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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (April 27 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142411108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142411100
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #575,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Scharf on Aug. 30 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Thought you knew Robin McKinley? Had her all figured out as a teenybopper set, girl-power fantasy writer, eh? Ha!

Absolutely LOVED Sunshine from first page to last. Set in a slightly dystopian future in a slightly parallel world to our own (yes - that does sound familiar, but this is no "Damar"), our navel-gazing heroine is suddenly swept off into a surreally violent situation.

Read this as an antidote to the Stephanie Meyer vampire-dreck that's out there. McKinley's vampires don't "sparkle" - they explode into showers of fast-decaying gore. Except Constantine, of course, protected by the unrealized charms (in every sense of the word) of our heroine.

Blood and chocolate and a tiny bit of reasonably graphic sex - this is a young adult/adult read for the non-squeamish who enjoy a creatively-realized alternate universe.

While I've always greatly enjoy McKinley's YA stories, namely her Damarian novels and short stories, Sunshine takes us to a whole new level. From reading the description on the jacket, I hesitated to take it home; vampires are not really my thing, I thought. Never really imagined I'd like it, but I gave it a try just because it was Robin McK. So glad I took the chance. Good stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theatre Kidd on July 5 2004
Format: Hardcover
Sunshine is not the first Robin McKinley book that I've read, but I have to say that it's the first quite like THIS.
It's about a girl named Rae ('Sunshine' is a nickname) that is a baker in a futuristic world of wars between vampires and humans.. She doesn't seem to have a very happy life, or, at least, a very interesting one. But that all changes when she decides to take a little nighttime excursion to the lake in her town.
While she's there, meditating about her life, a group of vampires appears behind her, gets her into a red dress, and deposits her, for the most part unharmed, in a mansion ball room with another vampire. This vampire is different, though- he's a prisoner, for one thing, and it doesn't seem like he's going to kill her.
She, of course, eventually falls in love with this vampire, and it gets a little bit repetitive until the end, where it semi-breaks out in a 'Hey- we aren't gonna die, and we killed the bad guy. Life is good, but, man does it still have problems.' kind of way.
My opinion? I kind of liked it, though it takes a while to grow on you and there are these infuriating little bursts in the book where you wonder 'Okay, where did that come from, and why did you take so long to tell me about it?' Other that that, it was pretty darn good and really imaginative, in a certain kind of way.
I do have to say this, though- Robin McKinley fans, beware. This is totally unlike Beauty and Spindle's End. It's really kind of dark and depressing, and you wonder why some of the characters do the things they do- or, more importantly, why they don't do the things you want them to do.
And kids and parents, beware- this is Rated R in about everything that's possible to be Rated R in. Kids that aren't in high school and mature enough to handle it shouldn't even consider this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on Sept. 2 2010
Format: Paperback
After years of peace with the vampires, Rae "Sunshine" Seddon makes a big mistake and wanders by the lake to get some peace and quiet. She is captured by vampires and imprisoned next to one who implores her to tell him stories to keep them both sane.

Using her long-forgotten power that her grandmother tried to cultivate in her when she was young, she turns her pocket knife into a key and frees herself and the vampire. When the vampires' true plans to decimate and take over the human world within 100 years are uncovered, Rae, a descendant of Onyx Blaise, is recruited by SOF (Special Other Forces) to stop the madness.

The only problem is that her powers were never fully trained and tapped into. With the help of her vampire friend and with enemies at their heels, these two must face the odds to save themselves and all of humanity. Will they succeed? Will Rae be able to control her magic in time to save everyone?

A gripping, high-thrill adventure with lots at stake. The plot and characters are well-developed, and the story is fairly unique and holds the reader's attention. Those who like vampire tales, adventure, fantasy, and apocalyptic books will enjoy reading SUNSHINE.

Reviewed by: Kira M
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CajunQueen on July 17 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I don't usually enjoy books with a lot of dialogue or inner monologue, but unlike other reviewers, the journal-like quality of this story was why I liked this book. I felt like I really got into Sunshine's head and understood her character better because of the way the book was written. I found the story fascinating and for me the book is a keeper.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TSP on July 4 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you're a fan of novels that feature dryly humourous heroines, the sort of story in which the principal character doesn't take herself and the world too seriously even when she's engaged in serious pursuits, you might really like this novel. If you're looking for vampire fiction in the truest sense or want vampiric romance, you'll want to look elsewhere.
As another reviewer here has noted, this is more of a character driven fantasy novel which just happens to have vampires in it, along with other fantasy elements and creatures (e.g. magic, werewolves, alternate dimensions, elemental forces, etc.). The main heroine here is something like a merger between an asexual Anita Blake and Fanny Flagg's Ninny Threadgood character. Fans of Charles de Lint might like the plot in this, though the writing is nowhere near as lyrical, of course.
Something that both engaged and annoyed me in equal measure in this book was the frequent introduction and fleshing out of supporting characters, only to ignore them for the remainder of the novel. This, combined with the way the whole story ended, left a huge opening for followup books, giving me the impression that the writer wrote it with the intent to create a literary franchise out of it. If this does happen, I hope she spends time telling the story of Sunshine's sort-of boyfriend Mel as well as that of her landlady. Both are intriguing enough characters to warrant novels of their own.
Oh - a small aside...if you are trying to diet and have a hard time avoiding temptations to eat sweets, you might want to pass on this book, as the frequent references to scrumptious pastries can be diverting.
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