Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunshine is quite unlike any vampire novel on shelves right now. Highly imaginative, Robin McKinley has created a fascinating world that is at once so foreign and familiar to our own, and is vivid, magical, frightening, gritty, and above all, wonderfully realistic. Sunshine herself is quite an engaging main character--she's smart, funny, inquisitive, sometimes scared, down to earth, and she loves what she does. Her emotions are so well described as she goes through her tumultuous and draining ordeal, and even in her darkest moments, her independence and spirit shine through. Constantine is a very intriguing vampire as well, and McKinley described him very well, emphasizing how foreign he is to Sunshine and the human world, making him all the more intriguing and frightening. There is so much more than meets the eye in this layered story, and just when you think you know Sunshine and her world, McKinley springs more fabulous details on you, making the novel even more complicated and engrossing, until you are balancing at the edge of your seat in anticipation of the explosive conclusion. Sunshine is heart-pounding, beautiful, breathtaking, sharp, engaging, and smart. It surpasses words--you simply have to read it.
Cover Comments: I like this cover a lot--quite the opposite of so many dark and shadowed covers of many vampire books! The cover has a neat texture to it, and a cool iridescent shine. It may appear simply at first glance, but if you look closer, there is a lot of neat details in it!
Review copy received from publisher.