Vampire fiction, fantasy, horror
"Rae Seddon, nicknamed Sunshine, lives a quiet life working at her stepfather's bakery. One night, she goes out to the lake for some peace and quiet. Big mistake. She is set upon by vampires, who take her to an old mansion. They chain her to the wall and leave her with another vampire, who is also chained. But the vampire, Constantine, doesn't try to eat her. Instead, he implores her to tell him stories to keep them both sane. Realizing she will have to save herself, Sunshine calls on the long-forgotten powers her grandmother began to cultivate in her when she was a child. She transforms her pocketknife into a key and unchains herself--and Constantine. Surprised, he agrees to flee with her when she offers to protect him from the sun with magic. They escape back to town, but Constantine knows his enemies won't be far behind, which means that he and Sunshine will have to face them together. A luminous, entrancing novel with an enthralling pair of characters at its heart."
I really, really liked this book. A lot. LOL. It was refreshing to see a vampire different from the usual cliché. This vamp isn't drop-dead gorgeous but he is impressive nonetheless. He is also not "house-broken" meaning he has a harder time than most vamps found in novels when it comes to dealing with humans. They are still food but he is trying, not to be good, but to not be a monster. However, thankfully, he also doesn't go around crying at the fate that the world has dealt him. The heroine, as heroines are bound to do, will get on your nerves once in a while. Especially at the beginning because, in this world where everyone knows that the things-that-go-bump-in-the-night do exist, she manages to go wandering about near a lake in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night. Yes, this is crucial as this is what leads the two main characters to meet but still. My one pet peeve with this is that this book leaves many, many things up in the air. In fact, the ending feels like a setup for the sequel. Except there is none. If you go on the author's site she even declares that she has a hard time when it comes to sequels ergo she doesn't write them. It's a damn shame because the world she built was real interesting and I would have loved to see how Constantine and Sunshine's relationship progressed.
Nonetheless, this is IMO a great read. Yes, it's bogged down at times by the heroine and her tendency to go off on a tangent when she is explaining something to us but skip a few paragraphs and you'll be fine. I loved the way that this vampire was portrayed. It was different and refreshing and I did like the heroine as the story went on as well. I really do wish Mrs. McKinley would write at least a short sequel to this.
As it is, I give it a 4.5 out of 5.