Book Review–Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson


This is the 56th book from my 200 Book Reading Challenge.

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Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson
Published May 1st, 2013

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.



Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I would like this. But about 15% in, I was convinced that I was, in fact, going to like this. Paranormal/Supernatural Romances are usually a hit and a miss with me, but this one did a very good job with the genre.

Thompson’s writing is strong. The only thing that I didn’t like about it was it seemed like character’s names were used too much in dialogue at times. The descriptions were also well done and it was easy to get a picture of the surroundings and characters.

While the story itself is interesting, it’s really the characters that stood out most. The dual POV worked very well for this story. Even though it’s obvious who the nameless shade is not too far from the beginning, that didn’t detract from the story at all. Eric was likable despite his sullen demeanor because I could sympathize with him. I liked Jessica’s streak of independence. The only thing I missed was that neither of the main characters seemed to have any interests besides things that dealt with the shades.

The story itself was easy to follow and engaging. I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for the next two books. Intrigued to see what will happen next.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author for this review. These opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for this review.






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