Friday, January 23, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Fifteen by Jen Estes

Thanks to Curiosity Quills for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing my review of Jen Estes's Fifteen today. Happy reading!



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.

Title:  Fifteen
Series:  The Dreamwalker Diaries
Book #: 1
Author:  Jen Estes
Approximate Book Length:  285 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild


The story of this book was intriguing with creative lore. Though it did start off a little low and there were a lot of questions left in the end, undoubtedly to keep you interested in book two. However, I couldn’t get into the characters. I liked Tate, but he was into Nadette – the snooty little witch that I couldn’t stand – so that was a big strike against him. Overall they were generally juvenile, somewhat stereotypical, and just boring for me. I just couldn’t get past them to really enjoy the book.

Bottom Line:

Fifteen is a neat concept that falls just shy of a good execution due to the characters. It’s absolutely worth checking out though!




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, on Tumblr as AuthorJenEstes and tweeting under @jenestesdotcom.

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