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.
The 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.
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