Book Review | Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson
Title: Minutes Before Sunset
Author: Shannon A. Thompson
Series: The Timely Death Trilogy #1
Age: Young Adult
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: May 1st, 2013
Publisher: AEC Stellar Publishing
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She was undoubtedly a shade, but I didn’t know her.
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.
He had gotten so close to me—and I couldn’t move—I couldn’t get away.
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.
My ThoughtsMy 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!
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