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(Sunshine #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  603 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Sophie Jean is pretty good at acting normal. She can pretend shes not allergic to the sun. She can hide what her ex-boyfriend did to her. She can cover up the scars shes made for herself. Ignore anything. Forget anything.
Then Myles enters her life, and he has more than a few secrets of his own. Sophie discovers that when she's with him she is feeling too much. Remembering
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published January 28th 2013 by Nikki Rae
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Rebecca McNutt
Sunshine isn't a typical paranormal novel. I'm not really into vampire books as they're very formulaic, but this one goes down a different route from the usual routine and features likable characters, a well-built plot and even some family drama. Sophie, the main character, doesn't really fit in anywhere. A bad experience with an ex boyfriend as well as her mother treating her as a burden has left her an outcast. If it wasn't for her two best friends and her estranged brother, she'd have no one. ...more
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Wonderful story about teenagers misunderstood.

I can see from this book compared to the author's later book "The Donor" how much she has matured in her writing and thought process.

I can't wait to continue reading each book and future stories from this author! xo
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
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Sunshine is book one in the Sunshine series by Nikki Rae. When I started this book, I thought I was starting a paranormal romance. And even though thats fine, what I got was so much more. There is a paranormal aspect to this book, especially at the very end, but for me, this book was about Sophie and the life she has been dealt. And the way Myles saved her.

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Sophie is an 18 year old high school senior. All she wants, all she has ever wanted, is to be normal. But life had other plans for her.
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: author
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Quick review:

Cover: Interesting
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 4.5
Overall: What a book that caught me off guard
Characters: Well done
Plot: Things from your past might catch up to your future
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Myles

SUMMARY (60 words or less)
This book took me by surprise. I usually go in thinking every book is average. So every book starts out on the same footing. But I was greatly surprised. This book was far better than average. Its unique, the characters
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally write reviews for books on here---I'd much rather give my rating and let the books speak for themselves. However, seeing as I just finished proofreading/editing this one for the re-release coming up, I might as well add my thoughts on the novel.

There's one reason I offered to edit Sunshine, and one reason alone. No, it's not because I'm an egotistical maniac when it comes to grammar and spelling (I am), and no, it's not because author Nikki Rae is one of my best friends (she's
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sunshine tells the story of a girl who isn't your typical teenager. To begin with, she's allergic to the sun, not exactly a normal allergy. She also has a very haunted past that nearly moved me to tears; it was so realistic. She meets a guy named Myles, and they slowly become friends, but but have some...issues the other doesn't know about.
It took me a few chapters to get warmed up to this book. At first, I didn't like Sunshine much (Sunshine is the main character's nickname). I thought she had
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
The characters were wonderfully fun and full of life, well built and continued to develop as the story progressed. I really didn't seen to get the constant apologizing by Myles to Sophie. Many times I kept thinking this is a version of Twilight, with a twist. So, I had many WTF!! moments (husband laughing an all).

Slow start, however, something in the story, kept me drawn to finishing it. It's not a story that has you riveted and totally engrossed till the end. However, certain elements keeps the
Jessica's Book Review
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Sunshine is a very dark, but sweet paranormal romance novel about 18 year-old Sophie (also known as Sunshine) who tries to act like life is okay when really its not okay Sophie has a very complex life. She doesnt know who her father is, her mother is psycho, she is known as the school freak with an arch nemesis who is now dating her ex-boyfriend, the ex-boyfriend who did something unspeakable of to Sophie she just cant get past it. Just as things
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Sunshine is one of those books that takes you by surprise. First I have to say that I love the cover. The cover and the blurb grabbed me right from the beginning and I knew I had to read it. As most of you know I love me some Vampire books. I just love how each author puts a different spin on it and Nikki does a great job telling this Vampire story.

The main character Sophie is a beautiful smart girl who is given a crap life. Her mother is a piss poor mother who is selfish and does not take care
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.0 Stars

Ok, lets get to the long and short of it.

The Good: Likeable characters, entertaining plot, engaging relationships, well written prose. I enjoyed reading this book and I finished it fairly quickly because I kept wanting to read more. While the content got very intense at times, I still wanted to read on. Also, I think this author is my musical soul mate I really enjoyed the references. Finally, I felt that the author made her characters feel very real. I kept creating back stories for
Janelle Stalder
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nikki Rae has gone and breathed life into the vampire world. We've all read books about vampires and humans, but Nikki has taken that formula and shaken it up. I love her characters and their growth throughout the novel. And most of all, I love Myles lol who couldn't after reading this? He is the sweetest vampire alive...or know what I mean. Loved it!
Sarah Oxford
*This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

I really really (really) loved this book! I wanted so much to give it 5 stars and I hope very much to be able to give book 2 that honour. I'll go into the missing star later, first, why I loved it.

This book has such an interesting atmosphere. It is not your typical ya/na book with relatively 'normal' characters with conventional tastes, lifestyle etc. Sunshine is about a group of pretty alternative people and it makes it
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Where do I start this review? I loved this book, Sophie Jean is like my mini clone from high school. I felt her pain throughout the novel, and while what Sophie went through was different in certain ways, there was a similarity between us that allowed me to identify with her.

Sophie shined in this book from the moment those awful eye drops nearly caused her to be blind. She was snarky and sarcastic, and didnt want to let anyone in, but she ended up gathering her courage and doing it anyway. I
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Needs an editor.

I did finish the book, so that's one thing. I enjoyed the author's voice enough to continue reading, though it was challenging at times.

I agree with another reviewer who said that some of the scenes seemed written with no other purpose but to distress our heroine, which is cheap and annoying.

I spent a precious amount of time trying to figure out the sex of the side characters. Alex is the female, and Adrienne is the male (I had to double check just now)...even though
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Great book, can't wait for Sunshine Series #2 !!!!
Life got in the way while reading this but I did it!! and This is really a 4.5 star rating.

Warning: I got this book in exchange for an honest review, and you know what I do that, honesty baby is the way to go ;)

Song Choice: (There are quite a few so bare with me) "Dream of Flying" by Brian Cain, "Heavy in Your Arms" by Florence + the Machine, "Skin" by Zola Jesus, "Funeral Song" by Laura Gibson, "Wash." by Bon Iver, "Beach Baby" by Bon Iver.

First thoughts: This was awesome. I really think one
Shana Festa
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
*This review containers some spoilers*
Being a teenager is hard enough. Getting through high school and figuring out what your next big step is going be...not exactly easy and most of the time pretty scary. But when your life is an emotional train wreck it doesn't make it any easier. Sophie Jean is 18 and starting her senior year in high school. Her mother, Momzilla (I think it's my new favorite word!), wants to live in her own perfectly crafted world. Unfortunately Sophie creates a ripple in
Jocelyn Sanchez
The first thing that fascinated me was the cover of this book. I admit, I love a pretty cover, and yes this cover is pretty, but it also is so much more. I love the sadness and loneliness shown on the cover models face. The shadows and darkness surrounding her. It reminds me so much of the main character, Sophie Jean, in this book. The piano keys is a nice touch as well. It's as if she's surrounded by darkness, but her piano will always be her safe haven, which it is. Also, the blurb to this ...more
Zakirrah BookBlogger
3.5 Weird Crazy Vampire Stars!

"Some monsters disguise themselves so well you dont realize that theyre monsters until its too late. You check all of the usual places: under the bed, in the closet, behind the shower curtain, around that suspicious, dark corner of your room. No, some monsters dont look like monsters at all. But they are, have been, and always will be there..."

Imagine walking around being scared of the sun?
Covering yourself from it
Hiding from it
Being called names because you cant
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it

Hi, want to thank the author for gifting me this book for a honest review, thanks!!

Sophie is a 18 year old girl who is allergic to the sun, crazy right! She has to cover up in a huge coat and wear huge sunglasses whenever she goes outside. She has preety much gotten used to the fact that she cant go out in the sun, that people talk about her in school. Well Sophie has a few secrets, she has suffered alot for being such a young girl and she is still suffering. She has found ways to cope some
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Apart from the beautiful cover this book immediately took my attention. From the very first page I couldnt wait to read more. Although Sophie is kind off in a dark place and isnt always very nice, I felt connected to her from the first page. Sophie has been through a lot in her life and she tries to find a way to cope with her past and her feelings. When Sophie thinks she is slowly finding her way, not happy but still standing, Myles walks into her life. Myles is this gorgeous mysterious guy who ...more
Sunshine by Nikki Rae is a totally new kind of vampire stories. It's not like Twilight or any other you know. It's different, but good different.
First of all, I like how music plays a part in this story. Every chapter begins with a quote of a song. Although most of the bands are unknown for me, I enjoyed reading the quotes. The main character, named Sophie, also has a passion for music. She plays the piano and writes song. When she does it, she forgets everything around her. Sophie is a
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So just yesterday I had another author request to review his/her book, and last night I finished her book. Book Number One just to clarify, she had asked me to review her second book that had recently just come out but I needed book one before I could read number two. I just might start number two later tonight.


Sophie Jean lives her life in the dark, not by dark memories of her past but she can only really be in the dark. Having a freakish allergy to any type of sunshine makes life almost
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Holy Cow!!! Was that ever intense? And the best part? It was intense in a whole new way. The intensity was in the different situations faced by the main character. These werent all life and death situations, but still rated off the charts on the intensity scale.

Rae has a way with words. Her descriptions were phenomenal and were worked right into the story in such a seamless manner that you cannot help but be impressed. She was also extremely articulate in the way that she wrote. The entire
Jenn Sternshein
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I absolutely adored this book... Way to go Nikki Rea! Sophie was so easy to love. She's not your normal girl being allergic to the sun along with all the new treatments she's tried, she has a hard family life not being able to remember her dad and her mom yelling at her constantly, she also has trouble letting any guy get close to her. She meets Myles, who goes to her school and there seems to be something different about him. He is always there when she needs him. I loved the writting and felt ...more
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 Stars





P.A. Warren
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given a Copy of Sunshine for an honest review.

Sunshine tells the story of Sophie who honestly does not have the best life.Her mom is this evil mother who has no love for her.Her Ex-Boyfriend hurt her quite badly.She has a huge issue.She cannot go out into the sunlight.She is allergic to it.Myles is the new guy in school who just happens to be there for Sophie ever single time she needs help.Every time.
I was entrenched in Sunshine.Did not want to put it down.I was intrigued by Sophie.Her
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book ,from beginning to end i was so into the whole story ,i felt all the emotions as though i was living through them with sophie.
I was so sad with how things were going in her life . It was most disturbingly sad how the person she thought would comfort her from her pain would do quite the opposite . I also wanted to kill that horrible excuse of a man her boyfriend at the time uhhh hate him !!!

I was totally infatuated with Myles ,i was intrigued by him i wanted to know what he was
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Ebook obtained directly from the author in exchange for an HONEST review - these are MY honest thoughts on the novel*

This was a really good novel! I was pleasantly surprised! I'm usually leery when it comes to starting a new vamp series because there's generally no middle ground. It's either good or it's bad. This one is good!!

I adored the characters but had a hard time getting them straight at first. Ex: Alex-girl. Adrienne-guy. Keeping them straight was difficult but I finally got it nearly
Paranormal Books R Us
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am hooked! This story sucked me in from the very first page and pulled me strait through to the end.
It reminds me a little bit of Twilight but it has a much darker more emotionally twisted feel to it and it definitely can stand on its own. It doesn't hurt that the characters are fantastic, I am absolutely in love with Jade and Boo and I wish Sophie was real because she could absolutely be my best friend!I feel like we barely scratched the surface of the vampires and their world and there is
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Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but shell try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely. ...more

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