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This lives on in my head rent free. It's been decades since I read it, and I can still feel each and every word. ( )
It’s been several years since I read this, but the title came across my feed this morning, and I smiled as I thought of it. The thing I remember most about it is the warm feeling McKinley built around the main character as she described her job in the bakery. I loved the atmosphere I encountered at the start, and although I don’t remember a whole lot of details besides that, I would definitely recommend this to vampire fans who are looking for something original.
Pandemic read. Normally not a vampire book fan, but this appealed to me. I guess I like my vampires with a touch of dystopia.
The writing is erratic and hard to follow and it seems as if there is a lot of information you're missing out on. However, the plot and characters themselves make this is worthwhile read.
There were many instances when I was throughly confused about what exactly was happening, between the main characters all-over-the-place thought patterns and actual narrative. I wish there had been more dialog between characters to act as a sort of anchor to events, but no such luck. The sex instances in the book also seemed forced, as if she used it to try to keep the reader pulled in to the relationship between Sunshine and Constantine - but it was written in a sort of different voice, was unnecessary, and slightly took from the events at hand.
Overall, I'm not exactly sure what to think of this book. I wouldn't read it again but I finished it without having to force myself and I did like the storyline... I can say for sure that it is overrated.
It's weird how three years ago, my thoughts on this book were so different. But people change and tastes in books change along with us. I picked up this book for a steal at a used book store not remembering if I liked it or not, but wanted to try it again anyway. I'm just about finished with the second read-through and am really enjoying it. While Sunshine is still a little erratic, I don't find her thought processes too difficult to follow - like I mentioned in my first review - though there are a lot of random side-thoughts in parenthesis that you have to read and then re-read the sentence without them to sometimes remember what the original thought was. However, this is how people really think and speak so it is just a normal conversation instead of a more unnatural way of thought that most books use just to keep the reader on the same page, pardon the expression. I've added another 2 stars to my review this time around. I really enjoyed it.
I really liked that the otherness of the world this takes place in sneaks up on you. Interesting vampire story with complex worldbuilding and magic systems, make me want to bake a bunch of stuff.
1.5 out of 5 stars. Okay ... I LOVED the plot, the main characters, and the world that the author created!! All very good and just for that I would recommend it for all to read too! However, the reason I have given this book such a low score was because the narrator (Sunshine) rambled like there was no tomorrow! I could have screamed sometimes with how it went from the present situation she would be in, then the next minute she would be talking about things that really had nothing to do with what was going on at the time, and some didn't even make since with the plot. In truth I'm surprised I even finished the book, especially since I liked the book (for the most part) when I was reading it, but as soon as I put it down I had to convince myself to pick it back up again .... since I did want to find out how the book would turn out and end. Also, even though I liked the ending, there was too many loose strings so it felt a little incomplete. *shrug* But that may be just me.
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The best vampire story ever. Hands down. The best.
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 he 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, as dawn 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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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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