Title: Minutes Before Sunset, Seconds Before Sunrise, and Death Before Daylight
Author: Shannon A. Thompson
Series: Timely Death
Genre: YA paranormal romance
Published: July 28th, 2015; August 25th, 2015; and September 15th, 2015
Source: Purchased myself
So, I picked up the first book in this series when I found out the author was going to be appearing at the Barnes and Noble where I work during B-Fest. Of course as I sped through the page-turning first book, I had to buy the next two books before I finished it, so that I could read right through the series without having to stop. I finished all three in about a week's time, not quite finishing the last one when I got to meet the author and get them autographed. In case you missed my post last Sunday, here I am with the author, Shannon A. Thompson, who is standing on my right, the left side of the picture.
Anyway, since I sped through the series, and I'm so behind on reviews, I'm going to do all three as mini-reviews in this post. I'll just say that I enjoyed them all, and could barely put them down to do anything else. Including going into the store the day I got to meet the author!
Minutes Before Sunset (Timely Death #1):
There are two main characters in this story, and we get the story from both points of view through alternating chapters. First is Jessica, who has just moved to town with her adoptive parents. It turns out that she actually was born in this town, and her parents died in a car accident. She immediately makes two friends, Crystal and Robb. But she gets stuck in the only open seat in her homeroom next to the other main character in the book, Eric Welborn. Eric used to be best friends with Robb and Crystal. But when another car accident caused the death of one of their friends, things changed. At first Eric is standoffish with Jessica, like he is with everyone else at school. Until she is tired of having to depend on him to make sure she gets a good grade on a project she was stuck being his partner on. Soon a friendship develops between them, as much as it can as secretive as Eric continues to be. You see Eric is a shade, he's not completely human, but during the day he looks like a human, while at night he looks like his shade self. Eric is kind of the "chosen one" and on the day he turns 18 he is supposed to fight against the "chosen one" of their enemies, the lights.
Eric has run into an unknown shade at the river nearby. He keeps her a secret, and trains her, as she didn't even realize she was a shade until she met him and began talking to him. As the story goes along, we will find out that Jessica's past has a connection to Eric's life, and that both Jessica and Eric have secrets. I will say, I knew who the unknown shade was. I'm pretty sure it is easy to figure out as you read. I won't give it away though, I'll let you read for yourself! Which you definitely should.
Seconds Before Sunrise (Timely Death #2):
Death Before Daylight (Timely Death #3):
As I said, this was a great series. My only issue is that even with all that we learned in this wonderfully built world, I felt like I was still missing something. Nothing that kept me from understanding and enjoying the story, but it just seemed like maybe some details were missing? I don't know. I loved the stories, and it all made sense to me in the end, so maybe my thoughts here are crazy. But that little niggling feeling is all that kept me from giving each book 5 stars on Goodreads. I gave it 4, more like a 4.5 if I could give half stars. But I highly recommend this series, and I look forward to reading more from this author! The author is really great, she was so good to talk about writing, along with the other author there, who I will talk about when I get her book read and reviewed, probably next month. On her website she gives writing advice, and is very much available to talk to! Here is her website: