Thursday, 19 December 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Sunshine by Nikki Rae

I received a copy of Sunshine in exchange for my review.

Sophie stays away from stressful situations, particularly situations requiring intimacy. Her past has been plagued by events that have damaged her as a person, and she is too scared of breaking further. When new boy, Myles, starts at her school, Sophie's friends, (and twins) Boo and Trei, convince her that they should be friends with him. Little did Sophie expect the way that she reacts to Myles, and she finds herself trusting him far more than she first thought she could, but Myles has secrets of his own, will Sophie still be around when she discovers those...

Let me start by saying that there are some upsetting scenes in Sunshine, particularly related to self harming and abuse. I found that this made Sophie an interesting character to read (and one to which I can relate to, on some levels, though not to all of them), particularly as she didn't have what could be referred to as a stable character, she had issues (understandably), which led to other issues, such as her intimacy problems with Myles, and with other people really.

The paranormal elements of this book kicked in quite late in comparison to most books, though even when they had it didn't feel to me to be the main focus on the story, that was very much on Sophie's development and bravery, and on the attempt at a friendship with Myles, than on anything else. Though the action did pick up a bit towards the end and the paranormal element had been added in.

I mentioned above that I found that I could relate to Sophie, and the main way (and the one I would be most likely to admit) would be related to her step-Dad, Adam, and how he had been in her life for a long time, and that he was basically her Dad. I believe I have mentioned in a review before (I believe it was for The Best is Yet to Come) that due to my family circumstances, this situation automatically strikes a cord with me. And I would like to add that it was good to see Sophie at least a little happy with something!

I loved this book, I really didn't want to put it down, and am looking forward to reading the next one (which I'll be reading now basically!)

Question of the day! 
Quite a few of the characters have unusual coloured if you could dye your hair any colour (other than traditional hair colours!) what would it be?

Book Details:

Sun Poisoned (Sunshine #2)
by Nikki Rae
Release Date: June 28th, 2013


Sophie’s life has changed. She’s moved to New York, she’s playing music for new people, and she’s making new friends. Then there’s Myles, and the fact that he is now her boyfriend—and everyone knows it.

She’s not exactly normal, living in a half-human, half-vampire world, but she’s finally, truly happy. However, some parts of Sophie and Myles’ old lives still hide in the dark, waiting for the right opportunity to strike.

Sophie’s having nightmares again, but they aren't about her; Myles is hiding something as well, something Sophie isn’t sure she wants to know.

And one lie will change everything.

No matter how hard she tries to cover up the marks her monsters have left behind, they never truly go away, and Myles’ monsters are no different.

Once again, Sophie’s caught between life and death, but this time, only she can save herself.

Sunshine (Sunshine #1)
by Nikki Rae
Release Date: June 28th, 2013


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.


About the author: NIKKI RAE

Nikki Rae is a student and writer who lives in New Jersey. She is an independent author and has appeared numerously on Amazon Best Seller lists. She is the author of The Sunshine Series and concentrates on making her imaginary characters as real as possible. She 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.


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