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Take Me Tomorrow

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

While the world around her is definitely governed by tight rules and torn by the effects of the government’s war against the clairvoyant drug tomo, Sophie’s life is relatively stable, or so she thinks. Sure, her dad makes illegal weapons in the basement and she doesn’t know much about her friends’ past, but that’s never particularly bothered her–it’s just the way life is. Or was, until a strange, unpredictable boy with flashing green eyes rushed into her life, unsettling her emotionally and dragging her headlong into a drug war she hadn’t even know existed just a few days before.

When I read Take Me Tomorrow, I was gripped and impressed by how intense it is, not just in terms of action but also in emotional impact. This story deals with a number of difficult, even controversial, topics in a thoughtful way, while still leaving the conclusions up to the reader. The characters are vivid and thoroughly developed–I love the attention to detail that is placed into each of them. And while I’ve never been to the middle part of the United States myself, I found myself instantly picturing the location while not being overwhelmed with unnecessary description. The balance of action, angst, and romance was maintained nicely, and the pacing with which Sophie’s story unfolds is masterfully done. I would recommend Take Me Tomorrow to anyone interested in a thoughtful, exciting dystopian story.

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Minutes Before Sunset

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Forget everything you think you know about the battle between Light and Dark–the stories have it all wrong. Eric Welborn knows this fact far too well. As the shade destined to battle the Light for the sake of not only his own people but for all mankind, Eric’s life has never truly been his own. He leads a double life–human and shade–on a daily basis, switching between going to school and dealing with a clueless step-family on the one hand and honing his powers for the final battle on the other. His life begins to change, however, when he encounters a nameless shade girl of his own age . . . a girl who has no known connections to the Dark and no idea what being a shade even means.

Minutes Before Sunset was a very enjoyable story to read.The background concepts are well thought out and are different enough from your typical paranormal romance to make it interesting. The plot has a nice balance between the epic battle that’s to come and the daily struggles and growth of the individuals involved. The romance factor was tastefully executed–there’s enough there to be touching and thrilling, but it’s never disgusting, overdone, or cheap. Of course, the characters really carry the story. I really enjoyed the dual perspectives the story was told in, and I found Eric’s personality in particular to be unexpected and interesting: abrasive and sarcastic, yet surprisingly nice at times. (Wait, do we have a tsundere here? I love it!) Honestly, the entire cast is skillfully crafted, and I’m looking forward to even more character development in the following volumes. Essentially, for anyone who enjoys a solid paranormal romance, Minutes Before Sunset is a great story you should check out.

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