YA Thriller/Time Travel book 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper ~ Book Review

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Hi there everyone, Paul here today and I am happy to be reviewing the YA Thriller/Time Travel book 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper. I signed up to be a stop on Ms. Cooper’s blog tour, but unfortunately the tour host backed out on her. ** Hey, Paul here again, I was able to link up to the Lazy Days of Summer Spontaneous Giveaway Hop hosted by Colorimetry & I Am A Reader Not A Writer so many thanks to them! ** So, I am moving forward with my review anyway and am hopeful that all our fantastic followers will show Ms. Cooper some love! She certainly deserves it as 15 Minutes is a great book! Oops, I don’t want to give too much away yet. Let’s move on to the blurb.

I have 15 minutes to save my mother’s life….
15 minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives you in the past, but for Lara Crane it’s enough time to race through the city, find her mother, and stop her from being killed in a mugging that happened over ten years ago.
But that’s not how it happened. The story she’s been told all her life is a lie and when Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever.
 photo 15_ebook_zps15770350.jpgThe love of her life acts like a stranger. Her simple life is replaced with a giant house, glamorous clothes and a new boyfriend.
Except someone knows her secret. And he will try to stop her at every turn as she races against the clock to unravel a dangerous conspiracy.
15 Minutes is an edgy high octane YA thriller that can be described as Back to the Future meets Inception where the people Lara trusts change in an instant. She is in a timeline she doesn’t understand, and is about to make one fatal mistake as she faces an enemy so familiar, he’s family.

Now for a bit about the author Jill Cooper:

I could write this in the third person. I could tell you what I like, where I was born, and what my favorite things are.
But instead, I’ll say I don’t want to write like everyone else. I don’t want to craft stories you’ve read a thousand times before. I want my novels to be a cinematic experience, blending themes, genres, and situations unlike any you’ve ever read.
I want to break the rules. I want you to break out in a cold sweat as you read my books out of fear, love, and excitement. I want my books to be an experience. When you finish, I want you to feel something. Good or bad.
If you do, then I’ll have succeeded. If not, I’ll keep trying.
Okay, now for my review.
What I liked Most: I loved the author’s detailed spin on time travel. The way she notes the changes Lara saving her mom caused and the way she presents the problems with time travel. Things such as, the merging of memories, brain hemorrhages, nose bleeds are horrifying. Just a great job of really enabling us to dive into the story and accept the whole premise. 
What Missed A Bit: Very little to note here. The only thing that comes to mind is the difficulty in determining what is real and what isn’t. This, of course, is done on purpose, but it was difficult and frustrating to try to determine. It did however, cause me to keep turning the pages for answers.
Overall: I loved 15 Minutes. Just a great overall book. It is filled with action (especially the whirlwind of activity at the end), intrigue (the “hide in the shower” note written in Lara’s handwriting), and tension (will Lara make it in time?) all work together to create a spellbinding read the  readers of all ages will love. A special note regarding the WAH-WAH-WAH reference of adults from Charlie Brown when Lara is in class. Overall: 5 stars! Well done, Ms. Cooper. I look forward to more books.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to show Ms. Cooper some love. Stop by her website, her facebook page, or send her a tweet. If you’d like to purchase 15 Minutes, click on any of the links below, then head on down to the Rafflecopter for the chance to win an ebook copy of her book The Dream Slayer. Leave us a comment. If you could time travel, what memory would you like to revisit?

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  1. If we’re talking my own memories, I would go back right before the accident I had when I was 20 and call my dad because I had the knowledge that simply putting brake fluid in the car won’t fix them. You need to bleed the lines of air.

    My brother flew out of my car window when I lost control of my car going around a curve and wrecked because I had no brakes. He was in a coma for awhile, survived thank God, but I would spare him that if I could. Thanks! Heather1974 at gmail dot com

  2. If I could go back, I go back 30 years to the week before my brother’s suicide and see what was going on that made him harm himself. He was in another state.

  3. The moment I met my boyfriend. We been together for almost 4 years now so going back to when we first began would be interesting.

  4. I would love to see my kids little again. They range from 18 to 10.

  5. The last time I saw my daddy

    eg kaufman

  6. What a wonderful review- it actually gave me goose bumps reading it! I am so curious about it and believe it will keep me on the edge of my seat. 🙂 I would go back to a special time I shared with my grandmother.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Hi Jess,
      Thanks for the kind words, but I really have to thank Ms. Cooper for writing such a wonderful book. Thanks so much for stopping by & sharing. Grandmothers are so special, I wish time travel was real.


  7. Nice review, Paul, you really made me consider picking up the book. Although I will say the brain hemorrhage thing and the merging of memories, nosebleeds, is something that’s been increasingly brought into Time Travel thanks to the film The Butterfly Effect (2001). When you mentioned that that was my first reaction to it. It sounds like “The Butterfly Effect” in a more expanded format of a novel.

  8. I think I would go back to the days that my children were born..

  9. I would go back to the 80’s.. 😉 Best music era.

    vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

    • HI Valerie,
      That is a really good one and I have to agree. I love the 80’s it was a great time to grow up that’s for sure, MTV, Max Headroom, Men Without Hats, New Coke, the list goes on. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing.


  10. I would go back to when both of my parents were alive and we lived in Hawaii, a lot of pleasant memories, THank you

    • Hi Dorothy,
      I would love to at least visit Hawaii. Funny how certain segments of time seem to be perfect. I think back to when my wife and I had just moved to our current home and our 1st dog was still alive and that seems like everything was perfect. I would go back to that time myself. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing.


  11. Definitely would choose a moment in time when my Dad was still alive. Miss him everyday. Thanks!

  12. I would revisit the time my momwas alive.

  13. Any with my grandfather who died when I was 3 or my grandmother or my oldest child’s godfather whom died when she was 7 months old.

  14. I would probably go back to when I was in college.

  15. I’d probably go back and visit my grandparents who died a few years ago. Thanks for the giveaway

  16. Thanks for sharing the hop and your giveaway. evamilliien at gmail dot com

  17. I’d probably go back to before I wasted four years on a guy. I’d tell myself to leave him and devote myself to my writing. Ugh, if only. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. I would go back to before my grandmother died.

  19. J would go back 20 years ago when i got married for the first time.

  20. I would go back to before my father’s aunt died,I really wanted to go home,and maybe if I stayed a little bit,I would have felt better

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