*I received a copy of this title from the author. It does not impact my review.*
Synopsis from Good Reads:
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—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.
He had gotten so close to me—and I couldn’t move—I couldn’t get away.
Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.
MY THOUGHTS – BEWARE OF SOME MINOR SPOILERS:
-I found the beginning of Minutes Before Sunset to be a little confusing. Shoman is a Shade – an important one that is destined to win a war for the Dark against their enemies, the Light.
“The Dark was a secret for a reason. We protected the humans from evil, because they weren’t capable of determining the evil for themselves.
The Light was evil, and it always had been. Forget archetypes. They’re completely wrong, and they always will be.”
I’m still not entirely sure what that means. We don’t see any interaction between the Dark and the humans, except when the Shades are in their human form, and even then they’re not going around playing superhero. So I’m taking it to mean that the Dark protect the humans from the evil Light by fulfilling the prophesy and defeating the Light in their war. I would’ve liked a little more information about the Light, about why they’re so evil, other than their greed for power. What exactly is going to happen to the human population if the Light wins?
-The story is told in 1st person POV between Eric (Shoman’s human name) and Jessica. As we all know, multiple 1st person is my favorite POV and I feel it’s done well here. There was never a time when I got confused about who’s “voice” we were reading and the shifts between POVs always seemed appropriate.
-I found both Eric and Jessica to be likable, though I think I liked them both better in their human form. I enjoyed their bantering and interactions in the human world more than I enjoyed Shoman and the Nameless Shade’s interactions in the woods. However once identities are discovered, I liked them together regardless of form.
-I liked Camille/Teresa, Eric’s guard, but I felt like she should’ve paid more attention to what he was doing. She came through when it counted, but for the most part she was a pretty horrible guard. I also liked their friend Pierce/Jonathon, but would’ve liked to have seen him a little more developed. I didn’t care for Jessica’s friends, Crystal and Robb. I always felt like there was more to them than what we saw and I didn’t trust them.
-I liked the use of the double lives – that everyone looks so different in their Shade or Light form than they do in their human form. It made me look more closely at everyone that Jessica meets. I look forward to finding out who Darthon, the Light descendent, is as a human.
-Overall, I enjoyed Minutes Before Sunset. It had a little bit of everything – mystery, fantasy, romance. It took me a little while to get into it, but once I did it became a quick and fun read and I look forward to find out what happens next. I would recommend this book to those interested in YA Fantasy.