Book Review: Minutes Before Sunset by: Shannon A. Thompson

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: AEC Stellar Publishing

Publication Date: May 1, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Goodreads

Synopsis: 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.

Series: Timely Death Trilogy

Review: 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!

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