Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Blog Tour: SUN POISONED by Nikki Rae

Welcome to my stop on the SUN POISONED blog tour!!  Today I have my reviews of Sunshine and Sun Poisoned to share with you.  Make sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour and don't forget to enter the Giveaway at the end of this post!

Author: Nikki Rae
Publication Date: 01/28/2013
Published By: Nikki Rae
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
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.

First let me say that this book discusses some pretty heavy subject matter.  That being said, Nikki Rae does an excellent job of bringing these issues into the light.
The characters that compose the main group of friends are all excellently developed and quirky in their own ways and each one has a way of keeping Sophie grounded.  My favorite characters were most definitely Sophie's brother Jade and his boyfriend Stevie.  They turn out to be the best support system for Sophie.  I loved the author's creativity when it came to naming the characters (Trei, Boo, Barbie) I chuckled a little each time one was introduced. 
Our main character, Sophie Jean, has an allergy to the sun forcing her to stay completely covered up when the sun is out.  She also has a very troubling past and inner demons.  She finds momentary relief from these issues by cutting (which turns out to be a monster in it's own right).  The story follows her and her friends along as she meets Myles (who isn't what he seems) and learns to let people in.  Really that seems to be a majority of the storyline of course towards the end things get exciting in a different way but the majority of the book is Sophie getting to know Myles and dealing with her inner demons, her past ex boyfriend, and her evil bitch mother.
The story was well developed and the pacing adequate.  I really had an overload of emotion, between HATING certain characters and feeling the overwhelming darkness and sadness that Sophie felt.  I was inwardly screaming at Sophie the whole time to let Myles in before it was too late but what I thought was going to happen definitely did not.  Kudos to Rae for creating a creative story with a twist I didnt see coming!



Author: Nikki Rae
Publication Date: 06/28/2013
Published By: Nikki Rae
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

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.


The second book in this series blew my mind!  There was so much going on!!
Sophie and her group of friends have moved to New York where they get paid for their band to play at club Midnight which is owned by Myles' friend Evan.  Sophie is settling in to a normal life and a new relationship with Myles.  What she doesn't expect is for the person she trusts to be lying to her or for the monsters from her past to reappear.  In the end she is left with a choice and it will change everything!
There were plenty of emotions to be felt in this book and we learn a little more about Myles' past but I feel like there is still something he is hiding from us and I feel like it's going to be HUGE!  I feel like the pacing in Sun Poisoned was way better than Sunshine, in fact I finished it in a day (probably because I couldn't put it down). 
The ending was really the only thing that made me want to throw the book.  Seriously, it was like Nikki Rae decided she was done writing for the moment so she typed in a period and wrote no more.  I seriously thought my copy of the book didn't download right, I had to research to make sure I had the right amount of pages.  Why, Nikki, WHY?!  So here I sit, dying of suspense, waiting for the next book to come out.
As a side note I would like to point out that Sophie sleeps/blacks out/passes out an awful lot.   Seriously it seems like once a chapter she is unconscious.  Don't get me wrong, if I could, I would sleep as much as I can it's just you don't usually see books that mention sleeping that much.
All in all I'm pretty happy with where this series is going.  I can't wait to see what book three has in store for us!

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.

How would you cope with not being able to go outside due to being allergic to the sun?


Grand Prize:
E-books of Sun Shine and Sun Poisoned + an autographed post card (INT)

Two winners will win (1) e-book of both Sunshine and Sun Poisoned (INT)
Four winners will win an autographed Post card (INT)

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