“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 he can’t seem to stay away from her even though: “Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificate selfishly and without control.”
Shoman and the nameless Shade fall in love slowly and naturally. According to Shoman, “I loved how she curled up under my arm, how she seemed to fit into the space as if it was meant for her.”
I won’t give away the ending but I will say that it reminds me a bit of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” which is one of my favorite movies.
I can’t wait to read the sequel, “Seconds Before Sunrise,” (Fall of 2013).
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