Drink, Slay, Love
By: Sarah Beth Durst
Margaret K. McElderry Books
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?
So, Pearl is just like any other teenager. But unlike other teenagers it takes her being staked through the heart with a unicorn horn to realize that. And oh yeah, she's also a vampire. But after the mythical incident (which is ironic because she's kind of mythical too). Pearl soon finds out that she is now able to be out in the sunshine. This leads to encounters with Evan and Bethany, two very interesting humans who become her sort-of friends. Pearl has a hard time fitting in with her family anymore now that she's so different. Her parents decide that in lieu of the King coming for a 'feast and tribute', Pearl will be the means of luring the meal. Which means she'll need to navigate the vicious waters of high school and not get to close to the happy meals with legs. This book was so funny. I laughed and smiled my way through it. But that in no way diminished the emotional turmoil that Pearl goes through as she grows up over the course of the book. I loved watching her learn how to have fun, relax, and make friends. Also, seeing Pearl learn what home and family REALLY are was beautiful. Her romances with Evan (a special 'human') and Jadrien (another vampire) are great in their own ways and they each reflect how much she changes by the end of the book. A truly fun book that I would definitely recommend and it was a great Halloween read!
VERDICT: 4/5 Stars
*No money was exchanged for this review. This book is now available in stores and online.*