Review: Death Before Daylight

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Title: Death Before Daylight
Series: The Timely Death Trilogy #3
Author: Shannon A. Thompson
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Links: Goodreads / Amazon / B&N

Synopsis: Two eternities. One ending.

The moment Eric and Jessica are reunited, they are torn apart. After the appearance of a new breed of shades and lights, the powers shift for the worse, and all three descendants find themselves face-to-face in the Light realm. When Darthon is in control, the last thing everyone expects is to finally hear the truth.

While Jessica learns the reason of her creation, Darthon’s identity is exposed to Eric—and only Eric—and Eric can no longer defend himself. With the eternities of the Light and the Dark resting on Jessica’s shoulders, she must choose who she will be—a light or a shade.

In the end, someone must die, and the end is near. 

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review:

*I received a free e-copy of this book from the author, but this in no way affects my honest opinion*

“Fate was tricky like that. It consumed us when we thought we were free, and it freed us when we thought we were captured.”

So, we have reached the end my friends. And what a bittersweet ending it has been. I was so excited to delve into this last book as you can probably tell from my review of the second, but unfortunately this last one has left me a little depressed if I’m honest. Overall I felt this final book was lacking some of what really made me love the first two, for instance…

The romance between Jessica and Eric was so poignant and really wonderful in the first two books but I feel like it kind of became a back burner story in this one, which was sorely disappointing. I don’t necessarily think the author meant for it to be that way, it just happened because of how the plot developed and the situations that were put forward. By the end of the book I was almost questioning why Eric and Jessica were still together, which considering how the book ends I really shouldn’t have been doing. It just seemed like the whole book was tearing them apart and very little was done to bring them back together in the end.

I wasn’t at all surprised about the different character reveals but that didn’t bother me, I liked that Crystal became more centered in this book and that she and Jonathan took more of a center focus. In all sincerity I was more interested in what was happening with them by the end then what was going on with Eric and Jessica who are the main couple.

It was also nice to finally get more information on Eric’s mother, although some details I still feel a little in the dark about but that’s just probably my own confusion in connecting all the dots. Eric’s father also had some wonderful moments in this book that I felt were very nice in a subtle way. Parents don’t often feature as a major part in Young Adult novels so I liked that the adults were a bigger part in this series.

The best part of the book for me was probably Jessica’s development, even though that was part of the reason why I don’t quite get her and Eric anymore. She really seemed to grow the most in this last book, especially in her interactions with Darthon and how she learned to stand on her own two feet.

Most of my reason for rating this final book 3 stars is simply because there are a lot of depressing things that happen in this book, almost with no light moments. I’ve read very depressing books before but they’re always helped by having the occasional light hearted moment or sweet romantic interlude, but this book had very few breaks from the down mood it started in.

The ending was good, but it still felt rushed and I almost wish there was one more book so that everything could’ve been expanded on more. In the last chapter it felt as if things were hastily explained that needed to be revealed earlier or that need a whole other book to sort out some of the loose threads.

Overall I still really loved the series as a whole and I would recommend it for everyone to read who loves some urban fantasy mixed with a younger group of characters. Miss Thompson’s work is always very character driven so her books really draw you in and make you care about her characters as if you had a personal stake in what happens to them.

I’m happy I got the chance to read this whole series, if anyone else out there has read it and wants to share their thoughts just post something in the comments and we can discuss!

And may I suggest everyone go check out Miss Thompson’s site and her other books as well. They are well worth a read.

*Thank you again to Shannon A. Thompson for your generosity and wonderful writing. I look forward to seeing any new material you have in the future😊!

 

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