Released Date: April 29, 2010
Publisher: Penguin Group, USA
Pages: Paperback (416 pages)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Stand alone novel
Author Website: http://www.robinmckinley.com/
Overall Rating: (3 out of 5 stars)
Description: 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.
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.
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"The train is roaring toward you and the villain is twirling his moustache and you're fussing that he's tied you to the tracks with the wrong kind of rope."
"I don't put up with being messed around, and I don't suffer fools gladly. The short version of that is that I'm a bitch. Trust me, I can provide character references."
"The Lone Ranger of vampires. Did that make me Tonto?"
My Musings: What brought me to purchase this book was the cover. You can't tell by the picture above, but its is really sparkley, like Sunshine (pun intended). The description on the back really got me excited to read it.
Now that I am done reading it, I was really dissappointed. It wasn't anything like I expected, especially since Neil Gaiman endorsed it on the cover.
First of all it was really hard to read this book. It usually takes me a day or two to finish, but this one took me a week and a half. There are no chapters, and very little dialogue. Most of the content takes place in the main characters head. I found that to be very fustrating and hard to find a place to stop when I needed it to.
The only reason I didn't give this book a rating less than three, is there were certain moments between Constatine (the vampire) and Sunshine (the human) that I liked.
The author plans to write another one, but I will have to be in a really good mood to ever purchase it in the near future.
Hope this review helps. Have a Happy Monday!!