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Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Sunshine (2003)

by Robin McKinley

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    The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause (allisongryski)
    allisongryski: Recommended if you're looking for another well-written vampire story, with complex and interesting characters.
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    Midnight Predator by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (sylvatica)
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    Moonshine by Alaya Johnson (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Two books which both involve alternate histories where vampire and supernatural creatures have become everyday occurrences - and dangers - and how two women deal with the sudden appearance of a troubled supernatural creature in their lives. Both feature memorable protagonists, as well as fascinating alternate histories of the United States.… (more)
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    Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani (Fiamme)
    Fiamme: Similar themes of unlikely alliances between human and non human.
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    The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (leahsimone)
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    Angelfall by Susan Ee (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Both feature a plucky teenage heroine and an atypical love interest. Neither involves sappy eyeroll-inducing romantic dialogue. As I read Angelfall, I was immediately reminded of Sunshine, however Angelfall is a much better book. If you liked Sunshine, you might like Angelfall. I personally hated Sunshine, but enjoyed Angelfall.… (more)
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    Daylight by Elizabeth Knox (GirlMisanthrope)
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    Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (leahsimone)
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    Dead in Dixie by Charlaine Harris (overtheseatoskye)
    overtheseatoskye: McKinley's sensible heroine Sunshine, grounded as she is in the daily realities of baking and feeding people, reminds me very much of Sookie Stackhouse of Charlaine Harris' wonderful Southern Vampire series. Somehow the contrast between an earthy, pragmatic heroine and the otherworldly vampire love interest heightens the dramatic tension (and the hawtness).… (more)
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    Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (Anonymous user)
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    Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson (overtheseatoskye)
    overtheseatoskye: If you felt a little let down by the coy ending of "Sunshine," pick up this fun, chick-lit-inflected vampire romp - the final scene, gratifyingly, doesn't leave things to your imagination.
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    Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (goodiegoodie)

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"Sunshine" is a character and a novel you can really sink your teeth into! (Forgive the pun) Not only does it manage to be an original vampire novel, but possibly the best of Robin McKinley's works. Having been a long time fan of her knack for storytelling, gift for re-telling's and penchant for witty heroines, I had some idea of what to expect. "Sunshine" delves into the supernatural world, deviating from her usual fairy tale genre. But McKinley more than proves her punk and merit. I can't wax enough on the gritty beauty of her description, the fanciful realness to her characters and joy of their dialogue. World building is at its best and brightest and gloomiest here. The human "coffee house" world is painted just as perfectly as the supernatural vampire mansion. And as both merge, as Sunshine's character is forced to accept and embrace what she is becoming, you're left with pure magic. ( )
  JSilverwood | Aug 27, 2016 |
i just could not get into this book
  kerbytejas | Mar 25, 2016 |
Not great. The world was amorphous and the action indistinct. McKinley is not known for explaining how the magic in her worlds works, but while it is forgivable in a fairy tale is less so in the realm of paranormal fantasy. ( )
  Bodagirl | Mar 9, 2016 |
Sunshine is a young baker who makes incredible cinnamon rolls, dates bikers, and lives in constant danger in an alternate US. In her world, vampires, weres, witches and fey are all real...and humans are always at their mercy. Only by sticking together and plastering themselves, their dwellings, and even their motorbikes with protective charms can humans even survive a day. Given this, Sunshine is understandably upset when she's kidnapped as bait by a group of vampires. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Highly recommended for all Anita Blake fans! ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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The best vampire story ever. Hands down. The best.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Robin McKinleyprimary authorall editionscalculated
del Rosario, KristinDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fusari, ErikaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merlington, LauralNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rostant, LarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Peter, my Mel and my Con wrapped up in one (slightly untidy) package. Hey, am I lucky or what?
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It was a dumb thing to do but it wasn't that dumb.
"You are not consumed by the dark because you are full of light."
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From the front book flap on the hardcover.

From acclaimed author Robin McKinley--a mesmerizing novel of supernatural desire . . .


"Her feet are already bleeding--if you like feet . . "

There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while.

Unfortunately, she wasn't alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don't when they're vampires.

They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion-within easy reach of a figure stirring in the moonlight.

She knows that it is a vampire. She knows that she's to be his dinner, and that when he is finished with her, she will be dead. Yet, when light breaks, she finds that he has not attempted to harm her. And now it is he who needs her to help him survive the day . . .
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A sunny baker
A nocturnal bloodsucker
Opposites attract


Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0515138819, Mass Market Paperback)

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.


(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:59:57 -0400)

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They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion-within easy reach of a figure in the moonlight. She knows she is a vampire.

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