Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
(Goodreads profile)

Source: S&S Galley Grab
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320

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?
As soon as I read this summary (actually, as soon as I saw the cover) I knew I had to try the book out. Just the basic concept of the story - typically evil vamp gets stabbed in the heart with a unicorn horn and starts to grow a conscience - sounds fun, original and witty. Drink, Slay, Love is exactly that.

One of my favourite parts of the story was the main character, Pearl. In the beginning, her behaviour is completely what I would expect of a vampire. She's confident to the point of arrogance, hostile, looks down on humans and adds a healthy dose of sarcasm to everything that comes out of her mouth. Her thoughts are hilarious and made me laugh out loud several times. With the stellar additions of Evan and Bethany, who are definitely not dark and cynical, Sarah created a cast of characters that constantly kept me entertained.

I was curious to see whether or not the transition from evil vamp to slightly-less-evil vamp would be pulled off smoothly enough to be realistic (er, as realistic as possible anyways). Happy to say it was! Pearl is completely unused to surprises of the nature she gets in the book, and I could see her struggle to maintain her composure at times. There is real character development at work as Pearl evolves into a totally new brand of vampire.

I have to admit that I was incredibly wary of Pearl going to high school. I knew it was coming from the summary, but it still took me by surprise in the actual book. My fears of the high school experience turning the story were completely unwarranted because Pearl is as fantastic as usual. Pulling the humans closer, scaring them away, rinse and repeat... I loved watching Pearl test the waters and navigate her way through the school. With the constant threat of what will happen if she lets her Family down at the back of Pearl's mind, there is carefully built-up tension every step of the way.

I think I've found my new favourite vampire novel!


Cover Comments: Love it! It's fun and quirky. How perfect is a blood-red bottle filled with blood for a vampire novel?


  1. Aw yay, I'm so glad you liked it! I had trouble getting into it at first and then unfortunately life got too busy for me to finish my egalley before it expired, but I've heard from a lot of people who liked it and I really want to finish it sometime soon. Great review!

  2. I'm really keen to read this one! At first I was put off because of the title (it's illogical, but I HATE Eat Pray Love even though I've never read it, which made me stupidly not want to read this book... told you it was illogical) - but I've heard so many good things about it, I totally want to get to it!

  3. Alright, between your review and character interview with Pearl and Evan... I totally NEED to get my hands on a copy of this! You and Liz both loved it, so I'm 100% sure I'm going to! I've discovered you two have rather good taste in books :P I'm happy to hear Pearl's transition is believable from evil vamp to... well, vamp with a conscience. I love that there's a balance between humour and serious issues - fantastic review!

  4. ^ Why thank you, Brodie ;).

    Pearl was one of my favourite parts of the book too - she was so hilarious! I was a little wary about her going to high school as well, but I think it was done really well. This has definitely become one of my favourite vampire books, I really want my own copy! :P Fab review, Sonia.

  5. Andie: Gah, I hate it when the galley expires before I can finish reading the book. It's happened a couple of times to me now, so I'll have to wait for my library to get physical copies in. Hope you get a chance to finish! :)

    Belle: LOL. Well, I haven't read the book, but I've seen the movie. Comparing the two, you have nothing to worry about ;)

    Brodie: YAY MY EVIL PLAN WORKED. Why thank you! ;)

    Liz: Um... that's creepy. We need to stop saying the same thing.

    So do I! Another book on my wishlist, I suppose :P Thanks!

  6. This looks like such a cute book! And I absolutely love the cover!