing, but I was still left with a lot of questions by the end of the book I would have liked someof the answers to my questions, since there were a couple of things that didn t make a lot of sense.I did like how the future people differed slightly in each subsequent timeline I did figure out one of the things fairly quickly, but it was nice to see that guess confirmed There was one character who didn t seem to have any redeeming qualities, though.I found Skylar an interesting character and it would have been nice to seeof her, especially since she seemed to be quite a contradiction When it came to the school scenes, however, I didn t get much of a sense of there being a lot of students A lot of the characters were well defined but outside of the main characters, the students were just grouped together as exactly that.It would have been nice to see some of the present day versions of the future characters, especially Coop though I imagine that would have been quite strange to see.This is apparently the first book in a series and although it has a resolution, there are still many questions I d like to have answered and things I d like to seeof I would definitely read a sequel to this book