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Sunshine by Robin McKinley
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Oct 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: si-624, vampires, young-adult, magic, high-school, baking, charms, affinities, female-protagonist, humanoid-races

Set in a world of magic and wars between humans and vampires, Sunshine is an interesting addition to any bookshelf. Sunshine (or Rae), a baker in her mid-twenties, had a pretty ordinary life until the night she went out to the lake for some peace and tranquility, and was instead captured by vampires. She is pulled into the supernatural world against her will with her unlikely vampire ally, Con, and must make peace with her magic-user ancestry while struggling with media and police attention for having escaped from the vampires who had captured her. The imaginative writing, combining everyday knowledge and practicality with details and magic that seem decidedly otherworldly to readers here make this book a real page-turner; the juxtaposition of normal and magical details thrown into the narrative with equal ease creates a kind of cognitive dissonance within the reader that builds into a desire to find out more about this world, so like ours but so different. There are a few mildly sexual scenes. Recommended for grades nine and up.
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