Seconds Before Sunrise

Seconds Before Sunrise
(2014)
Shannon A. Thompson

I have reviewed for Shannon before, and obviously jumped at the chance to read and review the second book in The Timely Death Trilogy, Seconds Before Sunrise. The review for the first book in the series, Minutes Before Sunset, can be found here.

Side note for March – the online reading group I am a part of has bonus points for all books read this month that have green covers, so be prepared for a lot of green…

Seconds Before Sunrise picks up right where Minutes Before Sunset left off. I mean immediately. We are thrown right back into the world of reversed Dark (good) vs Light (bad). Jess has had her memory erased to protect the people she loves and Eric/Shoman is preparing to face off with Darthon and the rest of the Light on his 18th birthday. The usual complications of high school/young adult relationships with friends, romantic interests, and family members weave through the paranormal drama as well as the less supernatural issues most young adults face such as under-age drinking.

The action is sprinkled throughout the book, but certainly ramps up around the three-quarter mark. I think Miss Thompson did a good job of making the battle scene dramatic and exciting without being gory. This was my favorite section of the whole book, and leads up nicely to create expectation for the third book in the series. There were quite a few surprises, and I’m looking forward to see how things come out in the end.

Now for a couple of cautions. Seconds Before Sunrise is definitely not a stand-alone sequel. In fact, I would strongly suggest reading or rereading Minutes Before Sunset before moving on. There is very little back story in Seconds Before Sunrise and it had been so long since I read the first installment in the trilogy, that I found myself quite confused at times. Due to this, I found the first half or so of the book a bit of a struggle. Since this is a book for young adult readers, I do feel I need to make a note of my personal pet peeve and mention that there are a couple of uses of foul language in the book. They aren’t major, and it’s only once or twice, but it is there and I would be remiss to not note it.

While this series does lean a little more romantic than my usual fare, I have found The Timely Death Trilogy to be engaging and well-written so far. I look forward to the third, and sadly final, installation, although I will be sad to say goodbye to a cast of characters I have grown very fond of.  I would recommend these first two books to anyone who enjoys young adult fiction, particularly of the paranormal vein.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.