Sunshine by Robin McKinley

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.

My Review:

I have mixed feelings about Sunshine so I’m going to try to decipher my thoughts as much as possible without spoiling anything.

I’ll start by saying that the story line is very interesting. Sunshine is a baker at Charlie’s and is known for her creative inventions. She lives in a world where Others aka supernatural half-bloods and full bloods are acknowledged but not very welcome. Dark Others (vampires) are all evil and everyone knows that if you’re caught by the Dark Others you DO NOT come back. When Sunshine needs a few peaceful minutes she decides to drive out to the lake. She thinks she is safe, but boy is she wrong.

I like Sunshine’s character and the baking aspect was a fun addition. I also like that the author painted the vampires in a bad light. They are scary, evil, and very much unnatural ‘beings’…I like it!

Now on to some of the nitpicking. The author gives us a lot of background on how things came to be with the Others which is good, but the information was given at a bad time. There are a couple places where you know something is about to happen and then all of a sudden you’re getting the background information. In my mind, I was ready for that action to happen and I ended up glossing over the background information because I was already thinking about the coming scenes.

Sunshine is a stand-alone book but it leaves some unanswered questions. It almost feels like there should be another book. It doesn’t end on a cliff hanger but I like my endings to be tied up a little more.

Don’t let my nitpicking stop you from reading this book. I did enjoy more aspects then I mentioned, I just cannot list them without spoiling the book.


  1. I likes this story a lot. I like most of what robin McKinley writes.
    Your post has put me in the mood for a re-read.

  2. I'll have to see what other books Robin McKinley has written.


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