Thursday, July 21, 2011
Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
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?
The title alone had me curious, but throw in were-unicorns, and... well, what choice did I really have? I had to get on this! There really aren't any big surprises in Drink, Slay, Love, and that's even when considering characters who make little digs at YA in general and sparkly vampires in particular.
But that it's campy, kitschy and that it had those little digs are what I appreciated most. The most awesome moment is her calling the guy out... too bad it ended at her calling him out because, despite the valid points she made, their romance still progressed. But really, all that is fine... because Drink, Slay, Love doesn't take itself seriously and neither did I. It's all in good fun.
I had my fingers crossed, hoping for a good laugh out of it (in the same vein as Hex Hall. And dare I hope? Maybe, even maybe even Hold Me Closer, Necromancer.) And lo, I was not disappointed. Especially, with a character like Pearl who reads as over-the-top femme fatale type: strong, violent, into fast cars, tight clothes and what not... she made me laugh. Plus, she's a vampire.
And there be sparkles just not from one you'd think to sparkle because once Pearl went, "He staked me. The pretty sparkly horse staked me," I was hooked. And all that in the first chapter alone too!
*Thanks Simon & Schuster!