Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published on: September 13, 2011
Genres: Young Adult
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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.