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 🙂 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 🙂
15 Minutes by Jill Cooper
Released: June 15, 2013
Series: The Rewind Series #1
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.
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