Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Minutes Before Sunset (Timely Death, #1)” as Want to Read:
Minutes Before Sunset (Timely Death, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Minutes Before Sunset

(The Timely Death Trilogy #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  620 ratings  ·  155 reviews
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—an
Paperback, 247 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by AEC Stellar Publishing (first published April 28th 2013)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Minutes Before Sunset, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Minutes Before Sunset

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.02  · 
Rating details
 ·  620 ratings  ·  155 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Minutes Before Sunset (Timely Death, #1)

I was falling in love with her, and she was falling in love with me. It was fated, decided before any of us were born, and I hated it as much as I loved it. I could barely stand it.

Well, I'm not really sure what surprised me more - the fact that I loved this more than I honestly thought I would or that none of my book friends have read this or even added this to their TBR lists. Especially since I felt like this gave off a little bit of a Daemon Black and Katy Swartz vibe (you know, from the Lu
Raymond Vogel
An impressive set of unique characters, good action sequences, and tense circumstances. This is a promising writer, and I can wait to read the next book the trilogy!
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

My Initial Reaction...
I am so incredibly glad that I found this series so close to the release of the next book. Minutes Before Sunset is a fresh young adult fantasy that I can’t wait to read more of.

The Story...
I usually talk about characters first because they are immensely more important to me than the story. But I think it will mak
Nada Faris
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The story is told in two point of views.

The first is through the POV of Eric Wellborn, the son of the King of Shades, the first descendant mentioned in the “Prophecy.” Seventeen-year-old Eric has superpowers that were passed on to him by bloodline, which were activated at the age of thirteen, when he took part in his naming ceremony. The naming is important because it signals the end of naivety and the beginning of adulthood, responsibility, and duty—if Eric even lives long enough to accomplish
Joe Hinojosa
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-reviews
Coming of age stories are nothing new. Neither are stories of love and of prophecies, so why bother reading this one?

Shannon A. Thompson has given a refreshing twist to the genre. We explore the story through the eyes off two different principal characters, neither of which begin the story knowing the other, but who come together in spite of outside influences trying to prevent this from happening.

We see in our primary hero a desire to fulfill his destiny, but also some bitterness to be marked i
Merril Anil
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A rare among Generic

All it needs is a bit of spark to make even the smallest of star to shine brightly amidst millions of them

First of all a huge hug and thanks to the author for providing me a copy of the book and Bravo on another superb work that has blown out my mind completely. Thank you. Thank you and Thank you

Let’s begin with a bit of honesty and a bit of rant sorry bare with me a little here

When I started reading this book, I was like “Here we go again with another paranormal ro
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it

Wait…the Light is evil?


Eric: What a breath of fresh air. The ability to come from a guy’s perspective and make it actually sound like a guy is one that I feel is pretty hard to come by nowadays. Thompson captures Eric’s voice so well! He’s not perfect—far from it—he’s full of churning emotions and teenage angst, which is only magnified by the fact that he has his whole world on his shoulders. How would you like to come home to “Son, are you ready to fight an epic
Tina Williams
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Epic Battle between Light and Dark – Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Minutes Before Sunset is the first book in Shannon A Thompson’s Timely Death Trilogy which tells of the elemental power struggle between Dark and Light. It is an amazingly well crafted and multifaceted novel with a fantastic hero and heroine and memorable supporting characters.

In Minutes Before Sunset, seventeen year old Eric Welborn lives in the Midwest town of Hayworth. Eric is a shade, not just any shade, but a descendant, d
Dark Sith Lordette Jennymort ♔
***3.5 Shady Stars***

I can honestly say that I haven't read a book with Shades in it except the series Eragon.

This was a good book, though even with the high school drama, it was a fast pace read. I can tell you the author was good at hiding plot twists and even was able to surprise me with them. So on and forward then.

Meet Eric Welborn, he isn't completely human, and not the only shade. He has one year left before his eighteenth birthday before he has to win a long-raging war for him and Dark S
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-giveaways
I got this book in exchange for an honest review and who doesn't love free books? What makes it better is when the book actually turns out to be simply wonderful! Minutes Before Sunset was not like your everyday paranormal story. It was different and so refreshing to read.

I will be honest, it was slow getting into it however that could have been due to just being tired, the book hangover I was suffering from another book, I mean seriously it could have been just me but once things started movin
Kristy Gillespie
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
“Minutes Before Sunset,” the first book of the Timely Death Series, flips the “Dark is Evil/ Light is Good” archetype.

Seventeen-year-old Shoman (known as Eric to the surrounding humans) is a Shade, a descendant of the dark side, and his eighteenth birthday is fast approaching. But instead of cake, ice cream, and balloons, Shoman will fight Darthon, the descendant of the dark, and only one of them will survive.

To complicate matters, Shoman meets a mysterious girl who he assumes is a Shade, and
Katie Harder-schauer
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For the first time in a while, I read the author blurb at the end of this book, and I wish I hadn't. All I'm going to say on that score is EMAW! If Ms. Thompson reads this, she should understand. However, I'm not going to hold that against her, too much.

This book was excellently written, and she has a great talent. I got to feel a little like Sherlock Holmes trying to unravel a mystery, figuring out who is who in the real world and the Light and Dark world (I think I've got it mostly figured out
T.B. Markinson
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Shannon Thompson
Apr 15, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
As the author, I wanted to thank everyone that has read “Minutes Before Sunset” as well as those interested in the trilogy. If you are on the fence about reading it, feel free to message me with questions or comments. A special thank you goes out to those who have written reviews and rated the novel. I cannot thank you enough for your encouraging support.

May your words always inspire writers to continue with their dreams.

Shannon A Thompson


If you’re looking for the s
FREE on Amazon. Check out loads more paranormal reads on

I enjoyed this except for the ending, which was a ‘been there done that’. A bit lame. I most assuredly didn’t want a cliffhanger, but I would have appreciated something a bit more creative.

The character was likable enough, credible and rather ordinary despite the usual pariah status. Yep, been there done that. Tall dark and sultry was there. Yep, been there done that.

The ‘war’ status, although anoth
Sorin Suciu
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You know you are reading a good romance novel when you feel compelled to shout “Kiss her, you fool!” at every other page. It gets even better when you want to add “Her too, you blind fool!”

Minutes Before Sunset gives you just that, but it doesn’t stop there. Instead, it weaves a fast-paced and well-written fantasy plot around it, then carefully wraps the story in shrouds of mystery, and ties ribbons of Light and Dark around the whole package.

Shannon joggles cleverly with the first-person view be
Douglas McLeod
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was given as a gift from the author.

I must confess, I haven't read many paranormal books before, but this one was interesting and compelling. The chapters told the story from either of the two main characters' perspectives. While they tended to differ from the usual format of stories I read, I felt it had a good enough flow. I'm interested in picking up the second book in the trilogy.
Ky Grabowski
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Beautifully written! I was drawn into their world immediately. It is full of surprising twists and hidden depths make this a must read!
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent YA paranormal series starter. Full review to follow.
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
The author provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Welcome to Hayworth, a nondescript Midwestern town that hides a secret of worldwide importance. Things are certainly not as they seem - Dark is good, Light is not, and the descendants of each are perched on the edge of the battle that will decide which side survives. Minutes Before Sunset sets the stage for this battle, introducing the reader to the primary characters and the central conflict of the planned tr
This book held my attention from the beginning! The story switches back and forth between Eric and Jessica. Eric is part of the Dark. In this book, Light is evil. There's a prophecy in the making between Light and Dark and Eric is a major part of it since he is a true descendant. There will be a big battle and it won't end until he kills the Light's true descendant (whose name is Darthon) or he is killed by Darthon. As a human, Eric is a loner at school and likes it that way.

Jessica has just mov
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson was an awesome surprise. This story has everything a girl wants in a Young Adult novel -- a believable heroine, a sexy, mysterious love interest, a little bit of paranormal action and an amazing story of young love.

At first, I didn't know what to expect with this book, all I knew was the synopsis sounded awesome. However, within the first few pages it didn't matter; I was immediately sucked in and I didn't put the book down until I was finished. I lov
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
***3.5 stars***

1) The concept of this book series is really interesting and not something I've really seen before. However, I never felt like I quite got a grasp of how the Shades and Lights worked.
2) The telling of the story from two POVs (Eric and Jessica) was really smart because both these characters had another identity. There was a constant build-up as both characters' lives (in Shade and Human form) became more and more connected. It was quite thrilling!
3) I quite liked all the
Shana Festa
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Forget what you know about the good guys and the bad guys. The good guy always wears white, the bad guy black…. Don’t go into the dark, it’s bad…. Stay in the light.

Shannon Thompson does an excellent job at character development. Their interactions are believable and the conversation flows easily. At first, I had a hard time liking Eric. He was so angsty and downtrodden about everything. But as the story develops you really get a feel as to why and as his character develops he turns into someon
Kathryn Casna
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: highschool age teens, adults
Shelves: jello
Eric Welborn lives a double life: by day, he's that quiet, weird kid that sits at the back of the class and doesn't do his homework; by night, he's a Shade, with the power to fly, teleport, and conjure a magical sword from thin air. His whole life he's lived with a prophesy that says only he can defeat the evil Light and save the world. With just one more year to prepare for a battle to the death, he meets a mysterious Shade who shouldn't even exist outside the Dark community. Going against ever ...more
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Honestly, I wasn't sure if I would like this. But about 15% in, I was convinced that I was, in fact, going to like this. Paranormal/Supernatural Romances are usually a hit and a miss with me, but this one did a very good job with the genre.

Thompson's writing is strong. The only thing that I didn't like about it was it seemed like character's names were used too much in dialogue at times. The descriptions were also well done and it was easy to get a picture of the surroundings and characters.

Gregory Lamb
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five Stars -Surprisingly Good

Indie author, Shannon Thompson's first published novel is perfectly suited for young adult readers and shouldn't be overlooked by adults who enjoy a subtle paranormal romance. "Minutes" is the first volume of a three part series that takes place in a small town in middle America.

Hayworth High School students, Eric, Crystal, Robb, and newcomer Jessica seem ordinary enough, but Eric Welborn and Jessica Taylor are on a path of discovery in an alternative world where goo
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a very well written novel that makes you not even notice the turning pages (or in the case of my kindle, tapping pages). In the crowded field of paranormal romance, Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson is a standout that deserves more attention. Aside from the intriguing story line, which you can read more about in the book’s description, I really liked the author’s crisp writing style –

“At night she looked like a light, and she retained the Light’s abilities. She could intercept
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The concept of writing from the first person for two different characters throughout the book was unique, at least to me. I admit I found it confusing at first, but once I got used to it, I really liked it. Following both Eric and Jessica, and their respective points of view was cool. The idea of having two main characters who are part of a species of people that transform back and forth between human and "shade" was also unique to me. I found the whole book to be ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Fallen Academy: Year One (Fallen Academy, #1)
  • The Haunted (MacKinnon Curse, #2)
  • The Departed (MacKinnon Curse, #3)
  • Born to Magic (Tales of Nevaeh, #1)
  • Blacklist (The Rivals #1)
  • Centaur Rivalry (Touched, #3)
  • Centaur Legacy (Touched, #2)
  • Centaur Redemption (Touched, #4)
  • Love, Lies, and Deception
  • Black (Black #1)
  • Kindled (The Kindred, #3)
  • Ashes (The Kindred, #2)
  • Devi (Matefinder, #2)
  • Phoenix Rising (The Kindred, #5)
  • Inferno (The Kindred, #4)
  • Balance (Matefinder, #3)
  • Conclave (Vampire Conclave #3)
  • Sentinel (Vampire Conclave #2)
See similar books…
Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree

Other books in the series

The Timely Death Trilogy (3 books)
  • Seconds Before Sunrise (Timely Death, #2)
  • Death Before Daylight (Timely Death, #3)

Related Articles

Some people love books. Some people fall in love. And some people fall in love with books about falling in love. Every month our team sorts...
29 likes · 12 comments
“I was falling in love with her, and she was falling in love with me. It was fated, decided before any of us were born, and I hated it as much as I loved it. I could barely stand it. (Eric)” 25 likes
“One moment of true happiness was worth all the moments of pain. (Jessica)” 19 likes
More quotes…