Death Before Daylight by Shannon A. Thompson

Death Before Daylight (The Timely Death Trilogy Book Three) by Shannon A. Thompson 


DBD_coverBook Description: Two eternities. One ending.
“Harmony would only come with destruction.”
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.

*This book was sent to us in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

My Review: I love this series. I thought I should be upfront about that. The thing that I liked most about this book was the way it went off the rails. There is a point towards the beginning that this feeling of impending dread starts to curl around the characters and you know that everything is not going to be okay.  And it isn’t.

My favorite book by this author is still Take Me Tomorrow but Death Before Daylight is now a very close second. Shannon A. Thompson has a way of changing up the young adult formula that keeps one on their toes.

I believe this is the end of this series but it could go on. The last few chapters of the book are like that open ending of your favorite television series that has come to an end. You can see all of the possibilities and your hopeful that they will carry on. So I’m going to say that this was a fantastic third book and if it is the end, forever, I’ll be content. It ties up loose ends and yet leaves you wanting more. Perhaps Shannon A. Thompson will gift us with a short story of Eric and Jonathon’s road trip or maybe the wedding? Here’s me with my fingers crossed.

I really liked how Jessica evolved through this series. Talk about your character arcs. She begins her journey clueless. She doesn’t know anything; she doesn’t even know enough to be fearful. By the end of Death Before Daylight she knows things that even the elders don’t know. She becomes an adult who puts the needs of others above her and Eric’s. It’s a simple thing that has a powerful impact. It’s impressive. It also gives the reader a sense of having history with the character. We feel like we’ve been with the character longer than we have.

Eric evolves too. He learns to share his burden. Even from book one we understand that Eric has always been groomed for his position as savior protector of the shades. What’s at stake hangs like a weight around his neck. It was nice to see Jessica help with that. And as long as we’re talking about characters there is the return of two character that are both close to Eric and they help Jessica out in an interesting way.

For me at least this series has been about balance. The Light needs the Dark as much as the Dark needs the Light. It’s true in the books and in life. This series demonstrates that people need balance. They also need hope and the end of this book definitely gives the characters hope for the future. One with out war. We get to see a glimpse of what it takes to pick up the pieces from war. The survivors move forward because that’s the only thing that can be done. It’s a satisfying end to a beautiful trilogy.


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This series contains complicated themes befitting war. There are no sexual situations or language.



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Don’t miss our other reviews of the Timely Death Trilogy and our interview with Shannon A. Thompson.










The End

johnny_automatic_booksIt has been a fantastic two years here at The Modest Verge Book Blog but it’s time for us to say goodbye. We’ve learned a lot and met so many wonderful people. This has truly been a terrific experience.

Jessica and I have decided to take on other projects but we will never forget all of the great authors who sent us books to review and those who gave their time by writing their Book Story. We are very grateful and will never forget your kindness.

We still have a book or two left to review. I didn’t want to go out with a goodbye. I want to go out with book reviews. We plan to post them closer to their release date in all the usual places. In fact I’ll be posting Death Before Daylight next Monday. It’s part of the Timely Death trilogy by Shannon A. Thompson. It’s fitting that Death Before Daylight is the last book I review here. Minutes Before Sunset, the first book in the trilogy was the first book an author ever sent to me. Thank you Shannon A. Thompson.

I would also like to thank Jessica for going on this book excursion with me. I probably didn’t say thank you enough. I feel like we visited every corner of the world. (Jessica, remember the zombies in the desert? Oh, and that girl we saw who stole books?) Jessica is going to concentrate on her amazing blog Jessica’s Family Genealogy. If you have genealogy questions you should contact her. It’s her passion and she’s very knowledgeable.


If you haven’t already, please check out all of the authors that participated in our Book Stories Series. You can find them all in the Book Stories drop down menu above. They all had very moving stories to tell. We’re very proud that we were able to bring them to you.

Finally, Jessica and I would like to thank our readers. So many of you were here from the beginning and this wouldn’t have been as much fun without you.

Thank you to everyone for the book memories,

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Starling by Lesley Livingston

StarlingStarling (Starling Saga)

By Lesley Livingston

Updated *Originally posted 8/12/2013*


Book Description: Mason Starling is a champion fencer on the Gosforth Academy team, but she’s never had to fight for her life. Not until the night a ferocious, otherworldly storm rips through Manhattan, trapping Mason and her teammates inside the school. Mason is besieged by nightmarish creatures more terrifying than the thunder and lightning as the raging tempest also brings a dangerous stranger into her life: a young man who remembers nothing but his name—the Fennrys Wolf. His arrival tears Mason’s world apart, even as she feels an undeniable connection to him. Together, they seek to unravel the secrets of Fenn’s identity as strange and supernatural forces gather around them. When they discover Mason’s family—with its dark allegiance to ancient Norse gods—is at the heart of the mystery, Fennrys and Mason are suddenly faced with a terrifying future.

Set against the gritty, shadowed back-drop of New York City, this first novel in award-winning author Lesley Livingston’s epic Starling Saga is an intoxicating blend of sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.

My Review: This book combined some of my favorite things; storms, trees, and mythology.  You don’t need any knowledge of, or interest in, mythology to enjoy this book.  Explanations are seamlessly given for all of the mythology references. If mythology isn’t your thing you won’t even know it’s happening. I, personally, love it when books are smart.  This is one smart book and Mason is one smart girl.

Mason’s life is torn apart by a storm.  Her life of fencing, studying, and having a crush on the school’s fencing superstar comes to an end during that storm.  Being billionaire Gunnar Starling’s little princess has kept Mason safe from a great many things such as betrayal.  That doesn’t last but with the help of new friends it looks like she may just find her way. She’s smart, responsible, and reliable. Those are traits that will help her save the world. She also has a sword and a destiny. Those will help too.

Fennrys, our token mysterious character, having amnesia was a fun twist.  He would have been overpowering if he had remembered who he was and what he was capable of.  This way, by the time he remembers, he’s playing catch up and left scrambling to save Mason (who, by the way, is completely capable of saving herself). He gets to be mysterious without even trying.

A character who surprised me was Heather.  I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of her.  Is she a prophet? A seer? A fairy?  What do you call someone who can see people’s true love?  I was all ready to hate her as the “mean girl” of this story but as it turns out she couldn’t be further from mean girl territory.   She even covers for Mason and Fennrys. That’s how you know who your friends are. Will they cover for you when you really need them to? That is the age old question.

If you’re looking for a fun adventure then this is it.  It has monsters!  It has goddesses!  It has talk of Ragnarok! It has it all.

Descendant and Transcendent books two and three are out now.

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PicsArt_1375992687897  PGS_round Violence. Mason and Fennrys are saving the world after all.





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