Fifteen, by Jen Estes
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Date of Release: January 15, 2015
Cover Artist: Conzpiracy Digital Arts
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.
Originally I was going to give this book three stars but now that I think about it, Fifteen definitely deserves four stars. The first couple of chapters were hard to get into but after the third chapter, the plot took off and I couldn't put the book down. I found the mystery to actually be intriguing, why was this happening to her? Is it genetic? and How do you help her future self and stop this from happening in general?! There were so many questions I needed answers to which kept me engrossed until the very end.
I am in love with Tate. He is such a good friend to Ashling and I just adore their relationship. Together they were a pretty funny and sarcastic duo who had each other to depend on through their rocky lifestyle. This book is totally worth reading just because of Tate.
The main character Ashling was easy to relate to. It was easy to tell when she was dreaming and awake. She's a very positive person even when shes confused and hurt, which just shows she is a very strong character.
I would definitely recommend this to everyone who enjoys paranormal reads. The romance wasn't heavy, the plot had a fast pace and there was a ton action with so many questions to be answered.
**I was given an eARC in exchange for an honest review**
About The Author:
Jen Estes is the author of the Cat McDaniel Mystery Series and the forthcoming FIFTEEN (The Dreamwalker Diaries).
Born and raised in the Midwest, Jen had to choose between staring at corn or reading books. Corn husks just didn’t have the appeal of the Baby-Sitters Club, and so a bookworm was born. Reading later turned into writing and in 2011, Jen published her first novel. After releasing four books in the mystery genre, Jen finally gave in to the literary demands of her inner teenager with her YA debut, FIFTEEN (The Dreamwalker Diaries) with Curiosity Quills. Jen lives in Illinois with her husband Nathan under the tyranny of their three cats: Wrigley, Ivy and Captain Moo.
She is an active member of the National Writers Union. When she isn’t writing, Jen enjoys sci-fi in all its mediums, attempting yoga, using her passport, watching baseball, and reading a good book. You can find Jen on the web at www.jenestes.com, on Tumblr as AuthorJenEstes and tweeting under @jenestesdotcom
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