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It was a dumb thing to do but it wasn't that dumb.
–Robin McKinley - Sunshine - c.2003

At some point in the past I read Sunshine. And I loved it. I don’t remember when I read it, I didn’t review it on the blog or if I did it got lost in one of my moves along the way. I think it was the first time I remember reading Robin McKinley1 .

So when Renay & Ana discussed Sunshine on Fangirl Happy Hour I couldn’t resist picking it up again and enjoying a reread.2

And I loved it again. It’s such a great book.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again at some point, but I’m very much a character driven reader. If I love, or enjoy, or otherwise appreciate a character I’ll forgive a lot in a book, and Sunshine is very much a character focused book. It is a character study in many ways. There is a plot, and awesome intricate but subtle world-building, but mainly it is the main character, Sunshine, and how she deals with her world. And she is such a real, grounded character. I loved her.

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I thought her relationships with the people around her were just so believable and understandable. In short, this is a wonderful book that you should go read, and it has meant that I can never see a Robin McKinley book without thinking “ooohhh much read that”.

The one thing about the book that’s a bit hmmm, is the cover of my copy. It doesn’t really shout “pick me” when you see it on the shelf. Although I do think it has a southern gothic sort of feel to it, so maybe it fits?


  1. although it turned out that she was actually the author of one of my favourite books when I rediscovered The Hero and the Crown  

  2. I think it is a reread of a reread if I’m being totally honest 

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4 thoughts on “Sunshine

    Kailana

    (29 March 2017 - 12:37 pm)

    I have had this on my TBR for a ridiculous amount of time. Really need to read it!
    Kailana´s last blog post ..Week in Review – Week 12

      Fence

      (29 March 2017 - 7:29 pm)

      You really must!
      Have you read any McKinley? Some of her stuff I haven’t loved, but I’ll always give her a try whenever I see one of her books.

    lynn

    (14 April 2017 - 10:30 pm)

    I enjoyed this too. A very good book and the first introduction to this author for me.
    Lynn :D

      Fence

      (17 April 2017 - 8:39 pm)

      Glad you enjoyed it. I’d recommend either The Hero and The Crown, or The Blue Sword, if you’re looking for your next McKinley

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