Paranormal romance

Reading Corner – Death Before Daylight

Death Before Daylight is the final installment in the Timely Death trilogy by Shannon A. Thompson. It is not actually on the market yet but it will be later this year. I was given a copy by the author in exchange for my honest review. For those unfamiliar with the series, it is a YA paranormal romance, a classic game of good versus evil with unique characters and mythos. If you’re new to the series, read more here about book 1, Minutes Before Sunset, and book 2, Seconds Before Sunrise.

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Death Before Daylight quickly draws readers back into the story in the wake of the final battle in Seconds Before Sunrise. The Dark searches for a way to win the war without destroying the world in the process. Illusions and long-buried secrets are exposed, with devastating effects. The plot is full of twists and turns; mistrust and doubt create confusion and even the prophecy is questioned.

I don’t want to give any spoilers so I can’t say much more.

Fans of young adult fantasy or romance will enjoy this book and the series. I believe the characters are relatable to the right age group. In the spirit of honesty, it does not appeal to me much. I think that I may have outgrown my interest in the young adult genre. The level of teenage angst that permeates the story is just too much for me. It’s typical for the genre though so it doesn’t feel misplaced or inappropriate. I just don’t relate anymore. (I even felt disconnected from the characters in the movie Insurgent for the same reason; and we all know how widely popular that movie/book series has been.) Despite that personal issue, I thought Thompson did a good job of wrapping up the story and bringing the tale to a satisfying close.

Also, kudos to Thompson for persevering through some personal struggles early this year and landing a new publisher for this series! The entire series is going to be re-released this year through Clean Teen Publishing.

Minutes Before Sunset has been re-released, complete with a new cover which is fabulous. I’m very impressed with the new artwork. However, that means that Death Before Daylight is not yet available so hang tight and subscribe to Thompson’s website, facebook, or twitter account for release updates. 🙂

Reading Corner – Minutes Before Sunset

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Minutes Before Sunset is a young adult paranormal romance. Boy with a terrible predetermined destiny meets girl who is lost and alone in a way that many young people will relate to. Sparks fly. Supernatural things happen. (I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, lol.) It was a quick, easy read. The up-and-coming young author, Shannon A. Thompson, has a knack for conveying adolescent behavior and emotions. The story is told from dual perspectives and Thompson handles that duality well. Each perspective has its own clear voice and tone. The over-arching story of a battle between good and evil is presented with some new twists on old ideas giving it unique character. Minutes Before Sunset is the first in a 3 book series. This first installment wraps up well with a good lead to the next book. I didn’t love it, there were a few things that didn’t work for me, and some proofreading errors that I wish had been cleaned up before publishing, but regardless, I would recommend this series to young readers interested in romance, fantasy, and science fiction. (Books two and three: Seconds Before Sunrise and Death Before Daylight.)

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