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Six months ago, Ashling Campbell’s life was good. Okay, so the sleep deprivation sucked, but that’s what happens when you’re murdered by bloodthirsty demons on a nightly basis via freaky supernatural nightmares. That’s why she stepped up to her calling as a dreamwalker. But if she’d known that saving her town meant giving up everyone she loved, she’d have let that call goSix months ago, Ashling Campbell’s life was good. Okay, so the sleep deprivation sucked, but that’s what happens when you’re murdered by bloodthirsty demons on a nightly basis via freaky supernatural nightmares. That’s why she stepped up to her calling as a dreamwalker. But if she’d known that saving her town meant giving up everyone she loved, she’d have let that call go straight to voicemail. She wants another chance. Just one. And the key to that chance lies with finding the mysterious stranger who disappeared shortly after her life went to hell. Her new mission is to dreamwalk again, or die trying. The Jumlin wants another chance too. Just one. And the key to that chance lies with finding the weird sophomore who showed up just before he could summon hell on earth. His new mission is to stop the line of dreamwalkers, by killing just one – a girl that seems all too eager to die.If Ash’s plan is to succeed, she’ll have to outsmart the immortal demon, piece together her thorny family tree, deal with a friend’s untimely return, and pass her driver’s test – all before she turns… SIXTEEN....

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Sixteen Reviews

  • Dianne
    2018-11-15 21:34

    Remember the trials and traumas of being a teen? Think about being fifteen, for most of us, it is that big turning point for real independence and driving is only a year away, right? For Ash, being fifteen was most definitely a turning point in her life. As in taken at record breaking speeds. And Ashling stepped up to the plate and acted as all hell broke loose, but at what cost? Six months later, she needs help. Ash needs to Dreamwalk again, she needs to do something about a future that cannot happen. But first she needs to find the mysterious entity that disappeared when her world became the thing nightmares are made of. And she is not alone. The Jumlin is big into second chances, too and he needs Ash, but for what? To aid in summoning the demons of Hell to the Earth plane? To put an end to the dreamwalker line she is part of? One thing for sure, with Ash, one can be sure to expect the unexpected and to know someone or something is going down as she travels in her dreams to the future, and actually sees her future self. So maybe thirty isn’t so ancient after all. But should she be looking forward to make these risky changes? Even with a better grasp of her powers, could she also travel to another time? Is there something she is missing? Is she ready to discover hidden truths, ugly secrets and the convoluted timelines where past, present and future become as entangled as a ball of yarn in a kitten’s paws?Jen Estes’s latest addition, SIXTEEN was worth the wait, because it is everything FIFTEEN was and MORE! More action, more discoveries, more daring, time travel, dream walking and oh my, the twists and the “didn’t see that one coming,” moments! Hang on for a ride into the world of the supernatural, the evil and one teen who has more steel in her spine than a skyscraper has in its structure.Want a teen read without the angst? Still want a little teen rivalry? Want to watch demons be foiled again, just when they think they have the upper hand? Want fantastic reading that erases the lines between reality and fantasy? Jen Estes has brought her latest to the library table and it’s all in there, from start to finish!I received this copy from Curiosity Quill in exchange for my honest review.Series: The Dreamwalker Diaries - Book 1Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (January 16, 2017)Publication Date: January 16, 2017Genre: YA Time Travel | FantasyPrint Length: 268 pagesAvailable from: AmazonFor Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    2018-11-16 21:51

    Sixteen (The Dreamwalker Diaries #2) by Jen Estes is a terrific follow up and I had to gulp this down in one big hunk! Wow, it was so good. It started where Fifteen left off but if you didn't read Fifteen, the author gives you enough info to get the drift of what went down without giving away to many spoilers. (Read Fifteen, do yourself a big favor! You will be glad you did! Awesome book!) There is more dreamwalking in this book, time traveling, lots of surprises, demons, and demon hunting..oh yeah! I am not much for time travel books, although I love fantasy, but this author does it right! Love the great characters, the plot, the action, the fun dialogue, and all the unexpected surprises. She just has to make another book! I will be (im)patiently waiting...Loved this book! Thanks Curiosity Quills for giving me the chance to read this!

  • Tez
    2018-12-11 01:45

    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.

  • Shelley
    2018-12-06 22:32

    *Source* Publisher via NetGalley*Genre* YA, Science Fiction*Rating* 3.5*My Thoughts*Sixteen is the second installment in author Jen Estes' The Dreamwalker Diaries. 16-year old Ashling (Ash) Campbell is a sophomore at Billings HS in Montana. She once believed that if you died in your dreams, you died in real life. In Fifteen, Ash discovered that she is someone who is extremely rare. She is a Dreamwalker. She can travel to the future, & arrive in an older version of herself. She even learns about a bleak future where she joins a rebellion and fights against evil. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews 01/17/2017* http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201... *Published* January 17th 2017 by Curiosity Quills Press

  • Alyce Hunt
    2018-11-16 21:57

    First things first, I need to say a huge thank you to Curiosity Quills, for sending me this title in exchange for an honest review. "How can she possibly form an attachment to any human?" Rob asked, to no one in particular. "She doesn't have a soul.""Look, I don't know what her spiritual composition is, but I know her physical composition is human. And she laughs and cries, just like we do. She gets angry, and she gets happy. [...] If that's not a soul, what is?"Following the events of 'Fifteen', we reconvene with Ash at community service, where she's repenting for soliciting drugs from an undercover cop. They were only sleeping pills, but it's not like she could explain to the judge that she needed a stronger dose to allow her to go back in time and save her mother.Ash is desperate, unable to come to terms with the fact that she saved the town but couldn't protect her own mother. She manages to track down Dr. Dietz - the fake doctor who introduced her to dreamwalking - and is shocked when she learns that he's actually called Rob Tinza, and he's her half-brother. Dreamwalking runs in the family, passed down her father's line, a new Dreamwalker in every generation.She begs Rob to help her go back and fix things, and he begrudgingly hands over some of Ohanzee's peyote: the drug that started the dreamwalking off in the first place. He tells her to be careful - using the drug is not as simple as just falling asleep, and she needs to concentrate hard to make sure she gets back to the right time.She meditates, focusing with all her might on her mother. All she needs to do is go back in time to when she needed her the most, and it'll be easy to resolve everything.But when Ash opens her eyes, she finds herself sixteen years in the past: back when her mum was preparing to tell her father - Ash's grandfather - about her pregnancy. Whoops. After a bit of a struggle (and finally meeting her father before even being born!) Ash gets back to the present day. She's intending to try again, still certain that she'd be able to rescue her mom if she could just get back to the right day... But then Nadette and Tate return to Billings, and it seems as though the Jumlin finally has his true heir, Laughing Bear, in his clutches. There are still fourteen and a half years before Walker Smith can next attempt the ritual to make his spawn immortal, but if Ash doesn't do something now it might spell the end for the dreamwalkers, and the rest of the town... This sequel was not as neat as the first book in the series.Dealing with time travel is always tricky: there are paradoxes, fixed points in time, twisting and tangling threads that it's impossible to straight out. None of this was a problem in the first book, because the direction of travel was one way, meaning the events in the present always impacted the events in the future, causing the constant changing and rearranging that allowed the dreamwalkers to foil the Jumlin's plans over and over.But a lot of the events of this book weren't thought out.Read the rest of my review here!

  • Jaki
    2018-12-09 23:33

    Well, that was definitely worth the wait. The loooong wait. Two years I've been dying to see what happens to Ash! Dear Ms Estes - I'm old. I'm ancient. I'm way too old to be reading a young adult book, but this series sucked me in with Fifteen and won't let go. Please don't pull a George R R Martin on me - I don't want to die before the series is finished. *sob*Time travel...parallel universes...alternate dimensions....I'm a sucker for them. That - plus the fact that Ash is definitely one of the better teenager characters I've read - means I'm hooked on The Dreamwalker Diaries series. You must read Fifteen before reading this. You can get the gist of the tale without having read it, but you'll appreciate the characters and the story a helluva lot more...also, just read it! :) Sixteen delves deeper into the Dreamwalker lore. We get a prologue that tells us of their beginnings, and the characters really start to get deeper and more interesting. Except Nadette. She's still a bitch. She'll always be a bitch. Heh. :) Ash has got a better hold on her abilities - she's determined to change things in her present, so the horrendous future will never happen. Problem is, changing things now, doesn't necessarily mean the changes to the future are good. She needs help to learn more so she tracks down the doctor in the first book who did the sleep study with her. He said he was a doctor...what he really is will shock you..Click here for more! Heh. Gotta tell you, I didn't see that coming. I had my suspicions about Dr Rob Deitz, but I was way off base. Came right out of left field for me. Poor Ash. Her world is pretty much turned upside down - dreamwalking, her mum, her friends. How she's not collapsing under the stress I'll never know. If you're not a fan of young adult, give this a go. The teens aren't whiny (except Nadette), annoying (except Nadette) or a pain in the arse (except...you get the picture). Of course, Nadette is supposed to be that way - we are supposed to hate her. Nadette is like the Veda Pierce of the Dreamwalking world. Seriously. I do wish Goodreads would do half stars - this is more of a four-and-a-half. It's damn good writing, a brilliant plot that I love, and the vast majority of the characters are excellent. Oh, and more Coop and Caleb please!

  • Marjolein
    2018-11-13 23:55

    Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com 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 (view spoiler)[ 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 to easy.(hide spoiler)]Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  • Ally Camble
    2018-12-01 22:38

    In Fifteen, the first book in the Dreamwalker Diaries, Ash has dreadful nightmares of a future filled with monsters that enslave and eat the people of her town and Ash uses her dreams to prevent that future. In Sixteen, Ash desperately tries to dreamwalk again and by doing so, she sets events in motion to bring that horrible future back. Now Ash is fixing her own mistakes and staying in the present to do this. She has lost her mom, but the battle against the Jumlin brings her a whole community of friends, family and monster killers. Sixteen is a weird combination of normalcy and the bizarre. In fact, it’s chock full of little edgy nuggets; things that keep your attention. From going back in time to hang out with her pregnant teenage mom (normal-ish) to attacking government employees in a deserted parking lot and not having her boyfriend run away screaming, Estes certainly knows how to keep her readers’ attention. Knowing what they know about Nadine’s connection to the Jumlin I strongly question Ash’s acceptance of her decision in the last scene. Hopefully, Tate will keep a close eye on Laughing Bear or that future they keep trying to avoid will return once more. Curiosity Quills gave me a copy of this book for an honest review.

  • CrazyCat (Alex)
    2018-11-12 23:52

    Two years... I have waited for this book for two years. It was a long wait and sometimes I wasn't sure if there even would be a second book. But then, finally, here it is. The second installment in the Dreamwalker Diaries. Was it worth the wait? YES, yes it was. With a lot more background information about how it come about the dream walkers and the first victim of the Jumlin. The book pics up where the first one ended, with Ash facing the consequences of trying to get her hands on sleeping pills. She's desperate to find help for getting her mom back. But nothing can prepare her for the journey ahead of her. Seeing her mom as a teen, Tate coming back to town with Nadette in tow, Glen making a appearance at her door, the Jumlin catching on to her actions and the feelings she has for a boy she thought not liking. Action filled, "Sixteen" is a real page turner and I couldn't put the book down. The ending gives me hope that there might be a third book in the future. "The Dreamwalker Dairies" is a series I highly recommend to all YA adult readers. If you haven't read the books yet, grab the first in this series, "Fifteen" and start reading. You're missing out on a real good story!I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, NetGalley and Curiosity Quills Press!

  • Sally
    2018-11-16 03:53

    Totally awesome sequel to Fifteen! Although it had been a while since I had read that so I found myself a little confused at the start - especially as some of the things eluded to seemed to have not happened in book one, but rather in the space of time between book one and book two, and it took me a moment to figure out what was what.Also the prologue, set back in time with the very first Dreamwalker, felt a little overlong to me and I started to think that I had somehow downloaded a different book! It took a while before it became clear what story it was telling. But apart from that, I loved it. (view spoiler)[I loved when Ash accidentally went back in time and met her mom who had just fallen pregnant with her. I loved Caleb and am curious about how she ends up with Coop instead! I love how they didn't have to explain the demon spawn to him and risk sounding crazy because he just saw one get killed instead. Much easier! And I really loved how with Walker far away, Nadette suddenly became NICE. How it was totally just being close to him that made her a raging bitch. I mean she's still a bit bitchy, but just in the snobby prom queen kind of way, not in the soulless monster way. And I love how it ended, definitely can't wait to see what the "dream team" can accomplish in book three! (hide spoiler)]

  • Jenni Crawford
    2018-11-14 23:41

    ***I voluntarily reviewed this book for Katsindiebookblog, and I gained no monetary incentives nor was I specifically requested to review the book.*** This was a great follow up to Fifteen. I fell in love with the first book and this one does not disappoint. This book is filled with all the answers you can think of that you may have asked reading Fifteen. You are still thrown into much action with this story as Ash is trying to right a wrong, one that will give her something she's wanted for a long time. The Jumlin is still out there using all his powers and demons to get what he's always wanted. Could it be possible now with all of Ash's mistakes? Or can her and get friends stop him once again. It's really hard to do this particular review out of fear of giving too much away. Dreamwalking becomes more frequent this time around, people who she thought was other people is not the case. Mysteries are definitely solved in this story. You will not be disappointed in this follow up, and it will make you excited about the next book in the series, I know I am!

  • Kat
    2018-12-12 23:50

    *** I voluntarily reviewed this book, I gained no monetary incentives nor was I specifically requested to review the book, these are my honest ramblings and I hope you enjoy reading them - kat***Overall Score 3.5StarsSo its a few years since I read Fifteen, but I soon got back into the mythological tale of the Jumlin and our Dreamwalker Ashling, who tries and succeeded to stop his chance to take over the world, but the cost was too much for Ash and she wants a redo...She wants another chance to dreamwalk, to go back and try again. No spoilers but Ash causes a fair few problems with this quest to go back into the past, although she gains a new perspective on her life, it causes the Jumlin to catch on to who the Dreamwalker is and is dead set on getting another chance too.The first book really interested me, I have always had a thing for Native Indian legends, but this book seemed to be a bit of a filler, yes it introduces where the Dreamwalker line is from (AKA Ash's Paternal line) but there were a few things that confused me, I can't say what as it would spoil the story, but it is the Future Ash coming back that caused me to wonder why she would do that, causing her 16-year-old self to get into trouble.The ending has left it open for the next book to see if Ash and her friends succeed in stopping the Jumlin once and for all.

  • Tonja Drecker
    2018-12-07 19:38

    The weave of teenage drama, time travel, Indian myths, and demons creates a fast-paced adventure and unexpected surprises around every corner.Ash stopped the horrible future of a demon rule, but now, it's her own past that she can't accept. Determined to stop her mother's death, Ash searches for a way to dreamwalk again. But time is a fickle thing--trying to correct a 'wrong' doesn't necessarily make things turn out for the better. It can make them worse. Much worse.I read the first book, Fifteen, before diving into Sixteen and don't recommend reading book two as a stand-alone, since the plot of this second book builds on Ash's background and the events in book one.The goal in book one was pretty much set--Ash needed to save the future from the demon rule. In Sixteen, this is no longer the case. Although the demon still needs to be kept at bay, Ash is now acting on her own interests. This not only gives more depth to Ash, but opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. Ash makes mistakes, and these are no longer easy to fix. She struggles as she has to learn how far to push things and when to let them be added heart-break and sympathy. Plus, it was interesting to see how even tiny actions could bring about tremendous consequences. The other characters come to life in this book as their histories, personalities, desires and problems gain influence on the plot. This created not only more room for unexpected twists, but added the layers missing in book one. Especially Skylar slides out of the background and wins a nice touch. But the relationship with several of the other characters makes Ash makes more interesting than before. There's more concentration on questions concerning family and relationships, and Ash searches for herself in this direction now too. In other words, I simply enjoyed this second book more than the first.The pacing is steady, offering a nice balance between action and character development. Even the evil demon becomes more interesting as he takes on a slightly different position to reach his goals. Summed up, this is a lovely read for fans of time travel, demons and teenage struggles, and it'll be fun to see where book three will take Ash and her dreamwalking next.I received a complimentary copy from Curiosity Quills.I

  • Stefanie Kral
    2018-11-22 19:57

    ✯✯4 Dreamwalking Stars!!!✯✯Jen Estes has FINALLY given me more of this crazy story!! I lovedFifteenand been pulling my hair out waiting for book 2. I was blindsided when all of a sudden I saw book 2 was releasing AND it had a name LOL. I was nervous when I started this. I was afraid I wouldn't remember what happened inFifteen . But, once I startedSixteenI remembered and my worries went out the window.The prologue jumps right in. Or back actually. It jumps back to the very first Dreamwalker and gives you the how and why the demon Jumlin came and the Dreamwalker all began.Ashling's life has been completely turned upside down six months ago. She's trying to deal with the effects of what happened. Ashling is doing community service and trying to figure out a way to go back in time to save her mom. She goes looking for Dr. Rob. Figured he'd be able to help her figure it out. Except he's not who he says he is. Things don't go as Ashling planned. When she goes back farther then originally wanted.She meets her mom as a teenager and befriends her. Unfortunately, the Jumlin runs into her and an explosion erupts. Ash unwilling messed up the previous Dreamwalkers job. When he switched Nadette.Now, Ash has to try and fix what was undone. But, when Tate and Nadette show back up things get harder. The Jumlin now has his weapon and just has to wait until the perfect time. His plan is to kill Ash's Dreamwalker family link. It's become a mission of do or die.I flew thru this book. It was so interesting. The time traveling wasn't as much as the first book. That alone made it easier to follow. We learn all about the history and the ins and outs. We see all about the missing part of Ashling's family and where exactly she got the gene from.Jen Estes better hurry up with book 3. After this cliffhanger can't wait long to find out what will happen next!

  • Sarah-Jayne Briggs
    2018-12-11 01:33

    (I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).(This review may contain spoilers).Having read the first book in this series, I was immediately happy to read the second when it was offered as an ARC.I liked the opportunity to see the origins of the Jumlin. It was also good to learn more about the child... or, rather, the previous incarnations of Laughing Bear. While I really didn't like her when she suddenly made an appearance, I couldn't help but feel sorry for her; and later in the book, she seemed to have more depth to her than in book one.I liked the fact that Ashling had to suffer through real consequences, both from what had happened in book one and also from what happened in this book.While I could understand Ashling's desperation to save her mother, I did think that, by doing so, she made some poor choices that had a negative impact on not only her, but also on the other people around her, including the new family members she'd discovered. I did, however, like the fact she had the chance to go back in time and see her mother when she was the same age.I did think that, towards the end of the book, the setting felt almost like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with the amount of people who knew the truth. It was hard to suspend my disbelief when people who were untrained were able to kill the Jumlin's spawn, at least until there was an explanation given.I thought it was good to see Ashling meet Coop in the present, though it was just as weird for me, as a reader, to think of the fact they would be married as adults. It was sweet to see the almost hero worship on Coop's part, though.I did kind of feel like the romance was tacked on for the sake of it. I would have liked more focus on Laughing Bear and the Jumlin, as I felt the danger the characters were in took a backseat to some of the subplot.On the whole, I did enjoy reading this book. It was a nice addition to the series, but I wouldn't say it could stand on its own. If you're new to the series, start with book one.

  • Kelly
    2018-12-01 23:48

    About two years ago I read FIFTEEN by Jen Estes, the first book in the Dreamwalker Diaries. A little reminder:Fifteen-year-old Ashling Campbell is a dreamwalker. She has the ability to travel fifteen years into the future, but only in her dreams. Her purpose? To stop an evil monster from taking control. By changing her present, she also changes her future, and every night she travels to her thirty-year-old self to see if she has succeeded.After the events of FIFTEEN, the series now continues with SIXTEEN. If you haven’t read the first book yet, there might be some spoilers up ahead (but no spoilers for SIXTEEN, promise!) You might think that Ashling’s Dreamwalking days were over after she saved her town from the Jumlin, but guess what, she isn’t really satisfied with how everything turned out. She wants another chance to chance her life and she wants to dreamwalk again. At the same time, the Jumlin is also not giving up on his mission and he is desperate to find out how his plans keep failing.I had to wait a looooong time to be able to read the second book and well, it was worth the wait for sure! I loved FIFTEEN because the story was a mix between Lakota legends of the Jumlin, timetravel and the Butterfly Effect. All these elements are back in SIXTEEN. In the second book there is a lot less actual dreamwalking, but that turns out to actually be a good thing. Now the focus is a lot more on the backstory of the Dreamwalkers and you get a lot more story of the various characters surrounding Ashling (yay!). Jen Estes really delivered another great, thrilling, action packed novel with an original story and great characters. I’m sooooo curious now for the third book. I know this story just has to continue on for a bit and I’m actually quite desperate to know what’s up with Caleb & Coop (wait, am I really interested in the relationship in a book, what is wrong with me?!). Highly recommended!I received this book for free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Curiosity Quills Press!

  • Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
    2018-12-11 02:53

    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. *MerissaArchaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

  • Hel
    2018-11-24 01:53

    I give this book the lowest rating, although I haven't read it. Like any other subscriber to the time travel category I wouldn't even read the bulb. So publishers, stop spamming categories.

  • Nicole Marie
    2018-12-09 01:41

    I echo all my sentiment from my review of Fifteen, this series is a gem that I can't believe I'd never heard of; it's not without it's flaws, but nothing ever is.I've given this book 4 out of 5 stars; if you haven't read the first book in this series yet, I highly recommend you do so, and when you've finished it, promptly purchase Sixteen because you're going to want to find out where the story goes.Read my full review here: https://raptinthepages.wordpress.com/...

  • Ali Kiki
    2018-11-19 02:49

    Did Not Finish

  • Ellen Klock
    2018-12-08 01:57

    Here is a tale of teen angst with a twist. You have the social misfit who despite her lack of popularity, is best friends with the prom queen and dating the Captain of the Football Team that she met while fulfilling her court mandated community service as punishment for buying drugs (sleeping pills) from an undercover cop. To complicate matters, the one person who provides emotional support has run off with her obnoxious foster sister. Sounds like your typical YA novel, yet there is a whole other story written between the lines which moves Sixteen by Jen Estes up a notch from normal expectations. Those of you who read Fifteen, the first novel in the Dreamwalker Diaries Series by Jen Estes are familiar with Ashling Campbell, a Dreamwalker who is the only one that can stop the depraved Jumlin from achieving immortality for himself and his spawn, thus gaining the ability to enslave or destroy mankind. Luckily this can only be attempted once every fifteen years and requires the help of the reincarnated Laughing Bear who is human despite being a descendent of the Jumlin. The Dreamwalker is able to travel 15 years forward through time in order to find a way to thwart these potential cataclysmic events. Their progeny is then burdened with the same task until the Jumlin either succeeds in his task or is destroyed. In Fifteen, Ash discovers that the Jumlin is actually, Walker Smith, the supposed father of best friend Skykar (who was actually switched at birth with his real daughter - Nadette - by the predecessor Dreamwalker). In order to prevent her horrific recurring nightmares from becoming true, Ash convinces Nadette (her foster sister) to run away, not realizing her buddy Tate would go along for the ride. It's not that she totally resents his attraction to her malicious "adopted" roommate, it's that she doesn't have anyone else with whom she can share her most intimate nightmares without being declared insane. Sixteen advances the saga as Jen tracks down her half brother who has the key to finding another way to "redo" her previous feat in order to "undo" the accidental shooting death of her mother. Success in this quest would result in a boring plot, so the unexpected repercussions of her actions alert the Jumlin to her presence, endangering her friends and family. Forced to expand the circle of individuals who know the truth, they must band together and make some difficult decisions on how to keep the demon Walker from unearthing any further secrets while destroying the minions who make up his empire - all without being thrown into prison for murder or ending up hospitalized/dead.The trouble the author, Jen Estes, faced was how to weave the two stories together. It's been two years since Fifteen was published, so a little refresher was welcome, but as Ash explains the whys and wherefores to a widening circle of people in the know, the reader is forced to hear the details over and over. Flashbacks and old diary entries fill in additional blanks as Ash solves some of the remaining riddles. While the repetitions get annoying at times, the plot has enough booby traps to keep it interesting along with some gratuitous violence to appeal to readers who additionally enjoy stories with vampire or dragon slayers. Of special interest was the blending of past, present, and future as Ash interacts with various individuals from her life at different stages in their existence.Expect an abrupt culmination with a cliffhanger ending leading into the next novel where the teens, armed with what normal people would consider insane facts, are determined to spend the summer tracking down and destroying this evil which threatens the world. Not quite as groundbreaking as the first novel, three and a half stars and a thank you to Curiosity Quill for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This review also appears on my blog, Gotta Read.