{Liza Reviews} Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Posted November 9, 2017 by Liza in Reviews / 4 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
{Liza Reviews} Sunshine by Robin McKinley


by Robin McKinley
Pages: 405
Published on January 1st 1970
by Berkley Trade
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Vampires
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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"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 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...

4 Stars

Recently, I saw a tweet from Charlaine Harris – author of the Southern Vampire series (also know as the Sooky series) – where she was praising how good Sunshine was.  I therefore proceeded to buy the eBook and jumped head first into Sunshine’s world.  I have to say that I really liked this one.  

I’ve read two books by McKinley before and they were very different from each other, but mostly fantasies.  Rae, is known by all as Sunshine because she likes to soak up the sun.  Sunshine is a baker and I loved all the talk about baked goods (after all, I bake too!), she’s 25 and in a relationship, she’s know by the whole town and she likes her privacy.  One night, to escape a fight with her mother, she decides to go out to the old family house out in the lake.  There, she’s abducted by a group of vampires and meets Cam.  They are both held prisoner and manage to escape together.  One thing I need to mention is that Sunshine rambles. A lot.  She starts talking about one thing and then rambles about something else, on and on.  I found it sometimes useful, but often aggravating.

The vampire lore in Sunshine adopts some of the usual aspects such as burning in the sun, being able to do compulsion and  and of course needing blood.  However, the vampires in this post-vampire-wars look like death, they are completely silent, they stink and mostly kill all their victims.

Cam is different in the sense that he doesn’t eat Sunshine and instead they help each other to escape and even bigger evil.  Cam tries really hard to make himself a little less threatening and inhuman so it’s easier for Sunshine to be around him.  The form a pact and then later an unexpected bond.

Needless to say, the world building is intricate and quite amazing.  There are all sorts of “Others”, like fey, weres, wizards, witches, goblins,   and a lot of rules and politics that regulate what they can do or cannot do.  Even two types of police, one for humans and one for the “Others”.  The writing was very imaginative, this world has new words, new technology, new beings.  I loved it!

The ending is a bit open ended and it makes me wonder if McKinley had other books set in this world in mind.



I really enjoyed Sunshine.  For the life of me, I don’t understand why McKinley didn’t turn this amazing world into a series.  There is so much potential to it, including the sort of open ending and the strong connection between Sunshine and Con.  I’m sure a lot of reviewers over the years had said the same: *more pretty please*


About Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley is an American writer who has won many awards in the US, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown, a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword, and the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature for Sunshine.

She lives in Hampshire, England with her husband, author Peter Dickinson, two hellhounds nicknamed Chaos and Darkness, an 1897 Steinway upright named Rhodanthe, and increasing numbers of rose bushes wedged into three [sic] tiny gardens. The view out her office window is her change-ringing bell tower and in the next village over is a paragon among horses whom Robin is so fortunate as to have permission to ride.



I'm an avid reader (since I learned to read at age four) and a book blogger (since May, 2011).I read mostly YA, but I also read romance, new adult and some middle grade.

Born in Puerto Rico, hola :), military wife for 22-years, and mother of three boys.I work full time doing something else that I love (sadly I don't get paid for reading!)

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4 responses to “{Liza Reviews} Sunshine by Robin McKinley

  1. Leah

    I read this book a long time ago, way younger than I should and therefore didn’t enjoy it. It was so weird to see it on your blog because it was always that weird book that I made my parents get me after I loved Twilight hahaha. I bet if I read it now it would be much better. Glad you enjoyed it!

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