Minutes Before Sunset

Rated 4.45/5 based on 13 reviews
AWARD WINNING NOVEL! Minutes Before Sunset was voted goodreads.com Book Of The Month for July 2013!

Eric has a life-or-death confrontation planned and waiting for him on his 18th birthday.
Jessica just wants to find out who, or what, her parents were.
Neither of them is ready for the answers they’ll find.

Minutes Before Sunset is Book 1 of the Timely Death Series More

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About Shannon A. Thompson

Shannon has been a writer for as long as she can remember. Her mother encouraged her to write away her nightmares and to capture her hopes and dreams on paper. Although she passed away when Shannon was only eleven, Shannon still writes for her. Her mother’s inspiring words to “write for yourself and edit for your reader” are always with her.

With her father and brother’s continued support, Shannon published her first book, November Snow, when she was only sixteen. Minutes Before Sunset, is her second, and she has written eight books in all. They are in various stages of preparing for publication.

She speaks Italian and is soon to graduate with a B.A. in English from the University of Kansas. She also has a growing list of fans who follow her insightful blogs at ShannonAThompson.com.

Other Books from Shannon:
SECONDS BEFORE SUNRISE, Book 2 in the Timely Death series (Fall of 2013)
In this second book of the Timely Death series, Eric is forced to face his destiny without Jessica by his side. But Jessica’s new nightmares could be the key to Eric’s survival.

DEATH BEFORE A NEW DAY, Book 3 in the Timely Death series (Spring, 2014)
The masterful ending to the Time Death series, Death Before a New Day brings dramatic closure to the centuries-old conflict between the Dark and the Light.

Shannon’s first book, November Snow takes readers eighty years into the paranormal future to follow the struggle of a different kind of human for survival in a dangerous and unfriendly world. This book is available online at: http://amzn.to/13zh68m

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Review by: Sue Holmes on Dec. 16, 2014 : (no rating)
A beautifully written, haunting paranormal fantasy that tells the story, through the alternating POV’s, of the two main characters who are reluctantly caught up in an ancient prophesy. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nay Denise on Nov. 23, 2014 :
My second read from Shannon A. Thompson and once again I was blown away. This a YA Paranormal Romance told in two POV's.

The first is through the POV of Eric Wellborn, the son of the King of Shades, the first descendant mentioned in the “Prophecy.” The second is through the POV of Jessica, the new girl in town.

Seventeen-year-old Eric has superpowers that were passed on to him by bloodline, which were activated at the age of thirteen, when he took part in his naming ceremony. The naming is important because it signals the end of naivety and the beginning of adulthood, responsibility, and duty—if Eric even lives long enough to accomplish it.

I enjoyed Eric's character because he wasn't the typical male character I see in a YA novel. He was different for me. Difficult, likable and mysterious with a stubborn mindset. Jessica was a sweet girl with the same background as Eric, just more powerful. She doesn't know much about who she is or her biological parents.

I loved how Jessica and Eric met and had to grow to like each other. I love how the prophecy does a 360 when the two of them meet each other. I also enjoyed the paranormal aspects of this novel -- it was very different from the normal paranormal beings I read about.

Definitely plan to move on to the sequel!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tiffany Hostetler on July 23, 2014 :
First off: this book, for me, was a little confusing at points. In the beginning I had no idea what to think of Dark and Light, but I eventually came to really like the new dimension for me. Also, some of the character descriptions threw me off. I like to get the description, and have a mental image, then move on. But with Crystal in particular, I had an idea what she looked like, then later on found out she really didn't fit what I thought much at all. That's probably just because I missed something or misinterpreted. All together, I really enjoyed this book. It kept a good pace, and once I felt more into the world of Dark and Light, I couldn't put it down for long. The characters are good, and relatable. Parts of the story were a little predictable, but the whole time reading this, it was fun to make up my own theories about what was going to happen and guess who's who. The end left me hungry for more, and I can't wait to see what happens next.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Mati on June 24, 2014 :
Minutes Before Sunset is a captivating book that follows two characters: Eric and Jessica, and a world that has a conflict between the Light and the Dark. Eric is the First Descendant, sided with the dark, and destined to fight the Second Descendant, who is sided with the light. Jessica is new in town, and quickly becomes caught in the middle.

The book has action, a little suspense and some romance, and felt like it gave a promising introduction to future stories. The premise is interesting, although I will admit I found some of the facts a bit muddy throughout the book, but we'll get to that in a few minutes. The characters themselves were easy to connect with. While Eric/Shoman is somewhat distant and aloof after the loss he's faced in life, Jessica strikes me as being hopeful, full of life and searching for herself as much as her birth parents. I didn't feel like Eric was overly mopey, which can happen in stories like these, and I didn't feel like Jessica and him connected too quickly, which is also a plus. The story was easy to read, the dialog and settings felt natural. Overall I was quite taken with the book and the way it was pieced together.

While I enjoy learning more as series progress, I felt this story had some areas where a little world building would have helped me. This is probably the biggest flaw about this book in my eyes. I never really felt like I understood what the Light and Dark really were, and why it existed. Near the end we started to get some answers, but I didn't really feel it was clear. I just felt like something was missing and unclear, and I wanted a better grounding in the world the author had created.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: James Kresnik on April 20, 2014 :
Minutes Before Sunset is an solid and very readable paranormal romance story from veteran novelist Shannon A Thompson that hits all the right spots for the genre in a comfortably deliberative style.

The story features a well-structured dual narrative between Jessica—a newcomer to a small town with dark supernatural secrets, and Eric—wealthy scion to the family that holds the key to those secrets. Jessica stumbles into Eric seeking the truth about her alienating past and her emerging powers. Eric promises to help, but his motivations seem as unclear as his conflicted double-life. Is he attracted to Jessica because she offers a distraction from his tragic past and grim destiny, or is he looking for a soulmate who understands him?

As expected, the tensions between balancing their seemingly mundane everyday lives and their far less mundane life as supernatural beings makes for a rather rocky time understanding each other. So much so, that they still wrestling with trust right as the bad guys crash their evening encounters.

Minutes Before Sunset can be described as a solid, earnest effort in the best way. Shannon A Thompson takes time and care building the world as well as Jessica and Eric’s relationship. Minutes upsides are engaging and well-developed characters with realistic and compelling emotions navigating their way through a much larger story. The downside is that the story barely has space to deal with the bad guys arrival through a somewhat rushed final act all-too-ready to move to the next installment.

Despite the clipped ending, the slow, steady, melancholic charm of Minutes Before Sunset leaves me wanting to read the next chapter in Jessica and Eric’s story. I’ll be looking forward to the next part of the story.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Heatherbcosta on Feb. 19, 2014 : (no rating)
Being quite the fan of young adult (YA) fiction and supernatural stories, I found myself delighted that Shannon's book covered both of these. Minutes Before Sunset is the first in a trilogy of books that concentrate on a protagonist by the name of Eric Welborn and his 'Shade' alter-ego, Shoman, as he battles against the prophecy that looks certain to rule his life.

Eric finds himself the reluctant saviour of his people, the Shades, in their battle against their arch-enemy, the 'Lights'. As Shoman, the Shade, Eric is hailed as the first descendant and is destined to do battle with his Light counterpart, Darthon. It will be a battle to the death in which only one of them can survive. The pressure is on Eric to be prepared for the battle and come out victorious, yet the thought of having to kill another person (supernatural or not) does not sit well with him.

The book starts off at a quick pace and keeps it up until the end. It is not easy to create a complete supernatural world to readers without finding the story dragged back by back story and exposition, yet Shannon has been able to describe an unknown world of humans with supernatural alter-egos while not letting the pacing of the story suffer for it.

I found myself quickly immersed in the world of both Eric and his Shade identity as Shoman, although there are a wealth of characters to get to know, I never once felt confused or overwhelmed by descriptive dialogue about them. Shannon has deftly mixed back story with present-day action and has allowed both to unfold at a pace that allows the reader to really enjoy both sides of the story.

Even better is the fact that the story is being told from not one perspective, but two. Not only do we see the story unfold from Eric's point of view, we also see some of the same scenes through the eyes of the book's second protagonist, Jessica Taylor, a girl who finds herself new to the town of Hayworth and with a secret of her own.

Although Jess makes two friends in the shape of Robb and Crystal, she finds herself drawn to the mysterious Eric Welborn - even if the rest of the school thinks he should be kept at arm's length. Robb and Crystal try to warn Jess about Eric, knowing his tragic past has caused him to all but isolate himself from the people around him in the 'human' world. Yet Jessica finds herself enamoured with Eric and he too finds himself taken aback by how easy he finds it to open up to her.

Both Eric and Jessica have secrets that they are trying desperately to keep from the world, yet their destinies and journeys are more closely linked than either of them could ever have imagined. When human and supernatural worlds collide, what will happen to the two young heroes when they find themselves helpless against their growing need for one another?

Can either of them really outrun their fate?

Will an age-old prophecy dictate what happens to them?

Can they change what already seems to be set in stone?

Minutes Before Sunset is a fun and well-paced read, full of witty dialogue and thrilling action that keeps you entertained the whole way through, especially the final twist which took this reader by surprise. The characters and their situations are believable and gripping and I found myself working my way through this book quickly and enjoying every turn of the page as I did so.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Aubrey Joy on Jan. 29, 2014 :
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ojan Borot on Dec. 25, 2013 :
All I can really say is WOW! I have rarely had a book intrigue me the way this one did. I found myself genuinely concerned about thewell being of Eric and Jessica and lok forward to exploring more of their lives and their world.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: A. Latoya Charlton on Sep. 26, 2013 :
Before I begin, I would like to thank the author Shannon A. Thompson for affording me the opportunity to indulge in such an amazing story in exchange for an honest review.

If I were allowed to have a topic, it would be "I drank the water, you should too!"

Minutes before Sunset, a novel that I just could not put down! From the moment you were introduced to Eric Welborn, a seventeen year old descendant of the most powerful Shade who was destined to (hopefully) save his kind on his eighteenth birthday during a battle with The Dark's long time nemesis, The Light, you were pulled in. Everything happened fast but each event held my attention. The plot was genius and developed beautifully. I was immediately catapulted into The Dark's realm.

You cannot deny the chemistry between Eric and Jess; and the strength of their love made me burst into tears numerous times (what can I say, I'm a sucker!). It was a wonderful (and somewhat heartbreaking) love story that left me wanting more. It was well thought of and I am excited for what book two holds.

Kudos to the author for such an amazing tale.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Satarupa Biswas on Aug. 21, 2013 :
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side which I'm thrilled to share!

Firstly I would like to thank Shannon A. Thompson, author Of Minutes Before Sunset, for giving me this wonderful opportunity of reading and reviewing this fabulous story.

I loved the story line, it is fresh and unique and totally 'kick-ass'! The action scenes are awesome and they are capable of sending chills down your spine and the suspense will drive you crazy with anticipation.

The writing style is fabulous and I really loved Erik a lot, he lives a double faceted life in this story and the connection and romantic sizzles between him and Jessica was really awesome and won my heart.

I thoroughly enjoy the story and I'm eagerly waiting to read the sequel. All in all a great read and great experience on my side and I would recommend each one of you out there to take it up and give it a shot, you're bound to love it!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kathryn Casna on July 30, 2013 :
Eric Welborn lives a double life: by day, he's that quiet, weird kid that sits at the back of the class and doesn't do his homework; by night, he's a Shade, with the power to fly, teleport, and conjure a magical sword from thin air. His whole life he's lived with a prophesy that says only he can defeat the evil Light and save the world. With just one more year to prepare for a battle to the death, he meets a mysterious Shade who shouldn't even exist outside the Dark community. Going against every instinct--and breaking every rule--he decides to teach her to use her powers. But there's more to the prophesy than Eric knows, and what the Dark hasn't told him could put him and his secret friend in mortal danger.

The concept of Minutes Before Sunset is a breath of fresh air in a YA genre crowded with werewolves and vampires. Shannon A. Thompson artfully weaves two worlds together from two different perspectives: Eric's, and Jessica's. The result is well-rounded, in-depth characters, and a seamless story, while still retaining enough mystery to keep me wanting more. The down side was that sometimes it was a little frustrating having both perspectives and watching the characters struggle to put together clues about each other--kind of like watching someone walk into a dark room all by themselves in a horror flick. I wanted to scream at the characters to wake up and see the connections! There are some spelling and grammar mistakes, but not enough to be terribly distracting from the story. Overall, Minutes Before Sunset is definitely worth a read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jerome Brooke on July 05, 2013 :
Minutes Before Sunset is book one in the paranormal Timely Death series. This story of young Eric and Camille flows well - a great read ! Bravo !
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nada Faris on June 03, 2013 :
The story is told in two point of views.

The first is through the POV of Eric Wellborn, the son of the King of Shades, the first descendant mentioned in the “Prophecy.” Seventeen-year-old Eric has superpowers that were passed on to him by bloodline, which were activated at the age of thirteen, when he took part in his naming ceremony. The naming is important because it signals the end of naivety and the beginning of adulthood, responsibility, and duty—if Eric even lives long enough to accomplish it.

Eric tells us early on that he was raised with three principles:

To fight.
To conceal his identity
And to win, that is, to murder.

And why? Because a war is brewing.

As a human, Eric meets Jessica the new girl in town: the other POV of the story. She and Eric don’t seem to get along very well in their human forms. As Shades, on the other hand, who are not allowed to expose their identities to one another, they develop a strong attraction.

This story has twists and turns (even the Prophecy changes). It’s got magical powers, romance, and some funny moments. As a young adult novel, it will satisfy its readers.

All in all, the first book in A Timely Death series, was promising. It sets the stage for more conflict. Seconds Before Sunrise, Book 2 of the series, is scheduled for release in fall 2013.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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