Book Review: Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst

RATING: StarStar

Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire… fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil… until the night a sparkly unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Oops. 

Her family thinks she was attacked by a vampire hunter (because, obviously, unicorns don’t exist), and they’re shocked she survived. They’re even more shocked when Pearl discovers she can now withstand the sun. But they quickly find a way to make use of her new talent. The Vampire King of New England has chosen Pearl’s family to host his feast. If Pearl enrolls in high school, she can make lots of human friends and lure them to the King’s feast — as the entrees. 

The only problem? Pearl’s starting to feel the twinges of a conscience. How can she serve up her new friends—especially the cute guy who makes her fangs ache—to be slaughtered? Then again, she’s definitely dead if she lets down her family. What’s a sunlight-loving vamp to do?



Drink, Slay, Love is more like a 2.5 in rating: 1st half – boring; 2nd half – just okay, I might even go for cute. The story is unusual (vamp staked by unicorn developed a conscience), but it wasn’t enough to let me connect with the characters. This is a loose book for me, so to speak.

I simply can’t relate to Pearl – her callousness, insensitivity, and indifference to all things outside her Family. I only liked her when she’s fighting her cousins once her conscience kicked in and she started to side with her human friends. Evan is unpredictable – his character kept me guessing on where he stands in all of this. Still, I like him! Bethany acts so strange but there was a reason for her being like that. I was scared of Pearl’s mom more than the Vampire King! And Jadrien – very disappointing. In the end, he wasn’t even a close match for Pearl.

Drink, Slay, Love made no impression on me whatsoever. It was fun, sure. Kind of. The twist with the unicorn didn’t sit well with me, though; it felt weird. Oh well, that’s just me. Perhaps if you’re looking for something light and a bit quirky from the vamp theme, Drink, Slay, Love might work for you.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Imprint: Margaret K. McElderry

Pub Date: 09/13/2011

Thank you Simon & Schuster Galley Grab for the free e-copy.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


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