This month we didn’t have a “Books Worth Another Look” column in the Village Newsletter because we needed to announce our Family Open House day, so here is a rerun review from back in 2009, before we started putting them on the blog.
Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
This is Ook’s pick for anyone who wants a fascinating, sexy, vampire thriller. McKinley won the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown (outsider, not-quite-human warrior princess slays dragon) and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword (properly brought up young lady becomes desert warrior hero). McKinley’s skill as a writer of secondary world fantasy allows her to create a fascinating alternate world, where human and not-quite-human and really-not-human-at-all co-exist, not altogether peacefully, in modern America. There have been wars between humans and non-humans, and the country is still recovering. Rae, a magician’s daughter working in her stepfather’s bakery, is drawn into supernatural conflict when she is captured by a gang of vampires and set out as bait for Constantine. One of the most powerful of the vampires, he and Rae, who is only starting to discover her strange abilities, form a cautious alliance against forces that threaten all humanity. And yes, he’s cool and sexy and powerful, and there are lots of other mysterious, alluring men as well. Not to mention Rae’s obsession with luscious pastries, the other way to a girl’s heart.