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.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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