Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: September 13, 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?
Oh my gosh…. where to start! I haven’t read a book with a unicorn in it since 7th grade, so I wasn’t sure how well this book was going to play out. Combining vampires with unicorns sounds kind of cheesy to me, to be honest. But oh, was I ever wrong! And I’m glad I was wrong, because this was such a good book.
In Drink, Slay, Love, the vampires were very cold (literally and figuratively), they saw humans as socially needy animals and nothing but food, showed no real emotion, and lacked a conscience. They lived as families – mom, dad, aunts, uncles, and cousins, but they weren’t affectionate with one another. There were torture rooms for punishment, and they did not take kindly to weaker vampires. They sound like a lovely bunch, right?
Pearl, a sixteen-year-old born vampire was such a great character. She was a total badass and I loved it. After she was attacked by the unicorn and started to get a conscience, she still didn’t loss her attitude, which I was really happy about. Her vampire boyfriend, Jadrien, was interesting. I loved the interactions between him and Pearl, even when things got ugly. He was such an arrogant ass, but was funny at the same time. Evan and Bethany were so likable in their quest to help Pearl. There were a lot of characters, actually, that were really likable. They showed Pearl that there wasn’t always some game being played or agenda behind someone being genuinely helpful and nice.
Pearl had to struggle to balance the two worlds of the living and the undead. As she interacted with the humans she was meant to hunt for the King’s feast, she began to understand and actually feel the emotions that humans do. At the same time, when she was around the other vampires, she had to hide that she was changing and feeling, because she’d be destroyed for being weak and an abomination. Pearl has to figure out who she is and where she belongs before it’s too late, and realize that she always has a choice.
I think this was an all around fun book that kept me reading except for times I had to stop. It’s definitely one of those books I’ll remember. And the only thing I’m going to say about the unicorn is … I did not see that coming.