Sunshine by Robin McKinley Book Review

Sunshine by Robin McKinley Book ReviewSunshine by Robin McKinley
Also by this author: Shadows
Published by Penguin on 2003
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 475
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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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.

Anyways, I felt this book was much more adult than McKinley’s other books. Drugs and sex and booze are mentioned. As this was, to me, an adult book, I got it from the adult section of the library, I am going to recommend an adult drink. I’d recommend sipping champagne while reading this fantastic book. Champagne, because it’s mentioned in the book, because you are supposed to sip not gulp champagne, and I read this book in sips and also because champagne is a celebratory drink and I’d like to celebrate a unique vampire book.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Ooo. I didn't know it was about vampires. Silly me, I've become silly in my wanting to read books. I just look at the cover, who else wants to read it, and then add it to my neverending "WANT" list. 🙂

    Glad you liked it, I'll have to give it a shot whenever these stacks of books go away.

  2. LOL @ Kristen. I do the same thing. Who else liked it really plays in, because I trust certain people's tastes. And cover plays in more than I would like, at least in the decision to read/buy a book. I'm a sucker for a good cover. And Sunshine has a great cover (a few of them in fact. I've liked each cover I've seen)

  3. justicejenniferreads says

    A unique vampire book? Didn't know one existed. Espeiclaly an intersting, worthwhile one. Sure, I've read all the ones that got hype, but they weren't masterpieces. They were fluffy pieces of fiction (similar to soda? – I'm not as good at the drink metaphors as you are!). This book sounds like a breath of fresh air in the vampire and supernatural department. If I feel in the mood fo something from the genre any time soon, this will be my pick.

  4. upsidedownduck says

    I have always liked Robin McKinley, but I love the fact that this is a book about vampires called "Sunshine"! And the fact that it's actually something different in the over-saturated vampire market?Definitely going on my to-read list! Thanks for the review!



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