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Review: Drink, Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst

Saturday, September 10, 2011
Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst
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Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Format: eARC
Source: Simon & Schuster - Galley Grab
Purchase: Powell's

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've never thought of vampires and unicorns as a pair before. A vampire + being staked by a unicorn = turning slightly good, is just full of fun!

Pearl was just like any vampire. She's fierce, sexy, and knows it. Everything Pearl thought she knew was drastically changed after her "unicorn accident". Pearl belongs to one of the most feared and respected vampire families. Which means her new ability to walk in sunlight is either viewed as a disgrace or a prized possession.

Things start to get very interesting when you take someone as independent as Pearl to rely on others.

Since she's the only vampire to walk out in daylight, she's put to the test of going to high school to lure all the students to become the entrees at a very important feast. It may have been approved by some members of her family but it's not approved by others.

Pearl first encounters Evan who quickly becomes her friend at the new high school. What I loved was that Evan isn't the best friend turned boyfriend, he was always a contender from the start. Evan plays such a big part in the story with his kind heart and secrets. Oh, Evan is also a poet. Is that awesome or what?

There were so many memorable second characters! Bethany is a friend of Evan's and she's the sweet best friend that you just have to love. But Bethany is one of those more than meets the eye kind of person. I'd want her as my best friend!

A very clever plot with a surprising twist that left me laughing all night. Seriously, I was laughing so much that the guy sitting next to me on the plane kept on shooting me looks.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5


  1. Realy cute cover. Love the review and the main theme of the books, I love vampires. Is going to wishlist

  2. The title of this book alone cracked me up when I first heard about it, but I wasn't all that into reading it until I saw your review! It sounds so funny with great characters! I love when there are strong secondary characters! Great review!

  3. I love it when a book has me laughing so much it makes strangers stare. Okay, well, I don't love the staring, but you know what I meant.


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