Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: Drink, Slay, Love

Title - Drink, Slay, Love
Author - Sarah Beth Durst
Genre - YA Vampires
Published January 1st 2011
Format - Hardcover
Challenge - Bingo Vampires


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?

Pearl wasn’t made a vampire instead she was born with the plans of being nothing special pure. Yet Pearl is anything but boring she’s special she just need to be stabbed by a unicorn to show her the way. When a routine trip to the Dairy Hut ends in Pearl being attacked by a unicorn her family laughs it off thinking she was attacked by a hunter. It’s when she returns to the Dairy Hut for her favorite meal that she’s kidnapped by two hunters locked in a cage and doomed to wait for sunrise. However when the sun rises she doesn’t burn into fire turning her into a potential hazard to her family.

With the upcoming king’s feast her parents see her new found ability to walk in the sun as the perfect way to befriend high school students for party. As Pearl becomes friends with the students at school she starts to develop a conscience and hunting for her family become harder after she sends her parents to a mean girls house. After Pearl is pushed into drinking from her Dairy Hut guy ends in disaster she flees from her family but uses the idea of the junior prom to gain forgiveness. Only it’s short lived when she learns they plan to have a bloodbath and burn the mansion killing all the juniors instead of just taking a pint. Will she be able to save the students before it’s too late? What’s the story about the unicorns she keeps seeing?

I love Pearl she’s a goth teen vampire with a preference for ice cream flavored blood. You can’t help connecting with Pearl as she’s the awkward new girl at school she’s a good girl trapped in a dark world. I didn’t like her boyfriend from the start he’s kind of a tool than again he’s a vampire. I love Bethany she’s totally nerdy when Pearl first encounters her in the library. Evan I also think is a great character he’s an honest nice guy who happens to have a secret.   

I’ve had Drink, Slay, Love on my bookshelf for months I just haven’t gotten a chance to pull it off the shelf. The idea of vampires and unicorns has my curiosity peeked right from the start what can I say I love the sparkly unicorns over vampires.  The characters are fantastic they are engaging, easy to connect with and I couldn’t get enough of them. The book is unlike many vampire books on the market, extremely unique that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The author has put her own unique spin on the vampire concept by mixing unicorns as well as humor to tell a brilliant story. Drink, Slay, Love is one of those books that’s hard to put down you just have to know how it will end. This is my first book by Sarah Beth Durst but I think she did an amazing job and I can’t wait to read her other books. I know for a fact I’ll be reading and suggesting this one over and over. 
5 out of 5 stars. 

1 comment:

  1. This definitely sounds like a new take on vampires. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much. I will have to pick it up one of these days.
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