Book Review: Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst (Series #)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Format: Hardcover (courtesy of Sarah Beth Durst)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: 09.13.2011
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?

Let's be honest: it is easy for a vampire story to take itself too seriously. Drink, Slay, Love does not. It is light, fun, and hilarious. I have never read a vampire story quite like it. With the introduction of the were-unicorn (with all the powers you would expect a unicorn to have), it is unique.

Yeah. You heard right.

Vampires vs. Unicorns.

Awesome combination.

Pearl starts off as soulless and uncaring as the rest of her relatives, but throughout the book, she slowly learns what it is like to be a human--to think, act, and (gasp!) care like a human does. As the changes in Pearl begin to take hold, we are given a really good look at how different she really is. Her struggle with who she was (pre-unicorn staking), who she is becoming, and who she wants to be, is very apparent. I felt sorry for her, because of how she was losing something that was so much a part of herself--her predatory nature. And the pressure she gets from her family doesn't help things at all.

Speaking of Pearl...she's awesome. Like really, really awesome. She's sarcastic and tough, and goes to school in steel-toe boots. She's a vampire and she knows it, and she won't let anything trivial like gaining a soul get in the way of kicking someone's trash (*Small spoiler* That scene with Jadrien in the basement? Best. Ever. You go, Pearl! *end spoiler*). She was also a great friend to one of the characters, even though she resented her in the beginning.

The other characters in this book are way cool, and I wish I could say more than that without spoiling anything. I'll just say that Pearl meets a lot of people, and they all have an affect on her, and on the story, in different ways.

There is fighting, scheming, and manipulating in this book. There is humor, and there are unicorns. There is a hilarious prom theme. There is a love triangle that isn't a love triangle. And although the story is a bit predictable (and I think it took Pearl way too long to figure out who the unicorn was), I couldn't get over the great mood I was in after finishing. It was like I had just been told a good story by a close friend. Sometimes that is just what a girl needs.

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Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{A small amount of swearing and some violence.}

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  1. Sounds like such a gas. I really want them to release this one on audio. I think it could be fun.

  2. I've heard a few things about this one, and it sounds really funny. But that cover makes my stomach turn! I know it's not really blood, but still... yuck. So is it gory? If not, I might have to check it out. :)

  3. I really liked this book too. It is hard to talk about some of the other characters without giving away too much.

    @Kathy - It's not gory.

  4. Oh my gosh, I suddenly want this book so much!

  5. this sounds SO good! I wish I'd read it when it was on the galleygrab. thanks for your review!

    The Cait Files

  6. Juju: It would be awesome on audio! I'd love to hear Pearl's sarcastic attitude in her voice. :)

    Kathy: Nope. Not gory. There is some blood sucking, but it was all done very tactfully so that no cringing is needed. :)

    Christy: I'm so glad you liked it! I'll be on my way to check out your review.

    Lissa: Lol, it's good! I hope you get to read it! :)

    Cait: Aw, I hope you can read it soon! It's good. :)

  7. There are unicorns. I'm sold. Lol. I am curious about about her transition from soulless...to more human-like. Plus, I have always loved this cover.

  8. omg! so jealous! this one sounds so unique and intriguing! can't wait to read it! i'll be back to compare reviews!


  9. Love the review and loved the book - although I do agree that Pearl took WAY too long to work things out. Well, either that or we are just superbrilliant reading detectives ;)

  10. Alexis: Hahaha, yes! Sold on the unicorns. Something different and fun, and I promise they are way cool. :)

    Diana: I hope you get to read it soon!

    Agrippina: Hahaha. Ooh, we are superbrilliant! :)

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