The Awakening of Sunshine Girl
(Haunting of Sunshine Girl #2)
by Paige Mckenzie
Having passed her test in Book One, Sunshine’s Luiseach powers are now fully awakened: for months now, Sunshine has felt spirits everywhere: heard voices, felt emotions – intense and sometimes overwhelming. She tries to ignore them, but it is impossible. Hoping to get her powers under control – and hoping for answers to her never-ending questions – she agrees to undergo training with her Luiseach mentor, even though she still hopes to give up her powers someday.
She and her mentor clash left and right; he doesn’t understand or approve of her attachment to the humans in her life; and she can’t understand how he could give her up so many years ago, only to endanger her mother’s life as part of a test.
Sunshine’s training is every bit as terrifying and creepy as her test was, and along the way she meets and befriends another young Luiseach, forcing her to confront her feelings for Nolan. Though her mentor is reluctant to answer her many questions, she finally learns more about her lineage, as well as the rift that threatens the future of Luiseach and the human race… and the crucial part she has to play in repairing it.
WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK AT NIGHT. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Now, I’m very good with horror movies just because I’ve grown up watching them and now I just really enjoy the suspense and special effects. I am part of that very small percentage of society and even though this book wasn’t scary in the conventional sense, the explicit description of ghosts appearing how they died FREAKED ME OUT. All the blood and mushed up body limbs and peeling skin – ARGH!!!
I have to say, this series has really encouraged me to read more horror but I haven’t really gotten around to it until this baby arrived in the mail – YAY! What I love the most about this book is the balance between paranormal and horror. I’m not a huge fan of paranormal YA because it tends to have a lot of that insta-love and angsty protagonists but I really enjoyed reading something more original.
Sunshine is luiseach with the ability to see ghosts and help them move one. This sequel concentrated on her honing her gifts along with also learning more about her heritage. We learn why her biological mother is missing, why every time she touches Nolan she feels like a sick mess and why her abilities are much more interesting than your average luiseach.
In terms of plot, the book moved very fast- a bit too fast. Important scenes were rushed and I had a hard time following what was happening and why it was happening and then these scenes would end very abruptly. The ending scene was especially confusing. Everything was kind of all over the place. What was supposed to be an epic climax ended up as a bunch of mashed up things. There’s Sunshine doing something and then Aiden and Lucio bursting in. Then her mum and best friend bursting in. And then half of them go outside and then Sunshine decided to do some epic burst of power for no logical reason. *sigh* It was exhausting and not very systematic. Similarly, the other less important scenes were sooooooo long. In between chapters, we also have passages from the women who is hunting Sunshine down to kill her. Those passages were very one-dimensional and didn’t provide enough dimension to the villain and I would’ve loved me a complicated villain but she just existed. But generally, the pacing and writing was mainly my main issue with the book.
Sunshine was also quite of a whiny and indecisive character. She has some sort of thing with Nolan and then we’re introduced to Mexican hottie Lucio. Yeah, didn’t like him. He was too caring and charming at first meeting and I was automatically distrustful. Sunshine’s time with Aidan wasn’t actually that productive. Most of the things she discovered about her own abilities she had learnt out of her own determination and the force of the situation. So yeah, Aiden was useless in that sense but he did provide some more insight on the circumstances of her birth and why she is as she is – some weird baby testing.
All in all, an entertaining sequel to the first book. It’s action-packed and ends in a frustrating cliffhanger – I haven’t read a lot of those in a while. If you’re a fan of horror or paranormal, this is the series for you.