Guest Review: Sunshine by Nikki Rae

August 2, 2014     Danielle Romero     4stars, guest review, reviews

Sunshine By Nikki Rae
Series: Sunshine #1
Release Date: Jan 26, 2013
Pages: 285
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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

Sophie is 18 years old.  She goes to school, has a band, has normal teenager type problems like a job and homework.  She also has some not so normal problems.  Like the fact that she’s allergic to the sun, the sun can literally kill her if she’s exposed to it for too long.  Myles is the new kid at school that she’s desperately trying to discourage from trying to pursue a friendship with her.  Her friends Boo and Trei have other plans, and so she begins to reluctantly be nice to Myles for the sake of her friends.  Soon, it’s not just for the sake of her friends.  The more that Myles get’s pulled into Sophie’s messed up life, the more of an uneasy friendship they develop, and the more that Sophie realizes that she isn’t the only one with secrets and problems.  
I wasn’t sure about this book when I started it, but I quickly became intrigued by all the mysteries surrounding Myles and Sophie, neither one is straight up with anyone and they both hide loads from their friends.  While one of Sophie’s secrets was pretty easily put together, the rest are still a mystery even after I’m done reading the book, but I am intrigued enough to want to read the next one and see what the secret that she doesn’t even seem to know is.  Myles was a little harder to figure out, but makes sense in the whole scheme of things.  The main characters are definitely well developed and thought out, but the villain fell flat.  There wasn’t much to him, I can only hope that the animosity and rage he exhibited will somehow be explained in further books.  The pat explanation that he was crazy didn’t really sit right with me.  I mean, he certainly was crazy, but there was obviously more to it than that and it’s never explained, though I do have my own theory on the matter.  Overall, the story is fairly well written though there are some editing errors that can’t be explained away by formatting issues.  Other than those, the story was a good read.  It is definitely not exactly a happily ever after, nor is it all wrapped up in the one book.  
I think that the social issues handled in it are huge, and are definitely not handled in any way like they should be, but you get a feel for what it does to a person when they tell someone they trust and no one believes them.  So then you see the effect that has on the rest of their life.  That alone bumped it up a star in my opinion.  It lost a star because it pretty much has a major cliff hanger type ending and there was still so much that wasn’t answered by the end of the book.  I get the feeling that I’m going to feel the same way about book two.  

Wrapping things up, I liked the book enough to read it in two sittings, I hated the cliff hanger, I am interested to see what happens in book two…and….it’s a better story than Twilight…..

Nikki Rae is a writer who lives in New Jersey. As an independent author, she has appeared numerously on Amazon Best Seller lists and she concentrates on making her imaginary characters as real as possible. Nikki writes mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely. You can learn about Nikki by visiting her FACEBOOK fan page and finding her on GOODREADS