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* Book Review * Seconds Before Sunrise (The Timely Death Trilogy #2) by Shannon A. Thompson

* Book Review * Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A. Thompson, The Timely Death Trilogy, Young Adult, paranormal, clean, book review, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Clean
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Back Cover

Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.

Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.


Jessica's memories of what she discovered in the previous installment of The Timely Death Trilogy have been erased, and her confidence is diminishing with each passing day. Plagued by old nightmares with new twists that she can't make sense of, Jessica begins to doubt her sanity when her friends refer to events that she cannot remember. As the frequency of the nightmares intensifies, Jessica tries to reconcile her past with her present by finding the boy she has seen in the nightmares. 

As the day of the prophesized battle between the Dark and Light draws near, Eric finds himself distracted by his feelings towards Jessica. His concern for her well-being intensifies as he notices her lack of confidence. To make matters worse, he is involved in a car accident and his Dark powers are blocked to protect him from drawing suspicion to himself by healing quickly.

Can Eric shoulder the burden of his destined victory over the Light while protecting Jessica, or will he be forced to choose between his birthright and the girl he loves?

As much as I enjoyed Minutes Before Sunset, I was really blown away by Seconds Before Sunrise! Thompson expanded upon the foundation that she laid in the first book and did a wonderful job of fleshing out the main characters. Readers will learn more about the prophecy, the history of the Light and the Dark, the Elders, Eric, and Jessica. Thompson also leaves readers with the nagging impression that there might be more to one of Jessica's male friends than meets the eye.

Thompson expertly built suspense for the final battle, but I felt that the battle was a letdown. After all, it was a battle that Eric was destined to fight and win and I was expecting it to be a bit more epic. Given that this is a clean novel, I didn't anticipate reading all of the gory details; however, I felt that it could have been grander. It may be that Thompson is saving the best for last as the "final battle" really didn't go as prophesized, and there is one more book left in the series.

The interactions between the characters are compelling, and Thompson has managed to keep them fresh and interesting while maintaining a clean love interest between Jessica and Eric. Thompson really has a flair for clean romance! It's not saccharine and cute, it's not overly dramatic with grandiose protestations of love, but readers are left with a definite impression that Jessica and Eric are meant to be together.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series to find out if my suspicions are correct. If you enjoyed Twilight and books like it, I think you'll enjoy the plot and the romance in The Timely Death Trilogy.

About Shannon A. Thompson

Shannon A. Thompson, Seconds Before Sunrise, book review, On My Kindle Book Reviews
Shannon A. Thompson, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Represented by Clean Teen Publishing, Thompson is the best-selling author of The Timely Death Trilogy and the Bad Bloods duology. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching murder shows in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side.
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