Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson was an awesome surprise. This story has everything a girl wants in a Young Adult novel — a believable heroine, a sexy, mysterious love interest, a little bit of paranormal action and an amazing story of young love.
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.
At first, I didn’t know what to expect with this book, all I knew was the synopsis sounded awesome. However, within the first few pages it didn’t matter; I was immediately sucked in and I didn’t put the book down until I was finished. I loved this idea of Shades and Eric as this prophet dude. It was such an original idea. I haven’t read anything like it before. There was this real, tangible danger throughout the entire story that kept me on the edge of my seat.
I loved the dynamic between Eric and Jessica, and I LOVED the whole concept at the end. Their love story was so sweet and real, and the sacrifices they made for each other was breathtaking. And that’s what makes this book so good; the love between Eric and Jessica was completely believable. I was really invested in the story and the characters,
I loved that this story had good guys and villains with real consequences. The suspense from the looming “showdown” was killing me! I have to know what happens next! This story was just right: it wasn’t too fluffy but wasn’t too dark either. This book was brilliant, original and romantic. This is a timeless love story with incredible character growth, action and twists of fate.
The only complaint I have is the cover. I don’t think it’s a good representation of what the story is really about. With the shades and the badass-ness throughout, I think the cover could have more of an edge to reach the right target market. Regardless, the sequel, Seconds Before Sunrise will be out Fall 2013 and I have to get my hands on it. I loved the ending and how it created this conflict so Eric and Jessica have to fall in love all over again. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for an awesome paranormal romance. If this first book is any indication, I have a feeling this is going to be a great series.
STARS: 5 out of 5
Thank you Shannon A. Thompson for a copy in exchange for an honest review!