Review | Sunshine (Sunshine #1) by Nikki Rae

Review | Sunshine (Sunshine #1) by Nikki RaeSunshine
by Nikki Rae
Series: Sunshine #1
Published by Self Pub
Release date : January 28th, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 330
Source: The Author | Format: eBook
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link) The Book Depository

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.

I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’m just going to come right out and say it – I almost DNF this book. Twice. I am glad I stuck it out and finished but my thoughts are a jumbled mess.

Sunshine has such an interesting premise. Although we know a little bit more about Myles going in than I felt we should have, I thought the twist on the vampire lore was quite interesting. However, although there are vampires present, Sunshine is more about friendship and love. Moving on from a horrendous past. And letting people in.

My main issue with Sunshine is the disconnect. To the characters, the plot… I mean everything. For the first 20% or so, I was thoroughly enjoying Sunshine. The pacing was very slow – which was fine – because we got to know Sophie this way.  But it took longer than I felt it should have for me to really get into the story. Then at the end, things happened way to fast and finished abruptly. It wasn’t consistent at all. I also feel like there was too much added to further the plot.

There were also way too many clichés for my liking. But to each his own.

Let’s talk about Sophie. This girl has been through the ringer. I can easily see why she would be a mess. Sorry, but it’s true. Of course, I felt sympathetic to her situation, but since my level of disconnect was so far off, I couldn’t bring myself to feel more than that.

I am usually fine with touchy subjects in novels. There are lines though and there is such a thing as TOO MUCH. When you try to handle too many things at one time, there is lack of depth. Rape, self-mutilation, molestation.. And her relationship with her mother was hard to grasp. There was a lot of things that Sophie has been through, and I can’t help but think WHAT ELSE? Have people suffered to this extreme? I’m sure they have. But I don’t think it was necessary to have SO MUCH happen to one character, to show their level of growth and learn to trust. I feel like there were a lot of things added for shock value, and to push the plot to another level. View Spoiler »

Even after clearing up some confusing parts of the novel, I still felt there was inconsistencies. Could this be JUST ME? Absolutely. I just didn’t understand a lot of the WHY’s when it came to these things with Sophie, not to mention the other characters.

As far as the romance goes? I’m a little torn here too. Myles is such a sweet guy, but he is a door mat. Harsh, maybe, but I couldn’t get over (again) the WHYs? I did like the build up of their friendship, and it was obvious that Sophie had more feelings for him then she was letting on, but towards the end, it all happened so FAST. I also can’t help but feel like she needed a BOY/MAN to help her get over her issues. I mean, she had her brother and his boyfriend, and her two best friends. Why wasn’t that enough?

Then comes in the more paranormal aspect to the novel, when this old vampire posses people close to Sophie and harms her. I don’t get it. I just don’t. This is something that I am SURE will be explained in the further books, but I need a little bit more to go on.

My Peeve –

There was a lot that bothered me in Sunshine. I think overall, if there was more depth, I would feel differently about many things.

Overall –

Eh…. I am glad I stuck with the book until the end, and I do wish I could have liked this one more. Sadly, I didn’t.

Recommend –

Usually, anything less than a 3 star I am hesitant on recommending. But for this one, since I feel like a lot of my issues were personal, I say give it a shot.

Rating Report
Overall: 2.7

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