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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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I've read this book easily ten times. This is my Favorite comfortable go to book. At least once per year. ;)Published 11 hours ago by Melany Hrad
The CD's were scratched and did not play at parts. A wast of money. Do not make the same mistake I didPublished 18 months ago by kat
I was so excited for this book. There were so many great reviews, along with my friend telling me how amazing it is. I went right out to get it, and started it right away. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2010 by Michelle
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. Read morePublished on July 17 2010 by CajunQueen
I really loved this story. Although, I wish it was more about Sunshine & Constantine. I pretty much skimmed through all the parts without the two of them together. Read morePublished on June 7 2009 by Deanne Buss
A suttle lead into a great read, you will want to own this one so you can read it again! Sure wish she would write a follow up book to this one!Published on May 2 2009 by Information Junkie
I was really looking forward to this book because it had been recommended so highly and because I usually love vampire books with an interesting female protagonist. Read morePublished on March 23 2008 by Bronwyn
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... Read morePublished on July 4 2005 by TSP
Another reason not to judge a book by it's cover. I was looking forward to reading this book; it has gotten glowing reviews, and it's totally my style of reading. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2005 by D. Milligan