Review: Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
Description from Goodreads:
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?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’ve been steering clear of vampire novels recently, mainly because the market is over flooded and they all appear to be the same. “Drink, Slay, Love” is different though. It’s hilarious. It’s charming. It’s everything I want in a book. Pearl? She’s just awesome.
The story starts out with Pearl, a sixteen year old vampire, while she’s out on a hunt. She’s visiting the Dairy Hut, her favorite place to ‘snack’, when she’s stabbed by a unicorn. It sounds ridiculous because it is ridiculous, but given that the story isn’t meant to be taken seriously, it works. After she’s stabbed by the unicorn, she begins to change. She’s able to walk in sunlight now, and her family uses it to their advantage. They’ll be hosting the feast for the Vampire King of New England and they are going to need as much food as possible to serve their hungry guests. They send her to high-school in order for Pearl to make friends (after all, they need to be invited inside of their prey’s homes). But Pearl suddenly begins to develop a conscience – she actually cares about the humans, something she never thought possible. She struggles to maintain her vampire instincts while also adapting to the human world. Not wanting to spoil the story, I’ll just say this: if you like vampires and you enjoy laughing you need to read this book. Plain and simple.
I adored Pearl and Evan (oh, Evan). I enjoyed the fact that “Drink, Slay, Love” didn’t take itself seriously. In fact, I don’t think there’s much I didn’t like about this book. It was an incredibly fun read.