Genre: Paranormal Fiction
Recommendations: sure, if you are looking to read a dark and twisty take on vampire fiction that doesn’t fit the normal mold.
Type: series ( three total, all are out)
Summary: This book is dark and moody. The lead character is depressed, complicated and misunderstood. An interesting read but could be better developed. A proper choice if you are looking for dark and different. + good plot + likable male lead +emotionally complicated but needy female lead +drama
Sophie Jean is pretty good at acting normal. 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. Sophie discovers that when she’s with him she is feeling too much. Remembering too much.
It’s one thing covering up her own dark past, but does she really need to worry about people 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.
But Sophie can deal with this little glitch, no problem. 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
“Love is a monster; a Cyclops that can only see things with half the sight of the next person, a zombie that searches blindly for the all important “braiiins”. And it will never be satisfied, no matter how many people it devours. It’s a disease that creeps into your bloodstream infecting and then destroying until there is nothing left.”
Sunshine by Nikki Rae is a deeper, darker read than most in the young adult category. Sophie ‘Sunshine’ Jean, our female lead and narrator, is without a doubt damaged goods. Or so she thinks she is. She doesn’t like being in crowds, doesn’t like to be touched, has nightmares of events that have taken place in her past that no one should have experienced. She has a tight knit crowd of friends that doesn’t take to well to outsiders and she trusts few men. She is a self-mutilating, self- hating, closed off shell of her former self just trying to get through the day without puking or having a panic attack. Her mother hates her and blames her for all her problems, including the unusual medical condition Sophie has had since birth, her uncontrollable allergy to the sun. Apparently, her required sunglasses and trench coat really put a cramp in her mother’s style.
Myles is the new kid at school. He is quiet and easily blends in. Sophie just happens to see him everywhere and the two are forced together into an unlikely friendship that changes both of their lives forever. One thing leads to another and the two find a very delicate trust of sorts. As she gets to know Myles, he manages to unload a bigger secret than she could have ever expected. Not only does his self disgust rival hers, he is a vampire and an old one at that.
This book teeters on the edge of being too dramatic, too whiny and too depressing. But that is actually why I like it . Having experience with victims of interpersonal violence including sexual, mental and physical abuse, makes it a bit easier to believe all the inner turmoil and self loathing that this character feels about simple day to day things. After a big trauma, people feel the way they feel. There is no rhyme or reason and everyone is different. The way Rae writes this story you want to almost smack Sunshine for her antics but at the same time you HURT for her. She is a tight bottle of angst that is about to explode all over the place and she spends every waking moment trying to contain the flood gates.
This is the story of two people attempting to fix each other, that use each other to fight their demons. Problem is, Myles’s personal demon happens to be a not-so-living, walking and talking freak show that now has his eyes set on wiping poor Sunshine off the face of the planet.
I haven’t read the other two novels in the series, but I enjoyed reading this one. The editing could use some work but overall it is an interesting read. There is a cliffhanger but you get enough resolution to give you a satisfactory pause point if you don’t want to continue on and complete the series.