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Mar 13, 2019

Yes! This is a sort of vampire romance story and Yes! I have not read every vampire book written but of the books I've read THIS IS THE BEST ONE!

A complicated and interesting plot written by an author of fantasy fiction for over 30 years, wonderful world building, dark and daring. I've never wanted a sequel to a book more than this one and I even wrote the author asking if she had plans for one. No, she does not.

Oh well, it is a great story and one of my favorite books of all time.

ArapahoeStaff11 Apr 24, 2018

Sunshine works as a baker in her family’s small restuarant. One night she takes a solo trip to the lake and her life is changed forever. Interesting play on what makes someone good or evil. Great for fans of vampire stories!

ArapahoeArielle Aug 19, 2016

I've never been interested in the vampire craze, but this book won me over. The development of a shaky friendship between the main character, who derives power from sunlight, and the vampire whose life she saved is a delight. The rambling inner monologue can be difficult to follow at times, but watching the way these two polar opposite characters change each other and adapt together is so worth the read.

May 11, 2016

Good read and the fact that I recall enough of the story to comment 4 years later should mean something.
Not all black and white, blurring of good over evil. Humor mixed with self sacrifice. Mustn't forget the baking ;)

Dec 31, 2015

This book is amazing. The only downside is that you will want more books, and so far it's a stand alone.

Jun 07, 2015

This book is quite intense, but at the same time, there is a sarcastic humor by the narrator that prevents the story from becoming too serious. I also detect a certain degree of romance occasionally in the plot:). It is a classic and original piece of literature.

SPL_Melanie Feb 12, 2015

One of the only vampire books I love - the trope as filtered through the dreamy, imaginative mind of Robin McKinley. An adult read.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

In a clear departure from her fairytale-based novels for youth, McKinley’s foray into adult fiction takes us into an alternate futuristic world where cities are still recovering from the Voodoo Wars and humans live in fear of the Others – vampires, werewolves, demons and the like – who lurk in the fringes of society. Rae “Sunshine” Seddon is a young baker restless with her simple life until she finds herself unexpectedly allied with the mysterious vampire Constantine against his mortal enemy Bo. She soon realizes that she’s not quite as normal as she thinks, after a number of life-threatening situations force her to rediscover the forgotten powers she has inherited from her father’s magical family. More “Buffy” than Anne Rice, McKinley has created a richly detailed world that just calls out for a sequel.

mindonfire Jan 07, 2015

My favorite vampire book and one of my favorites of Robin McKinley. The characters are nuanced and believable--not black or white, and not silly and sophomoric--unlike most of the protagonists of the rest of the genre.
Like many of her other fans, I only wish that she write a sequel. But she reports that she has, as yet, not been moved to do so.

May 01, 2014

Interesting take on vampires. I wish that she had written another book in this world as it left quite a few questions unanswered.

Apr 28, 2014

I do not like this book in the least bit

Oct 21, 2013

A different type of vampire story. The authors style of writing is very wordy. Not a bad thing but you have to pay attention. Haven't read anything before from this author but am willing to try another one.

LibraryGorilla Nov 02, 2012

A classic vampire fantasy. The setting for this is a really fascinating alternate version of our own world in the aftermath of a war between humans and Others. It's a standalone book, but the world and the hero, Sunshine, can really leave you wanting more. Nevertheless, the story is complete in itself and is definitely something to read more than once. It begins with Sunshine, a baker in her stepfather's cafe, waking up chained to the wall in an abandoned house, next to a similarly-chained vampire. The story has lots of depth and richness to keep you enthralled right to the end.

Because of all the romancey vampire books out there, I really didn't expect this to be very good, even though it was written by Robin Mckinley. I was pleasantly surpised. A very intersting, fun, vampire-unique read.

Aug 24, 2012

Best story with vampires in it, ever. This book is high on my list of bad-day, just-want-to-read-something fun books.

Aug 18, 2012

This book had potential. The characters had some substance to them, but the pacing of the book was a little too hard to adapt to. Some sentences were awkwardly long and grating to read. There were a ton of 'filler' pages that had little to do with anything as well... no character or plot development, etc.

I like books that are able to get me emotionally invested in characters. This book just didn't hit it for me. Also, *SLIGHT SPOILER* *SLIGHT SPOILER* *SLIGHT SPOILER* *SLIGHT SPOILER* when Rae almost does the dirty with Mr. Constantine, I found it slightly irritating that she didn't feel any guilt about cheating on her boyfriend. Really? Not even a second's hesitation?

Overall, this book was entertaining enough for me to finish, but not noteworthy enough to re-read.

Aug 03, 2012

Honostly, This book took way too long to get to the good parts. I feel like i read 200 pages of her baking and living a boring life, and this got me nowhere and incouraged me so many times to just put the book down, but i knew i couldnt do it so i read on.
When it got to the part where the protagonist actually meets the vampire and the story gets rollin i started to really enjoy myself.
BTW, this book was a heck of alot better than most vampire books i've read before. despite my initial experience of Sunshine, i still recommend it to anyone who wants to read it.

Jul 01, 2012

Delicious! This is by far the BEST vampire book I have ever read. Aternating between the two very different lives of the protangonist (Sunshine the pastry queen and Sunshine the magician who is associated with vampires) the novel leaves you very satisfied all -round; there is fantasy, supernatural, action, and suspense, something for everyone. I wouldn't say there is romance per se; just a "normal" coworker/friend relationship between Sunshine and Con-- but that is what makes the book great. (No more of the usual bloodsucking sappy romances that other cliche vampire novels have!) So grab this book and sink your teeth in !

Feb 02, 2012

Hard to follow sometimes, but a decent read.

Jan 17, 2012

A very good book - what I expect from Robin McKinley. Vampires are dangerous but can they be "good"? Slow to begin with but hard to put down once started.
Wish there was/ is/ will be a sequel.

Oct 11, 2011

Yes, another vampire story but more cerebral than most. If you're used to action packed thrillers, it may take a bit to settle into this one. It has more to do with internal struggle than external, though there is still plenty of gory shoot-em-up scenes. The protagonist has to come to terms with who she is & what that means to those around her, as well as herself. Too bad there's no sequel, I would definitely would read it.

Sep 23, 2011

This isn't a romance per say, but more about a relationship. It is about the relationship between the narrator and herself, and the narrator and her perceived enemy. Be that as it may, this is a phenomenal book. Not many authors have the talent to show instead of tell in their writing as well as McKinley can.

I was a little confused at first because the first chapter truly jumps into her life without pausing to explain, "This is my mom. My mom's name is this. She looks like that." She throws you into the story and it is as if you are actually getting to know the narrator as a person. At first there are things that don't completely make sense but as you hang around them more they drop tidbits about their past and their beliefs and thus you start to know them. You are dropped into a part of her story and live with her through it until the main conflict is resolved. Then the story ends without an ending because it is better to know that Sunshine lives on rather than to know exactly how they went on from there.

Another aspect of the novel that I didn't think possible to be done so well was the fantasy element. It was never explained or told that this is the Planet Gilbatron and our leader is Martian Man or something silly like that. Instead, she mentions pieces of their everyday lives which include magic and demons and vampires yet they still have everyday lives.

If you are in the mood for a novel a little bit different, a little bit darker, a little bit better than all the other books you've been reading I'd recommend this. Even if you're not in the mood, though, you'll like it.

Sep 03, 2011

kind of slow at times but overall very good. I would kill for a sequel though..

allonsy Aug 15, 2011

This is one of my all-time favorite books. I love the rich fantasy world in which Sunshine lives and I can almost smell her cinnamon rolls baking whenever I read the book. But the attraction between Sunshine and Constatine is what keeps me coming back. The lone honorable vampire among the most evil of the Others is captivating. I always finish the book wanting to know more about Con's history and wondering if the romance between he and Sunshine will survive. I hope a sequel (or even a prequel) is written one day.

LibraryAlison Jul 05, 2011

This is a great vampire book!

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