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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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.

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.

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

Because of all the romancey vampire books out there, I really didn't expect this to be very good, even though it was written by Robin Mckinley. I was pleasantly surpised. A very intersting, fun, vampire-unique read.

Aug 24, 2012
  • rixonkarla rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Best story with vampires in it, ever. This book is high on my list of bad-day, just-want-to-read-something fun books.

Aug 18, 2012
  • firebirdfire rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book had potential. The characters had some substance to them, but the pacing of the book was a little too hard to adapt to. Some sentences were awkwardly long and grating to read. There were a ton of 'filler' pages that had little to do with anything as well... no character or plot development, etc.

I like books that are able to get me emotionally invested in characters. This book just didn't hit it for me. Also, *SLIGHT SPOILER* *SLIGHT SPOILER* *SLIGHT SPOILER* *SLIGHT SPOILER* when Rae almost does the dirty with Mr. Constantine, I found it slightly irritating that she didn't feel any guilt about cheating on her boyfriend. Really? Not even a second's hesitation?

Overall, this book was entertaining enough for me to finish, but not noteworthy enough to re-read.

Aug 03, 2012
  • BibiYu rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Honostly, This book took way too long to get to the good parts. I feel like i read 200 pages of her baking and living a boring life, and this got me nowhere and incouraged me so many times to just put the book down, but i knew i couldnt do it so i read on.
When it got to the part where the protagonist actually meets the vampire and the story gets rollin i started to really enjoy myself.
BTW, this book was a heck of alot better than most vampire books i've read before. despite my initial experience of Sunshine, i still recommend it to anyone who wants to read it.

Jul 01, 2012
  • graceling3 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Delicious! This is by far the BEST vampire book I have ever read. Aternating between the two very different lives of the protangonist (Sunshine the pastry queen and Sunshine the magician who is associated with vampires) the novel leaves you very satisfied all -round; there is fantasy, supernatural, action, and suspense, something for everyone. I wouldn't say there is romance per se; just a "normal" coworker/friend relationship between Sunshine and Con-- but that is what makes the book great. (No more of the usual bloodsucking sappy romances that other cliche vampire novels have!) So grab this book and sink your teeth in !

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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
  • emma345 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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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