Author: Robin McKinley
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Released: November 30th 2004 (first published September 1st 2003)
Review Source: Jove
There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it’s unwise to walk. But 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. Vampires never entered her mind.
Until they found her…
This is a different take on the human/vampire team, way different from the Anne Rice and Stephanie Meyer vamps. The vampires here are more monstrous and the women, the human population are not swooning for them. Don’t let these facts stop you from picking up SUNSHINE by Robin McKinley, it was a fantastic book!
Sunshine is her nickname, her real name is Rea Seddon. She works in a hole in the wall family coffee house with bakery attached, but it’s the gem of the town. In a moment of confusion, she wanders off alone one night to soak in the quietness instead of being smushed in for movie night with the family, regular customers and her boyfriend Mel. she drives out the the lake, and well, get’s herself kidnapped (surprise). Sunshine comes face to face with the darkest creatures around, vampires, and manages to escape and take one with her in a moment of insanity. He is not attractive, quiet ugly and smelly and strikes fear to the core, his name is Con (short for Constantine).
You will have to read it yourself for spoilers, Sunshine is not all she seems but doesn’t know it quite yet. It’s set in a semi modern time, with all sorts of things that go bump in the night. I devoured this book within (maybe) three days of starting it.
Also, I really do wish this book had a companion, a follow up novel.