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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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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.
Drink, Slay, Love is a wickedly entertaining story that will keep readers grinning, shaking their heads in disbelief and cheering for Pearl as she transforms from a bite-'em-and-leave-'em vampire to a day-walker with a conscience.
From the very first introduction to this book - its title - the author reveals her sense of humor and it carries right on through to the end. The dialogue is witty and sarcastic, the premise is outrageous and fun, and the story is action-packed, incredibly captivating - seductive even - and surprisingly clever.
By having the main character, Pearl, react in much the same way as anyone would to such a far-fetched situation like getting staked by a unicorn, allows readers to temporarily suspend disbelief and connect with the character and story, no matter how unusual the premise.
Drink, Slay, Love combines the silly with the serious and the light with the dark. It mixes in humor and clever banter with action, excitement and danger.
Toss in a vampire who's losing her edge, a mean girl who gets more than what should be coming to her, a sexy, bite-worthy boy with stalker tendencies, a perky good-hearted girl with a secret, a flirtatious bad-boy with a big mouth, a couple of well-meaning blundering idiots who are a cross between Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from Hamlet and the Frog brothers from The Lost Boys, over a hundred hungry vampires just waiting to make you their next meal and a handful of were-unicorns - yes were-unicorns - and you've got a fast-paced and riveting paranormal story that is unputdownable.
In Drink, Slay, Love the vampires are cold, cruel and calculating hunters. And the author uses sarcasm as if it were an art form. This book is a must read for fans of a vampire story that doesn't take itself too seriously, who prefer their vamps without any humanity, and who want something other than the love story to be the focus.
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. And it seems, he may have a huge secret of his own.
Anyway, long story short, Pearl goes to school, makes human friends, and is put to the ultimate test by her family. I'm still on board, for the most part.
Here's my problem. The last part of the book, things start to be explained; like the unicorn and Evan's big secret, Pearl's true nature is exposed, plans begin to unravel. And the problem is, everything felt too easily accepted. Teens just accept a vampire in their midst? No freaking out, no needing time to process? People just believe that the unicorn -------- (fill in the blank)? That's what bothered me about Drink Slay Love, the lack of reality in reactions. Which may seem is contradictory because I'm reading a book about a vampire and a unicorn.
I liked Drink Slay Love, I really did. Durst has a beautiful writing style. The characters, especially Pearl, had just the right amount of snark and sarcasm, and her take on the vampire lifestyle (think Mafia) was cool. Take away my few complaints from above, and it was still an enjoyable book.
" 'Just bite him. Suck a pint or two. Show me you're still you, that we're still us. Please, Pearl.' He
kissed her. 'Make someone bleed. For me.'
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