July 19, 2013

Review: 15 Minutes

15 Minutes by Jill Cooper
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: June 15, 2013
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Book Description:

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.

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Lara is my hero.

I don’t know how Jill Cooper does it, but she has the ability to create a story that constantly keeps me on the edge of my seat and 15 Minutes is no exception. 15 Minutes follows Lara Crane as she races through timelines to save her Mother and family from a dangerous enemy determined to destroy everything she holds dear.

I’ve never been a huge fan of science fiction stories, but this was probably one of the best stories I’ve read in a while. I love how Cooper jumps right into the story and the action. The plot is impeccably planned out and trust me; I’ve read enough books to know that’s hard to do.

Time travel has to be hard to write about, but Cooper makes it seem easy. Her story flows beautifully and I found myself getting lost in Lara’s journey through time in an attempt to save her Mom. Everything that happens after that moment is intense and fast paced. There are so many good scenes with small hints as to what’s going on or who’s behind what. But even with those, when a big moment happens you’re still completely shocked. It’s awesome!

There were a lot of characters in the story I liked, mostly all of them, but Lara was by far my favorite. She is an amazing character; I loved her from the very beginning. It’s rare to have strong female character that doesn’t need to be saved by another character, but instead does the saving and that is totally Lara.

I cannot get over how much I loved this book. The action was mixed in with the perfect amount of romance and I literally finished it in less than a day. I would highly recommend 15 Minutes to anyone who loves science fiction and even people who don’t!

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Author Bio:

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.

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