15 Minutes Blog Tour: Review & Dream Cast

September 12, 2013 blog tour, book review 15

Hi guys! Welcome to my tour stop for the 15 MINUTES by Jill Cooper blog tour, hosted by Itching for Books! Not only was this book really good, but I’m doing my first ever dream cast for the novel! This was so much fun, I hope you like who I picked πŸ™‚ This took a lot of thinking on my part. I can now appreciate the time it takes for casting directors to come up with the right person for each part in a movie. Also, there is a really cool giveaway going on with a scavenger hunt! Hop through the various stops on the tour here for the clues πŸ™‚

15 Minutes by Jill Cooper

Released: June 15, 2013
Series: The Rewind Series #1
Pages: 234

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.

15 MINUTES is an intense, edge of your seat, thrilling time travel adventure filled with lots of twists and turns. You’ll be so absorbed into the story, you won’t even realize that 70% of the novel has passed you by.

Okay, so I normally wait to say something like that ^ until the end of my reviews. But I just couldn’t wait until the end to spit that out. This was an awesome novel, awesome! I’ve been eating up time travel novels lately and this one is definitely in my top 3. Lara lost her mother when she was younger and would do anything to go back in time and stop her mother’s murderer. But when she does, her life spirals out of control. She wakes up in a new reality, with new people, and new terrifying truths. It’s up to her to once again fix what she started or nothing will ever be the same again.

Lara was such a great main character. She is one of those people you wish you could be in the given situations she was in. She’s head strong, determined, wishes for only the best, and a bit irrational. You can tell from the first chapter that she has only the best intentions but is a bit rash and doesn’t think of the consequences during the heat of the moment. This causes her to regret, reminisce, wish things were different, but ultimately how to accept what you now have and learn to love it. After she changes her past, she wakes up with a new dad and boyfriend who she just can’t stand at first. It’s not what she’s used to and it does take her time to adjust. This made her character extremely real and it allowed you to see the vulnerable and scared side to her. I would be the exact same way if I woke up in a completely different world! My favorite part about her was that once she did get used to her new life, she became extremely devoted to her new family and boyfriend and was willing to do anything to protect them.

As I said earlier, this plot moved fast. It was action packed, thrilling, and scary. You never knew what was going to happen next. My only little gripe was that it got confusing sometimes when Lara would start to have a flashback of something in the past. You eventually caught on, yes, but it took a couple of paragraphs to realize this. If these scenes were in a different font or in italics or the like, I wouldn’t have hesitated. Also, there was a certain part of the book where she was rapidly going from one event to another. These flashed by rapidly and it was hard to keep up but I had no problems with this instance. It makes complete sense with the context of the plot during that point in time. If you read this, you’ll completely understand and will grasp exactly what Lara must be going through.

I really enjoyed the secondary characters in this book, too. You come to love some of them, only to be completely torn to shreds by them later on. (I really wish I could explain this but it would give some things away, so I’ll unfortunately refrain.) You dislike some characters at first, only to realize that you couldn’t imagine them not being in Lara’s life. The family dynamics in this novel, in all time periods that Lara is in, are wonderful and show all sides to typical families: the happy, sad, stressful, fights, and tears. But one thing is for sure: you never know who to trust at any given moment. Just don’t be surprised when some of these characters turn out to be opposite of what you think!

If you’re looking for a time travel novel, do not hesitate to pick this one up! It has all the great elements about titles in this genre: great characters, the ups and downs of family/love interest dynamics, thrills, chills, adventure, time travel (duh!), twists, turns, and everything in between. I devoured this book, as I’m sure you will too. Oh, and the ending? Yeah, that freaking ending. I had a gut feeling something like that was going to happen and really, really wished it wouldn’t happen. Ahh, it did. I think I screamed “noooo” out loud.So yeah, you’re going to be wanting the next book in the series, ASAP.

5 Thought Clouds!
I received an ebook copy from the author for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review. Thank You!
Dream Cast
“Lara Crane”
Jennifer Lawrence
Okay, yes, this is probably really cliche but c’mon, who doesn’t love JLaw?! She’s such a kick ass girl. She’s the perfect Katniss: fierce, loyal, willing to do anything for those she loves. She’s raw and emotional in Silver Linnings Playbook. She possess all the qualities that Lara has! Plus, this picture kind of looks like the cover πŸ™‚
Taylor Kitsch
Ohh, this boy. Anyone seen Friday Night Lights? Yeah. This boy is so swoon-worthy, it’s not even funny. *ahem* Back to why he’d be the perfect Rick. Rick is Lara’s boyfriend before she goes back in time. He’s the boy she’s grown up with, the boy she loves and knows loves her with everything he has. He’s also one of those boys that has a mile high wall. He comes off as extremely hard and unemotional…unless you’re the girl he’s been in love with for years. Reminds me exactly of Tim Riggens in FNL.
Jesse Metcalfe
Most famous for his role as “John Tucker” in John Tucker Must Die, Jesse just screams rich, popular, and athletic. This is what Lara used to think of him, until after she changed the past and finds herself dating him in her new life. There’s a side to him she never knew: sweet, sensitive, lovable, the perfect boyfriend. In John Tucker Must Die, you get to see the sweet side of John. Jesse plays both roles wonderfully and would be awesome as Donovan!
“Miranda Crane Montgomery” (Lara’s mom)
Angelina Jolie
Love Angelina as an actress. Love her! She and Jennifer look enough alike to pull off being mother and daughter. Angelina is famous for her roles as the awesome spy/assassin type character. She is extremely fierce, obviously. She’s also a mom to 6 kids. You know she loves them more than anything. She’s got a sensitive, matronly side that would be perfect playing Lara’s mom. She would be great at being the overworked, dedicated, brilliant scientist who needs to find more time to be the mother we know she is.
The Author

Jill Cooper 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.

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15 Responses to “15 Minutes Blog Tour: Review & Dream Cast”

  1. theevasmommy

    Thanks for the great review and it was fun seeing your dream cast! It is hard, isn’t it? I love seeing different ideas in this area πŸ™‚ My fav of your picks I think is your Rick!

    Jill Cooper

    • Christine P

      Thanks for letting me be a part of the tour! Absolutely loved the book!! Looking forward to the next one πŸ™‚ Gah, don’t you just love Taylor?! He’s so complicated. Thought he would be perfect for Rick!

    • Christine P

      Thanks! It took forever to come up with some great people. It seemed like the minute I sat down to do this, I forgot every actor in Hollywood. You’re welcome πŸ™‚

    • Christine P

      This was so much fun! I’m so glad I sent out the email to do this kind of post first πŸ™‚ Will definitely do this again on another one of your tours!

    • Christine P

      Brandi, this was such a good book. I thought Lara was a strong MC. While upset about the circumstances, she remained strong and vigilante which I loved. Definitely try this book!

    • Christine P

      I have such a woman crush on her. I would love anything that she is in. She’s my age and I feel like I’ve accomplished nothing compared to her πŸ™

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