The last several books I've read have been things I've had to read, for one reason or another. So after finishing Between Gods, I decided that I was going to read something I wanted to read. After deciding not to start a trilogy (meaning Terry Brooks' Dark Legacy of Shannara was out for now), I chose Robin McKinley's Sunshine. Sunshine was a book that caught my eye recently, in no small part thanks to Neil Gaiman's endorsement "Pretty much perfect." So I jumped in.
Sunshine is the story of Rae "Sunshine" Seddon, a girl who loves baking and feeding people at her step-father's coffee shop. But she's restless one night and drives out to the lake by herself. While there have been no incidents at the lake in a long time, on this particular night she finds herself surrounded by vampires. They kidnap her and bring her to one of the old mansions on the lake as a meal for their "guest," a powerful vampire held captive by their leader. It is during her captivity that Rae rediscovers the power of her father's blood and frees the both of them. Of course, no one survives a vampire attack. And even more importantly, no one saves a vampire. Particularly by walking with one for miles through direct sunlight. But she can and did. And now she has to live with the consequences, dodging the questions of the SOF ("Special Other Forces"), dealing with a power that refuses to be forgotten, and hiding from the vampire master who imprisoned her. Will her life ever be able to go back to how it was before she drove out to the lake?
I really enjoyed reading Sunshine. It was a rather different take on vampire (particularly the way humans can tell exactly how Other they are just by being around them). This is the first book by McKinley that I've read, but I'm sure it won't be the last!
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.