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15 Minutes

(The Rewind Agency/Conspiracy #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,731 ratings  ·  293 reviews
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 fo
Paperback, 234 pages
Published June 15th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published June 9th 2013)
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An enjoyable time travel romp. Proper review to follow when back from hols 😀
Amy Aelleah
Jun 10, 2015 marked it as ugh
DNF - 19%


Let's play a rousing round of 'I don't think that word means what you think that word means'!

I throttle her back, and she crumbles to the pavement.

According to my dictionary, 'throttle' means to choke; strangle or to censor or suppress or to slow by means of a throttle. So…she strangled her mothers back? Leaving the idea aside that I believe to choke or strangle something you have to have oxygen or fuel passing through what you're 'throttling' - how long would her arms have to be to
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it
This is getting a three because the ideas were interesting and I may be willing to read the sequel depending on the description of it. Cooper got better and better at making Lara's bounces through time more interesting as the books progressed. I also, I deeply appreciated that Cooper gave consequences and Lara kept making sacrifices and was still not getting what she wanted. Cooper left it wide open for a sequel (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Think: The Matrix meets The Time Machine with a more likable protagonist than either.

Ahha! Cooper demonstrates that young adult novels can be engaging without substituting childish or adult behavior. The first person, present tense point of view not only works, but keeps the reader tightly engaged with this time travel “thriller.”

Lara is a believable person thrown into unbelievable circumstances, and we’re dragged along. She responds with intelligence, even as she suffers confusion and doubt. Th
Oct 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book, because it started well. The premise is interesting and the story is well written. There's no lack of action. In fact, the action is a bit rushed, enough that there's little character development aside from Lara. That can be somewhat excused because of the rapidly changing timelines - Lara is the only constant.

Lara is a bit of a puzzle. She has reasoning skills that seem unusually well developed for a teenager. I had trouble accepting her ability to physically overpo
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was exciting. It had me from page one and kept me wanting to know if Lara would be able to pull off everything she wanted to do. Lara wanted to go back in time and save her mom from being murdered. Did she succeed? Was it worth it in the end? Or did she lose everything to gain back her mom she only barely knew? Great book!
Kimber Wheaton
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ya
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Okay, first things first; 15 Minutes is a time travel thriller. I know there are people out there that looove to argue all the time travel paradoxes until the wee hours and beyond. Not only do they drive me crazy but they also will miss out on a great book. Sometimes it's fun to suspend belief and just go with it. I mean it is fiction after all. So on that note, let me just say that I loved 15 Minutes, and we are checking any
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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, a ...more
Science fiction stories featuring time travel can either go really, really well, or really, really badly. With an electrifying plot, an amazing concept and likeable characters, 15 Minutes is one of the best I've read yet.
A method of travelling into the past has been created, meaning that people can revisit fond memories. However, they only have fifteen minutes in that memory before they are jolted back to the present. This means that Lara Crane only has fifteen minutes to save her mum from being
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a copy of this book for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

This book is edgy, full of action, and I absolutely loved it!! There are all kinds of possibilities in 15 Minutes. I think Jill Cooper did an amazing job with telling a story of time travel.

I'd give anything to be able to travel back in time and experience good memories all over again. If I could use time travel to prevent my mom from dying, I'd do it in a heartbeat no matter the consequences,
Heather Wood
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
15 Minutes was a fun and action-packed ride. I love time travel novels and this one didn’t disappoint. I liked the characters and although this book works as a standalone, I’m excited to read future books about Lara’s adventures.

The setup is simple enough: Lara decides to go back in time to stop her mom from being murdered. This single act changes her world completely and she finds that stopping her mom from being killed leads to more danger. Besides suspense, there’s also a lot of mystery, spec
Cally Jackson
I bought this book because, at first glance, the premise sounded a lot like my current novel-in-progress. 'Uh oh,' I thought. But when I read 15 Minutes, I discovered two things:

1. The similarities to my WiP are only surface level (phew!).
2. 15 Minutes is a great story.

I always enjoy a good time travel tale, and this book was no exception. The main character, Lara, is very likeable and I really felt for her as she struggled to deal with the awful alternate universe she inadvertently created.
Laura Pauling
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Of course, I love time travel and Inception-like books and movies, so when I read the premise, I knew I had to read it. And...I started and finished it all in the same day. I didn't plan to, but I absolutely couldn't put it down. Jill Cooper does an amazing job starting the story with a simple premise: Lara goes back in time for 15 minutes to save her mom's life. She returns to a completely different life, even though she knew there was always that risk.

Every chapte
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was fast paced, time travel mystery with a lot of surprises. And then it has the nerve to end with something that had me screaming "what does it mean!" The sequel is definitely highly anticipated. ...more
Graeme Ing
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: time-travel
Super time travel story. Cooper does an excellent job managing multiple time streams. Well done, and not confusing. Great character development, particularly showing how her time travel exploits affect the main character, how the time lines mix together in her mind, how she resolves the dramatical differences between them. At the heart of the story though are the foundations of family and love - what happens when your very family is different in the other time stream, and you end up loving anoth ...more
Gayle Noble
When Lara Crane decides to travel back in time and save her mum from being killed, she sets off a chain reaction in the present and future. This was a good YA book, in the same vein as the film Frequency. Yes, you could pick holes in the plot, but why bother when it is this entertaining. Suspend your disbelief and just enjoy. Rating: 4 stars.
Sabrina Olteanu
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

I have to say I've read my share of fiction books, but I can’t name one that was even remotely similar to 15 minutes. The suspense in this book made me to stay still, I didn't even moved a muscle until I finished reading the book. I can easily say, Jill Cooper knows how to write an incredible book. Just WOW!

We meet Lara Crane, a beautiful young women, with a sad past. Her mother was killed ten years ago in a terrible mugging,
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well, this is definitely a mysterious, suspenseful thriller with full on action and adventure; and of course a little romance to boot. I haven’t read a time travel novel since Lauren Kate and it was certainly an interesting read. I really enjoyed the writing style of Ms Cooper and will certainly pick up another one of her books. All the characters are strong and complex.

Lara Crane is an ordinary teenager, although her Mother was shot and killed when she was younger, so therefore she lives with j
There were a lot of things I liked about this book, but a few flaws as well. Like, I really enjoyed how EVERYONE knew about time travel, it was a part of their lives, but I feel like the rules and exceptions should've been explained more because there were some parts that definitely left me really confused. I also feel like poor Mike was wiped out of existence for like, half the plot. I mean, yeah I know his twin played a bigger role, but he was a character too and shouldn't have been tossed
Nicole M. Hewitt
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Just as I'd hoped, 15 Minutes proved to be a time travel adventure with tons of twists and turns!

What I loved:

Converging pasts.
One thing that made this book different from other time travel books that I've read was the idea that Lara's memories from both versions of the past were converging. When she first changed her past, she only remembered her original life, but then she slowly started to gain memories from thi
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Holy cannoli, this book sure did blow me away! We are thrown directly into the action almost as soon as the book begins. Within just a few pages, we see Lara complete what she sets out to do -- use fifteen minutes in the past to save her mom. So then what?

Well, it is a classic case of 'be careful what you wish for'. Lara finds the world she expected with her mom alive is MUCH different than she imagined. Her boyfriend and father, two people she l
♚ ember
five stars.
woah. just... woah.
this book was... epic!
well, where to begin?
i started it because it was free and since i'm currently on holiday in germany, i wanted something to do while travelling.
i wasn't particularly hopeful with this one, since the first chapters were a bit dull and uninteresting. i expected bad writing, a horrendous amount of romance and very bad time-travel ー you know, something like kerstin gier's books.
but this book surprised me in a very, very, very good way! not only it's
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I don’t read too many time travel books, because a lot of the time I end up getting confused if it isn’t written perfectly. And because of that reason, I had second thoughts about reading this book. But I’m so glad that I gave it a chance because 15 Minutes is a beautifully written book that is filled with non-stop action. After reading this book, I think I’m going to be more open with time travel books.

If you could go back in time t
Jacinda Buchmann
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love time travel books and I love YA books, so combine the two genres into a story and it’s pretty much a given that I will want to read it! 15 MINUTES by Jill Cooper instantly sucked me into the story from the first page.

The story is based on the idea that time travel is possible through a time travel agency, however there are many rules and stipulations that a time traveler must follow. The main character, Lara Crane, is determined to break the rules in order to go back in time to save her m
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd book I've read by Jill Cooper and she has just amazed me again. I can't say enough good things about her books and the way she writes them!

I'm a fan of time travel books and for those of you who have read these genre of books before, you know that there are hits, misses, head scratching, and so forth with them. Jill has taken the genre and not just made a hit with it, but I'm just in awe of how incredibly she kept it all together and didn't give anything away until it needed to b
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
15 Minutes

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
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I LOVE this cover! It is beautiful and perfect for this story. I thought that the premise sounded super interesting and it made me want to find out if Lara accomplished what she had set out to do. The story was very interesting but I did find myself lost a few times in the switching of past and present and I was having a head time deciphering what was real and what wasn't. 15 Minutes was a very anxious book to read, it ha
Matthew Ledrew
15 Minutes is a 2013 science-fiction thriller by Jill Cooper and published through the Amazon CreateSpace platform, which allows original work to be published in a print-on-demand format. This is the first novel in the Rewind Agency series, of which there are currently four titles (three novels, one novella), and stars the character of Lara Crane.

Right on the cover, this book promises that "Every time-travel law is about to be broken," and this is both true in the sense that -- within the contex
Lynda Engler
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lately, I've been on a time travel reading binge. I downloaded this one because it was a free Kindle book and I really enjoyed it. I favorably compare the voice to that of Rysa Walker in The Chronos Files, another time travel series I'm binging (I'm on the 3rd one of that!)

Lara Crane, our teenage heroine time traveler, wants to set things right and goes to Rewind Agency to travel back in time, but she has a secret. She can change things in the past. That's not supposed to happen. She's grown up
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Author of the YA Dream Slayer series, Jill loves to blend horror, comedy, the supernatural, and love, through her novels. A fan of genre blending, her work strives to cross boundries, 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 daughte

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