Review: Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A Thompson

When I received a free copy of this novel I was excited to read it.


The book did not let me down. But first, here’s the Goodreads synopsis:

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.

Jessica is the new girl in high school. Eric is the brooding teen that everyone stays away from. When they are paired to be lab partners in chemistry the reader senses sparks will fly. But this novel isn’t just a teen romance. Eric has a secret. He’s a Shade who will have to battle his nemesis on his 18th birthday. There will only be one survivor. Jessica is adopted and is searching for clues about her parents and her past. Two teens with a secret past … can you feel the suspense?

This tale, the first in the Timely Death Series, is a good beginning. There’s romance, action, brooding teens, and some twists and turns. Both characters are likable, even Eric. I say that because he comes across as gruff and unfeeling. But he was raised to be a warrior. Seeing his softer side come out is fun.

When I finished the book I was slightly disappointed. Not by the story, but the next book is not released yet. Hopefully soon.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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10 Responses to Review: Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A Thompson

  1. bocafrau says:

    Sounds interesting. I may have to add it to my list of books to read. I love reading YA books lately, not sure why but there is something timeless in the way teens feel and behave. 🙂

  2. bulldog says:

    Sounds an interesting read…

  3. The Guat says:

    It’s always a good sign when you’re burned out because you don’t have the Part II in your hands ready to go 🙂 Nice review. And I noticed that you will be reading Grapes of Wrath. That was such a great book. I read it a while back in school and we got all crazy with the symbolism and the analysis. It was definitely good book. Hope you enjoy it!

    Have you read She’s Come Undone? I’m thinking of picking it up, but it may be a little too long for our book club. Have you found any small books worth our little pow-wow?

    • TBM says:

      I’m not the most patient person, except on Christmas morning. My parents and brother always had to wake me up. But that’s because I’m not a morning person. I hate, hate, hate mornings. Yet I love watching the sunrise. I’m just a puzzle really.

      This book was fab. Loved the teenage angst and paranormal aspects.

      The Grapes of Wrath is one of my favorite books. I’ve read it many, many times. For my 50 year project I have to reread the books I’ve read. Not a problem with this one. His writing is beautiful and each time I find something else to enjoy. This time around I’m enjoying the descriptions of the landscape and the sun.

      Haven’t read She’s Come Undone–it could be a contender–let me know what you think and I’ll hunt down a copy. I haven’t found any small books yet.

  4. Thank you for reviewing Minutes Before Sunset 😀

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