After reading Garden Spells, I read Sunshine by Robin McKinley. I heard about the book on NPR, and immediately recognized the author as the one who wrote my favorite books in high school: Beauty. So of course, I couldn't pass up Sunshine!
And I have to say, I was not disappointed. I love vampire books like the ones written by Anne Rice — darkly sensual stories with lots of detail and the kinds of characters you can fall in love with. And although Sunshine is kind of a different take on vampire fiction — it's about magic and defeating vampires, albeit with a vampire sidekick — it was just as alluring as Anne Rice's best.
Maybe even more so.
Whether or not you are a big fan of vampire fiction, I highly recommend Sunshine. (In fact, I plan on reading it again sometime soon — perhaps when the new edition comes out next month!) As the NPR story indicates, Sunshine is the kind of vampire books that anyone can enjoy — whether or not they are normally a fan of such stories.