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Drink, Slay, Love Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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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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Before I go any further, I should mention the unicorns. And yes I mean the mythological creatures. This book has them, and they are sparkly. Not something I normally would ever read about, but it absolutely worked in this book. Don’t let that turn you off the book because you will be missing out on a really good read.
Pearl is a sixteen year old born, not bitten, vampire. She spends her evenings stealing cars and finding her next “snack” as she calls her victims-which she only sips from. She lives with her family. If her living with her family sounds all domestic, then think again. Her family consists of really strange aunts, uncles and cousins. And her parents are really different. The idea of parental love doesn’t exist here. They are not good people, not by a long shot. Neither is Pearl, which kind of bothered me at first. One night, things happen involving a unicorn and afterwards Pearl starts to change. She becomes the only daywalker that exists and ends up in high school. This is pretty much the story of what happens when she goes to school and when a horrible plot is hatched that will involve horrible human deaths.
To me, this was a refreshingly new premise, rather then a typical vampire book. The characters were really different, and fully realized by the author. The vampires were pretty horrible and the humans were mostly good. The humor in the story was pretty great and Pearl’s snark was off the charts. I so do enjoy a good main character with snark! Of course there is a romance, involving Evan, a boy she meets right after she changes. He was the archetypical, perfect teenage hero.
The story has a lot to say about morals or lack there of, in some of the characters. It addresses all the high school cliques and the hierarchy that exists there. The story made me think back to high school and remember-some good stuff and of course, some bad. The whole book, if you break it down, really was written to make you think, in addition to being just an all around excellently told story.
If you like humor and snark in your paranormal main character, then this book should be a must read for you. If you like evil villain characters, without an ounce of redeeming qualities, you have found your book to read. I found it to be an an exciting ride all the way through and thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. (RabidReads.com)
I think fans of the Buffy the Vampire slayer will enjoy this book. It has the campy feel.
With the upcoming king’s feast her parents see her new found ability to walk in the sun as the perfect way to befriend high school students for party. As Pearl becomes friends with the students at school she starts to develop a conscience and hunting for her family become harder after she sends her parents to a mean girls house. After Pearl is pushed into drinking from her Dairy Hut guy ends in disaster she flees from her family but uses the idea of the junior prom to gain forgiveness. Only it’s short lived when she learns they plan to have a bloodbath and burn the mansion killing all the juniors instead of just taking a pint. Will she be able to save the students before it’s too late? What’s the story about the unicorns she keeps seeing?
I love Pearl she’s a goth teen vampire with a preference for ice cream flavored blood. You can’t help connecting with Pearl as she’s the awkward new girl at school she’s a good girl trapped in a dark world. I didn’t like her boyfriend from the start he’s kind of a tool than again he’s a vampire. I love Bethany she’s totally nerdy when Pearl first encounters her in the library. Evan I also think is a great character he’s an honest nice guy who happens to have a secret.
I’ve had Drink, Slay, Love on my bookshelf for months I just haven’t gotten a chance to pull it off the shelf. The idea of vampires and unicorns has my curiosity peeked right from the start what can I say I love the sparkly unicorns over vampires. The characters are fantastic they are engaging, easy to connect with and I couldn’t get enough of them. The book is unlike many vampire books on the market, extremely unique that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The author has put her own unique spin on the vampire concept by mixing unicorns as well as humor to tell a brilliant story. Drink, Slay, Love is one of those books that’s hard to put down you just have to know how it will end. This is my first book by Sarah Beth Durst but I think she did an amazing job and I can’t wait to read her other books. I know for a fact I’ll be reading and suggesting this one over and over.
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