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review 2017-07-30 08:00
Sixteen
Sixteen - Jen Estes

Fifteen, the first book in the Dreamwalker Diaries, gave Ash a view of the future. Sixteen, the long awaited second book, will give her a view of the past. It's been six months, but the pain has remained as strong as before. Not knowing where to find relief, Ash settles for what must be the most stupid thing people have tried to (but try nevertheless), to go back in time in order to change the past!

However, before she can even start on this scheme she must be able to dreamwalk again, which ends her up doing community service for trying to buy drugs. And here Sixteen starts. All the characters from the original cast will make an appearance, but I won't go into the specifics in order to not spoil people who might want to read Fifteen first (which is what I would recommend).

Since it was about two years since I read Fifteen, I was a bit hazy on the details before I started Sixteen, and what surprised me most was how teenager-y it was. Of course Ash is just fifteen years old and when she's not fending of the demons, she is a normal teenager, but it somehow still took some getting used to it from my side. The story was still interesting, although it was a bit more of the same after a while. What I most certainly didn't like what the super sweet ending where

it turned out that Nadine was only such an annoying person because the Jumlin was near. I would have much preferred to see her being not a likable person, but still not evil. Now it made the whole, we shouldn't kill you stuff way too easy.

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Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-02-05 18:14
Sixteen (The Dreamwalker Diaries #2) by Jen Estes
Sixteen - Jen Estes
Sixteen continues approximately six months after Fifteen finished. Ashling is on community service for trying to buy sleeping pills, Tate and Nadette are still missing, and Ashling is still without her mum. She decides that if she can just find Dr Dietz, she will find a way to dreamwalk again, so that she can save her mum from dying. She finds Dr Dietz, plus a whole more than she ever imagined. She does manage to dreamwalk again, but to a different time and place than she wanted. Walker Smith is still a horrible character, he still treats Skylar as not being worthy of him (for reasons she still doesn't know about). 
 
Numerous twists and turns keep this story interesting. With new characters, old favourites, and old ones who become new, there is something here for everyone. I love that we meet Coop in this one and, although I understand the reasoning behind it, I'm not too happy with the hinting of a love triangle between Coop, Caleb, and Ash. That's just me, I don't like triangles, never have, and probably never will. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that things will work out, and now I just have to wait as patiently as possible for the next book to come out. 
 
Extremely well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, Sixteen continues to impress with the fresh ideas and circumstances detailed within its pages. Definitely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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@jenestesdotcom, @CuriosityQuills, #Science_Fiction, #Dystopian, #Young_Adult, #Time_Travel, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/sixteenthedreamwalkerdiaries2byjenestes
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review 2017-02-02 00:00
Sixteen
Sixteen - Jen Estes 3rd February 2017: Reason for adding to wishlist: Haven't read the first book yet (this is book two), but the premise of a teenager having to consider her thirty-year-old self intrigues me. Not sure if this is explored in Sixteen, too.
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review 2015-09-08 01:28
Review: Fifteen
Fifteen - Jen Estes

Every fifteen years, the stars align and the Jumlin tries to come to power, bringing him family together in the hope of a bloodbath to follow. And every fifteen years, a dreamwalker must try to change the present with the knowledge of the future.

 

In many ways, Ashling is a normal fifteen year old girl. She has a loving mom and the boy next door is her best friend. Unfortunately, her best friend, Tate, is in love with her spoiled and selfish foster sister, Nadette. She could deal with all of that, however, if it wasn't for the dreams. Every night, she dreams of her death, at the hands of the Jum. But are these dreams a foretelling of the future, or just dreams?

 

I really enjoyed this story. Though I was able to figure out early on who the bad guy was, there are enough twists and turns in the plot that the author is still able to sneak in surprises. I also enjoyed the mixture of Native American folklore with modern life and even time-travel themes such as the butterfly effect. The characters are - for the most part - well developed and characters you want to like. I was able to sympathize with Ash and I enjoyed traveling along with her on her tale. Tate... well, Tate I wanted to smack upside the head many time, but he's a teenage boy who thinks he's in love so he isn't exactly thinking straight. And as much as I wanted to shake him, the author wrote him that way, since even Ash gets exasperated with him.

 

This is a solid 4 1/2 stars. It's not perfect, but it's a YA book that I would probably enjoy reading again and I would be interested in other books by this author and/or in this storyline. Since this book is labeled as the first book in the Dreamwalker Diaries, I hope the author continues the story of Ash, Coop, Tate, and the Jumlin in another tale.

 

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

 

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review 2015-05-17 08:04
Fifteen
Fifteen - Jen Estes

Ash has a repetitive dream and it's not a nice one. Fifteen years from now she's to be executed and thrown in front of a hideous monster. But, as in Groundhog Day, she's able to change some small details every day that will eventually lead to massive changes. 

 

I was immediately intrigued when I first heard about the book. It really sounded like something I'd like. And I did like it, but perhaps not as much as I thought I would. The premise is fantastic, it's kind-of time travel, Groundhog Day and Inception all together.But while Ash her story was interesting, there were some things in her life that bothered me.

 

Not a lot is explained about everything that has changed in this future world. It's only fifteen years and it looks completely different. Even the language. I would have liked to see a bit more worldbuilding there. In current day Ash her life, I mostly got annoyed by the character of Nadette, her 'sister'. I understand that's she's written to be the character you don't like, but that seemed to me the only reason she existed. The whole subplot with the college and the dreamlab didn't work for me either. Her struggling between wanting to stay awake and having to sleep was interesting, as was the dream-in-dream-to-the-past thing, although things got a bit confusing at that time.

 

I will definitely read the next book in this series!

 

Fifteen is the first book in the Dreamwalker Diaries.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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