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Seconds Before Sunrise

(The Timely Death Trilogy #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  55 reviews
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
Paperback, 277 pages
Published March 27th 2014 by AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. (first published March 22nd 2014)
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Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All ages
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Clean Teen Publishing Elite Reviewers
If one dies, so does the other....

This author had some crazy turns of events that I was not expecting while reading this story. The craziness is not bad thing at all, but I never thought the author would take the route she did. This story is phenomenally well written and my attention was captured by the first sentence. I love how the story picked up where the first one ended and how she twisted the plot to keep it interesting. I love the characters even more than I did in the first story. Jessic
Lisa Mandina
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoying this series! Can't wait to meet the author at B-Fest tomorrow! ...more
Chris Pavesic
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Recommended to Chris by: Ky Grabowski
I enjoyed Shannon A. Thompson’s previous novel, Minutes Before Sunset, so I was glad to be given the opportunity to review Seconds Before Sunrise before its official release date. The two novels are part of an announced trilogy which chronicles the lives of three interconnected groups in Hayworth, Kansas: the Light, the Dark, and the Human.

The Dark and the Light have two forms—human and “mystical other”—and live in human communities, covertly hiding their supernatural forms. Those of the Light
Shana Festa
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book picks up where the last one left off. Jessica decides to have her memory erased to save those she loves and Eric continues to train for the epic battle that is to happen on his 18th birthday. It's getting harder for Eric to stay away from Jess every day. Jess is dreaming of a boy... it's the only thing that brings her comfort among her nightmares. And Jess doesn't feel as connected to her group of friends as she should, she longs to only be with her dream boy.

I love the premise of this
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I already loved the characters from Book One so it is no surprise that I continued to enjoyed them in Book Two. I found each character relatable, realistic and well developed. Book Two explores a few different characters in more detail but the focus remains on Eric and Jessica.

The tension between some of the characters in the book was intense and it felt gripping. I found myself unable to put this book down because I needed to know how someone was going to react to whatever happened ne
4.5 stars.

My Initial Reaction…
I am so happy that I stumbled upon this trilogy(or rather, that Shannon stumbled across my blog) because I love it! There were a few things about Seconds Before Sunrise that made me not love it quite as much as Minutes Before Sunset but I still look forward to picking up the next book.

Note: There will be some series spoilers here. Sorry, I couldn’t get around it, I tried.

The Characters…
I loved Jessica way more in Minutes Before Sunset, but I think I’m supposed to fe
Merril Anil
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It’s captive and leave you craving for more.

Once again a huge hug and thanks to the author for providing me the copy to read and review. I will always be in awe of your work

I have become a huge fan of the author over the course of her three works that I have read and practically lived in. That in itself says so much about how much I appreciate her works. So it’s me being honest when I say that I will always be partial to her works. What I like about her books is the creation of a world and ch
3.5 Stars

OK let me start by saying that I was really excited to receive an ARC after waiting for months for this especially since I very much enjoyed the first book, Minutes Before Sunset. However, I do think that I just wasn't in the right state of mind or mood while reading this because I couldn't get into it as much as I wanted to. I feel like I had to say it as it may have unfavorably affected my overall rating.

Thud-thump. Thud-thump. Thud-thump. The heartbeat was unmistakable. It was his he
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
True rating - 4.5 stars

When I was offered a free copy of Seconds Before Sunrise in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at the chance because I remembered how caught up I had become in the first book, and I couldn’t wait to jump into the world of shades once again. I was fascinated by the role reversal of light and dark and was itching to find out how events would unfold leading up to the potential fulfillment of the prophecy.

When I review a book, I don’t rehash the plot because that’s what a
Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

*I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was such a great ride! I enjoyed reading every bit of it and it managed to keep me interested throughout the book!

*A little spoilery for those who haven't read book 1 yet.*

Seconds Before Sunrise picks up from where book 1 was left off. Jessica doesn't remember about what happened within the past few months after her memory wipe off. Eric has a hard time d
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Pretty simple and basic. But I'm getting tired of those complex book covers so this one is a nice change.


I probably should have reread the first book but I slowly started remembering more and more as I read. I knew I liked the first book and that it had tons of potential so I was hoping that this one turned out good too.


I was a little disappointed with the whole memory loss stuff with Jessica. I thought she was a great character but it sucked that the first book ba
D.K. Powell
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shannon Thompson's writing has come on in leaps and bounds. Gone are all of the weaknesses (all small ones) of the first book in the series. This was an entertaining story from start to finish and the author has captured the heart of what makes teenagers tick - especially when they have supernatural powers!

This is a novel I can recommend to anyone looking for decent Young Adult fiction and offers a refreshing alternative to the plethora of Vampire stories out there. No parent needs to be worried
Jennifer Lil'n  Dunski
Heartbreaking, exciting, nail biting

I couldn't put this book down! I was up all night reading, simply because I had to know what was going to happen! I love this book, yet it's so frustrating....because of the hidden identities and trying to figure out who was light and who was dark! Jessica is just awesomeness and Eric/Shoman is amazing! Can't wait to read the next book!
Sara Summers
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

I loved this book! Great second book. I wish there was a little more romance but the romance was still cute. This is a clean YA book that would be appropriate for all teenagers!
A. Powers
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was almost as amazing as the first one, with lots of teen angst included. Teen angst makes everything awesome. The ending was a bit of a shock, so I can't wait to see how the story concludes. ...more
Jenna Loesch
I received a review copy from the author to provide my honest opinion. You can find my review on the first novel in The Timely Death Trilogy, Minutes Before Sunset, as well. Like my last review, I'll be breaking down the book into pros, cons, and then my final opinion.

Pacing- Like the last book, MBS, SBS also has a nice pace to it. Not too fast, not too slow. The beginning started off showing how the characters were dealing with the loss of Jessica's memory, and then it gradually melted in
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a solid 4. Seconds before Sunrise was much easier to read than Minutes before Sunset, probably because I knew the background and didn’t have to wade through the exposition.

Note: Sorry in advance for typos or incorrect names. I copy and paste … a LOT.

Seconds before Sunrise picks up about a month and a half after Minutes before Sunset left off. The elders wiped Jessica’s memory, and Eric has tried to stay away from her so that things won’t start coming back. He knows he needs to spe
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I would like to thank Shannon for sending me a review copy of her second novel, 'Seconds Before Sunrise' to read and review before its publication date in March. I whizzed through this book much like I did its predecessor and found it very hard to put down, so gripped with the story was I.

Shannon's second novel picks up a few months after the first ends and we once again find the story being told from the perspectives of the two main characters: Eric and Jessica. The two of them made a
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed at my blog: Babbling Books

*I received a free e-copy of this book from the author, but this in no way effects my honest opinion*
“No one knew whether events in our everday lives were preordained. We had either little control or none.”
I am honestly surprised at how quickly I got through this book. It took me so long to get to reading this series and I can honestly say it has not disappointed now that I’ve gotten the chance to sit down and really enjoy it. I just finished the first book tw
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to be part of the cover reveal for Seconds Before Sunrise and I was super lucky to get an advanced copy from the lovely Shannon A. Thompson. After reading Minutes Before Sunset, I was ready to devour book two.

After finishing Seconds Before Sunrise, my mind was reeling. I had so many questions. Who is Darthon? Why are Robb and Zac psychos? And what's up with Crystal? There is so much mystery shadowing the end of this sequel, especially surrounding the secondary characters, that
Tina Williams
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Compelling and Addictive

Seconds Before Sunrise has a compelling and addictive narrative which explores the elemental themes of good versus evil, love and self-sacrifice and fate versus free-will. All lovers of paranormal and fantasy romance are advised to check out this series so that they do not miss out on a fantastic reading experience.

I was given an Advanced Reader Copy of the novel, due out on 27th March, for an honest and unbiased review, which is posted below:

Seconds Before Sunrise conti
Lissa Joy
Once again, I would like to thank Shannon A. Thompson for priding me with a copy of her book in exchange for an honest and timely review.

“Seconds Before Sunrise” is the brilliantly paced and equally emotional sequel of “Minutes Before Sunset.” The beginning of the story picked off clearly from the end of the previous book, and despite their new situation, Jessica and Eric's reactions were true to what we knew about them. When Jessica lost who she was, Eric was the one who made her see that she w
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shannon A. Thompson has successfully produce an equally as intense sequel as the first book in The Timely Death Trilogy. Seconds Before Sunrise begins with Jessica Taylor totally unaware of who she really was. She was a typical teenage, doing what teenagers do-hanging out with her friends. However, Jessica was experiencing some emotions and dreams that seemed all too real. She was embarrassed to tell anyone, but she did anyway. The most unlikely of people listened carefully without judgement and ...more
Kira Brighton
*Received free e-copy via YASH*

This has a little more vibrancy to it than the first book, but it still didn't quite work for me. The ending weirded me out a bit.

Content Warning: war, sexual assault and harassment without rape
Book Gannet
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
After all the confusion and non-explanations of the first book, Minutes Before Sunset, I enjoyed this book so much better. Yes, Eric is still brooding on his inescapable fate, but this time he has extra reasons – the girl he fell in love with no longer remembers anything about their romance. And worse, not only is she the great love of his life, but she’s also his biggest weakness. Which isn’t a great start to a relationship when you’re mere months away from a predestined battle to the death. So ...more
My rating is 2.5/3.0 stars.

I was given a free copy from Clean Teen Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

**Note: Some spoilers in this review.***

Seconds Before Sunrise is the second book in the Timely Death Trilogy. The book continues just after the last part of the first book. Jessica's memory has been wiped and she doesn't remember her relationship with Eric/Shomen and that she has powers and is a part of the Dark.

In my review of the first book Minutes Before Sunset, I had some concerns
Review also posted on Crazy Beautiful Reads

OMG What an ending !

I want to begin with saying a huge Thank You to the lovely Shannon A. Thompson for sending me an ARC of her magnificiently book for review and send her a huge hug. I’ll always be amazed by her work and she knows it – if she did not know it, now she does !

Thrilling, Captivating and Addictive

Seconds Before Sunrise is The Timely Death Series sequel , which means that it picks up right from where the first book has ended. This book has
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
The second book, successfully, pick up the line of the story from where the first one had end. I love how, from the the title Shannon, created the ominous feeling of trickling of time same like the granules of sand in an hourglass. Until the end of the book, She, build the tension towards the epic battle , kept very nicely, with the Dark and the Light still not able to recognize each another in their human forms. at the same time, the readers familiar onl
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, fantasy, young-adult
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 wel ...more
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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

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