Welcome to my stop on the 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper book tour organized by Itching for Books!
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.
Set in the not-too-distant future, where going back in time to review memories is possible, Lara seems like a normal high schooler. She has a boyfriend, Rick, a loving father, and a dog. One thing is missing, however, her mother. Lara Crane’s mother was murdered when Lara was a young girl. At 16, her dad purchased Lara a pass to go back in time to witness a past that included her mom. She shouldn’t be able to interact with her surroundings…but she can.
Immediately an idea forms in her head that she can save her mom so that her family can be together again.
Only it doesn’t happen that way. After saving her mom, she wakes up to a completely new life. She can remember her old life, but memories of a life she didn’t live begin to filter into her brain. Plus, she has a step-dad, half siblings, a nice new-to-her home, and a different boyfriend, Donovan. At least her mom’s alive? True, she is, but nothing is as it seems, including Lara.
I truly liked Lara as a character. Everything changes so drastically, and she responds as expected. She stays true to the life she had as best as she can while adjusting to, but not fully accepting, her life in the new timeline. She’s clever. As the mysteries of her timeline change begin to unravel, it was fun to watch her piece things together while still keeping up appearances that she belongs in this life to try to not be noticed by those who would do her harm for discovering dangerous secrets. I highly enjoyed the secondary characters too, from complex characters like Jax, Donovan, and Miranda to Mike and Molly who, rightfully being seven, had a childlike innocence that provided a nice element to this gripping story.
From the opening sentence, “I have fifteen minutes,” I couldn’t put 15 Minutes down. The idea of facing repercussions from altering the past is so intriguing. Would I ever go change something if I could, knowing that my life as I knew it could change as drastically as it did for Lara? I’m not sure.
Now for the Dream Cast! All names link up to IMBD profile photos.
I’ve enjoyed seeing her as Jo’s mom in ABC Family’s Twisted and given where that show was leading at the end of this season, I definitely think she could pull off this role in terms of its suspense and complexity.
She and her older sister Emily have both played a young Amanda Clarke on Revenge, and I think she could totally fit the bill for seven-year-old Molly Montgomery. Recently she’s been on The Young & the Restless.
Maria Pease loves old things, cats, ice cream, and books. A native Rhode Islander, she is the face behind The-Paisley and its offshoots: The Paisley Reader, The Paisley Editor, The Paisley Writer, and The Paisley Publicist.
A writing tutor and term-paper editor in college, she fell in love with editing once more after becoming a beta reader. She now freelances as The Paisley Editor and is a member of the Booktrope editing and proofreading team.
At 50K words into her New Adult SciFi debut novel, Maria hopes to have it published by December 2015.
With a degree in Museum Studies, Maria hopes that one day something at a museum will come to life like in the books and movies she loves.