Hello all:) I just wanted to share with you my thoughts of a new YA Paranormal Romance entitled SUNSHINE by Nikki Colligan
About this 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.
SUNSHINE BY NIKKI COLLIGAN
Synopsis: 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.
Sunshine intrigued me from the start. The tale of a young woman with mysterious symptoms, that she nor her family seems to understand. The avoidance to sun, being a primary concern. Seemingly she is a normal teen, although there are hints of a traumatizing event that recently occurred which causes this young woman to appear strong, yet emotionally fragile simultaneously.
Then when a young man enters her life Myles, he also has an aura of mystery surrounding him, and his intentions are not clear at the beginning, whether he appears to be a friend to Sunshine or bring danger to her door.
I enjoyed Sunshine, although there was a layer of melancholy that covered the main character which provided and ironic contrast to her name Sunshine. But that did not deter from the beauty of the character, the way she viewed the world, her thoughts. I enjoyed the interactions between Sunshine and Myles, he also at once beautiful, seemingly, with no physical scarring or symptoms that would draw attention, he seemed to hold a secret, that caused him to be able to relate to the mesmerizing Sunshine. There were very dramatic scenes within the book, one where Sunshine, is critically injured through self-mutilation, and Myles was there to aid her as a friend, as well as in a way that was particular to his abilities.(I do not wish to spoil anything here)
This was a very good read, edgy, I would say meant for older teens and adults (16 years and older)
There are tough subjects such as Rape, Self-Mutiliation