Review: Sunshine by Nikki Rae

Posted September 2, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Sunshine by Nikki Rae


by Nikki Rae
Series: Sunshine #1
Pages: 330
Published on January 28th 2013
by Nikki Rae
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Vampires, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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18 year old Sophie Jean is pretty good at acting normal. Sure, she’s not exactly happy, but happiness is nothing compared to being like everyone else. She can pretend she’s not allergic to the sun. She can hide what her ex-boyfriend did to her. She can cover up the scars she’s made for herself. Ignore anything. Forget anything. Then Myles enters her life, and he has more than a few secrets of his own. When accident after accident keeps happening to Sophie, she can’t help noticing that he’s everywhere. That he knows too much. That she’s remembering too much.

It’s one thing covering up her own dark past, but does she really need to worry about people finding out just how much Myles likes her? Or that despite how much she doesn’t want to repeat past mistakes, she kind of likes him back? Not to mention the fact that she now has to conceal that Myles drinks blood-that he says he’s about four hundred years old.

She almost forgot about that part.

But Sophie has no plans to ruin the normal life she has created for herself. She can deal with this little glitch, no problem. Even if word has gotten around to the wrong vampire about Sophie and Myles, even if she’s putting the few people she loves at risk. Suddenly, those who were monsters before are just people, and the monsters? They’re real. Now being a normal human being is the least of her problems. Now she has to stay alive.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3.5 Stars

To be clear, I enjoyed this book. It was pretty good and the characters were awesome, but at times it was a bit… boring. I think some people will compare it to twilight, and it is similar, like so many books are, but this book at least has fun and entertaining Main Characters. And the writing is good. I just would’ve liked to see more action, more… something. Maybe in the second book?

Sunshine is about Sophie. She has an allergy for the sun which means she’s almost as pale as Caspar, Snow White or a vampire. At least, that’s what the kids at school say. But she doesn’t really care anymore. She has two amazing best friends and she can always count on her family. Well most of them anyway. And then Myles comes along. It’s clear from the start that something’s up with him. He has secrets, but so does Sophie. Both of them have a past they do not wish to share. But as they grow closer, more and more secrets will be revealed.

‘Evolve? Like a Pokemon?’ I have no idea why I say this. I think I’m kind of going into shock, and the first thing that pops into my head when he says evolve is Charmander evolving into Charizard.

So this story is good and well… Like I said, it was a bit boring. For the most part of the story, nothing really happens. Myles and Sophie get to know each other and their friendship grows and blossoms into something more eventually, but nothing exciting really happens until we hit the 80% mark. If the characters weren’t as fun and cool as they were, I wouldn’t have given this book the rating I just gave. But it’s nice to see a friendship grow into something more between two people. Especially a human and vampire. Yeah, no surprise there. Most of the book is told in the blurb, which made it a bit predictable. Oh and by the way, not to sound like a total geek, but in the above quote… Charmander first evolves into Charmeleon and then Charizard. (Okay yeah, I’m a geek.)


I think it’s clear that I loved the characters. Sophie is pretty cool. She has a milky white skin, dark magenta hair and wears combat boots. Seriously. Awesome. And yeah, she has issues to deal with from the past, but I get it. There is a depth to her and I liked that. And I loved seeing her growing and learning to care of someone other then her two awesome best friends. Talking about best friends. In this case we have a Korean brother and sister, Boo and Trei (as in peek-a-book and tree). They are soooo cool and funny. And there are some other well-developed side-characters like the stepdad and sisters and high-school barbie bitches. But I hated Sophie’s mom. Not exactly mother-of-the-year material. But I really loved Myles! He’s a cool vampire and he cares for her. I like the vampires in this book by the way. They’re cool. View Spoiler »

…somewhere, rational Sophie is thinking that it’s not such a good idea to let my guard down so much, the not so rational one just wants to act normal, have fun, and punch the rational Sophie in the face.

So overall I liked this book. And the ending pretty much made up for the boring parts in the rest of the book. So I’m excited to read the next book sometime in the future! And I do recommend this book to people who love the genre and want to see a relationship that grows for a change. No insta-love in this book! Hurray! But okay. So check this book out people!

autograph bieke


About Nikki Rae

Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.

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