Author: Robin McKinley
Publisher: Speak 2010
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Vampire; Mount TBR
How I Got It: I own it!
There hadn’t been any trouble out at the lake in years. Sunshine just needed a spot where she could be alone with her thoughts for a minute. But then the vampires found her . . . Now, chained and imprisoned in a once-beautiful decaying mansion, alone but for the vampire, Constantine, shackled next to her, Sunshine realizes that she must call on her own hidden strength if she is to survive. But Constantine is not what she expected of a vampire, and soon Sunshine discovers that it is he who needs her, more than either of them know. Originally published as an adult novel, but now in YA for the first time, Sunshine is an alluring and captivating vampire story – one that will ensnare fans of paranormals everywhere.
This novel…. um wow! The one word that kept popping into my head throughout: Atmosphere. I haven’t read any book lately that evoked such atmosphere. I loved it! McKinley puts us right inside of Sunshine’s head. We connect with her right away. We remember past events, but always at the right time. We feel every emotion she’s feeling. I especially loved the times when she was confused. We were confused right there with her. The writing was confused, but yet still readable. We see the world through Sunshine’s eyes. Overall the effect is quite brilliant.
It took me awhile to get through this book; not because I was struggling to stay interested, but quite the opposite. I was so connected with the story and characters that I didn’t want it to end. I was scared at what we might find out. Don’t worry everything worked out in the end… well in a way. This book has made me add McKinley to my authors to explore. I have a feeling this might end up on my Top 10 Books of 2012 list.