Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst

Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (13 Sep 2011)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1442423730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442423732
  • 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?
  • Cover: I love this fun cover.  Extra points for using a picture perfect for the protagonist Pearl.
  • 3/5 stars.  This was a light, fun read.  Pearl is unashamedly evil.  She's not like the Edward Cullens of the YA paranormal world that regret what they are, but actually revels in it. That is until the unicorn stabs her, resulting in feelings!  This in itself is a fun and unique premise.  This book doesn't take itself too seriously, and there are a few Twilight jokes thrown in there too!  Durst doesn't try to create her own vampires either but sticks to the traditional ideas of how vampires are.
  • I was never really enthralled by the book, the writing never gripped me but I did really enjoy Pearl's character- she was hilarious!  I thought that the dialogue wasn't believable (ok the vampire dialogue yes, but the human...not so much), I found myself thinking 'would they really say that?!?!'
  • I wanted more romance in this book.  There was hardly any.
  • And the end...I found myself with a lot of answered questions.
  • If you're looking for a light, fun and quick read that doesn't take itself or vampires too seriously and it easy on the romance then I'd recommend it, otherwise it might not be for you.  I know I was slightly disappointed.

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