Seconds Before Sunrise

Seconds Before Sunrise

by Shannon A. Thompson

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940151993630
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Series: The Timely Death Trilogy , #2
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 906,539
File size: 645 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

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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Seconds Before Sunrise 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters I already loved the characters from Book One so it is no surprise that I continued to enjoyed them in Book Two. I found each character relatable, realistic and well developed. Book Two explores a few different characters in more detail but the focus remains on Eric and Jessica. The tension between some of the characters in the book was intense and it felt gripping. I found myself unable to put this book down because I needed to know how someone was going to react to whatever happened next. Similarly, the fear that consumed Jessica was so real and well written that I felt it myself. The author really succeeded in describing emotions and thought processes and I was very impressed. Plot I would not necessarily say this is a fast paced book, but there was so much tension and emotion that it felt like things were constantly happening. I really enjoyed this flow of events. When I started reading I was a bit confused about how much time had been skipped between Book One and Book Two. There were mentions of American holidays and school terms but, not being an American, these were lost on me. A more specific timeline was explained further on but I would have liked it earlier. Something occurred at the end of the book that was accepted by certain characters very easily. I would have liked to have had more of an explanation as to why this was accepted. It was the only part of the plot that I felt was a bit rushed and needed some more work. World There was more description in the start of Book Two than I remember being in Book One, which I really appreciated. However, there were still places that I would have liked to have had more description. For example, everyone always seemed to go straight upstairs at Eric’s house, but what was downstairs? I was not sure what the characters saw when they first entered the house. I also still had some confusion about the limitations of powers, but it did not bother me as much as it did in Book One. Grammar and Writing This was another well written book. I might have come across one typo but it was very well done overall. Overall I have to admit, I enjoyed Book Two more than I enjoyed Book One, which is rare for me. This makes me even more excited to read Book 3! I am definitely glad that I finally picked up the series again.
CharityRowell-Stansbury More than 1 year ago
As much as I enjoyed Minutes Before Sunset, I was really blown away by Seconds Before Sunrise! I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review. Thompson expanded upon the foundation that she laid in the first book and did a wonderful job of fleshing out the main characters. Readers will learn more about the prophecy, the history of the Light and the Dark, the Elders, Eric, and Jessica. Thompson also leaves readers with the nagging impression that there might be more to one of Jessica's male friends than meets the eye. Thompson expertly built suspense for the final battle, but I felt that the battle was a letdown. After all, it was a battle that Eric was destined to fight and win and I was expecting it to be a bit more epic. Given that this is a clean novel, I didn't anticipate reading all of the gory details; however, I felt that it could have been grander. It may be that Thompson is saving the best for last as the "final battle" really didn't go as prophesized, and there is one more book left in the series. The interactions between the characters are compelling, and Thompson has managed to keep them fresh and interesting while maintaining a clean love interest between Jessica and Eric. Thompson really has a flair for clean romance! It's not saccharine and cute, it's not overly dramatic with grandiose protestations of love, but readers are left with a definite impression that Jessica and Eric are meant to be together. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series to find out if my suspicions are correct. If you enjoyed Twilight and books like it, I think you'll enjoy the plot and the romance in The Timely Death Trilogy.
Gina04 More than 1 year ago
This book picks up where the last one left off. And I think thats where I made my mistake cause I didnt read the first one. Even thought the author had some crazy twist and turns in this read and gave me somthing that I was expecting I just couldnt get into it as much as I wanted to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Series more than I thought I would!
Berls More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! My Initial Reaction… I am so happy that I stumbled upon this trilogy(or rather, that Shannon stumbled across my blog) because I love it! There were a few things about Seconds Before Sunrise that made me not love it quite as much as Minutes Before Sunset but I still look forward to picking up the next book. Note: There will be some series spoilers here. Sorry, I couldn’t get around it, I tried. The Characters… I loved Jessica way more in Minutes Before Sunset, but I think I’m supposed to feel that way. When we pick up Seconds Before Sunrise the plan to wipe the parts of Jessica’s memory that connected her to Eric/Shoman and all her shade powers has kicked off. And it’s not going quite as smoothly as all would have hoped. Jessica’s having dreams that are really memories. But on top of that, our memories are a huge part of who we are. As are Jessica’s shade powers. Without those pieces Jessica isn’t Jessica anymore. Cue teenage angst. :( I love young adult, but I’m not a huge fan of teenage angst. And normally when a book has a lot of it, I don’t give it more than 3 stars. This book is the exception because I saw how it was necessary. Jessica isn’t your typical teenager. She’s not whiny, she doesn’t go drinking and skipping school. But she’s lost a huge piece of herself and it’s changed her. And that’s why I’m willing to forgive the teenage angst in this book. It’s making a point. But I can’t say I loved that aspect of it. Eric/Shoman is really struggling with his part of the bargain too. He not only has this huge weight on his shoulders (aka the survival of his race) but now the girl he loves just had her mind wiped, doesn’t remember their moments together, is potentially dating other guys, and oh, yeah- he still has to see her everyday at school. So things are rough for Eric. But he’s actually doing better with the pressure than I had expected him too and he clearly loves Jessica, leading to some “awww” moments from me. He’s also starting to appreciate his family in ways he hadn’t before and that was heartwarming. I loved his interactions with his little step-brother Noah. I have to give a quick shout out to two characters that I liked in book 1 and loved even more here – Camille/Teresa and Pierce/Jonathon. They are like Eric/Shoman’s side-kicks, but in Seconds Before Sunrise they both really came into their own; they had greater responsibilities and took more initiative. Seriously loved them. The Story… Seconds Before Sunrise picks up where we left up with the fast approaching d-day. Otherwise known as Eric’s b-day. (See what I did there? LOL, I know, I crack myself up…) Anyway- Eric’s 18th birthday is the day prophesied for the battle between himself and the second descendant – from the light. (Remember, this is a world where the dark are actually the good guys) The story centers around the difficulties of keeping his and Jessica’s identities secret, keeping Jessica safe and getting ready for the battle. I love everything about the Shade and Light and I wished that the Jessica/Eric drama hadn’t overshadowed that quite as much. There was more magic and action in the first book and I really craved more of that in this one. We do learn a lot more about the light – which was cool, but I wanted more. The last 15% of the book really made up for most of what I missed in the rest of the book, which is why I’m still giving this such a high rating. But it would have been perfect if I could have had way more of the world that Shannon did such a great job developing in Minutes Before Sunset and the crazy action that she delivers at the end. Concluding Sentiments… Ultimately, this is a seriously strong trilogy (so far) for young adult lovers – particularly those who aren’t bothered by teenage angst (or can overlook it when it makes sense). I will be keeping my eyes wide open for the next and final book in the Timely Death Trilogy! 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here is the obligatory disclaimer: I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This book picks up right where Minutes Before Sunset left off. Eric has had his first brush with Darthon, the descendant of the Light. He knows that Jessica, the mysterious third descendant, is foretold to be his greatest weakness (which is bad since he is also in love with her). In order to protect her and to protect the future of the Dark, Jessica agrees to have her memories removed so that she won’t remember her powers. The Light still isn’t certain about the descentants two identities, so this will hopefully keep her safe. Of course, it doesn’t do much to keep her sane. Jessica knows something is missing and starts having a lot of dreams about her shade self and other members of the Dark. On top of that, other characters who were more on the periphery in the first book are starting to act a little strange (I am side-eyeing Robb and Zac so much right now!). The day of the confrontation is coming and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it. This book was awesome, even better than the first. We get some more details of where the Light and Dark came from, a bit more of their back story. We also meet more of the shades, which fleshes out our good guys even more. I love the characters of Eric and Jessica – their relationship is really beautiful. Eric can’t stay away from her, even though he knows that he should. The build up to the final end game is tense and exciting and I couldn’t put the book down. I can’t wait to see what happens in the third book of this series.