Enter the mind of Rae Sunshine, as she throughly describes every single thought that passes her mind while baking cinnamon rolls and other sweets on Charlie's Coffee Shop. Oh, and this takes place in a post apocalyptic world where nearly everybody is a supernatural creature, and vampires are trying to control the world.
I was tired when I read this book, and it was an easy reading, so I kept on reading it. The first person narrative helps you sympathize with the protagonist, but there is no plot worth mentioning here.
The setting had a lot of potential, but it received no focus, it was just there as a background for Rae to discuss her feelings. All of the book is her telling at great lengths what it means for her to be alive, to grow up without a father, how she feels about the boyfriend she doesn't really love, but its dependable. You don't even know the post apocalyptic supernatural aspect until much latter in the book. Oh, sorry, spoiler alert!
Every little scene is dissected in her mind, and while its nice to hear the character thoughts, there is too much rambling. “Oh my God, I'm here trapped with this vampire that wants to kill me! Me, who is scared even of spiders, who cannot stand the sight of blood! How I wish I could be on my bakery, making cinnamon rolls and chocolate cakes. Oh it is hard work but I like it so much. And Charlie... (four pages later the focus goes back to the vampire)”
A great amount of time was spent on minor details that didn't contribute to the plot, and were just too uninteresting to contribute to the immersion such as the many kinds of charms and how they behave like real creatures.
This could be a somewhat heroic adventure, if Rae was not, as describe by herself, a wimpy and scared girl that wanted nothing to do with her inherited powers.
I stopped reading during the final confrontation with the bad vampire that was trying to kill her. By this time I recovered my wits, and I just couldn't stand this lack of meaningful content anymore.
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