Today I’m posting my first review for Once Upon a Time VIII, a reading challenge hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings that focuses on fantasy, folklore, fairy tales, mythology, or any of the sub genres. This challenge isn’t really a challenge but an opportunity to read books and to meet new blogging friends. Stop by his site for more details and here’s the link for the reviews.
For my first contribution, I’m reviewing the second book in the Timely Death Trilogy by Shannon A Thompson. The first book, Minutes before Sunset was a great hook to the series and I couldn’t wait for the second book to be released. Shannon was kind enough to supply an advance copy of the sequel and oh boy it didn’t disappoint. But first, here are some details for those not familiar with the Shannon or the series. After my review, Shannon has been kind enough to allow me to post a short excerpt of Seconds Before Sunrise.
Author: Shannon A. Thompson
Title: Seconds Before Sunrise
Author’s Blog: ShannonAThompson.com
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.
All of the aspects that I enjoyed about the first book in the series were present in the second: the teenage angst, romance, and lots of emotional turmoil. And I don’t want to forget the paranormal aspects and action scenes.
Once I settled back into the story, the rhythm worked well. Thompson developed the characters more and fleshed out the story. And there was one big twist at that end that I wasn’t expecting at all. The writing is solid. I would like it if Thompson described the world a bit more. Less telling and more showing. That could be the greedy reader coming out. Overall, I enjoyed it. Now I need book 3.
“Jess?” Robb spoke up, and I drank again. I didn’t know what he would say to me after the night before. “Why did you follow me outside?”
“I need to ask you something.” The confession slipped out effortlessly, and my sips turned into a heated flush across my body.
He raised his brow. “Why didn’t you?”
I gestured to Crystal. “I wanted to ask you alone.”
He placed his empty glass on the table. I hadn’t even noticed he finished it. “You can ask me now.”
I bit my lip. It felt strange to talk so loudly about private matters, but I knew he wouldn’t hear me if I didn’t. “Why did Zac have your car the other day?”
Robb’s calm expression faltered. “What are you talking about?”
He had to have known. “I was jogging, and Zac drove by in your car,” I explained. I didn’t want to tell him what his friend had said to me.
“You jog?” Robb asked.
“Why does everyone seem to have a problem with that?” I whined.
He chuckled. “You’re a little too fragile to be running around by yourself.”
My muscles in my arm tightened. “How’d you know I was by myself?” I asked, too focused to be irritated by his fragile comment. He knew about Zac’s run-in with me. “Robb—”
“I needed new brakes, and I was too busy studying to take it in myself,” he said. “That’s it.”
I didn’t have a reason to distrust him, but it didn’t seem like enough. “What classes were you studying for?”
He rubbed the back of his neck, glancing over his shoulder to survey Crystal. She was coming toward us. “What’s with the interrogation, Jess?” He leaned across the table. “Just tell me what’s bothering you.”
About the author:
At sixteen, Shannon A Thompson became the young-adult author of “November Snow.” Since then, Shannon has had poetry, a short story, and more novels published. Her latest trilogy released by AEC Stellar Publishing, and the first novel in this young-adult, paranormal romance was awarded Goodreads Book of the Month in July, 2013. The second book, Seconds Before Sunrise, released on March 27, 2014.
She recently graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing. After working as an author and then a Social Media Marketer, Thompson became the C.O.O. of AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc.
Shannon spends her free time writing, but she loves spending time with her father and brother. She also has one black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart.