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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442423730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442423732
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,795,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I had been dying to read Drink Slay Love since the moment I saw it. The cover which is one of my favorites, screamed "Read me!". And I thought the synopsis sounded very promising. I've read a lot of comments from people who are anti-unicorn, they didn't plan to read this book because of the unicorn aspect. Which, when I think about it, seems weird because I didn't know there was a "unicorn presence" in YA to begin with. But, that's a story for another day. Anyway, I'm neither "pro" nor "anti" unicorn, I consider myself "unicorn neutral", and so I jumped into Drink Slay Love with much anticipation.

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.
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