Also by this author: Shadows
Published by Penguin on 2003
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk.But the lake had been quiet for years. . . .She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires. They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion - within easy reach of her fellow prisoner. She knows he 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 dawn breaks, she is still alive. And now he needs her to help him survive the day...
Sunshine by Robin McKinley is very enjoyable. With the onslaught of vampire books, it would seem there is nothing fresh within the genre. By this I mean, I feel a lot of those books are same story different name, maybe variable A is changed, maybe it’s variable, you get the point. Well, Sunshine is different and it definitely blew me away.I would post the Goodreads synopsis but I think it contains spoilers.
The vampires in Sunshine do NOT sparkle. Thank God. They are terrifying, as in 30 Days of Night terrifying, they don’t want to make out with humans, they want to suck blood. Not only are there vampires within this book, but many other supernatural characters. However, supernatural people are looked down upon by regular humans, as they are considered others. Reading this book, I could definitely feel the paranoia of society towards those they consider others. This is a society where all you are told is that those with Other blood are bad and dangerous. It’s interesting, I can see how some people are socially conditioned to be xenophobic.
I felt Sunshine was suspenseful, I was definitely as on edge as I could be for reading less than fifty pages a day. The characters within the book are unique, they are fascinating, and there is just enough mystery about the characters to allow me to use my imagination. The main character Sunshine basically gets kidnapped by some vampires who want to suck her blood…and well some stuff happens which I won’t elaborate on because I don’t want to spoil anyone.