Read on 5th July, 2014
Author: Shannon A. Thompson
5 Stars 🙂
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 parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.
Once again, I would like to thank Shannon A. Thompson for providing 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 wasn’t herself. Even when she didn’t have her memories and he had to stay away, they still managed to find solace in each other, to subconsciously love through their troubles.
Miss Thompson’s depiction of love continued to deepen as she writes in dual perspective, allowing the reader to feel Eric’s tension and Jessica’s confusion in a tragic but relatable way. If I were to pick up either of the two books in this series and turn to a random section, I would clearly be able to tell who was narrating. I loved being able to see from both perspectives and I honestly didn’t favour one over the other.
In their pain and frustration, they didn’t isolate themselves from those that care about them, developing stronger relationships with those around them. Although they had their moments of weakness and bad ideas, both Eric and Jessica were resilient in their struggles. They never stopped fighting.
I loved that the ending of the story was unexpected. The battle that was prophesied came to pass, but it was unlike anything we’d been lead to believe. And, of course, Jess regained her memory and power so she and Eric can to love each other again with nothing to hold them back. The scene at her parents’ gravestone was so touching. *wipes tear from eye* I didn’t find myself bored with filler because there is no filler. Every chapter, every scene, and every word has a purpose that pushed us closer to the end – an ending that left me wanting the last book.
The cover is just as purposeful and dark. Unlike some covers that are completely different to the book, you can tell that thought has been put into this. The cover depicts Eric in his shade form, the physical description matches what is shown. He’s of the right age (the amount of times covers get this wrong is ridiculous – e.g. Onyx and Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout) and he is engulfed in shadows. It is really true to the book.
“Seconds Before Sunrise” is a marvelous exploration of a troubled subconscious, fear of identity, and the struggle of love among a world of war and chaos. I highly recommend it to readers of young adult and new adult fiction, especially those in search of a unique paranormal romance with subtle but powerful love and complex but relatable characters dealing with their own struggles and confusion.