Rae Seddon, nicknamed 'Sunshine' is as normal a girl as you'll ever see. She works at her stepfather's coffee shop making cinnamon rolls; she has her own house, a nice old landlady, a boyfriend named Mel and a very annoying mother. Seems like your typical twenty-something woman, right? Wrong. After a particularly tiring day, Rae, wanting to escape from her life a bit, drives over to 'the lake'. There, she is captured by a band of vampires and offered as food to yet another one... the mysterious Constantine, who, as she soon discovers is also a prisoner. Fearing for her life, Sunshine discovers a whole new side of herself. With that she makes a strange friend, and attracts the wrath of the evil master vampire, `Bo', who sent his goons out to capture her. She has to fight him, with the uneasy help of Constantine, if she is ever to regain her old life back.
I have mixed feelings about this one. I know a good piece of literature when I see it. And "Sunshine" is superb, a truly well written book, a masterpiece of its genre. Ms McKinley idealized a world and described it with such vivid detail we can actually imagine ourselves living in it. Sunshine is a believable character. Even Constantine, as different as he might be from most of the vampires that appear in fiction today, is believable. This book also has an amazing character development, not to mention a story that while not original in its essence, is told in a very peculiar and interesting manner.
That said, I couldn't get into it as well as I would like. It took me almost a week to finish it. I'd say the first part (the book is divided in four) is not very appealing; this is probably the book's only weakness, as the first chapters are very important; if these chapters fail to capture the reader's attention, he or she might never pick up the book again. I thought the first part of this book, up until the scene of the lake very boring and too descriptive. Don't get me wrong; when the action takes place in a parallel world, you have to do some description... just try not to spend too much time on cinnamon rolls. Still, after those first few boring pages the book was fantastic. A little too descriptive at times, but fantastic nonetheless. I can agree wholeheartedly with the praise on the cover that says that "Sunshine" is 'Pretty much perfect'. A worthy read, fundamental for lovers of contemporary fantasy.