by Nikki Rae
This post is brought to you thanks to Nikki Rae as part of her Sun Damage Blog Tour!
Overview (from B&N.com): 18-year-old Sophie Jean is pretty good at acting normal. Sure, she’s not exactly happy, but happiness is nothing compared to being like everyone else. She can pretend she’s not allergic to the sun. She can hide what her ex-boyfriend did to her. She can cover up the scars she’s made for herself. Ignore anything. Forget anything.
Then Myles enters her life, and he has more than a few secrets of his own. When accident after accident keeps happening to Sophie, she can’t help noticing that he’s everywhere. That he knows too much. That she’s remembering too much. It’s one thing covering up her own dark past, but does she really need to worry about people just finding out just how much Myles likes her? Or that despite how much she doesn’t want to repeat past mistakes, she kind of likes him back?
Not to mention the fact that she now has to conceal that Myles drinks blood-that he says he’s about four hundred years old. She almost forgot about that part. But Sophie has no plans to ruin the normal life she has created for herself. She can deal with this little glitch, no problem. Even if word has gotten around to the wrong vampire about Sophie and Myles, even if she’s putting the few people she loves at risk.
Suddenly, those who were monsters before are just people, and the monsters? They’re real. Now being a normal human being is the least of her problems. Now she has to stay alive.
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review as part of the Sun Damage Blog Tour.
My Thoughts: Did Twilight ruin vampires for you? If you said no, WTF? The idea of sparkly vampires didn’t make you bust a gut? Seriously?! Good for you. I’m always a little leery of a vampire series, especially in the young adult genre. They really tend to be hit or miss
Sunshine is a solid start to the Sunshine series. It has much darker subject matter than I expected based on the overview. I was thinking there might be similarities to the Twilight Saga. I was right, to a point. There were points throughout Sunshine, mostly in the beginning that reminded me of Twilight (how Myles and Sophie interact with one another to start).
The main character, Sophie, did start to get on my nerves with all of her issues (medical, emotional, etc.). You name it, she probably had some vague form of a related problem. Her reluctance and flat-out refusal for positivity and moving on with her life actually started to piss me off. Then I realized how accurately the author was portraying Sophie to someone who may have similar things going on in their life. I’m aware of how vague those statements are, but I can’t do it without giving away major plot points and hating myself for it.
The author dives right into accurately (I’m assuming anyway) portraying the darker aspects that we all try to hide from others and sometimes even ourselves. That dark little voice that nudges you to choose wrong or tells you that you’re not good enough. Nikki Rae’s interpretation of this inner darkness, specifically through Sophie, was spot on and incredibly realistic.
The fact that it was all under a fantasy story line made it better for me. I’m drawn to fantasy like a moth to a flame. I would recommend Sunshine, as long as you realize the seriousness included. It’s not a light, fluffy, vampire fairy tale. It is very enjoyable though.
4 out of 5 Bookmarks (I really liked this book and look forward to book 2, Sun Poisoned)