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Buffyesque baker Rae "Sunshine" Seddon meets Count Dracula's hunky Byronic cousin in Newbery-Award-winner McKinley's first adult-and-then-some romp through the darkling streets of a spooky post-Voodoo Wars world. Now that human cities have been decimated, the vampiric elite holds one-fifth of the world's capital, threatening to control all the earth in less than 100 years, unless human SOFs (Special Other Forces) can hold them at bay by recruiting Sunshine, daughter of legendary sorcerer Onyx Blaise. As breathlessly narrated by Sunshine herself, the Cinnamon Roll Queen of Charlie's Coffeehouse, in the inchoate idiom of Britney, J. Lo and the Spice Girls, Sunshine's coming-of-magical-age launches when she is swarmed by noiseless vampires one night and chained in a decrepit ballroom as an entre for mysterious, magnetic, half-starved Constantine, a powerful vampire whose mortal enemy Bo (short for Beauregard) shackled him there to perish slowly from daylight and deprivation. Most of the charm of this long venture into magic maturation derives from McKinley's keen ear and sensitive atmospherics, deft characterizations and clever juxtapositions of reality and the supernatural that might, just might, be lurking out there in "bad spots" right around a creepy urban corner or next to a deserted lake cabin. McKinley knows very well-and makes her readers believe-that "the insides of our own minds are the scariest things there are."
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Rae Seddon, nicknamed Sunshine, lives a quiet life working at her stepfather's bakery. One night, she goes out to the lake for some peace and quiet. Big mistake. She is set upon by vampires, who take her to an old mansion. They chain her to the wall and leave her with another vampire, who is also chained. But the vampire, Constantine, doesn't try to eat her. Instead, he implores her to tell him stories to keep them both sane. Realizing she will have to save herself, Sunshine calls on the long-forgotten powers her grandmother began to cultivate in her when she was a child. She transforms her pocketknife into a key and unchains herself--and Constantine. Surprised, he agrees to flee with her when she offers to protect him from the sun with magic. They escape back to town, but Constantine knows his enemies won't be far behind, which means that he and Sunshine will have to face them together. A luminous, entrancing novel with an enthralling pair of characters at its heart. Kristine Huntley
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Loved this first time I read it years ago. Got it on my Kindle for granddaughter.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am so happy this book is finally on kindle. I love this story. The characters are great. Sunshine is so believable... Read morePublished 4 days ago by K. Collins
This book has always been one of my favorites. Something about the writing draws me in.Published 8 days ago by Maggie
Great read but it leaves you all tied up in a tizzy because you want to read more and there is no more to read.Published 8 days ago by Nancy Hernandez
Sunshine was the first supernatural post-war alternate reality story I read before it seemed to become more popular in the fantasy genre. Read morePublished 10 days ago by blarbles
I loved this. Only frustrating part is there in no sequel. I desperately want to know what happens next.Published 12 days ago by C from Seattle
I loved this book so much. I think it is my favourite vampire story I have ever read (and I've read quite a few). Sunshine was a fully, realized, fascinating character. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of my favorite books. It sits on my shelf with at least three other books that make up my "comfort reads". Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amarithe
I was drawn into this world right away. There is so much about Sunshine I am able to relate to, regardless of the back story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by poedog