Self Published March 28, 2014
2.5 Chipped Fangs
"If death was as simple as the Author describes, why did the characters care so much about it?"
Life wasn't what Sophie was expecting, so why should death be any different?
She’s come back from swimming between the two, and every problem she left is still there. And then some.
There’s the human world, where she has a brother on the verge of ruins, band mates all set to go on tour, and people she thought she wouldn't be seeing for a long time showing up.
Then there’s her new world, where she’s seeing and hearing things that should not be heard or seen. Where Myles knows more about her than she could have ever guessed. She still doesn't know exactly why Michael is tormenting her, but somehow, everything is connected.
The monsters are closing in on all sides and the question is, will Sophie be able to defeat them before it all ends? (Goodreads)
The final book in the Sunshine Trilogy, Sun Damage, wraps most things up, though still not all. Readers will see the growth of the Author in her words, as they flow much more smoothly than that of the first two books, Sunshine and Sun Poisoned. While I know the story is strictly how the author views the fantasy world in their mind, a little dose of reality in the pages goes a very long way. That is not really seen in these pages, at least not enough. It would be a wonderful world indeed if when one dies they could still interact with the living, even if just in dreams, whether they are of the supernatural nature or not. That being said, if that truly is the case in this world, why would any of them care whether they died or not, seeing as how life, even unlife, will go on with them still in it. How could the living be expected to just move on, when the loved one they thought to have lost is still with them, and not just as a memory? Also, if it were as simple as that, why did Sophie's father not come to her and help her deal with the situation he essentially put her in?
Sophie finally learns the truth of her blood, the reason Michael wants to kill her. She also learns that pretty much every word from out of Myles' mouth has been a lie. Upon learning this, she decides she wants nothing to do with him. Not a very smart move considering she is now a brand new vampire who is about to go on a cross country tour on a bus full of humans, oh, and did I mention she hasn't even properly fed yet. Sophie has not been able to consume any type of blood, bagged, animal or even from a live donor. Hmm...what type of blood would that leave? Sadly, it takes them a very long time to figure that one out, and poor Jade almost pays the price. And the final showdown finally comes to a head with Michael.
I would not recommend this book to hard-core vampire fans, but I would to fans of novels like Twilight and The Immortals (the one with that dimwit Ever). This novel would have been so much better had the author took a few different turns along the way. When death is downplayed to the point where it really has no meaning, the reader loses interest in whether or not any of the characters live or die. But, in between the lines readers will see the potential for a great author. Here's to hoping for better in her next series.