Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Dusty Pages Review: Sunshine

There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk.But the lake had been quiet for years. . . .She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires.

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 her fellow prisoner.

She knows he is a vampire. She knows that she's to be his dinner, and that when he is finished with her, she will be dead. Yet when dawn breaks, she is still alive. And now he needs her to help him survive the day...


I received this book as a gift though I had been quite interested to read it. The blurb sounded good but I had several problems with the book when I actually got around to reading it.

1 - The book is separated rather oddly into four parts. Each part if about a quarter of the book in thickness and has no chapter breaks in between. Told from the main characters point of view, though you don't actually work out what her name is until nearly all the way through the first part, its mostly one big monologue.

2 - Said monologue, meanders, frequently. Considering the book is supposed to be about her run in with vampires - the revelation is also a bit long in coming in the first part - but she spends an awful lot of time talking about, thinking about and generally commenting on her life and her customers where she works at her family diner/bakery. If I had to hear about how she got up at 4am to make the cinnamon rolls one more time I was likely to crack.

3 - Getting a grasp on how the world around her was supposed to work - ie which magical/mythological creatures existed, how long human kind had known about them, and their response to them was a little hard. I managed to gleam by the end of the first part and into the second that vampires were considered the biggest bad (because they just wouldn't behave) and that there was a special force set up to deal with them - along with other bump in the nighters.

4 - Then I started having issues with the main character herself. She was a little boring. Painting her life out as it was, there seemed to be absolutely nothing about her, until she gets captured by the vampires. Then you suddenly get all this back history on her powers. Taught by her grandmother when she was a kid till Grandma vanished and hasn't done a spell in years - but is suddenly able to wield that power like she's practiced everyday even doing something that she didn't even know was possible just because she thought it up on the spot. Let's just say I ended up rolling my eyes.

Now I did get very ill just after I had started reading this book and don't know whether that contributed to the fact that after finishing part two, I did not want to pick this book up again. I was disappointed, and not just with the fact that the blurb is only a reference to part one, but that the story I thought I was going to get, wasn't what was written on the page. I didn't finish this book, which is a rare thing for me.

I give it


  1. One of my all time favorites. Great ending and I bet if you finish it while feeling better, it would be worth it.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it but its not for me. I do have another title by this same author in my tbr, so I will give that a try. It may just be that I don't enjoy her style