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ISBN13: 9780515138818
ISBN10: 0515138819
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From acclaimed author Robin McKinley — a mesmerizing novel of supernatural desire...

"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, when light 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...

Review:

"Fabulous, fascinating, and a whole lot of fun. Step into Robin McKinley's thrilling, beautifully described world, where you will meet some interesting vampires and a lady who can deal with the creatures of the night." Jayne Ann Krentz

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"I had no idea that blood and dessert could go together so well. I loved it!" Amber Benson, "Tara" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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"A gripping, funny, page-turning, pretty much perfect work of magical literature that exists more or less at the unlikely crossroads of Chocolat, Interview With the Vampire, Misery, and the tale of Beauty and the Beast." Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of American Gods and creator of The Sandman

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"Most of the charm of this long venture into magic maturation derives from McKinley's keen ear and sensitive atmospherics, deft characterizations and clever juxtapositions of reality and the supernatural..." Publishers Weekly

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"McKinley opens new territory on the vampire range....I can't put her books down while I'm reading them, and...[they] carry me along for a good while after. I hope she writes more about Sunshine and her world..." Grey Walker, Green Man Review

Synopsis:

Unfortunately, she wasn't alone. She never heard them coming. Of course she wouldn't, when they're vampires. A new direction for an already successful fantasy author.

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In her first novel for adults, the Newbery Medalist and bestselling author pens an exciting, beautifully written, erotic addition to the popular vampire genre. "A gripping, funny, page-turning, pretty much perfect work of magical literature."--Neil Gaiman.

Synopsis:

There hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and Sunshine just needed a spot where she could be alone with her thoughts.

Vampires never entered her mind. Until they found her.

 

About the Author

Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include the extended list New York Times bestseller, Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; Deerskin, inspired by the Perrault fairy tale Donkeyskin; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood.

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nrlymrtl, January 17, 2014 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
This is one of my favorite books and it was so great to revisit it in audio format. She’s an average person, a baker, who finds herself in the middle of vampire turf war. Messy. Yeah, that really sums up a lot of it. But there is a lot more going on in this world that McKinley created. The SOF suits are a complicated bunch. Magic users are suppose to be registered, and if they aren’t the SOFs can arrest them, or more depending on what the magic users are up to. But the SOFs that keep an eye on Rae have known her for years, and they are far more interested in taking out the dangerous elements of the paranormal community, like vamps. The SOFs also have several interesting secrets of their own.

Then there is Mel, Rae’s boyfriend. He also works at the bakery. His hobby is working on bikes and riding bikes and making love to Rae. He’s a calm character with lots of tatts. His tatts are the complicated kind that are really wards to keep his skin intact. I so wish to know more about this man, his history, and why he needed such powerful wards at one time in his life. Perhaps from the Voodoo Wars?

And of course we have to talk about the vampires. There’s the rude and crude ones, lead by Beau, that planned to sacrifice Rae to their enemy (Constantine), who they had shackled in an abandoned mansion on the lake. But things don’t go as planned and together, Rae and Constantine find a way out of this trap. Their relationship, if it can be called that, becomes the underlying plot line to all the other stuff going on in Rae’s life.

Just a side note: There is one of the hottest not-a-sex-scene in all of literature in this book. Yeah. You need to read this book.

The world itself is lush with charms that have a mind of their own, weres (werehound, wererabbit, werebears), and remnants of destroyed cities from the Voodoo wars. Rae has been able to wall out this world by and large for years by living simply and working at the bakery. But it comes crashing in as she has to confront the heritage from her father’s side.

Deeply rich in environment, excellent characters, and wonderful plot makes this book one of my favorites and earns it a permanent place on my shelf. Don’t particularly care for vampire stories? Yeah, me neither. But I love this book. It’s not about vampires; it’s about Rae and her world and her struggle to keep that world and those people precious to her. Definitely worth the read.

Oh, and Ms. McKinley, if you ever do have a need to write another book in this magnificent world, I would be ever so tickled pink to add it to my permanent bookshelf. Just saying….Oh, and perhaps a companion cookbook as I need to try Rae’s Death by Bitter Chocolate.

The Narration: Merlington does a fantastic job with Ray’s voice, perfect fit. She also did a good job with the other female voices. Her male voices sometimes felt like a bit of a stretch in masculinity, but each was distinct and that matters more to me. Overall, a very good performance.
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charis_channah17, August 10, 2012 (view all comments by charis_channah17)
This is my favourite of Robin McKinley's works: a book that draws the reader into a well-defined world where, even though vampires are unequivocally dark, the lines between good and evil are not so clearly drawn as they initially appear to be. Plus, the story has the added bonus of the main character's talent for baking. It always makes me want to experiment and create a recipe for "Bitter Chocolate Death" or one of the other decadent items in Sunshine's repertoire.
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durhamm, May 30, 2012 (view all comments by durhamm)
One of the best books I've read of any genre. Sunshine had me enraptured from page 3 (which is where the story started in my edition). The characters were strong and gladly the main vampire was not a paragon of testosterone and biceps. He was a monster and did monster like things-- like kick butt and have a life and pasttimes that did not involve self-loathing or stalking. Sunshine, the main human character was interesting and love able. She likes being human and could outsmart and outmaneuver a great many scary creatures. I am waiting for the sequel!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780515138818
Author:
Mckinley, Robin
Publisher:
Jove Books
Author:
McKinley, Robin
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Vampires
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Occult fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Publication Date:
20041231
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
6.87x4.18x1.12 in. .43 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 416 pages Jove Books - English 9780515138818 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Fabulous, fascinating, and a whole lot of fun. Step into Robin McKinley's thrilling, beautifully described world, where you will meet some interesting vampires and a lady who can deal with the creatures of the night."
"Review" by , "I had no idea that blood and dessert could go together so well. I loved it!"
"Review" by , "A gripping, funny, page-turning, pretty much perfect work of magical literature that exists more or less at the unlikely crossroads of Chocolat, Interview With the Vampire, Misery, and the tale of Beauty and the Beast."
"Review" by , "Most of the charm of this long venture into magic maturation derives from McKinley's keen ear and sensitive atmospherics, deft characterizations and clever juxtapositions of reality and the supernatural..."
"Review" by , "McKinley opens new territory on the vampire range....I can't put her books down while I'm reading them, and...[they] carry me along for a good while after. I hope she writes more about Sunshine and her world..."
"Synopsis" by , Unfortunately, she wasn't alone. She never heard them coming. Of course she wouldn't, when they're vampires. A new direction for an already successful fantasy author.
"Synopsis" by , In her first novel for adults, the Newbery Medalist and bestselling author pens an exciting, beautifully written, erotic addition to the popular vampire genre. "A gripping, funny, page-turning, pretty much perfect work of magical literature."--Neil Gaiman.
"Synopsis" by ,

There hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and Sunshine just needed a spot where she could be alone with her thoughts.

Vampires never entered her mind. Until they found her.

 

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