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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442423730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442423732
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Combining a sense of humor with dark appeal of supernatural romance, this book is funny, scary and thought provoking all at once. . . . Even jaded fans of the supernatural will find fun in this one."

- Kirkus Reviews July 1, 2011

"A fresh, modern, and humorous twist on the vampire novel. . . . Lively characters and a sweet romance are icing on the cake."--Publishers Weekly

"How refreshing to find a stand-alone vampire book with a real twist. . . . The story transitions easily between the vampire and human world, creating characters, settings, and situations that are quite believable and often funny while still maintaining a respectable level of darkness. Fans of vampire fiction will be pleased to find this one on the shelf."--SLJ

"There is a bit of romance and the requisite love triangle of supernatural beasts, but Pearl is a strong female character who does not lose herself to her suitors. This book will likely appeal to young horror fans who enjoy a snarkier, smarter, distinctly less sparkly brand of vampires."--VOYA

"Pearl is, if not exactly likable, refreshingly self-aware and possessed of a sort of mad charm, and readers both vamp-crazy and not will enjoy her dry, unapologetic take on the genre that is at once pointed send-up and twisted celebration."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Fierce, smart, and sarcastic, Pearl is a lively antihero who is forced to choose sides in the ultimate showdown, revealing her true loyalties. A sweet yet unusual romance completes the book’s appeal."--The Horn Book

About the Author

Sarah Beth Durst is the author of young adult novels Conjured, Vessel, Drink Slay Love, Enchanted Ivy, and Ice, as well as middle grade novels Into the Wild and Out of the Wild. She has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times, for Vessel, Ice, and Into the Wild. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband and children. The Lost, The Missing, and The Found are Sarah's first novels for adults.

Visit her at sarahbethdurst.com.

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Sarah Beth Durst is the author of eight fantasy novels for teens and adults. Her YA titles include CONJURED, VESSEL, DRINK SLAY LOVE, ENCHANTED IVY, ICE, OUT OF THE WILD, and INTO THE WILD. Her first book for adults, THE LOST, came out in June 2014 from Harlequin/Mira and will soon be followed by THE MISSING, in December 2014, and THE FOUND, in April 2015. Sarah's next book for teens, CHASING POWER, comes out in October 2014 from Bloomsbury. She was awarded the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature and has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times. She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband and children. For more information, visit her at www.sarahbethdurst.com.

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I'm actually quite surprised by how little romance there is in this book.
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The characters were great, the writing was fabulous, but the humor is what got me.
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I loved the interactions between him and Pearl, even when things got ugly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nicole's YA Book Haven on September 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've been steering clear of vampire novels recently, mainly because the market is over flooded and they all appear to be the same. "Drink, Slay, Love" is different though. It's hilarious. It's charming. It's everything I want in a book. Pearl? She's just awesome.

The story starts out with Pearl, a sixteen year old vampire, while she's out on a hunt. She's visiting the Dairy Hut, her favorite place to `snack', when she's stabbed by a unicorn. It sounds ridiculous because it is ridiculous, but given that the story isn't meant to be taken seriously, it works. After she's stabbed by the unicorn, she begins to change. She's able to walk in sunlight now, and her family uses it to their advantage. They'll be hosting the feast for the Vampire King of New England and they are going to need as much food as possible to serve their hungry guests. They send her to high-school in order for Pearl to make friends (after all, they need to be invited inside of their prey's homes). But Pearl suddenly begins to develop a conscience - she actually cares about the humans, something she never thought possible. She struggles to maintain her vampire instincts while also adapting to the human world. Not wanting to spoil the story, I'll just say this: if you like vampires and you enjoy laughing you need to read this book. Plain and simple.

I adored Pearl and Evan (oh, Evan). I enjoyed the fact that "Drink, Slay, Love" didn't take itself seriously. In fact, I don't think there's much I didn't like about this book. It was an incredibly fun read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
One word: WOW.
Never before have I read a vampire book that left me totally speechless. Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst is, hands down, one of the best (if not THE best) vampire novel I have ever read. And the best part is I wasn't at all expecting it! It was one of the first five books I received from the wonderful people at Simon & Schuster Canada, and - I'm sorry to admit that - one that I was least excited for. As a matter of fact, I didn't even know I was getting it - it came as a total surprise! I picked it up thinking "yet another vampire novel to get through" and before I knew it, I was completely engrossed in the story and absolutely in love with Sarah Beth Durst's unique take on the vampire world! I enjoyed reading Twilight series with its friendly (&sparkly) squirrel-sucking vampires (don't judge me, you know you liked it, too, at one point!), I really loved CV Hunt's dark Curt Cobain look-a-like bloodsucker, I devoured Anne Rice's gorgeous Vampire Chronicles, but this... This was beyond awesome. In Drink, Slay, Love, Durst reached a whole new level of fabulous. I could happily sit down and read it all over again. And who knows, I might just do that!

Pearl is a teenage vampire. She's also stunningly beautiful and undeniably evil. Being a typical, heartless (figuratively speaking) creature of the night, Pearl not only has no reflection and no heartbeat, but also no conscience (or any other human feelings) whatsoever. Just like others of her kind, she's a nightwalker - even minimal exposure to the sun could prove fatal for her. Same goes for playing with fire - apparently vampires are also highly flammable. Despite all that, Pearl is perfectly content with her "life".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teri Hack on November 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
DSL is one of my favorite snarky new releases this year. I have to say that Sarah Beth Durst out did herself on this was. I declare DSL the awesomesauce of it's release month.
We open up from the view point of a young vampire named Pearl, and she is seriously the best little vamp out there right now because you just have to love her witty dialog. She is with her boyfriend Jadrien hitting he town so a quick bite to eat.
While munching behind a restaurant pearl get staked through the chest by none other than the pearly horn of a unicorn and soon Pearl's whole life, or that there of, will be turned upside down.
Discovering her ability to see sun for the first time, since vampires burn up from exposure in this rendition, her parents send her to high school to infiltrate the town to find kids that a coming host of vampires can feed off of. Soon it all gets complicated.

This story has it all, a girl growing into her changing body, her changing status in her community and in her family. Pearl's survival is at stake, and there us danger everywhere. Toss in a love triangle, romance, danger, and suspense and you have a great book or a great series in the making.
The boys in this novel are to die for. The ladies picked up some arse kicking boots and are ready to get the party started. Read Drink,Slay,Love and have a good time. It is full of fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fiktshun on November 1, 2011
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Every vampire knows that unicorns don't exist. Zombies, sure. Unicorns, no way. So when Pearl Sange claims that she was staked by a unicorn, no one will believe her. And if she hadn't been so sure about what had happened to her in the parking lot of the Dairy Hut, she might have thought she was crazy, too.

As luck would have it, on her very next trip to the Dairy Hut, her favorite place to enjoy a late night snack named Brad, she's grabbed by two wannabe vampire hunters who force her into a cage so that she can "watch" the sunrise.

Much to her surprise - and that of her bumbling captors - she doesn't burst into flames. Proving to her that her encounter with the unicorn was real and that it changed her somehow.

But while being able to walk in the daylight seems like a gift at first, it's really much more of a curse. Instead of spending time with her boyfriend and possible future mate, Jadrien, and getting ready to meet the Vampire King of New England, Pearl is forced to enroll in high school. And spend time with humans.

How she's supposed to make friends with her food supply is beyond her. But her parents need to prepare a feast fit for a king, literally, and so she has to figure out a way. Because, like all vampires, the King is not the forgiving type. And if he isn't satisfied with his feast, Pearl and her Family will be ended. Probably not quickly. Definitely not painlessly.

If only this new ability of hers didn't come with a few unwanted side-effects like sympathy, caring and concern. As a soulless predator, she, for one, does not like where this is headed.
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