Monday, September 9, 2013

Blog Tour ~ 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper ~ Review, Excerpt + Giveaway!

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15 Minutes
15 Minutes by Jill Cooper

Release Date: June 15, 2013
Pages: 234
Genre: YA Time Travel Mystery Thriller
Source: Author
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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.

Lara Crane has 15 minutes in the past. Normally people can't change things or interact in the past but she can. She mapped out the town and is ready to save her mom who died when she was five years old. Lara runs to her mother and takes the bullet meant for her. Expecting to wake up in the perfect life, she realizes nothing is a perfect fix. In this reality her mom is alive but her dad was put in jail for hiring someone to kill her mom. She lives in a big house, with a step dad, twin siblings, and the rich guy that never paid attention to her is now her boyfriend. And her old boyfriend, Rick, barely knows her. Now she must figure out who framed her dad and try to fix the new life she created for herself.

I loved that this book starts right off with a bang. No introduction, just Lara's immediate journey to the past. You have to figure everything out right along with Lara. There are flashbacks to her old life and as Lara begins to receive the memories from her new life, you begin to learn how her new life developed. It is a constant thrill and guess as to what will happen next. Every time one clue was revealed and I sort of thought I had an idea of what happened, another twist would be revealed and throw my theory out the window.

There are two love interests, Rick from her first life, and Donovan from her new life. It was hard not to like both guys since Rick was her life long friend and boyfriend before she time traveled, and Donovan was the same in her new life. But since we didn't get any introduction I didn't see too much of her with Rick so I did like Donovan just a tiny bit more. Poor Lara has a hard time though because she feels guilty being with Donovan since to her she was just with Rick. It was hard to know which guy to trust since there are constant twists and reveals about the guys.

This was very exciting and surprising throughout. I just had to know how this would all work out. The time travel plot was very interesting. A company allows people to buy 15 minutes of time to visit their favorite memories in the past. They are just an observes but Lara realized she could interact with people which brought about her plan to change things. Lara's mom works for the company and the mystery revolves around her mom and what the time travel can be used for. I don't want to say any more because it is a fun ride and so much happens I probably couldn't even explain it. Looking for an action packed, edge of your seat, time travel thriller then this is perfect! I had a great time reading it!

Rating: 4/5 

Beginning Excerpt

    I have fifteen minutes.
    “Lara Crane?”
    Standing in the sterile waiting room of the time travel agency known simply as Rewind, I turn towards the voice. A redhead technician with a tight ballerina bun offers me a handshake. I've met her before. Her name is Delilah.
    I should be in second period lab class, but instead I cut. I have something more important to do than completing junior year chemistry.
     “Nice to see you again.” After a glance over my shoulder, I follow her through a tiny hallway and into a secure room. I crinkle paper brochures in one hand, and with the other repeatedly tuck my hair behind my ears.
    Her lips perch together in a tight smile. “You too, Ms. Crane. One of my favorite return visitors.”
    I sit down in the overstuffed black recliner, and when she latches the door, the metallic boom makes my heart skip a beat.
    This is it. Turning back is not an option.
    The stark white walls, sparsely covered with posters, make me feel like a trapped rat. Time travel has rules, the posters warn, and I plan on breaking every one. A daughter will do anything for her mother.
    I have one chance at this, and with my heightened blood pressure, it’s clear my body knows it. Once you travel back to a specific time, it’s catalogued as off limits. Frequent travel to the same moment, in the same space, causes a rut in space, like pacing across a worn floor. If I fail, if I can’t do this, my mother will remain dead forever.

Jill loves to blend horror, comedy, the supernatural, and love, through her novels. A fan of genre blending, her work strives to cross boundaries, but most of all strives to entertain. She loves soft cuddly cats, warm blankets, and paranormal romances. Jill resides in Massachusetts, is constantly renovating her home that she shares with her husband, young daughter, and two skittish cats.



  1. Thanks for your review :) I'm glad you had a good time reading it. It was a fun book to write, that's for sure!

    Jill Cooper

  2. I don't know how I have missed seeing this one but it sounds really good! I am adding it to my TBR pile now!

  3. Great review. Nice excerpt. Thanks for participating :)

  4. Exciting and starting with a bang are great qualities I need!

  5. Oh this sounds awesome. I love time travel books and this has captured my attention. I want to read this one.

  6. This sounds really cool. I love the time travel aspect. I'd love to read it.

  7. I am SO going to read this! 15 Minutes totally sounds like my kind of book. Great review, Jennifer.

  8. I have seen this one and the cover keeps drawing me in. It is gorgeous! Thanks!

  9. this looks and sounds fantastic! Thanks for the great review! Definitely going on the top of my wishlist ;)

  10. Definitely wanna read this one!! Thanks for the review!


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