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 a figure stirring in the moonlight.
She knows that 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, as dawn breaks, she finds that he has not attempted to harm her. And now it is he who needs her to help him survive the day.
©2003 Robin McKinley; (P)2008 Tantor
"A gripping, funny, page-turning, pretty much perfect work of magical literature." (Neil Gaiman, New York Times best-selling author of Anansi Boys)
"McKinley knows very well - and makes her [audience] believe - that 'the insides of our own minds are the scariest things there are.'" (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
Almost did not complete listening to this book. The reader was pretty good, the plot decent, the main character was difficult to like and after awhile just a bore. Her name is Sunshine but sunny she is not. She has a lot of angst and snark, has interminable monologues with herself going on and on about all the things that have gone wrong, are going wrong and could go wrong in her life. There are lots of interesting events going on in Sunshine's world, not least of which is her part in "saving"
it from total domination by the vampires. Yes, there are vampires and a whole host of things that go bump in the night and sometimes day. But I will say that the author puts a little different spin on the subject.
There's very little romance or gratuitous sex, thank goodness, though there's one little scene that startles with vulgarity which seems weirdly out of place in the whole book. Shock value maybe.
I did finish the book, can't say it was satisfying or worth reading again. Too many unanswered questions and no desire to have to put up with Sunshine's personality.
Robin has created a wonderful and annoying main character in Sunshine. She's not your typical hero (she whines a lot and is extremely reluctant to step out of her simple life). She is a lot like us normal folks who don't want to stretch too much and grow into who we CAN be. Even if you don't like stories that include vampires, this one will surprise you. Very unique and engaging story. Bravo for another triumph for Robin McKinley who is one of the very best writers in the business. Now if she would just give us the sequel for the pegasus book!
I have both the print and audible versions of this book. I am a huge McKinley fan, and wish that more of her books were available on audible. Her skill at world-building is second to none. Definitely a keeper, and each time I read this I notice something new that makes the story even richer.
The story is written from the first person perspective, and Sunshine just starts talking to you like you live in her world an know what she knows. At first it is a little disconcerting, because she makes references to unfamiliar places, people and events. But there's no question from the first chapter that this is her story, and as a result you become really invested in each and every one of her experiences, thoughts and fears...and even come to be amused by her frequent rambling digressions.
Every scene with Con. I wish we'd seen more of him.
Every time Sunshine made a decision that took her further and further into conflict, or further divided her allegiance. That's the mark of a good story--nothing is cut and dry, lack and white.
Sunshine is an old favorite; the kind of book you can read over and over again. I wanted to have it on audio, but the narration turned me off even in the sample. I downloaded it anyway, and am still disappointed in the narration. Admittedly, this is a pretty difficult book to have to narrate! But her voice distracted me from the story, making Sunshine sound kind of whiny and a bit dumb (as other reviewers have mentioned). The vampires' voices just made me laugh--which is not what she was going for, I think. I think Sunshine is really best read in print, not listened to. There's too much you can miss if your mind wanders! I do wish other McKinley audiobooks would appear on Audible!
Audiobooks are great tool in dealing with my ADHD. They limit distractions while listening and I don't have to sit still. PS. I can't spell
Yes, The story was rich and the characters were engaging
Yes, It is a very engaging story that quickly draws the reader in.
The main character Sunshine was my favorite
I felt the ending was aburpt. The ending seemed to be setup for a series but everything I could find suggests there won't be another book
life long beatles/lennon fan
no, the print version is better, for me, and i would rather read it in an ebook edition. i hope that happens soon! however, not being able to
constantine, of course! the mysterious vampire who is an anomaly among vampires: a kind vampire, a vampire who is not evil.
to an extent, not all that well.
it brings chills at some points....
i would like to listen to an audiobook of this book with all the voices more accurately portrayed....i would like voices that sounded more male for the male voices, and a different voice for sunshine.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book as it was so much different than my normal reads. The author does a great job with the world building of an alternate reality. I really hope she decides to make a sequel to this.
The narrator does a good job although Sunshine is supposed to be in her mid twenties and the narrator sounds like she is in her mid fifties.
I've always enjoyed Robin McKinley's work. This is not my favorite, but Sunshine is still a good read (listen). McKinley creates an interesting world and I think she could have easily extended the concept into a series.
The audiobook narration is good. It doesn't detract from the story. The one flaw is the all too monotone voice of Con...a little bit of inflection, if not emotion would have been nice.
Perhaps it's because I read this book years ago when it was originally published but I feel like the narrator's voice is wrong for it. She made Sunshine sound more whining teen than just a serious young lady. Which is too bad, because I love the story.
Just a reader
If you are truly a fan of vampire fiction, as opposed to vampire romance novels, do NOT miss Robin McKinley's "Sunshine." I enjoyed this book from first line to last.
In this genre, most new vampire books - especially vampire series - are simply a version of Harlequin-style romances in which the word "vampire" has been substituted for the word "earl," or "pirate," or "plantation owner." They tend to be a set of more or less explicit sex scenes loosely connected by predictable plot line and sometimes rather ghastly attempts at humor.
"Sunshine" actually has something new to say about vampires and their relationship with the human race. The world of "Sunshine" is original and contains a consistent internal culture. Delightfully, it is not obvious in the first paragraphs, and the unfolding of it was a pleasure. There is a plot, there are characters and character development, there is conflict, and there is a marvelous amount of tension.
It is the best new vampire book I've read since Laurel Hamilton's first few novels.
I can only hope Ms. McKinley writes more!
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