Blurb:18 year old Sophie Jean is pretty good at acting normal. Sure, she’s not exactly happy, but happiness is nothing compared to being like everyone else. 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. When accident after accident keeps happening to Sophie, she can’t help noticing that he’s everywhere. That he knows too much. That she’s 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.
She almost forgot about that part.
But Sophie has no plans to ruin the normal life she has created for herself. She can deal with this little glitch, no problem. Even if word has gotten around to the wrong vampire about Sophie and Myles, 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 really enjoyed this book for many reasons. First is that I haven't read many book like it. Yes, it does have vampires. But it has so many real life problems and great characters that it all seems like it is real, even the vampires. At first, I thought that Sophie was just over reacting and pushing people away. But the more I read, the more learned that she has been through a lot. Being allergic to the sun is a lot to deal with. Then add her mom and ex-boyfriend and annoying bullies, it starts to add up. I liked that there were things/problems we could relate to, like bullies and parents and then there were things that we couldn't relate to. I felt like it made me open my eyes to other people and their problems. Just because someone isn't the most friendly and welcoming person doesn't mean that they are rude and mean, they just have stuff going on in their lives.
I loved how much Sophie opened up to the readers and to Myles. I loved watch Myles slowly break through her walls and get her to love him! I really enjoy Jade, her brother, and her stepdad. They both were so great and supporting of Sophie.
One last great thing was the twists throughout the book. I was not expecting what happened to happen!
Author:Nikki Rae is a student and writer who lives in New Jersey. When she is not writing, thinking, or reading, she is most likely hanging out with her gecko, Neil Gaiman, drawing in a quiet corner, or drinking tea by the gallon. Sunshine is her first book.