Review: Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Jove (November 30th 2004)
How I got this book: Bought
Links: Amazon Goodreads

Blurb from Goodreads:

There hadn’t been any trouble out at the lake for years, and Sunshine just needed a spot where she could be alone with her thoughts. Vampires never entered her mind. Until they found her.

My rating: 4.5/5 Stars – Almost perfect. I highly recommend it.


The uniqueness of this novel is what made me love it.  Sunshine is a vampire fairy tale that somehow manages to feel like a cozy mystery and a dark horror story all at the same time.  It’s beautiful and creepy, and I’ve never read anything quite like it.  Although it’s very different from any of her other novels, Sunshine is right up there with Robin McKinley’s best works.

The worldbuilding unfolds slowly, drawing you in, and the characters are compelling, especially the vampire Con.  The heroine, Sunshine, is also a great character, though there were several moments when I wanted to shake her for being so careless and closemouthed in her relationship with Mel, her boyfriend.  Although the action is broken up with pages of Sunshine’s inner musings and information about the setting, the plot is still quite gripping.

One thing agonizes me: this book is in desperate need of a sequel.  Even though it’s a full and complete story and it’s meant to be read as a stand-alone, there’s still so much more of Sunshine and Con’s story that could be told.  I loved this book so much that I don’t want it to end here.

Combining elements of urban fantasy, horror, cozy mystery, and fairy tale, Sunshine is like Dracula meets Beauty and the Beast.  It’s a masterfully written, captivating tale with a unique tone and characters that work their way into your heart.  I highly recommend it.

Also reviewed at: Angieville


About Lesley

I love big dogs, ravioli, and all things nerdy. Books are my crack.
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One Response to Review: Sunshine by Robin McKinley

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