Author: Shannon A. Thomson
Release Date: July 28th 2015
Series: The Timely Death Trilogy
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
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First Line: He hadn’t smiled since mom died.
Blurb from Goodreads: Two destinies. 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.
The cover is gorgeous. I love the dark colors with a little pop of purple and it was one of the reasons I decided to read this book.
I spent the first half of this book, not bored, but not really into the story. I thought it was a good story, but it wasn’t something I thought I would put down after the first book and leave the series unfinished. Then, at the half way mark I became so entranced by the story that I couldn’t stop reading. I stayed up until 2 am to finish it…knowing I had to be at work at 6am that morning. It was that good.
As far as the story goes, it was unique and intriguing. It did keep me guessing and somewhat confused about what was going on, but in a way that you want a story to be confusing. I did know that Jessica was the mystery girl, but how could you not figure that out. I also think I know exactly who Darthon is, but I won’t ruin that for you. I could be wrong too, I guess.
I felt like Jessica and Eric both were very diverse characters and very well developed. They had their back stories, their problems, and teenage dramas. I also enjoyed that there were no instant love and that a love story developed over time, which is how a believable love story is going to happen.
I loved that the ending was an actual ending. At one point towards the end I was afraid it was going to be one of those books with a very abrupt ending that left me more mad than interested in picking up the next book. It had a very honed ending that was not only a good stopping point, but just enough information to make me rush to the next book.
The story was very well written and very well edited. I can see some plot holes, but there are two more books in the series so I am not so worried about that and have faith that the author will cover everything before ending this series.