Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

Minutes Before Sunset
by Shannon A. Thompson
297 Pages (374 KB)
Published by AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. (April 28, 2013)
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Reviewed by Desiree Putaski


Two destinies. One death.

"Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates..."

Eric has less than a year left before his fated battle when he meets her. She's a shade like him, but separated from the Dark - and with more power than she should have. And he can't stay away.

Jessica is new to town and desperate to figure out who, or what, her birth parents were. But she can't find them without overcoming Eric, and she won't let him stop her.

Minutes Before Sunset happens through the minds of two young adults as they struggle to survive their paranormal realities and find balance in their human lives.


A Copy of this book was provided by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review

Forget what you know about the good guys and the bad guys. The good guy always wears white, the bad guy black…. Don’t go into the dark, it’s bad…. Stay in the light.

Eric Welborn is a Shade, known as Shoman. But he’s not any ordinary Shade, he is destined to carry out a prophecy on his 18th birthday that will determine the fate of the Dark (or the Light, depending on if he is successful or not). Jessica Taylor is the new girl in town. She was adopted and her family moves back to the town she was born in. Jessica is determined to find out about her birth parents; with or without the help of her family.

Eric has loved and lost and swore that he would never get close to anyone again. He feels as though the prophecy and his destiny are also his curse. But when he meets a mysterious Shade with no name, he can’t help but feel drawn to her. He begins to teach her about her abilities as a Shade, but keeps her existence a secret from everyone in the Shade community. He fears they will cast her out and a part of him feels like he just couldn’t bear to be without her.

Shannon Thompson does an excellent job at character development. Their interactions are believable and the conversation flows easily. At first, I had a hard time liking Eric. He was so angsty and downtrodden about everything. But as the story develops you really get a feel as to why and as his character develops he turns into someone very likeable. Jessica is likeable from the beginning and you almost find yourself rooting for her to break through the walls that Eric has built around himself to keep everyone out. Her friends, on the other hand, I’m not sure that I ever really got to like them. Even though they are necessary for both the story and Jessica’s development.

I can’t wait to read the second book (and subsequently, the third) and maybe find out a little bit more about the Light. Perhaps find out more about the one who Eric will have to face during this epic battle. There are some great twists to the plot in Minutes Before Sunset and some paths that are completely predictable. But I do have to say that the paths that are predictable are still interesting. It’s not hard to figure out how Jessica fits into Eric’s life (now if I told you that would just give it all away!), but you still keep turning the pages to find out how it all works out.

This book ends with a huge cliffhanger! Thankfully the next book is due out in March and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! 

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About the Reviewer:

Desiree lives in Hampton, VA (for the time being anyway). She's a military wife, married to her best friend and busy raising three little heathens (well, still raising two anyway, one is now 18 and getting ready to leave the nest!). She is a stay at home mom and spends a lot of time having conversations with her two rescue puppies. She stays active with volunteer work through the PTA at her children's elementary school and helping out in the classroom whenever possible. She loves history (and lives in the perfect place for it!), scrapbooking, and of course reading. Her greatest adventure was living in Alaska for four years and they hope to move back there one day.