3 1/2 stars
Minion is an interesting tale. Damali Richards is a Spoken Word artist and the top act for Warriors of Light Records. However, when darkness falls, she hunts vampires and demons-predators. A group of rogue vampires has been killing the artists of Warriors of Light and their rival, Blood Music. Damali and her Guardian team grow weary of these strange killings that are nothing like any vampire kill they have ever seen.
I enjoyed this novel overall, but when I first began reading I was quite skeptical. The dialogue uses heavy hip-hop slang. There is nothing wrong with this, but I feel that it was over used. It appeared that the author was trying entirely too hard to sound young and hip, but ended up sometimes sounding ignorant and silly. However, when you get past the vernacular the story line is quite unique. Damali is not you average slayer, she is a Vampire Huntress by birth rite. She is ripening; her body is going through extraordinary changes. When she turns age 21 she will be fully transformed into a superhuman that emits an aphrodisiac like scent that drives male vampires insane. She will see in the dark and have all the heightened senses of a vampire. She has a sword named Madame Isis. How cool is that? This first book merely sets the foundation for a great series. It’s a lot information giving and as the plot thickens near the end of the novel you are drawn in like moths to a flame or like necks to a fang :) It wasn’t the greatest read, but it was fun and interesting enough for me to want to read the rest of the series.
2 and 1/2 stars**/
Sunshine could gave been an amazing book, but it moved too slowly. The action was severely limited which is extremely disappointing for a book that so many claim to be “perfect”. However, it is one of the most flawed vampire novels that I have ever encountered. The author expected the reader to know things with out an explanation. What is a “Supergreen”? What the hell exactly is a “Bad Spot”? Terminology was used that was exclusive to this post -apocalyptic type world, but not a single understandable definition was given. I would have appreciated either a small glossary of terms or valid information concerning these beings within the novel. In addition, a preface of about 2 or 3 pages with info on the Voodoo Wars would have sufficed as well.
On a good note the main characters were extremely likeable. Rae aka Sunshine was a delightful and witty character, however she babbled about things constantly sidetracking the reader with sometimes unusable information. I learned more about cinnamon rolls and baked goods than I did about the world of the Others. This character is the readers’ source of information. The reader should know as much as the main character knows, but I felt was if I was cast in the shadows to gather information through weak context clues. Rae knows what a “Supergreen” is, she understands what a “Bad Spot” is.
Another criticism I have is the huge lack of otherness. How dare a book call itself a vampire novel and hardly have the main vampire characters presence within its pages. Rae encounters Constantine maybe 7 times during the novel. I would have loved more interaction with the vampire. Especially since well this is a vampire novel…right? Terms like demon, angel, werewolves, werechicken, goblins and ghouls are thrown around, but you only encounter a few. The platform was set for greatness and the author chose to rave about cinnamon rolls. If I read the word cinnamon roll one more time I will scream.
Sunshine has the power to do a certain thing and her grandmother had worked with her to hone in on her power for a short time when she was a child. Once again she only uses this power a few times. There is so much that could have been done with this it utterly pisses me off. She could have practiced with it more and fought vampires more so that the ending battle would be more believable. What about her power gives her the strength to hurt a vampire?
I would have also loved more information on the vampire Constantine and interaction with her landlady sooner. Constantine was a severely underdeveloped character and her landlady seemed awesome and full of information. I could go on and on. When I thought the book was going to pick up and get better it didn’t. It was just the constant continuum of things that don’t pertain to the flow of the story. I give the book 2 and half stars.
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