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Publisher's Summary

There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while. Unfortunately, she wasn't alone. 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 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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Something Old is New Again

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!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Bethany
  • Stony Point, NY, USA
  • 01-27-09

Entertaining

Light and entertaining, but a disappointing end. A sequel is in order.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Narrator sounds old woman-wait-she is old!

I did not realize when I bought this book that the narrator is one that I do not like. I rarely do not finish a book. This book meets one of the rarities. Two reasons, the performance was not up to par. First the character is in her 20's. Second she is trying to find herself. I tried to listen, but I kept thinking, the voice sounds TOO OLD to be believable for a person in her 20's. I could not stomach the way she read. I looked up the narrator and guess what, she is old! Sorry Robin McKinley, I am unlikely to read anything else of yours because of the narration.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • las Vegas, NV, USA
  • 01-02-09

WOW

LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR!

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Frederick, MD, USA
  • 01-01-09

Bring a little sunshine to your life

A very good book. The writing was superb as was the narration.
I really think the narration brought it to life and added a little Sunshine to my life.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Wet need the series.

This is a great start to what can very well be a very long series. The story about Ray aka Sunshine takes you to a new world were humans and other not so humans live. It gives you a glimpse of an other works without overwhelming you work to much information. I want to know more about Sunshine world. Please make a series of this book.

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I adore it

This is a vampire novel unlike any other. You will fall in love and crave cinnamon rolls constantly.

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An all time favorite

Once a comfort read, now a fun comfort listen. Maybe not quite the way my own voice sounds in my head, but pretty close! Greta writing, and a pretty good performance too. Draws me right in!

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Love the Story, Narrator was a little off

The audio direction of the book was a bit funny. the Narrator has kind of a grandmotherly voice which did not suit the first person narrative of Rae, and also meant that any male voices in the book had the same rough weirdness. The story though is top notch and I found the stream-of-conciousness threads easier to listen to.

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That's it?

It finished and I literally said out loud "that's it?" The book doesn't answer some of the questions it raises, is long and boring in the middle and I felt like I had wasted my time.