Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
Posted by Krystal Larson at 9:33 PM Friday, September 23, 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?
Pearl is the perfect vampire...at first. She has an impressive boyfriend, snazzy life, and tends to be good at her lessons, even the fighting ones. However, good things cannot last forever. Pearl has a bit of a stone heart. She believes she has no conscience and doesn't really care. One can only imagine her surprise when she is staked by a unicorn-a mythical creature that she didn't even knew existed!
When she wakes up from the staking, she discovers something magical in and of itself-she can now walk in the sunlight. She loves the sensation and ability. However, that ability may be detrimental...her Family may not see her as a true vampire. Her Family decides to try and use her as an asset, but they don't know how they King will take the new change. Keep in mind, her family is easily as cold-hearted as she was. Yep, that was a WAS. Due to the staking, Pearl has been changing...for the better.
Pearl is a wonderfully crafted character. The author manages to make her appear completely without a conscience in the first half of the novel...then she integrates guilty or sad emotions as Pearl experiences them. Pearl was a dynamic and fun to read about character. The secondary characters, especially the love interest, are extremely fun to get to meet as well.
The events in this book were almost all exciting, there really wasn't ONE boring part in this whole novel. The concepts of the vampire and unicorn did not come off as cheesy at all. The ending was perfect, left a little to the imagination. The reader will be happy with this author's latest book. This book is recommended for young adult/teen readers.
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