Review: Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

Posted June 3, 2014 by Lorna in Lorna, Reviews, Young Adult / 52 Comments

Review: Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published on: September 13, 2011
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 402
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire... fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil... until the night a sparkly unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Oops.

Her family thinks she was attacked by a vampire hunter (because, obviously, unicorns don't exist), and they're shocked she survived. They're even more shocked when Pearl discovers she can now withstand the sun. But they quickly find a way to make use of her new talent. The Vampire King of New England has chosen Pearl's family to host his feast. If Pearl enrolls in high school, she can make lots of human friends and lure them to the King's feast -- as the entrees.

The only problem? Pearl's starting to feel the twinges of a conscience. How can she serve up her new friends—especially the cute guy who makes her fangs ache—to be slaughtered? Then again, she's definitely dead if she lets down her family. What's a sunlight-loving vamp to do?



I was on a blog recently, and for whatever reason, people were saying how good this book was, even though it was an older book. So of course I checked it out and then I had to buy and read it almost immediately. I know some of you have probably already read this, but it was completely new for me, and I am sure others probably would enjoy this too. For me it was a really new spin on the vampire world-always a good thing, in my opinion. It’s YA, but totally can be easily enjoyed by adults.

Before I go any further, I should mention the unicorns. And yes I mean the mythological creatures. This book has them, and they are sparkly. Not something I normally would ever read about, but it absolutely worked in this book. Don’t let that turn you off the book because you will be missing out on a really good read.

Pearl is a sixteen year old born, not bitten, vampire. She spends her evenings stealing cars and finding her next “snack” as she calls her victims-which she only sips from. She lives with her family. If her living with her family sounds all domestic, then think again. Her family consists of really strange aunts, uncles and cousins. And her parents are really different. The idea of parental love doesn’t exist here. They are not good people, not by a long shot. Neither is Pearl, which kind of bothered me at first. One night, things happen involving a unicorn and afterwards Pearl starts to change. She becomes the only daywalker that exists and ends up in high school. This is pretty much the story of what happens when she goes to school and when a horrible plot is hatched that will involve horrible human deaths.

To me, this was a refreshingly new premise, rather then a typical vampire book. The characters were really different, and fully realized by the author. The vampires were pretty horrible and the humans were mostly good. The humor in the story was pretty great and Pearl’s snark was off the charts. I so do enjoy a good main character with snark! Of course there is a romance, involving Evan, a boy she meets right after she changes. He was the archetypical, perfect teenage hero.

The story has a lot to say about morals or lack there of, in some of the characters. It addresses all the high school cliques and the hierarchy that exists there. The story made me think back to high school and remember-some good stuff and of course, some bad. The whole book, if you break it down, really was written to make you think, in addition to being just an all around excellently told story.

If you like humor and snark in your paranormal main character, then this book should be a must read for you. If you like evil villain characters, without an ounce of redeeming qualities, you have found your book to read. I found it to be an an exciting ride all the way through and thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing.


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I’m Lorna and I live in Maryland. Since retiring, I spend my time mostly reading and reviewing books. My favorite reads are Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult. I read a lot of indie books in addition to traditionally published books. Favorite paranormal creature? Vampires, but I am really liking werewolves more everyday.

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52 responses to “Review: Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

  1. Stephanie  

    There are too many books from the past to exclude them. I am glad that you decided to read this one. I read it when it first came out and I liked it, although it wasn’t that memorable. Until your review I had forgotten much of it. But it was fun at the time.
    Great review.

  2. I’ve seen this one around (well, a while back) and loved the cover but never got around to reading it. I do love the snark and sass but I’m kind of over vamps at the moment (new vamp books, that is). I think I’ll have to add it to my TBR for later, though!

  3. This is one of those books I would never pick up myself but I was drawn to the pretty cover. I read it a couple of years ago if I remember correctly and really enjoyed it. It was unique and I loved the snarky humor, you know I’m not a YA girl so it had to be good for me to read it…haha Glad you enjoyed it Lorna! Great review.

  4. I have had this in my TBR pile for far too long and I actually forgot about it, probably because I am so over the vampire thing, but still I really think I would enjoy this, I love snark and all that. Need to dig this one out.

  5. I haven’t heard of this one Lorna, but I have to admit to being intrigued…stabbed through the heart by a unicorn??? Add in humor and snark and I have to check this one out!

  6. Oh wow I’d completely forgotten about this book but yes I saw so many great things about it a while back I had been meaning to read it. And yay for unicorns!! I can’t say I’ve ever read a book with unicorns to be honest haha. I’m glad she makes it work though. It sounds like a great read overall – and I Love me a snarky MC! 😀

  7. LOVED IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! . This book makers me/made me want to buy all her books . So far I’ve not enjoyed her other books like this one but they have come close . Yaay you read it

    Lovely review . We need a sequel . It MUST happen

  8. Oh, I forgot about this book! I remember when it first came out. I saw the cover, and it just stuck with me. It’s not really my type of read, but I was so drawn to the cover that I wanted to read it. lol Glad to see you enjoyed it so much! 🙂

  9. bookwormbrandee  

    I remember when this one released and I always wanted to read it because I love the title. I never did but now I want to again! 🙂 I love snarky heroines and this just seems like a lot of fun. Great review, Lorna!

  10. I have heard about this book so many times and it looks so good. I just need to read it. I love the idea of the character!