October 7, 2011

Review of "Drink, Slay, Love"

"Drink, Slay, Love"
Sarah Beth Durst


Pub. Date: September 13th 2011
Pages: 385
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Synopsis:  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 have read so many vampire romance books that I am kind of sick of them.  Even though I haven't had much of an interest in them this year, I was pretty excited to learn about "Drink, Slay Love".  I enjoyed "Ice" and "Enchanted Ivy" tremendously and I wasn't disappointed in "Drink, Slay, Love".  I have to admit I wasn't sure how the vampire and unicorn combination would work, but Sarah pulled it off.  This book does make fun of the vampire romance genre a bit, but in a playful way. 

I always love Sarah’s characters and her new cast is no exception.  Pearl is rough and sometimes cruel, but her attitude hooked me into this book.  She really struggles with the changes that come with being a vampire awake during the day.  On top of her new schedule, she is having feelings that go against all her natural instincts.  I loved Pearl’s cast of friends even if they were corny and uber sweet at times, it just worked.  The unicorn, which Pearl endearingly names “Mr. Sparkly-and-Pointy”, has personality.  All the vampires are unique, especially Antoinette who is obsessed with 80s pop-culture.

"Drink, Slay, Love" has drama, comedy, heart, unicorns, vampires, a bit of romance, and a splash of danger… what else could you possibly ask for?  This book was very fun and I breezed through it in only a couple of days.  I love the fact that "Drink, Slay, Love" doesn't take itself too seriously.  I would recommend this book to people who like paranormal romance, vampire books, comedies, and/or are fans of other of Sarah Beth Durst's books.

*I did receive a free copy of this book for review.


  1. Great review - I had a very similar opinion of the book. The humour was so refreshing :)

  2. Agrippina- It really was a great book. I'm glad you enjoyed it as well!