Minutes Before Sunset

Minutes Before Sunset

by Shannon A. Thompson


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Twodestinies. One death.

"Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates."

Eric Welborn isn't completely human, but he isn't the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she's powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he's determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she's assigned as Eric's class partner. He won't help, let alone talk to her, but she's determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he's strived to hide.

Minutes Before Sunset is the first book in The Timely Death Trilogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634221047
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2015
Series: Timely Death Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 592,544
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Shannon A. Thompson is a twenty-three-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely sixteen when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson's work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads' Book of the Month. As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.

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

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Minutes Before Sunset 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I wasn’t sure about reading this novel, considering the author is new, aside from her first self-publication in 2007, but I loved it. I decided to read it, because the cover (and the title) pulled me in, and then the back, along with other reviews, made me buy it. Minutes Before Sunset is very romantic. The ending left me wanting more! I’m looking forward to the sequel. I’m a huge fan of paranormal romance, and this novel had more than that. It had an overwhelming sequence of twists that I never saw coming. I wondered why Jessica was a perspective, but she ends up being vital to the storyline, and, at first, I thought I knew why, but then I questioned myself throughout it. Until you find out why. And it’s really well done. The double identities aren’t confusing at all, and the dual perspectives the story is told by is excellent. Eric and Jessica are very individual, and they bring a lot to the paranormal versus the human life style, and that’s the first time I’ve seen that. I thought it was really special, because paranormal stories are normally focused singularly on the paranormal, but this had a the human aftermath involved, and I found that to be one of the most interesting parts, especially within the destinies both characters ultimately face. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh I love this book. I have always searched up free romance books on nook and there is a lot of adult stuff but when I finally came up to this ya romance I was happy. I was captivated by the first paragraph. I really loved this book and it keeps you wanting more. I highly recommend it to all. It isn't all just mushy love stuff but there is science fiction and action. I hoped this help. No spoilers!!!?
LyricalVixen91 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this novel today, and I can say that it was both completely compelling and emotionally riveting. The twist comes within fate, something that Eric seems to believe he can fight against, but also within the love storyline. I think this storyline will stay with me for a long time, because the motif of choice within darkness and lightness is questionable. For instance, the dark is archetypally good, but the darkness within Eric causes problems that are not only relatable but realistic within a fantasy world. I liked that it took place in today’s world, not in a made up one, and I enjoyed the character’s brutal honesty. They live in a world they cannot stand to live in as two different people. As many coming-of-age novels struggle with identity, these characters have to struggle with two identities, two that are very different from one another. I’m really looking forward to the sequel, and I didn’t even realize that it was a trilogy, but I’m excited to see where both Eric and Jessica are heading in the next piece. My guess? The next book will include even more questioning dramatics held within vivid action and emotion. This book is good for anyone who enjoys paranormal romance, but I’d also recommend it to anyone who enjoys action, theoretic natures, and twisted realism. However, if you are not a fan of young-adult, I wouldn’t suggest it, because it’s definitely targeted towards a younger audience. (14-18). 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this paranormal romance. It felt very action packed. There seemed to be many intricate details.
Kim Missen More than 1 year ago
Characters I really like all the characters in this book. They have been well developed and definitely seem realistic. Each one has their own personality and they stay within character. Eric has the sort of attitude you would expect from someone his age who has no choice over his own destiny. He has a good balance of wanting to dwell in loneliness and wanting to be close to someone. His internal conflict is believable and well described. Jessica is a very determined girl, capable of sticking up for herself. Despite the difficulties in her life, she is a strong female character. She follows what she believes in but she can also get lost in her emotions. Plot I really enjoyed the plot and the pace of the story. The reader is told enough information to understand what is happening, but there is also enough held back to keep you guessing and wanting to read more. I also found the difference between the Dark and Light to be very refreshing. It is the complete opposite of the usual stereotype, which is unique with my reading experience. While I have a rough idea of what the title means, I’m not sure it was made clear how it is relevant to this particular part of the story. Not a big deal, but something to think about. World This book is set in the modern world, though I assume the town of Hayworth is made up. I would have liked a little more area description. Some of the important places were given more focus but a lot of the world is left to the imagination of the reader. Description might not seem as important in an urban fantasy than it is for a high fantasy, but I like having more information about where the characters live and what the environment is like. I was also a little confused with the limitations of magic. I felt that the shades were quite powerful but then they were much weaker than the lights. While some of the lacking is explained, I was left wondering why the shades could not use other powers to assist them. Grammar and Writing This book is really well written. I think I might have come across one or two typos, but they were not really noticeable. In fact, I only remembered that there were some because I make notes as I read. A lot of the story is focused on conversation between characters. Information is passed from one person to the next and relationships are explained or formed. Conversation is not necessarily a bad thing, but there are other ways to help the plot develop and using some alternatives might have been more interesting. Overall I definitely like the ideas behind this story and I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. I have read this book before, but it was a long time ago and I am ready to read the others now so I wanted a reminder of what happened. However, it has made me realise how much I really do not like rereading books. I spent a lot of time trying to push ahead and remember what happened instead of just enjoying the moment. That being said, I am still glad I read it because now I can dive into the rest of the trilogy and I really want to know what happens next. Also, just as a quick finishing note, the cover is amazing!
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CharityRowell-Stansbury More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. ShelleyMA
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
23 and writing a book like this. Congrats!!! Very different, love the red herrings. Took a while but I did figure out who was who.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommend and looking forward to the next book in the series
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Eric Welborn is of the Dark, born to fight the Light. Unlike we’ve always been told, the Dark is not evil and fights on the side of good. Jessica just moved back to Hayworth after leaving as a baby, adopted by the Taylors. Eric meets an unknown shade female, who has learned she has some mysterious abilities and he’s been teaching her. Jessica’s determined to find out more about her biological family, but it’s dependent on her having perfect grades. When Eric is assigned as Jessica’s class partner and is bringing her grade down, she’s intent on fixing whatever is wrong with him. However, Eric is more worried about the fact he’s been lied to by his own family and faction for years. Can Jessica and Eric bear to discover their truths? MINUTES BEFORE SUNSET inverts our current thinking about Dark and Light, as the good guys do not always wear the white hats. The characters are well-developed and the mystery surrounding both Eric and Jessica is well done and unique. We get to see events via both Jessica and Eric’s points of view, which also means we readers know (at times) more than the characters themselves. The descriptions of the powers of both the shades and the light were enthralling and beautiful. I enjoyed MINUTES BEFORE SUNSET, but I was saddened by the ending. Perhaps there is more to the prophecy than meets the eye!
Kazhy More than 1 year ago
Paranormal romance is something I've been reading less and less of lately, so imagine my glee when I got the chance to read Minutes Before Sunset. And although it took a while for the book to capture my interest, I can say that when it did, I couldn't stop reading. Unbeknownst to humans, a secret war has been brewing between the Dark and Light, beings who have special powers that correspond to their namesakes. A prophecy has foretold how the war will play out, so both sides are desperate to make sure it happens - or doesn't happen. Eric is of the Dark, a Shade, and as the first descendant, he will face the second descendant, who is of the Light, in the Marking of Change. His life consists of nothing but training and school, until he meets an unknown Shade in the forest. One of the top reasons why I enjoyed this book was all the conspiracies. Even Eric, who plays a huge role in the prophecy, apparently doesn't know a lot, and that only added to the suspense factor. Jessica, on the other hand, is clueless. She's new to town, but more than making friends, her priority is to find information on her deceased birth parents. It's not very hard to guess so I'll just say it already: Jessica is the unknown Shade, and even without the training that Eric has been receiving for years, she easily gets adept with using her powers. The paranormal aspect of the book is very unpredictable, up until the end. I was falling in love with her, and she was falling in love with me. It was fated, decided before any of us were born, and I hated it as much as I loved it. I could barely stand it. Now for the romance. I'm still not sure how I feel about it, but it was sweet, if nothing else. And well-developed, too; no insta-love here, in case you're worried about that. All the sneaking around that Eric and Jessica had to do - with the Dark, Light, and even each other - made for one tense read. Like I said earlier, this genre is an unusual read for me nowadays, but I don't think the dual POV is something I've encountered in it before; it worked really well for the story because I've gotten quite tired of the scenario where the guy is always being mysterious and all that jazz until the girl unravels him. And just when I thought I had everything figured out, another twist is shoved to my face (metaphorically speaking, of course). The sequel is definitely in my TBR list. MY FAVE PART is Jessica's first visit to Eric's house.
MatiRaine More than 1 year ago
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.
MarkedByBooks More than 1 year ago
There comes a time in every reader's life when they decide that they want to read something original. Something different from the standard vampire, werewolf, zombie, or teenage romance theme that seems to be the "thing" for young readers nowadays. And I am not going to lie, I like them just as much as the next person. I do. No lie. BUT! I also crave the need for reading something that is not the same as the other teen paranormal crap that gets published. In Minutes before Sunset, I was both rewarded and disappointed. I was rewarded because the book is not the same vampire, werewolf, or zombie theme that everyone seems to love. It has its own little thing that is not quite known. If I were to guess, I would say that it's closer to the Fey. That is not my point though. The point I am trying to make is that it is not something anyone would easily come up with. It has its own little theme to it, its own little originality that makes it something definitely worth reading. As I mentioned before, I was also disappointed. When I first picked up the book, my interest was sparked. I truly believed that there would be ALL new interesting points that would make me gape and gasp and cheer over the sheer ingeniousness of it. I was sadly mistaken. What I truly despise about young adult books being published today is that the authors all seem to find a way to incorporate a romance theme into it somehow. Why in H-E-Double Hockey-sticks can there not be a book with a kick a@# plot, such as Minutes before Sunset, without a romantic interference? In my personal opinion, there is no problem with a little romance between the characters, but when that is ALL that is being referred to, and you start to wonder if it's a paranormal book or a teen romance one, you know there is a problem. I have absolutely no problem with a stolen kiss in the garden without parental consent; I have no problem with thinking about the significant other while in class working on an assignment. What I DO have a problem with is when you lose track of what the book is about because all there seems to be is ROMANCE!!! Another thing that disappointed me was the timing of some of the events. One thing that I utterly despise is when I am confused while reading a book. There were some areas where the characters jumped into or were placed in a situation, and I had absolutely no clue what was going on. Why? Because things were not being explained. It's like knowing nothing about vampires, reading a book about them, and then not being explained that vampires drink blood and only come out at night. You would be confused. That is precisely how I felt while reading this. It wasn't until the middle of the book, almost the end, that I felt like I was truly understanding who the characters were and what was going on. All in all, it was still a good book. It could have been better, could have been a bit more straightforward instead of beating around the bush. I love suspense just as much as the audience in Maury when they are about to find out if he is the father or not, but there is a time when enough is enough. There is a difference in keeping someone in suspense and making them annoyed because you don't know when to stop holding off with the details. I know that this review may be one of my harshest, most detailed, and most criticizing. However, I say this to try and encourage the author to step outside the norm and be someone original. Gabby
Berls More than 1 year ago
*I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.* My Initial Reaction... I am so incredibly glad that I found this series so close to the release of the next book. Minutes Before Sunset is a fresh young adult fantasy that I can’t wait to read more of. The Story... I usually talk about characters first because they are immensely more important to me than the story. But I think it will make more sense if I explain the really pretty fantastic world Shannon has created first. Problem is, I can hardly do it justice in a review so you seriously just have to read this book. This is a world of Dark and Light – but contrary to popular perceptions, the Dark is good and the Light is bad. The Dark, represented by a group of people called Shades is a bit weaker than the Light because they only have their power at night. There is a prophecy that tells of two descendants – A Shade and A Light – who will fight each other and the result of that epic battle will bring about the survival of one of the two (and we’re rooting for the Shades). The coolest thing about this world though is that the Shades and Lights walk around looking like normal humans most the time. At night the Shades get their power and, if they so choose, transform into their other form. Lights can do the same, though they have their power during the day as well. Anyway, their other form comes with a completely different identity. They look completely different – height, eyes, hair, clothes, EVERYTHING changes. They even have different names. And they guard their human identities fiercely. This added such an incredible element to the story because you never really know a person. Is s/he a Shade or a Light or just human? I was constantly trying to figure out who people were and it was maddening in the best way! Since the characters are such a mysterious element it makes this such a hard book to review though. There’s a love story element – and it’s fantastic! – but I can’t really tell you anything else about it because it’s caught up in characters that I can’t explain without ruining fantastic elements in the story. The Characters... Okay – so that last explanation might make clear why I felt like the story needed to come first for this review. It also is why I’m not going to say too much about their characters. I don’t want to ruin any element of this amazing part of Minutes Before Sunset. I have to say that characters having two identities sounds like it could be really confusing. And I might do a bad job writing about it here, but Shannon does a great job. I was never once confused about who was who (except when I was supposed to be, of course). There’s only a couple characters that we know from the start in both their human and shade forms and they’re all closely associated with Eric/Shoman. Minutes Before Sunset is told in part from his point of view. Anyway Shoman, Eric’s Shade form, is a name he received when he came of age as all Shades do – and when he received the name he was fated for it revealed him to be the first descendant. And it utterly changed Shoman’s life. Here’s this teenage boy – he’s 17 when we meet him – with the weight of his entire species on his shoulder. And somewhere, possibly at his very school, the second descendant is growing up with the same weight. And maybe he’ll have to kill him. Needless to say, Eric gets a bit distant and becomes a bit estranged from his classmates. It’s the closest we get to teenage angst in Minutes Before Sunset and it didn’t bother me at all. It felt appropriate. Jessica, the other point of view in Minutes Before Sunset, is an adopted orphan who’s just moved to town and is in Eric’s homeroom/science class. They get forced into being lab partners and Jessica – who needs good grades before her parents will let her research about her real parents who lived in this town when she was a baby – is not about to let him get away with not doing his part. I loved seeing them interact and Jessica has just the right amount of spunk. Shannon is genius about when she lets us see the story from Jessica’s point of view, because it leaves you wondering about Jessica's other identity. Like Eric/Shoman, you have no idea who she actually is, even though you spend time in her head. Concluding Sentiments... Minutes Before Sunset kept me guessing from beginning to end! The characters are fantastic, the world building is complex and exciting, and the plot itself was engrossing. I even had serious moments of heartbreak and tears. I cannot wait to read the next book. 
Theresa_F More than 1 year ago
Free book for free review.   3.5 stars Eric has less than a year left before his fated battle with a light shade. He meets Jessica who is new to town. She is not what she seems.   Unknowingly they meet in different forms, not realizing who each other really is in true forms. Jessica has more powers than she should and Eric is helping her realize her powers and how to weld them. Neither realize what this chance meeting really is.  Will it be the death of both of them?  I felt lost in this book. Not sure if their is a novella. It felt like I should have known things that I really didn't. I kept reading hoping to understand, more than half way through I was finally getting the picture of what this book was really about.  Over all it was an ok read. 3.5 Stars Patches
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was excellently written, and she has a great talent. I got to feel a little like Sherlock Holmes trying to unravel a mystery, figuring out who is who in the real world and the Light and Dark world (I think I've got it mostly figured out too, but Ms. Thompson may surprise me in the sequel). I love how this book makes me see the big bad dark in a whole new light, and I'm hoping to learn more about the light in the sequel. In reality I would be happiest if this book were like 700 pages long and contained the entire series, because I really don't want to wait until March for the next book. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone that likes YA paranormal books, and will be encouraging my children to read them (assuming they are into paranormal books) when they reach an appropriate age (at least 10.)
Sami88 More than 1 year ago
Minutes Before Sunset was not like your everyday paranormal story. It was different and so refreshing to read.  I will be honest, it was slow getting into it however that could have been due to just being tired, the book hangover I was suffering from another book, I mean seriously it could have been just me but once things started moving I didn't want to put it down.  We have Shoman/Eric who is a Shade. Now I have not read many stories of Shades but I have to say this is my favorite so far. Eric is one of the highest ranking Shades, a First Descendant. Thanks to past events he just doesn't care about anything. But who could blame him?  Then we Jessica. She is moving back to town after her parents died and she was adopted. She is a human who wants to know more about what really happened to her real parents. What happens when these two meet? Well in his human form Eric stays away from everyone. He doesn't get involved with school, and simply has become a loner.  Jessica gets picked up by Crystal and Robb who introduce her to school and to my tried to run her life as far as who she talked to, what she did, and so on but mostly it was Crystal.  Throughout this book we follow Jessica's struggle to handle school work, the search for her parents, adjusting to a new school, handling her run ins and school projects with Eric, and discovering who she really is.  Eric is preparing for the Ultimate battle between Dark and Light in just a few months. What he never expected was to meet a mysterious Shade who doesn't know what she is, who her parents are, and what she is capable of. He knows that he needs to report her to the Elders but doesn't want to because outside Shades have to be killed. What is he going to do? What happens when he finds out who this Shade really is? What will happen when he finds out there is more to this war than he was told? And how will he handle being able to feel again and has to lose what he wants to the most to keep everyone safe? If you want to know seriously pick up the book and find out. It is soooo worth it! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thompson doesn’t disappoint in her most recent novel. (I’ve read her first one.) This has a much more mature writing style, although it is a different genre. I’m definitely a fan, and I’m looking forward to the second installment of the series. Thompson seems like a very promising writer, and I expect her career could be launched by this series. It’s dark, romantic, and interesting, but it’s also unique. The paranormal creatures—for instance—aren’t used in any other novel I can think of. (They’re shades and lights.) And I liked that about Thompson. She seems to always write something new. (Ex. November Snow revolved around “bad bloods,” another unique creature.) And she also altered the dark to good, aside from the fact that the characters’ darkness is often their fault. I also enjoyed how the idea of destiny isn’t solidified, but something the characters don’t necessarily accept, although it is inevitable (especially during the main twist, involving Jessica Taylor.) This book will keep you wondering who is what and what will happen. And the ending leaves you wondering what could happen to this arrangement of young characters.
Willowysp More than 1 year ago
The author provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Welcome to Hayworth, a nondescript Midwestern town that hides a secret of worldwide importance. Things are certainly not as they seem - Dark is good, Light is not, and the descendants of each are perched on the edge of the battle that will decide which side survives. Minutes Before Sunset sets the stage for this battle, introducing the reader to the primary characters and the central conflict of the planned trilogy. Eric Welborn is the son of a prominent family in Hayworth - a family touched by repeated tragedy. The deaths of his mother and girlfriend - although years ago - continue to haunt Eric's every step. His vital role in the upcoming battle casts a long shadow, and his refusal to follow the rules may put his side in jeopardy. Jessica Taylor has just moved back to Hayworth and wants to find out as much as she can about her birth parents. She makes a few close friends, but is thrown into partnership with Eric for a school project, which may ruin her grade and her chance to explore her past. Underneath it all weaves the balance of power between the Light and the Dark; a balance that will be swayed by the appearance of a new shade with incredible strength that could win - or lose - the war for whoever can claim her. I enjoyed Minutes Before Sunset. It was a quick read at 250 well-paced pages. The plot development and conflict develop smoothly with sufficient input from both sides of the story.  The book alternates between the point of view of each of the main characters without a set pattern, and Ms. Thompson should be commended for her ability to create two characters that are similar enough to keep these sections from being disjointed, but different enough that the reader can tell in an instant who is speaking. The romance aspect of the novel is more understated than most Young Adult novels - something I appreciated. There is enough to make it sweet without the characters' relationships becoming the central theme. The characters are well-developed and believable. There were only two issues that I felt really took away from the book, and one of those is just a personal preference. I'll get that one out of the way first. I'm not a fan of coarse language in Young Adult novels. I'm not really a fan of coarse language in any novel to be completely honest. There were a few instances of cursing in Minutes Before Sunset, and I didn't feel like they were necessary. Ok, personal rant over. The other issue I had was more of a housekeeping concern - there are quite a few spelling errors, homonym confusions, and awkward word choices scattered through the book that a good proofreading should eliminate. Even without some minor tweaking, I highly recommend Minutes Before Sunset to anyone who enjoys Young Adult novels, light romance, paranormal characters, or just a good, quick read. I'm looking forward to the next two books in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is written from two perspectives, a daunting task for any writer, and one in which Ms. Thompson absolutely succeeded. Both are interesting for their own reasons, and making the changes in perspective easy to follow. Others will likely comment (appropriately so) on the tension created by the love interests and the individual motivations of the characters. However, I hope my review offers a unique perspective. As a male reader, I'm much more interested in the oppressive danger that the Light poses and the high probability of death throughout. Books like Twilight fall flat for me when it comes to writing action scenes, but this author certainly delivered. Can't wait to see the next one. This is definitely a must read!