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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Great Book

    Characters I really like all the characters in this book. They have been well developed and definitely seem realistic. Each one has their own personality and they stay within character. Eric has the sort of attitude you would expect from someone his age who has no choice over his own destiny. He has a good balance of wanting to dwell in loneliness and wanting to be close to someone. His internal conflict is believable and well described. Jessica is a very determined girl, capable of sticking up for herself. Despite the difficulties in her life, she is a strong female character. She follows what she believes in but she can also get lost in her emotions. Plot I really enjoyed the plot and the pace of the story. The reader is told enough information to understand what is happening, but there is also enough held back to keep you guessing and wanting to read more. I also found the difference between the Dark and Light to be very refreshing. It is the complete opposite of the usual stereotype, which is unique with my reading experience. While I have a rough idea of what the title means, I’m not sure it was made clear how it is relevant to this particular part of the story. Not a big deal, but something to think about. World This book is set in the modern world, though I assume the town of Hayworth is made up. I would have liked a little more area description. Some of the important places were given more focus but a lot of the world is left to the imagination of the reader. Description might not seem as important in an urban fantasy than it is for a high fantasy, but I like having more information about where the characters live and what the environment is like. I was also a little confused with the limitations of magic. I felt that the shades were quite powerful but then they were much weaker than the lights. While some of the lacking is explained, I was left wondering why the shades could not use other powers to assist them. Grammar and Writing This book is really well written. I think I might have come across one or two typos, but they were not really noticeable. In fact, I only remembered that there were some because I make notes as I read. A lot of the story is focused on conversation between characters. Information is passed from one person to the next and relationships are explained or formed. Conversation is not necessarily a bad thing, but there are other ways to help the plot develop and using some alternatives might have been more interesting. Overall I definitely like the ideas behind this story and I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. I have read this book before, but it was a long time ago and I am ready to read the others now so I wanted a reminder of what happened. However, it has made me realise how much I really do not like rereading books. I spent a lot of time trying to push ahead and remember what happened instead of just enjoying the moment. That being said, I am still glad I read it because now I can dive into the rest of the trilogy and I really want to know what happens next. Also, just as a quick finishing note, the cover is amazing!

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