Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

DrinkSlayLoveTitle: Drink, Slay, Love

Author: Sarah Beth Durst

Genre: Fantasy/Vampire

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Pages: 385

Rating: 4.5/5

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?

Vampire stories can be interesting, especially when they’re written with an actual story in mind rather than masking a romance as an actual novel (not naming any names…), and I think this was a great addition. How can it not be – it involved unicorns! So, not only do we have a sarcastic, heartless vampire protagonist, but we have white horses with horns!

I don’t want to spoil things, so I won’t mention just how much the unicorn plays a part in the story, but there’s still plenty of other things to mention. At first, I was slightly thrown off because the book was written in third person, and for some reason I just prefer first, but I’ve come to appreciate third person better. Pearl is a funny protagonist, and there are plenty of minor characters that crack me up as well. It was also interesting to see how Pearl’s family worked, an ancient vampire family that’s part of a bigger vampire community. I feel like more could have been written about how their community runs and how their family works, but what I read of it was interesting.

The synopsis slightly threw me off, though – I was expecting a fairly light-hearted, quick read. Though this book had plenty of funny moments and characters, I feel like it’s a bit deeper than the summary gives it credit for. I’m not saying that this book is going to change how people look at vampires, nor does it bring up big issues, but it’s also a bit more than a simple beach read.

This is a short review, I know, but I’ve been behind in writing reviews and read this book back in January, so I don’t remember everything I thought about this, but I do remember this: I liked it, and plan and reading more of Sarah Beth Durst’s books in the futures.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


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