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Drink, Slay, Love Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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- 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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
The book starts off with so much promise. I love, LOVE that the story is told from a bad-girl's point of view. And Pearl is so, so bad. She is a vampire with no humanity, no remorse. She embraces her life, because it is the only one she's ever known. She's wild and reckless and sexy. As is her uber-hunky, fellow badass, boyfriend Jadriel. And oh boy, Jadriel is hot. I'm not sure that I was supposed to be as into his character as I was. He was dangerous, and selfish, and content to let Pearl be his superior. Together, the rule the night, sparring and seducing their time away. This small glimpse of Pearl's life was so much fun.
Enter the unicorn. As indicated in the synopsis, Pearl is stabbed by a unicorn. After her near-miss, the chase is on. Pearl is after the elusive unicorn, out to get it for nearly killing her. But soon after, Pearl starts noticing changes, like the ability to withstand the sun, and sympathy for her prey. At this point, I miss the old, ruthless Pearl, but she still has her snark and wit, so I'm still on board.
Pearl begins to make human friends, Bethany and Evan. Evan is lovely. He is handsome, and helpful, and maybe, just a bit too perfect.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Truth: I picked up this book because of the title: a book of similar name was treacly sweet and I wanted something with with more zing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sylvia McIvers
I like this book very much its very entertaining and I can't wait for number if there is one. Please do hurryPublished 16 months ago by Kayla Houston
Prior to reading this book I had read Ice and The Lost by Durst and enjoyed them both. Durst has been an author that I always enjoy, but I never think her books are absolutely... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Karissa Eckert
Surprisingly good. After reading the synopsis I thought this was going to be corny and cheesy but it was good. Enough saidPublished 19 months ago by Wy'Kia De'Lynne Frelot
When I picked up this book and read the first line of the synopsis, I thought that there are vampires so this book is most likely to be intense and dark. Then I read unicorns! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Meghna
I never thought the two could mix but the book does it perfectly. I loved Pearl's transformation through the book and of course the unicorns. Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by amanda lyles
I was on a blog recently, and for whatever reason, people were saying how good this book was, even though it was an older book. Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by Lorna
I really enjoyed this book. I liked that it was a little different than other vampire books. It was a quick, easy and very enjoyable read.Published on January 17, 2014 by Joy F
Pearl wasn’t made a vampire instead she was born with the plans of being nothing special pure. Yet Pearl is anything but boring she’s special she just need to be stabbed by a... Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Mandy