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Sunshine Paperback – April 29, 2010
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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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Overall, I adored the story, the main characters, and the setting. McKinley is so rich in her details; it bought it all to life for me in a way few authors can accomplish. I loved the attitudes and sarcasm of the first-person point of view from the main character Rae. Her wit enriched the plot and setting greatly.
To me, the plot was original, refreshing, and unique. However, it would have been brilliant had there been less "filler" throughout the entire novel. I think she could have captured Rae's voice and essence with far less pages. I felt that the filler pages dragged on and on and took away from the action and the significance of the novel as a whole.
Having read some of McKinley's works before, I had expected her to add more internal dialogue than most writers, but it was too excessive in this novel for me.
I also wish that McKinley would have developed the relationship with the main character and her unlikely friend more so. She builds it up naturally, which I appreciated. However as soon as it really starts to blossom and become enthralling, it is the end of the novel. I feel as though I'm left at the climax of the novel without anything more to satisfy my curiosity.
The ending isn't necessarily a cliff-hanger--but more of drifting end where I'm asking for more details to fill in the blanks for me.
What I really want others to take away from this is: McKinley's "Sunshine" is unique, captivating, and thrilling. If anyone is interested, I encourage you to read this work of art. Know that I had high expectations for this novel, and it did not disappoint me, but I wanted more. To me, it was shy of brilliant, but certainly a masterpiece nonetheless.
Please take my thoughts with a grain of salt as you must with all reviews, and I hope you enjoy Sunshine's world as much as I have.
I loved the story, too. A baker named Sunshine hooks up with a vampire in a post-war reality where humans barely won the war. Vampires are the worst of the worst, and they are winning what’s left of the peace. Sunshine is a reluctant vampire hunter, bound to a Master vampire whose life she saved. Buy the book, and take it from there yourself.
I came away from this story wanting more Sunshine. Please enjoy.