Wednesday, February 24, 2010


by Robin McKinley

Summary (from Goodreads):
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.

I really liked the first part of this book, but it seriously lagged at times and I think that's the reason why I kept taking breaks from this book. There would be some action and then nothing for pages upon pages. I couldn't quite connect with any of the characters which was another problem for me.

But, it was still a good book. Rae had some pretty cool powers that were reinforced with sunlight. I liked the world set-up - a bit similar to Kim Harrison's Hollows series (which I love!). The vampires were supposed to be scary.. but it felt like it wasn't built up enough - the horror aspect of it. I really wanted to like this book a lot - it being about vampires, but it just wasn't a favorite of mine.

I actually have read another of her books and it too feel short of my expectations - but I think it's a writing style issue. She packs a lot into her writing and I think I really am a plot-driven kind of reader and I get lost when the plot flows away into learning more and almost too much about the character.

3/5 Roses

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  1. I'm not sure what to think of this book. The summary sounds a little weird to me. It gets me wondering enough about it that I might pick it up. Like I wonder why the two are chained together and left alone. I don't know. Good review though.

  2. I had no idea Robin McKinley had written another book. In my childhood I was a huge fan of hers, but I find that now I have a harder time getting through them.

    Thanks for your review, and congrats on winning the contest on Suzie Townsend's blog!

  3. I did not like this book at all.I found her thoughts were all over the place.It just wasn't a book for me.

  4. Congratulations on your Seanan McGuire Contest win at Suzie Townsend's site :-)

  5. I hated this book. I read some reviews that loved it so I gave it a try. I have NEVER not finished a book and I just couldn't really finish this one. I skipped so many parts. :( I felt like such a bad reader lol.


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