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    Ruthless Cliffhanger

    I liked this book. I really did. It is targeted at younger adults and is authentic about it. The characters in high school and have all the fears, frustrations, and thrills of that age. The dialog felt real. The story, which switches between multiple characters, is well developed and reaches a great climax. What kept it from perfection. I won't spoil the ending. But I found the ending frustrating. The author took a twist that seemed unessesary. It serves to sell the next book, but felt disrespectful to the readers and the characters. Maybe I will read the next one. Maybe I won't. I hate to encourage such things.
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    A clean read with a unique premise!

    Minutes Before Sunset is a paranormal YA novel in which Eric and Jessica are both struggling to reconcile their identities. Eric is grappling with the fact that he will face The Light on the battlefield on his next birthday while Jessica tries to find out who her biological parents are. Needless to say, there is a certain amount of teenage angst and rebellion going on in the plot that is reminiscent of Twilight. The dark and magical setting is pretty detailed, and the two protagonists are well developed; more so than what I was expecting from the first novel in the series. I was expecting a vampire novel, so I was pleasantly surprised when Thompson created a plot about shades and a battle between The Light and The Dark. At first glance, there are some parallels between Twilight and Minutes Before Sunset; however, the dynamic between the protagonists, the mood, and Thompson's writing style differentiate it from Twilight. For example, the mood in this novel is more dark and magical than dark and goth. I also thought that the angst and rebellion were less dramatic and more realistic than Twilight. I personally would have liked a longer discussion of the prophecy and how The Dark and The Light became two separate factions. It may be that this will be revealed in later books, or it may be something that is not discussed in detail since the book was written for young adult readers and not adult readers. I enjoyed it and I would definitely be willing to read the next books in the series. It is clean, cleaner than Twilight, so it would make a great gift for a teen who enjoyed that particular series. Adults who enjoyed Twilight will likely enjoy this book too. However, if you enjoy a more in-depth history of two clashing factions, this may not be a good match for you.
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    Good pacing, building up

    This book had some good development, and did build up to a reasonable climax. Weak spot is that apparently few people are detective enough to figure out who is who in a small town where there is a high incident of supernatural people. I guess lots of powers don't make you clever.
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