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  1. Kat Kennedy Kat Kennedy says:

    Okay, so I seriously pondered over whether to give this book three stars or four In the end, I DID enjoy it so I felt generous and gave it four, but it s not without its faults.Once, when I was a little kid, my parents bought me my favourite ice cream There s actually only one kind of ice cream that I actually like and that s mint choc chip Only they bought this MASSIVE bowl of it with a banana in it and extra chocolate sauce I can only guess that they d finally decided to slowly kill me via Okay, so I seriously pondered over whether to give this book three stars or four In the end, I DID enjoy it so I felt generous and gave it four, but it s not without its faults.Once, when I was a little kid, my parents bought me my favourite ice cream There s actually only one kind of ice cream that I actually like and that s mint choc chip Only they bought this MASSIVE bowl of it with a banana in it and extra chocolate sauce I can only guess that they d finally decided to slowly kill me via diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure, and be rid of my annoying, argumentative, five year old ways I can promise that it almost worked and they were almost home free except they d miscalculated one thing my short attention span Sure the ice cream was delicious and kept me entertained but there was just so much of it and the mint ice cream was just a little too much in ratio to the choc chip that I like and even the chocolate sauce couldn t entirely keep my concentration.Well, Sunshine is a bit like that It s good It s really good It s a vampire novel so it s pretty much RIGHT up my alley too and so by definition I should have really enjoyed this book.There was really just the problem that there was too much useless narrative in ratio to the action and suspense Sunshine would start babbling about some inane facet of life that had NOTHING to do with the story and doesn t really add anything to it Now, if this was world building for a future novel I could have forgiven it, but I have heard, rather mournfully, that there will be noto this series and that makes me very annoyed Like when I lost interest in my mint choc chip ice cream at one interval and my evil parents had it whisked away by an annoyed waitress I ll have my revenge one day So whilst I enjoyed much of the book, I found myself falling asleep a lot because it would launch into these long stories like my 80 year old grandma does when you ask her how her day was Don t even get me started on how UNRESOLVED the end was There were things I REALLY wanted to know There were certain sexy scenes I REALLY wanted to read and there was information and intrigue that was left dangling It s infuriating One good praise I would like to make for Sunshine is the reversal in a genre of a practice that baffles me I ve complained before that often in YA books, swearing and sex between the main characters doesn t really happen.Yet rape and violence is often described and occurs, sometimes rather graphically.Well, in this book the main character has sex with her long time boyfriend and it s a sweet nonevent these positive and healthy examples of sex are good Can we havecaring and loving and healthy relationships displayed for our youth like this, please There is one particular swearword I wished the book hadn t used it starts with C and rhymes with bunt figure it out I really hate that word But the two mentions of dick are cool with me except Robin Cockblocking McKinley is a cockblocking temptress of doom and if you have read this book then you ll know why I say this Can someone explain to me why she is not continuing with Sunshine and Con Please Why Why build all this world and have all this and cockblock us Yes That s exactly what you did only to leave us hanging It s just rude At this point I really wouldn t mind what would end out to be the literary equivalent of a pityfuck just to satisfy me and tie up all the freakin loose ends Finally, I say I enjoyed this book I did Like my ice cream, it was just the kind of thing I liked Too bad there was so much of it and at times it became work just to get through it and finally finish it Over all, it was a really good serving of mint choc chip ice cream with a huge serving of cockblock I liked it, but I refuse to go on a date with Robin McKinley again unless she promises to put out


  2. unknown unknown says:

    Here is a useful tip, should you ever find yourself face to face with a vampire they are living corpses that eat people They are not sun sparkling, abstinent forever teens Staying inside all day and being forced to personally kill all of your food doesn t bode well for your mental health not to mention the fact that you have been alive so long, you ve had to re buy all your Beatles albums in like five different formats.Robin McKinley gets this the way Stephanie Meyer or even, sometimes, Buf Here is a useful tip, should you ever find yourself face to face with a vampire they are living corpses that eat people They are not sun sparkling, abstinent forever teens Staying inside all day and being forced to personally kill all of your food doesn t bode well for your mental health not to mention the fact that you have been alive so long, you ve had to re buy all your Beatles albums in like five different formats.Robin McKinley gets this the way Stephanie Meyer or even, sometimes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, don t generally, it is safe to say, vampires aren t creatures whose pictures you want to pin up in your locker Yes, authors can rewrite the rules of vampirism all they want to make them easy to romanticize I have a soul Oh yeah We ll I m vegetarian , but it all still comes down to A creatures of the night B part of a race that, by and large, views humans as walking ketchup dispensers C unflattering complexions In Sunshine, the vampires are gross They look like what they are, which is, if you will remember, dead They are also rightly feared by the populace, but that might haveto do with the role they played in the vaguely defined Voodoo Wars that ravaged society some years before, to the point where what seems like a pretty nondescript small city is now the eighth largest remaining population in the U.S In short, vampires not very nice.And yet, there s always the special one But if Sunshine not her real name, thankfully can be the Buffy who befriends a vampire, at least she is a total screw up in every other way and I meanof a screw up than just that she pretends to trip on things and makes too many boys fall in love with her She gives her mom hell She barely graduated from high school She dates a guy with too many tattoos She s kind of a bitch She s flawed, and fun to read about, which is important, because she s our narrator But she is special, with an unknown magical heritage that saves her ass when she s kidnapped by bloodsuckers and chained up in a room with one of them This turns out to be Constantine, who is that Special Vampire who doesn t eat people, but at least he s still pretty disgusting, as romantic heroes go The no heartbeat thing would get pretty weird Also the bathing in his blood, but that comes later.In many ways, this is a Twilight y book, and you can see why the publisher decided to repackage it in a sparkly teen edition, even though it is about adult characters who actually screw instead of lying in fields and gazing longingly at one another There s a special girl There s a vampire There is a little bit of romance though Sunshine has the good sense to be freaked out about it, and, at least, never describes anyone s beautiful chest Also in both books nothing happens for long stretches of time, only to rush through an action packed climax in just a few pages Oh, I forgot, both also involve scenes of googling and message board reading, which still isn t all that interesting The difference is that Robin McKinley can write, and instead of filling her pages with repetition and day to day mundanities new word , she creates a fun cast of supporting characters at the bakery where Sunshine works I could almost write an entire separate review about the role baking plays in this book, but I didn t want to make anyone hungry and puts real thought into the way you might react to a traumatic experience like almost being eaten Like, you might throw yourself back into your work mmm, cinnamon rolls even as you struggled to cope with the fallout, alienating your friends and loved ones in the bargain This is a really entertaining book that slowed down just a little too much in the middle for me, but it is much, much better than a phrase like vampire romance might imply In a parallel dimension, this book is the famous one, and Stephanie Meyer, bless her heart, is selling her books to Kindle owners on , because writing is a nice little hobby but why do it full time when you are so bad at it Man, I really didn t mean to rag on Twilight so much Sorry about that Oh, p.s to Karen sorry for failing at that whole tandem review thing We can just pretend I wrote this a week ago


  3. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    Sunshine is definitely worthwhile if you like vampire lit, though this is a bit of an odd one This urban fantasy novel starts with a bang, one of my favorite beginnings in a fantasy novel Rae Sunshine Seddon is kidnapped by a gang of vampires, chained to the wall in an abandoned, isolated mansion, and left as a victim for another vampire, Constantine, who is also chained up nearby the gang even cuts Sunshine so the blood will make her harder for Constantine to resist But resist he does Sunshine is definitely worthwhile if you like vampire lit, though this is a bit of an odd one This urban fantasy novel starts with a bang, one of my favorite beginnings in a fantasy novel Rae Sunshine Seddon is kidnapped by a gang of vampires, chained to the wall in an abandoned, isolated mansion, and left as a victim for another vampire, Constantine, who is also chained up nearby the gang even cuts Sunshine so the blood will make her harder for Constantine to resist But resist he does, even as daylight comes, though it s a near thing, and they know the vampire gang will be returning when night falls Then Sunshine begins to remember some near forgotten magical skills taught her many years ago by her grandmother It s a game changer but her odd and very secret alliance with Constantine may also bring Sunshine into situations where she s faced with dangers she s never known before I knew nothing about this book when I bought it this was back in the day when I was auto buying everything Robin McKinley wrote, a time that has now, sadly, ended for me as her stuff s gotten progressively weirder over the years But this one is only semi weird, and definitely worth reading if you re interested in vampires and urban fantasy, except without the smokin hot sexy vampire Okay, there is a rather sexy scene, and Constantine the vampire is a very cool character but also, undeniably, vampirish, in a not really sexy kind of way.I loved what McKinley did with the main character and her magically gifted family and with vampire lore in this novel I just wished she d dug a little deeper into the world building and the family history And there is as typical with McKinley one of those murky, bizarre nightmarish scenes where you re not sure exactly what s going on except that it s highly strange The story doesn t wrap up with a nice bow either, which left many fans hoping, in vain, for McKinley to write a sequel or at least another book in this world But there are at least parts of this story that are truly fantastic the first few chapters are AMAZING and shouldn t be missed At least if you re interested in vampire lit


  4. Sherwood Smith Sherwood Smith says:

    I ve seen Robin McKinley accused of having only one plot variations on Beauty and the Beast This kind of reductionism, of course, can be extended to just about any story Some of us over a certain age even used to have test questions on this in Tenth Grade Literature What is the plot of this book A Man vs Man, B Man vs Nature, C Man vs.Universe Perhaps this one can be further reduced to Woman Gains Choice, and we first encounter it in Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice, written in the I ve seen Robin McKinley accused of having only one plot variations on Beauty and the Beast This kind of reductionism, of course, can be extended to just about any story Some of us over a certain age even used to have test questions on this in Tenth Grade Literature What is the plot of this book A Man vs Man, B Man vs Nature, C Man vs.Universe Perhaps this one can be further reduced to Woman Gains Choice, and we first encounter it in Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice, written in the early 1800s, wherein a female makes the choice concerning her future life and doesn t have to pay the price for such temerity by promptly dying of consumption What it means is that woman gains power over her own life, and it s a trope women and men have been exploring in various story forms such as Beauty and the Beast McKinley looks at this story form from several angles Anyone who thinks her stories cookie cutter have not paid attention The Blue Sword is probably the most conventional Deerskin is not at all conventional This story has to do with vampires.I ve heard people talking about how sick they are of vampire stories, that they are stale, nothing new to be said, and of course vampires, like elves and dragons and horses , have been tamed down by many writers into being very pretty forms of humans, pretty, powerful, but with very human usually mapping heavily onto middle teen adolescence emotions.Well, McKinley teases apart the threads of this familiar tapestry and reweaves them into a very strange form.The story begins with our first person protagonist describing her pleasant but claustrophobic life as the baker for a roadside diner that is very popular in her small town We gain the impression of ordinary folk of the type we recognize in our own lives, an ordinary diner, an ordinary small town Exactly when the reader feels as closed in by all these cheery, well intentioned ordinariness as does the protagonist, she takes off to be by herself to the lakeside, which, we are told, is not popular anysince the Voodoo Wars.The Voodoo Wars We ve had, so far, exactly one other hint that things are not quite as ordinary as they appear when the protagonist mentions that one of her very normal brothers wants to go into Other law Well, other is easily assumed to be on the side of the downtrodden, and on goes the story Voodoo Wars catches the eye but the story still marches on a few paragraphs, and then, abruptly, while she s at the lakeside, the vampires come This is page 12.I had to look back at that beginning to really appreciate the mastery of McKinley s story telling skills Twelve pages of ordinariness, and a cliff hanger, after which she pauses to tell us that the worst of the Others are vampires Okay then this is our world, but with vampires No, wait, there s just this tiny mention of demons But the story flashes on, and the protagonist is taken by vampires to a disintegrating ballroom, forced to dress in an extravagant crimson gown, and shackled to the wall within reach of another vampire Who is also shackled to the wall Then they leave, giggling.The story takes off like a rocket from there we find out the protagonist s name after we find out about the power of names, we find outabout vampires, and the Voodoo Wars, and the protagonist s background Boundaries are broken over and over, and the reader, along with the characters, has to struggle to redefine them The ordinary roadside inn with its ordinary characters turns out to be an anchor of relative safety in an increasingly strange and dangerous world This is not our world It s eventhreatening,perilous, but there are ways to fight it Each ones exacts its cost there are no wish fulfillment mega powers gained just by suffering winsomely enough Power has to be fought for, inwardly and outwardly, it rips apart lives and requires dispassionate remapping of one s universal landscape And using power is painful, just as a real punch bruises the attacker as well as the victim.Along the way McKinley examines families, love, romance, sexual attraction, morality, ethics, deception, the social contract, eschatology, the perils of responsibility Absolutely nothing is easy except, perhaps, the sharing of food.McKinley s vampire is not pretty, does not react with adolescent emotion he is compelling, and a fascinating study in how human can become alien, yet retain a conflicted nexus of human traits The ending is not neatly tied off, but is breathtaking with possibility I sure hope she returns to this world There is so muchto explore and to say and I really want to knowabout the spinster landlady, who was my favorite character of all


  5. Bradley Bradley says:

    This was a very welcome surprise coming out of my dire expectations I mean, a vampire romance Seriously Another Well stop scratching your head and stop moving on to another title This happens to be one of the good ones There are lots of elements that you ve seen before, I m sure, but it s all in how its written McKinley has been writing all kinds of fantasy for over thirty years She knows how to accomplish a lot in relatively no time at all.Gorgeous world building and a populace that This was a very welcome surprise coming out of my dire expectations I mean, a vampire romance Seriously Another Well stop scratching your head and stop moving on to another title This happens to be one of the good ones There are lots of elements that you ve seen before, I m sure, but it s all in how its written McKinley has been writing all kinds of fantasy for over thirty years She knows how to accomplish a lot in relatively no time at all.Gorgeous world building and a populace that will soon be overrun by vampires Part demons and sorcerers waging wars against them The elemental mastery of the magic is amazing Sunshine This isn t just a nickname When these little bits and pieces started unfolding out of the normal bakery life and a nasty kidnapping, I kept thinking to myself well, isn t this just another setup for a romance Yes BUT McKinley never stints on complicated and interesting plots that kept me going all the way through It kind of stunned me just how deep and complex this novel became out of my initial observation And it s not just the characters, either The kinds of races, the kinds of magic, the twists and the turns, all of them were added like spice to the novel and it kind of blew me away.I ve read a lot of mediocre vamp novels I ve read a few excellent ones This one fooled me on it s premise and it s opening It turned into an excellent one So what about shelves that call it YA Why didn t I also do the same Because she s apparently a quarter of a century old Long out of HS and working happily in a bakery That might be called a tiny tiny sliver of the new adult market, but there s a LOT of dark stuff going on here with complicated emotions and reactions It s definitely not simple and its often beautifully adult I completely recommend for fans of better vampire novels Even ones that feature romance Edit 12 6 16 It has been brought to my attention that I should clarify what kind of romance this is It s not Eros It s Philia That s the greek term for ppl you d trust your life for in battle Deep friendships Ultimate trust These two share a lotthan just that Psychic bonds, the ability to pull one another from the brink even out of outright battle, and he even gives her a wondrous magical item that allows her access to his sanctum of sanctums That s a level of trust unheard of in a world where all vampires know that they can t trust each other, let alone any other kind of person So I call it romance in the traditional sense A huge step up from a buddy novel, too


  6. karen karen says:

    since joel is being a slowpoke, i am going to write this review before i forget everything i was am thinking about it and it gets lost in too many books past.yeah, so i had no idea this book was about vampires.but, karen, you have voted for both elizabeth and mariel s review of this book, surely you read reviews before you vote surely you don t just insta vote and RUIN goodreads.com for the rest of us yeah, yeah, yeah.to be fair, i did read elizabeth s review but it was ages ago, when i ha since joel is being a slowpoke, i am going to write this review before i forget everything i was am thinking about it and it gets lost in too many books past.yeah, so i had no idea this book was about vampires.but, karen, you have voted for both elizabeth and mariel s review of this book, surely you read reviews before you vote surely you don t just insta vote and RUIN goodreads.com for the rest of us yeah, yeah, yeah.to be fair, i did read elizabeth s review but it was ages ago, when i had no intention of ever reading this book, so i just enjoyed her writing without absorbing the details, and the book itself went whhhooosshh outta my brain and mariel well, mariel is a very special brand of reviewer, and i think she only said vampire one time in her very convoluted but awesome review.i mixed this up in my head with the other fantasy books i have been commanded to read, and i thought this was another beauty and the beast retelling imagine my confusion when the vampires showed up to crash the party.and i liked it, but i did not get out of it what everyone else seems to have gotten from it this is like a seminal work to the fantasy lovers and they swoon when it is mentioned.so what am i missing this is intended as a genuine question because i have never read seen any of it, but is this what true blood is like this is the sense i get southern location, accepted and casual reactions to the supernatural mingling with humankind, central woman straddling two worlds and looking good doing it is this a fair assessment i am just curious if this book was an inspiration to a young er charlaine harris, or if this is just a common theme in fantasy novels.so i am going to talk about genre fiction briefly, as someone who does not read much genre fiction, because i just have some questions observations.and you will correct me if i am totally off base.fantasy novels, including this one, seem to revolve around a strong central female character and several helper male characters who don t have much power, but work to protect or nurture the female in this book, she does have a boyfriend, but he issymbolic, like something for her to rub her sexuality against.he can physically protect her with his might, but he is really only there to give her what she needs and not ask unpleasant questions, fading into the background so she can view spoiler have guilt free near relations with supernatural beings hide spoiler and she pretty much does see him as a means to an end, as she freely confesses she is glad that he doesn t ask her the questions which, considering what is going on all around her, and the behavioral and physical changes that are happening to her, would be pretty natural for him to ask but she sees his presence as comforting and his respect for her emotional reticence as a mark in his favor he is the comfiest of sweaters the garment , but no one has a conversation with a sweater this is totally different from high or epic fantasy, which i gather is pretty misogynistic and rapey now, if this was a romance novel, the characters dynamics would be all different.in romance novels, the few i have read women seem to give up all their agency to be swept away by something larger than themselves, they wouldn t be taking charge and we all know what happens when a woman meets a vampire in a romance novel she becomes a lesbian rock star, of courseso i guess i can see how this book would appeal to self possessed womenthan the romance novel varietybut the sentences were kind of killing me My mother, who would have loved to forbid these visits when Mom goes off someone, she goes off comprehensively, and when she went off my dad she went off his entire family, excepting me, whom she equally passionately demanded to keep didn t, but the result of her not very successfully restrained unease and disapproval made those trips out to the lakeof an adventure than they might otherwise have been, at least in the beginning.andThe Cinnamon Roll Queen wasn t going to be bought off by a fast food hamburger supposing I ate hamburgers, which I didn t, and after tonight, even if I had, id ve given them up but Prime Time was a twenty four hour gourmet deli.aggg it makes me exhausted unpacking those sentences it shouldn t take this much rereading to make sense of a vampire novel, should it other than that i did enjoy all of the baking i have some questions about the nature of sunshine s talents, and how with her work schedule, she would ever ever see the daylight, and view spoiler i was very disappointed to have been royally teased with all this talk of her paternal grandmother and her badass dad, and they don t show up in any significant way come on i need sorcerers so unfair hide spoiler awesome librarian character a plusnot really a review, but some things that have been bouncing around in my head since i finished this like 8 books ago i blame joel joel is the problem with goodreads.com come to my blog


  7. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    I didn t know much about this book going in vampires and cinnamon rolls that was about it Therefore, I, of course, was quite surprised to learn Sunshine was a hardcore urban fantasy novel Quite a departure for Robin McKinley known for her fairy tale retellings This book was nothing like she ever wrote before, that s for sure I didn t know she had it in her to write something so tech heavy, at times sexy and in such a perky voice Now, I love to complain about new urban fantasy that lack I didn t know much about this book going in vampires and cinnamon rolls that was about it Therefore, I, of course, was quite surprised to learn Sunshine was a hardcore urban fantasy novel Quite a departure for Robin McKinley known for her fairy tale retellings This book was nothing like she ever wrote before, that s for sure I didn t know she had it in her to write something so tech heavy, at times sexy and in such a perky voice Now, I love to complain about new urban fantasy that lacks originality, proper world building and just plain satisfactory writing McKinley didn t disappoint in this regard I thought the plot was brilliant, especially the beginning and the ending I am amazed nobody had used the whole chaining to the walls and using a human as a vamp bait scenario before The mythology was completely new and very inventive I loved how creepy, nasty and otherwordly the vamps were One gets tired of sparkly and sexy creatures that have nothing to distinguish them from humans except wondrous stamina and sexual prowess Try writing about a girl falling for someone who looks and acts like Constantine in a convincing manner That s a challenge in itself, I am sure And the writing, well, McKinley has a remarkable command of the language.But all these things that I loved about Sunshine were at the same time its negatives I pretty much thought the book was way overwritten Sometimes the mythology got so complicated I thought I was on some kind of drug induced hallucinogenic trip And Sunshine herself Good lord, the woman talked SO much to herself By about page 200 she started to grate on my nerves so bad I needed a break from her voice This book badly needed some editing out of Sunshine s rambling internal monologue and somedialog Often reading Sunshine s thoughts was like reading McKinley s own blog sometimes interesting, sometimes boring, with never ending parenthesis, notes, s, and P.S s Weeding out about 100 pages of Sunshine s irrelevant musings would have made this book a muchenjoyable read.Surprisingly, many things that annoyed readers of this book, didn t bother me The cinnamon rolls the bakery business was interesting to me, I thought it added a nice dimension to Sunshine s personality view spoiler And sex, or, rather, lack thereof I agree, when you read about one person licking another person in the dark, naked, while lying under him, some schmexing at some point is expected But I personally wasn t upset it never happened I wasn t even sure I really wanted it to happen The way McKinley wrote Constantine, he was, in fact, an otherworldly, alien, dead creature I did however have a question why did McKinley bring up the whole issue at all if she wasn t planning to explore it What was the point of writing that scene in the middle of the book with d cks and c nts and engorged l bias BTW, I am channeling Sunshine here, how did a book with this kind of vocabulary make it on the ALA s 2005 List of Best Books for Young Adults hide spoiler As for the sequel, I am fine without one McKinley is still toying with the idea of maybe, possibly, one day, writing it But I will tell you this for free, it will never happen I have never seen her go back to her projects and I doubt it will happen this time This I, actually, sort of understand and even respect I have seen way too many sequels pulled out of the asses Sometimes it is better not to force things out.What else is there to say It was an OK reading experience From literary standpoint Sunshine is probably one of the strongest urban fantasy works, but in terms of entertainment it doesn t quite deliver Ultimately, I don t think I would care to ever re read this book again or read the sequel if it ever comes out Too much work


  8. Felicia Felicia says:

    Extremely enjoyable, I liked this book muchthan Twilight It was a while ago I read it, but I kept the hardback around, which says a lot since I am forced to be ruthless with what I keep after I read due to space.


  9. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

    I have mixed feelings about this book It took me multiple attempts to finish it, but I m glad I did Someone compared this to Buffy and Angel as far as the romance aspects Do not believe that This book has some romantic aspects, but it sof a coming of age story although Sunshine is an adult when it starts She s coming into her powers that she never really understood The writing is very intricate and quite stream of consciousness If you made it through The Sound and the Fury, this b I have mixed feelings about this book It took me multiple attempts to finish it, but I m glad I did Someone compared this to Buffy and Angel as far as the romance aspects Do not believe that This book has some romantic aspects, but it sof a coming of age story although Sunshine is an adult when it starts She s coming into her powers that she never really understood The writing is very intricate and quite stream of consciousness If you made it through The Sound and the Fury, this book shouldn t be a problem But for genre fiction, I think you have to work too hard to get the enjoyment factor out of it I m no literary snob In fact, I prefer genre fiction I want to enjoy reading a story and get a message This one makes it difficult I am a foodie, so I was salivating at the descriptions of the baked goods that Sunshine makes she s a talented baker However, I wantedof the supernatural aspects and certainlyof the intriguing Constantine I could have done with about fifty pagesof him I think that a reader who enjoys seeing strong women come into their own in a fantasy novel setting would enjoy this, so than a fan of vampire romance There were some geninuely scary moments that gave me a thrill as well There are also a few gory moments not too bad, but I feel the need to warn I d give Sunshine three stars because it was a good book, but I don t feel the need to reread it Now if she writes a sequel withConstantine, sign me up


  10. JM JM says:

    Adult vampire urban fantasy Sunshine lives in an alternate post apocalyptic world in which Others vampires, weres, demons and angels are accepted and everywhere We don t see any angels, mind you This one s all about the horror Sunshine herself lives an ordinary life working in her step dad s cafe, until she does something stupid and gets herself captured by the darkest of the Others vampires Seriously messed up psychopathic supervillains Sunshine finds out a few things about herself Adult vampire urban fantasy Sunshine lives in an alternate post apocalyptic world in which Others vampires, weres, demons and angels are accepted and everywhere We don t see any angels, mind you This one s all about the horror Sunshine herself lives an ordinary life working in her step dad s cafe, until she does something stupid and gets herself captured by the darkest of the Others vampires Seriously messed up psychopathic supervillains Sunshine finds out a few things about herself, and forges an alliance with somebody she shouldn t even be able to look at, let alone develop feelings for.I wanted to love this It s a classic of the genre It s an intricately thought out world, and a lot of the ideas, especially about magic, are rather cool But it is, for me, flawed in ways I can t get over Principally, I had trouble with the POV It s first person, and the style is fairly colloquial we don t ever forget that it s Sunshine herself telling the story but it s the most distant first person narrative I ve ever read Even after three hundred pages of first person story, I don t feel that I have a handle on Sunshine as a character Her voice distances us from the action by diverging into random info dumps about the world which, yes, very complex and layered and about her own backstory At one point she grabs a steak knife and lunges out the door after a vampire, and then gives us a page and a half of information about the proper way to kill a vampire and basically how a steak knife won t cut it, before we finally get to the end of her lunge And, OK, I accept that that info was relevant to the action, but it should have gone, oh, any time before the lunge.She s also a somewhat unreliable narrator, which further distances us from the story She doesn t lie, but she keeps secrets from the reader She ll obsess about something for weeks, and even though we re with her for those weeks, we won t find out until weeks later, when she suddenly brings it up I think this is a deliberate stylistic decision, and is supposed to reflect Sunshine s own mindset and the way she s trying to hide her own thoughts from herself and pretend amnesia that she doesn t feel Still, it works against my involvement in the story Case in point, I was actually musing about these things while reading the life or death climax, which shouldn t have been possible But the truth is, I didn t care very much whether Sunshine and Con came out of the climax OK.Twothings, quickly One is the villain, Bo He s supposed to be a looming menace over the entire book, but we not only don t meet him until the last couple of scenesThe Lord of the Ringshas a successful villain the heroes never meet, so that s not a deal breaker but we don t get any clear sense of his personality or presence before then either He doesn t work as an antagonist The Goddess of Pain is a better one, but she s not central to the plot, and is also introduced fairly late.The other is the romance Or, rather, the sex There s this completely random, very graphic, not quite sex scene in the middle of the book, that just made me tilt my head to the side and stare There s growing feeling between the two central characters, which could be read as sexual tension, but then this sex scene, which is over in about a paragraph and a half, comes out of nowhere and goes nowhere and is never followed up on and I just kind of wonder if McKinley s editor asked her to make it sexier and this was what she came up with It didn t add anything for me It s too short to be hot, and too random to be powerful.All that said, this book made me think, a lot, and that s the sign of an interesting book And she does a mean aftermath, and a nice final scene, which I can appreciate


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Sunshine (Young Adult) [Reading] ➾ Sunshine (Young Adult) ➵ Robin McKinley – Thomashillier.co.uk Rae Seddon, nicknamed Sunshine, lived a quiet life working at her stepfather s bakery There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it s unwise to walk Sunshine knew that One night, she we Rae Seddon, nicknamed Sunshine, lived a quiet life working at her stepfather s bakery There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it s unwise to walk Sunshine knew that One night, she went out to the lake for some peace and quiet There hadn t been any trouble out at the lake for years, and Sunshine just needed a spot where she could be alone with her thoughts Big mistake Vampires never entered her mind Until they found her And set upon her, and took her to an old abandoned mansion They took her clothes and sneakers They dressed her in a long red gown And they shackled her to a wall within easy reach of a figure stirring in the moonlight, who is also chained She knows that it is a vampire She knows that she s to be his dinner, and that when he is finished with her, she will be dead Yet, when light breaks, she finds that he has not attempted to harm her And now it is the vampire, Constantin, who needs her to help him survive the day, to protect him from the sun with her magic.

    Sunshine PDF/EPUB ↠ Paperback quiet There hadn t been any trouble out at the lake for years, and Sunshine just needed a spot where she could be alone with her thoughts Big mistake Vampires never entered her mind Until they found her And set upon her, and took her to an old abandoned mansion They took her clothes and sneakers They dressed her in a long red gown And they shackled her to a wall within easy reach of a figure stirring in the moonlight, who is also chained She knows that it is a vampire She knows that she s to be his dinner, and that when he is finished with her, she will be dead Yet, when light breaks, she finds that he has not attempted to harm her And now it is the vampire, Constantin, who needs her to help him survive the day, to protect him from the sun with her magic."/>
  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • Sunshine (Young Adult)
  • Robin McKinley
  • English
  • 09 October 2018
  • 0441019137

About the Author: Robin McKinley

Born in her mother s hometown of Warren, Ohio, Robin McKinley grew up an only child with a father in the United States Navy She moved around frequently as a child and read copiously she credits this background with the inspiration for her stories Her passion for reading was one of the most constant things in her childhood, so she began to remember events, places, and time periods by what books she read where For example, she read Andrew Lang s Blue Fairy Book for the first time in California The Chronicles of Narnia for the first time in New York The Lord of the Rings for the first time in Japan The Once and Future King for the first time in Maine She still uses books to keep track of her lifeMcKinley attended Gould Academy, a preparatory school in Bethel, Maine, and Dickinson College in In , she was graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College In , her first novel, Beauty, was accepted by the first publisher she sent it to, and she began her writing career, at age At the time she was living in Brunswick, Maine Since then she has lived in Boston, on a horse farm in Eastern Massachusetts, in New York City, in Blue Hill, Maine, and now in Hampshire, England, with her husbandPeter Dickinsonalso a writer, and with whom she co wrote Water Tales of Elemental Spirits in and two lurchers crossbred sighthoundsOver the years she has worked as an editor and transcriber , research assistant , bookstore clerk , teacher and counselor , editorial assistant , barn manager , free lance editor , and full time writer Other than writing and reading books, she divides her time mainly between walking her hellhounds, gardening, cooking, playing the piano, homeopathy, change ringing, and keeping her blog.