Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
Reviewed by Candace, age 18, California
Rae Seddon, nicknamed Sunshine, lives an ordinary life making cinnamon rolls and desserts at the family bakery. She's never wished for anything more, until one day driving to the lake she gets kidnaped. Then Sunshine must use her wits and secrets from her past to stay alive.
While imprisoned, Sunshine learns a secret. There is another prisoner in the mansion who has been captured before her ... and he's not human. Should she trust him? Is Con, the prisoner, friend or foe? Then there is a matter of life and death. If Sunshine does manage to escape - which is impossible - what will she do if her captors, including the formidable Bo, come after her? Should she save the prisoner even though he is dangerous?
Fans of vampire novels will love this book with its strong heroine reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The plot switches from supernatural action to details of ordinary life which gives it an interesting pace. The characters are strong and the romance drives the plot forward. There are some unanswered questions that bothered me, and I wished the ending could have tied up the loose ends. Other than that, I have no complaints.
I've always been a fan of Robin McKinley's work. If you like Sunshine, I suggest you check out The Blue Sword and Beauty.
Sunshine gets five stars out of a possible five.