McKinley, Robin

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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 in the moonlight. She knows she is a vampire.
Publisher: New York : Jove Books, 2004
Edition: Jove mass-market ed
ISBN: 9780515138818
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCKINLEY 2004
Characteristics: 405 p. ;,18 cm


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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. (Adult novel.)

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Feb 12, 2015
  • SPL_Melanie rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

One of the only vampire books I love - the trope as filtered through the dreamy, imaginative mind of Robin McKinley. An adult read.

Jan 19, 2015
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 07, 2015
  • mindonfire rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

I have read this before and really enjoyed it, I wanted to reread it and tried to "fread" it.....but even following the directions I could not access it even after it showed as being on my ebook list....it never showed up on my checked out list as it was a "fread" I would sure like better instructions, as I have downloaded the stupid adobe program about 5 times now. This system sucks.

Dec 04, 2014
  • erin89 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • Dragongranny rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting take on vampires. I wish that she had written another book in this world as it left quite a few questions unanswered.

I do not like this book in the least bit

Oct 21, 2013
  • Kirb rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A different type of vampire story. The authors style of writing is very wordy. Not a bad thing but you have to pay attention. Haven't read anything before from this author but am willing to try another one.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A good portrayal of the uneasy friendship that springs up between a girl and her vampire ally. I like how it's always clear that he's dangerous, alien, and definitely not human. The story moves slow and there's too much talk of cinnamon buns but otherwise way better than the average vampire dreck.

Nov 02, 2012
  • LibraryGorilla rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A classic vampire fantasy. The setting for this is a really fascinating alternate version of our own world in the aftermath of a war between humans and Others. It's a standalone book, but the world and the hero, Sunshine, can really leave you wanting more. Nevertheless, the story is complete in itself and is definitely something to read more than once. It begins with Sunshine, a baker in her stepfather's cafe, waking up chained to the wall in an abandoned house, next to a similarly-chained vampire. The story has lots of depth and richness to keep you enthralled right to the end.

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Dec 04, 2014
  • erin89 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 27, 2012
  • Violet_Butterfly_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 12, 2012
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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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Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

He would be here soon enough. He would be here. This time what was doomed to happen wasn't going to be put off. It would begin tonight. And, probably, end there too.


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