Note to self: You do not like books with a lot of internal monologue. Nope. Not at all. You also don't like vampire books, remember?
Robin McKinley's Sunshine is set in a world similar to ours, but that is inhabited by demons, were-creatures and vampires as well as humans. Some time has passed since the Voodoo Wars between humans and vampires. Humans won, but barely. Enter Sunshine, a baker in New Arcadia who (surprise!) really loves the sun. She also has a wee bit of magic in her, which comes in handy when she is kidnapped by vampires and locked in a room with... another vampire, Constantine. Sunshine and Constantine manage to escape their kidnappers, but by doing so they forge a bond between themselves that is, to say the least, frowned upon by both the human and vampire sides. And their kidnapper is still out there...
I didn't care for Twilight or The Historian at all. I think those are the only vampire books I've read, but I didn't think I should hold them against the whole urban fantasy genre. So I thought I'd give Sunshine a try. It's been on my shelf for ages and it gets some seriously rave reviews by lots of people.
This is not going to be one of those reviews.
I struggled through this book. Quite frankly, I am not sure that I should even count it on my list of books finished this year as I must have skimmed over at least the last 1/3 of it. Sunshine is a character with a strong voice, but she also likes hearing herself talk (or think?) far too much for my liking. This book was pages and pages of Sunshine's internal reflections, fears, memories and a whole lot else. I am exaggerating, but it really felt like there would be maybe three lines of dialogue for every ten pages of monologue. And almost all the monologue was about how tired Sunshine always was. Or how much she wished she was baking cinnamon rolls. I became exhausted just reading about how tired she was all the time. And thank goodness I am not a big fan of cinnamon rolls or God knows how many I would have eaten in the week it took me to get through this book.
Honestly, I think this is one of those novels that has a very wide variety of reviews because I think it appeals to a specific group of people (which does not include me, clearly), and maybe others read it, scratch their heads, and think, "Huh?" Something just didn't click for me. However, Robin McKinley seems very popular with people in general- is there another book by her I should try?