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Death Before Daylight (The Timely Death Trilogy Book 3) by Shannon A. Thompson

Death Before Daylight, The Timely Death Trilogy, Shannon A. Thompson, YA, Clean, Paranormal/Supernatural, book review
Two eternities. One ending.

"Harmony would only come with destruction."

The moment Eric and Jessica are reunited, they are torn apart. After the appearance of a new breed of shades and lights, the powers shift for the worse, and all three descendants find themselves face-to-face in the Light realm. When Darthon is in control, the last thing everyone expects is to finally hear the truth.

While Jessica learns the reason of her creation, Darthon's identity is exposed to Eric--and only Eric--and Eric can no longer defend himself. With the eternities of the Light and the Dark resting on Jessica's shoulders, she must choose who she will be--a light or a shade.

In the end, someone must die, and the end is near.
Source: I received a free copy of this book and opted to share a review.
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal/Supernatural, Clean
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Series: The Timely Death Trilogy


So... The final battle that happened in the last book wasn't the final battle. With the prophecy remaining unfulfilled, both sides seem to retreat to their respective realms, mourn their losses, and figure out a new plan of attack. However, the Light has something different in mind. Using the distraction of a new breed of shades and lights, Darthon captures Jessica and Eric and imprisons them separately in the Light realm. During her imprisonment, Jessica learns about her role in the prophecy; she must choose one of the realms, the Light or the Dark.

While Jessica is discovering her destiny, Darthon reveals his human form to Eric. Darthon then casts a spell on Eric to protect his human identity and break the bond that Jessica and Eric have, which will kill Eric. If Darthon's plan fails, the Dark and Light realms will be unified under one ruler and humans will be none the wiser; however, if it succeeds, shades and humans will die and the Light will reign supreme over the world.

In my review of the second book of the series, Seconds Before Sunrise, I mentioned that the final battle was a bit of a letdown and I was hoping that it wasn't really the final battle. My hopes were not crushed, and the finale was every bit as epic and amazing as I'd hoped it would be!

I found myself liking Jessica more in this book than in the previous books. Upon discovering her destiny, Jessica really comes into her own and steps up to the plate to make a tough decision. Jessica's destiny and role in the prophecy were incredibly well thought out and executed. I figured that she and the other characters had overlooked something about the prophecy, and I was surprised by the twist that Thompson gave it. However, the prophecy and Jessica's destiny aren't the only surprises in store for readers. Thompson reveals more about Eric's mother, Darthon's identity, and there are even more surprises that I won't mention to keep from spoiling the book.

Everything was flawlessly executed in this book: the characters, the dialogue, the setting, the clean romance, the intriguing plot, the final battle; all of it! Thompson has taken a standard trope in YA fantasy and put a really compelling and unique spin on it. I enjoyed every second of this book and had a hard time putting it down!

Death Before Daylight and "The Timely Death Trilogy" by Shannon A. Thompson is a must-have for YA fantasy fans of books written by Stephanie Meyer and Cassandra Clare!

About Shannon A. Thompson

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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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