Minutes Before Sunset

Rated 3.75/5 based on 4 reviews
Eric has less than a year left before his fated battle when he meets her. She's a shade like him, but separated from the Dark – and with more power than she should have. And he can't stay away.
Jessica is new to town and desperate to figure out who, or what, her birth parents were. But she can't find them without overcoming Eric, and she won't let him stop her. More
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About Shannon A. Thompson

Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Represented by Clean Teen Publishing, Thompson is the best-selling author of The Timely Death Trilogy and the Bad Bloods duology. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching murder shows in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side.

Visit her blog for writers and readers at www.ShannonAThompson.com.

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About the Series: The Timely Death Trilogy
We all know the archetype. The Light is good, and the Dark is evil. But not in The Timely Death Trilogy. After an ancient war between the lights and the shades, two descendants from each clan must fight to the death for their people. As if living a double life as a human and a supernatural creature wasn’t enough, Eric Welborn—also know as Shoman—is one of these descendants. A regular seventeen-year-old during the day, a prince of shades at night, Eric isn’t sure if he feels anything . . . until he meets her. The nameless shade and Jessica appear in the small Midwest town of Hayworth at the same time, and Eric finds his life threatened in a completely different way. Jessica does too. With her mysterious, orphaned past, she isn’t confident about what kind of world she is getting herself into, but she is sure it is where she belongs . . . even though it’s more deadly than either two could’ve imagined. Fate, love, and lies await them, and the two must rely on each other if they want to survive.

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Reviews

Charity Rowell reviewed on Dec. 19, 2016

Minutes Before Sunset is a paranormal YA novel in which Eric and Jessica are both struggling to reconcile their identities. Eric is grappling with the fact that he will face The Light on the battlefield on his next birthday while Jessica tries to find out who her biological parents are. Needless to say, there is a certain amount of teenage angst and rebellion going on in the plot that is reminiscent of Twilight.

The dark and magical setting is pretty detailed, and the two protagonists are well developed; more so than what I was expecting from the first novel in the series. I was expecting a vampire novel, so I was pleasantly surprised when Thompson created a plot about shades and a battle between The Light and The Dark. At first glance, there are some parallels between Twilight and Minutes Before Sunset; however, the dynamic between the protagonists, the mood, and Thompson's writing style differentiate it from Twilight. For example, the mood in this novel is more dark and magical than dark and goth. I also thought that the angst and rebellion were less dramatic and more realistic than Twilight.

I personally would have liked a longer discussion of the prophecy and how The Dark and The Light became two separate factions. It may be that this will be revealed in later books, or it may be something that is not discussed in detail since the book was written for young adult readers and not adult readers.

I enjoyed it and I would definitely be willing to read the next books in the series. It is clean, cleaner than Twilight, so it would make a great gift for a teen who enjoyed that particular series. Adults who enjoyed Twilight will likely enjoy this book too. However, if you enjoy a more in-depth history of two clashing factions, this may not be a good match for you.
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macyave reviewed on July 18, 2016

I’m glad that I have been introduced to this world full of new, unique characters. It’s refreshing to read about something that isn’t vampire or werewolf but something totally different. Minutes Before Sunset is a fun, thrilling read — despite the ending being heartbreaking.
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Kristianna9642 reviewed on May 14, 2016

As much as I enjoyed this book, I'm not planning to spend $10.00 on the 2 sequels. Why do authors believe that ending a story with a cliff hanger will entice readers to spend money to find out what's really happening? For me, it's a major turnoff!
The synopsis on both of them really don't sound interesting enough to buy them.
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Hana Lamban reviewed on April 24, 2016

I got my copy of this book here, and I was really happy to read it. It has this amazing story that'll keep you wide awake at night! I have experienced reading it 'til 3am! I'm sure everyone will enjoy it as much as I did.
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