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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...
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2003
ISBN: 9780515138818
Branch Call Number: MCKI
Characteristics: 389 p


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AL_ARIELLE 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.

Dec 04, 2014

I have loved pretty well every single other book McKinley has written. This one? NO. It's awful. Terrible. Absolutely no good. I didn't even finish five chapters it was so bad. I don't know what prompted her to write this, but I hope the urge to write a sequel or anything does not come to pass. The rest of her books I recommend highly, not I couldn't recommend this to anyone.

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

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Sunshine Seddon meets Count Dracula's handsome cousin in a romp through the shadowy streets of a spooky world.


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