Published by Simon & Schuster on September 13, 2011
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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?
Drink, Slay, Love is my first Sarah Beth Durst book but definitely not my last. With an odd mix of violence, romance, and laugh out loud humor this book has a little something for everyone.
Drink, Slay, Love is a story about vampires (not the sparkly kind.) These vampires are blood-sucking, human killing vampires. The only thing that changes that is when one of them, Pearl, is stabbed through the heart by a unicorn. She then develops the ability to walk in sunshine as well as a conscience. This causes problems when she is chosen to deliver a feast of humans to the kind of the vampires of New England.
Pearl was a very conflicted vampire. She wanted to please her family but that became more difficult as she developed a conscience and made human friends. She started out very aloof, cynical, and sarcastic. Throughout the book she stayed cynical and sarcastic but she also started to experience real feelings for the first time in her life. The Family (as Pearl called them) was very much like the mob. They were cruel, heartless vampires who only cared about themselves. They were willing to help Pearl clean up her messes but only if she was of some use to them. Evan and Bethany, on the other hand, were the opposites. They cared for Pearl and they wanted to help her. Bethany was a very rare friend who was fun, sweet, and nice. Evan was a sweet boy who had some secrets of his own. There was a great mix of characters.
The characters were great, the writing was fabulous, but the humor is what got me. This book is seriously hilarious. There are unicorn jokes, vampire jokes, Twilight jokes; just a ton of jokes that cracked me up. Pearl’s sarcasm also added to the hilarity. Read this book for the humor if nothing else interests you about it.
Overall, Drink, Slay, Love is one book I am so glad I picked up. Even if you aren’t a fan of vampires, I recommend this one. Just give it a try!