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)
Agh, i felt like i had to finish it in hopes it would get better....so much useless detail the story moves slowly, there are a few parts that saved it from zero star status. the narrator, dont get me started, i was sure the narrators would know how to pronounce words correctly, i could be mistaken. i would not listen to a book that had good reviews and seemed interesting if this narrator was reading it. i ll read it to myself instead.
I looked over the reviews and thought this book had great potential. The Publisher's Summary had me drooling!
Only, it should've included that the story was set in an alternative universe where there had been some sort of magical apocalypse and that the creatures that go bump run rampant. Also it should've mentioned that magic mixes in certain bloodlines and causes strange, unexplainable mutations and mixed heritages with demons, sorcerers, & were-creatures.
The story lost itself within the nonstop and repetitive drivel Sunshine kept on about that had nothing to do with the plot. I take that back. Some of it was vital, but it took ages for her to come to the point. The story often strayed to the pointless.
At times the narrator had a serious case of A.D.D. and a somewhat disturbing obsession with baking. Her almost preternatural talent of making the ultimate cinnamon roll & then bragging over it was truly spectacular and off the charts. One could make a hardcore drinking game out the number of times those cinnamon rolls were mentioned in the story. There could be a serious argument made that if one took away every mention of this woman's fascination with those cockamamie cinnamon rolls, it would cut the story time down by half.
I think the author was trying to convince us of how normal the character's everyday life was before she was kidnapped by vampires, only it backfired big time. It became tedious every time the subject came up...and it came up frequently which made it almost unbearable until it eventually became comical.
There could have been so much more written about the relationship between the main character and the vampire. They had really great chemistry together.
I still think that the story had an excellent premise. It was a truly awesome idea - in this I mean the summary. Somehow it fell short of the mark when the cinnamon rolls and Charlie's Coffee House took over. Take from this review what you will.
Laurel Merlington is actually one of my favorite narrators, although her voice sounds slightly sped up. She is emotionally involved in the story, and that makes it an enjoyable listen. I also really liked the story itself. I think if I were in Sunshine's shoes, I'd have a lot more emotional meltdowns and would not be brave enough to face what she did. I like heroines and heroes who have their weak spots as well as their strong spots. It makes them more human somehow.
A good read. Only real problem I had was that the author constantly info-dumped key plot points relating to vampires/magic/the world every chapter. It really takes away from the flow of reading.
For me, this book started off pretty interesting, but it seemed to get less and less interesting as I kept listening. I never really got into it. The characters were ok but I never found myself really caring what happend to them. I don't think I even finished it which is strange for me because I usually have to know how things end. If you can get this book at the library or somewhere for free try it out but I wish I hadn't wasted a credit on it.
I downloaded this book based upon the reviews that were given to it. I found it extremely slow and stayed with the book til the end hoping that it would perk up. The parts of the book with Con were good, but the rest just droned on-if I heard one more time about her early morning baking at the coffee shop I thought I'd scream. The book is set up for a sequel--but I'll be passing on that one, give me another Sookie Stackhouse mystery anyday!
I live on the Gulf of Mexico and I love to listen and walk the day away along God's beautiful grace.
My best friends name is Sunshine, so of course I wanted to get this book and see how it was, I was blown away, I loved the main caracter Sunshine, her softness and need to be just a plain young woman in a big bad world is touching, the narration was a little hard to adjust to as Sunshine is a young girl and the narrators voice seemed to sound to old to be a young girl, but the story was fresh, different, and always keeping me on edge to see what was going to happen, this was a shocker buy, but so so glad I did...AAAA+++++
McKinley is a seriously talented fiction writer. This is like some c- assignment she did for a high school creative writing class. It has all of the elements of a saucy, sexy blood-sucker book, but the plot is sloooooooowww and teeeeeedious. Added to this, the story should be told by a 20-year old and the narrator sounds like a 65-year-old on helium. AWFUL to listen to.
I am fairly confident that the only reason this was released was because vamp novels are all the rage. Cheap shot.
Robin McKinley is one of my all-time favorite authors, and this is one of her best. Sunshine is engaging, quirky, her own woman. McKinley almost always has something like a happy family in her books -- here it's Charlie's bakery, a family that's a little strained because Sunshine and her mother don't quite get along -- but there are family echoes everywhere: Sunshine's relationship with her landlady; her memories of her grandmother; her relationship with Constantine; her friends/guardians/challengers in the S.O.F. (Special Other Forces, the branch of the police charged with dealing with vampires and other non-humans).
And Laural Merlington's narration is perfect for Sunshine -- wry and funny and human. This is not the story of a tough-as-nails spotlessly heroic woman hunting vampires because it's so darn fun. It's the story of a woman forced into a long-shot fight against vampires who survives (and does eventually get to the tough-as-nails point) by finding unexpected strengths in herself and unexpected allies in her life.
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