"An excellent paranormal!"

This book has been recommended to me several times. Finally, I had the opportunity to read it and wow! I'm just sorry I haven't had a chance to read it before now.

Rae (Sunshine) Seddon works in her stepfather Charlie's coffeehouse as a baker. She makes killer desserts but her homemade cinnamon rolls are 'to die for'. Most people come in just to see what new and exotic dessert she has come up with on any given day.

When Rae was younger her mother and father divorced and for a while she didn't have anything to do with her father's family. Finally her mother let her visit her grandmother who lived by the lake. Rae had fond memories of her grandmother and the lake but that was before the VooDoo Wars. After that she never saw her grandmother again; but before her grandmother disappeared she taught Rae some magic but Rae never used it. She really didn't see any need.

Then on a nostalgic whim Rae decides to visit the lake and gets kidnapped by vampires for her trouble. They dress her in a fancy red dress and drag her to a mansion where she is chained to a wall. She soon realizes that she is not alone. There's a vampire chained to the wall as well. She is petrified and cannot understand what this is all about. She soon learns that she is just a pawn for one vampire to try to defeat another. She finds out though that the vampire chained to the wall, Constantine refuses to destroy her. For that when she figures out how to escape, she takes Con with her. This starts a chain reaction of bizarre instances in which Rae thinks she is slowly losing her sanity. Why can't she go back to the way things were before?

I didn't think this was a romance as much as I believe it is a coming of age story for Rae. She does a lot of growing up and figuring out what needs to be done to keep her family and her part of the world safe from everything. She'll do anything to make sure that comes to fruition. In my opinion this powerful novel is one of those must read novels of the age. I highly recommend this one.

Reviewed by Kathy Boswell
Posted November 28, 2005

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 21, 2006


A new direction for an already successful fantasy author.

They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion-within easy reach of a figure stirring in the moonlight.

She knows that it is a vampire.

She knows that she's to be his dinner, and that when he is finished with her, she will be dead. Yet, when light breaks, she finds that he has not attempted to harm her. And now it is he who needs her to help him survive the day...


by Robin McKinley

Jove Pubns
November 1, 2004
Available: November 30, 2004
ISBN #0515138819
EAN #9780515138818
400 pages
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