Sunshine by Robin MckinleySunshine by Robin Mckinley


byRobin Mckinley

Mass Market Paperback | November 30, 2004

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From award-winning and national bestselling author, Robin McKinley, comes this dark, sensual vampire fairy tale. "A gripping, funny, page-turning, pretty much perfect work of magical literature."--Neil Gaiman

“Sunshine” is what everyone calls her. She works long hours in her family’s coffeehouse, making her famous “Cinnamon Rolls as Big as Your Head,” Bitter Chocolate Death, Caramel Cataclysm, and other sugar-shock specials that keep the customers coming. She’s happy in her bakery—which her stepfather built specially for her—but sometimes she feels that she should have life outside the coffeehouse. One evening she drives out to the lake to get away from her family, to be alone. There hasn’t been any trouble at the lake for years.

But there is trouble that night for Sunshine. She is abducted by a gang of vampires who shackle her to the wall of an abandoned mansion, within easy reach of a figure stirring in the moonlight. Sunshine knows that he is a vampire and that she is to be his dinner. Yet when dawn breaks he has not attempted to harm her.

And now he needs her help to survive the day...
Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; ...
Title:SunshineFormat:Mass Market PaperbackProduct dimensions:416 pages, 6.71 × 4.24 × 1.02 inShipping dimensions:6.71 × 4.24 × 1.02 inPublished:November 30, 2004Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0515138819

ISBN - 13:9780515138818


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I always love Robin McKinley's books. Leaves me with a craving for a cinnamon role as big as your head LOL but loved the tension between characters. Gets better every time I read it.
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Gripping Tale As usual, I loved this Robin McKinley book. I perhaps loved it even more since the narrator of the audio book did a great job. I didn't bother me as much as the other reviews that the romance between Con and Ray didn't develop more. However, the ending was anti-climatic. Perhaps, this is McKinley's way of leaving it open for a sequel?
Date published: 2018-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sunshine I have read many vampire books and this one is definitely spooky. I highly recommend it if you are not looking for a typical vampire book.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sunshine This is not a typical love story that's for sure. Still I really loved Sunshine & Constantine together .
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sunshine I completely understand why some people either love it or hate it. I really wanted something to happen between the main characters.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spooky and unforgettable!!!! After reading this one I can see why everyone either loves or hates it. It’s a scary take on vampires. The book starts in an interesting manner with Sunshine, describing her life and then proceeding on to her current situation, when she is taken and chained to feed a hungry vampire. Part one of the book is what McKinley has done wonderfully. It’s spooky, alluring and hauntingly amazing; you’ll be turning pages like crazy. But after the protagonist’s little adventure it becomes extremely boring and unnecessarily stretched, with the author describing needless events and characters. Everything that part one promises and as good as it was, it fails to deliver. Constantine comes back more than half way through the book, and even than his part in the story is minimal. With all the hype of the real vampires in town, we hardly get to meet any vampires for real except for the bloody procession at the end. Also, the end is abrupt and leaves you hanging. You keep expecting to learn more about Sunshine’s feelings towards Constantine, but it’s never acknowledged, which is kind of a let down since there is no sequel to the book. Despite the flaws I thoroughly enjoyed the first part of the book, and the scary take on vampires was definitely refreshing.
Date published: 2010-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sunshine & Constantine so HOT!!! I wish that more developed between Sunshine and Constantine (that was the hook but as I continued to read I lost interest). I pretty much skimmed through all the parts without the two of them together. Everything else was a waste of time to read. The ending was lacking finality (especially when nothing happens between Sunshine and Constantine). I definitely recommend it but warn you that you'll wish somethings were more and others less. Happy reading!
Date published: 2009-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Idiotic. I know it's been said before, but this book was a complete waste of time! I never ended up finishing it because it made me LITERALLY fall asleep! If you are having trouble sleeping, i recommend to read this book, because after a page, you'll be snoring away!
Date published: 2009-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from You need patience for this one Overall this book isn't that bad but the main character rambles on too much about things that I don't really care to know about. I rather those parts were filled in with more action. I think this book had potential. The book read like it was a beginning of what could possibly be a good series but it's not a series so it just left me unfulfilled.
Date published: 2009-01-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stupid. This book was a waste of my time. The only reason I finished it was because I don't like leaving a book unfinished. It took me a really LONG time to finish this book because it was completely and utterly boring. I heard that Robin Mckinley is a really good author, so maybe this just isn't her best book...
Date published: 2008-12-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I usually enjoy McKinley's writing, but this novel fell flat. The male lead was interesting, but the storyline contained too many half-developed ideas and sections of rambling narrative to captivate me.
Date published: 2008-10-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Can't rate 'til i re-read it What I remember, it wasn't bad, but since I tried to read it when I had a dry spell in reading (iI think I read myself out that summer) and I had to struggle to concerntrate.
Date published: 2008-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book, but.. It was a very intresting read, I found it a bit long winded in some places and could have done with out the sex scense. I find the sex scense no matter how well written always come across as something that should be in a porn magazine. Besides ones own imagination can usually do a great job on its own. Other wise it was a fun read.
Date published: 2008-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should be required reading!!! I picked this book up in the supermarket when I had the flu. I had two days off work, which meant two days to relax and read in a haze of Nyquil. Nothing was grabbing me until I saw this cover. There is a quote from Neil Gaiman on the cover which proclaims it "pretty much perfect". For those of you who don't know, NeilGaiman is a God in the comic book world. To not listen to him would be sacrilegious! The book grabbed me right from the start. The book takes place in a world so like and unlike our own that at first you are apt to feel a bit lost. McKinley does not cater to her audience or treat them like children,however, but throws you in the deep end and expects you to swim. This is very refreshing compared to current murder-mysteries that do not have even the smallest amount of belief in the higher brain functions of a contemporary audience. The main character, Sunshine, is the baker at a coffee shop, which seems completely banal, yet she battles monsters, befriends other creatures, and performs magic. A very lively and interesting read.
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I was a little iffy when I first bought this book because I had read about this author a bit and their more fantasy stuff. It was recommended to me by a friend a couple of years ago. First, I loved the first line =P "it was a dumb thing to do but it wasn't that dumb." It makes you think and draws you in. You can tell a lot about a book by the first line. This authors writing style was different than others I've read in the past. At some times, they'll go off rambling about cinnamon buns or family or something like that. I personally like that. It makes the book relaxing and not straight action 24/7. It also tells you a lot about the character, connects you more to them, which is important in a good book. Also, Mckinley has an AMAZING imagination. She created this whole new world of magic, vampires and others that is just incredible. Constantine, the main vampire, was such a well thought out character. It was dark and mysterious yet light and funny at parts. I've read it like 5 times it was so good. Any vampire lover would like this book. It was actually the book that got my friend into vampires. She loves it as much as me. READ IT!!!!!!!
Date published: 2008-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read. This is a fantastic book, in fact I can't wait to see how things develop in the further continuation of this story. Great sense of humor, an interesting fantasy setting with a slight influence of cyber punk - post cataclytic setting. Interesting characters and an immersive read. I would recommend it to any fantasy reader who's interests run towards magic casters, demons and vampires. It's not a dark read, and it's title (as well as main character) are definitely a beacon of light within the environmental setting.
Date published: 2006-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite novel There is no superlative that can adequately describe how much I loved this book. It's intelligently written -- insightful and thought-provoking, creative, as well as extremely witty. The heroine is a complex and lovable character, and the fantasy world is extremely original and well realized. It's writing style is perfect -- so often with first person narration, the protagonist narrates a story in what is basically the writer's voice, and you don't feel that anyone would really relate a story that way. However, in this book Sunshine tells the story with the digressions and 'chattiness' that lend verisimilitude. Despite this, the book is never incoherent, tedious, or rambling, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Believe me when I say this is good -- I read three hundred novels last year alone, and this was my favourite. This is by far the deepest and most mature book that Robin McKinley has written. If you've read this already and are looking for other recommendations, I suggest you read the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. There are similarities in the writing style, as well as an equally fascinating fantasy world.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Vampire. Dangerous. Seriously Creepy. This one's name was Constantine. We'd met before. My most favourite line in the whole book. I found this book to be an excellent story of vampires, and the Others . Robin McKinley's original ideas, fabulous and well thought out characters convey an adventure story of one ordinary life gone wrong. Sunshine, and her dark accomplice are truly interesting beings, and I can only say that I sincerly wish Robin McKinley will write more of their adventures. I honestly recommend this book. It was a very good read.
Date published: 2006-01-04

Editorial Reviews

"Sunshine is a gripping, funny, page-turning, pretty much perfect work of magical literature that exists more or less at the unlikely crossroads of Chocolat, Interview With a Vampire, Misery, and the tale of Beauty and the Beast. It's not quite SF, and it's not really horror, and only kind of a love story, and it's all three while still being solidly Fantastique. It also does that nice thing where the author assumes the readers are smart, and she treats us like we're smart, and we purr and get smarter and work harder for all that."-Neil Gaiman, New York Times bestselling author"Fabulous, fascinating, and a whole lot of fun. Step into Robin McKinley's thrilling, beautifully described world, where you will meet some interesting vampires and a lady who can deal with the creatures of the night."—Jayne Ann Krentz"I had no idea that blood and dessert could go together so well. I loved it!"—Amber Benson, "Tara" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer"Buffyesque baker Rae "Sunshine" Seddon meets Count Dracula's hunky Byronic cousin in Newbery-Award-winner McKinley's first adult-and-then-some romp through the darkling streets of a spooky post-Voodoo Wars world...Most of the charm of this long venture into magic maturation derives from McKinley's keen ear and sensitive atmospherics, deft characterizations and clever juxtapositions of reality and the supernatural...McKinley knows very well—and makes her readers believe—that 'the insides of our own minds are the scariest things there are.'"—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)"Smart, dark, and riveting. Sunshine is quite possibly the best vampire book published in my lifetime." -Melissa Marr, bestselling author of Wicked Lovely “A luminous, entrancing novel with an enthralling pair of characters at its heart.” –Booklist “A smart, funny tale of suspense and romance.” –San Francisco Chronicle “Before reading Sunshine, I had no idea that blood and dessert could go together so well.” –Amber Benson “McKinley [balances] the dark drama with light touches of humor. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will feel at home, but McKinley’s novel has its own originality and depth.” –Orlando Sentinel “A dark, sensual vampire fairy tale.” –This Week Newspapers (Ohio) “Sunshine has magic in every word.” –Sherrilyn Kenyon, New York Times bestselling author “Sunshine takes everything we have always known about the menacing eroticism of pale men with sharp teeth and throw it up into the air.” –Time Out