Book Review – Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst.

Drink, Slay, Love

‘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?’

 

Author – Kiera.

This book is so much fun! I love that books have the ability to stir up so many different emotions and broach topics that can be sensitive. People can be comforted, reassured and feel like they are part of something because of reading, and that is a wonderful thing. There are times when you just want a bit of escapism, nothing too heavy or hard hitting, and this book provided that in spades.

The characters are awesome! Pearl is a strong female vampire who kicks ass and takes names regularly. She is ruthless, enjoys the hunt and she is ready to take her place in the vampire world. Until she gets stabbed through the heart by a unicorn horn. I really enjoyed the development of Pearl’s character! The inner battle between doing what’s expected and doing what’s right was so interesting. Especially when you throw The Family into the mix! They are her relations by both human turning and blood (no pun intended) and they expect nothing less than perfection. If you make mistakes, you are brutally punished if you are lucky, and killed if you are not. Plus they are crazier than a bag of cats. Bethany is Pearl’s first friend, and she is her counter balance in every way. I liked how pure of heart Bethany is. She does things for all the right reasons, and I think that is why her and Pearl have such a strong connection. Evan is funny, charming, supportive and completely dreamy. Matt and Zeke insert a lot of humour into the book, and make what could be quite a dreary subject, seem just that bit lighter. They are best friends and wannabe vampire hunters that can’t ever seem to get it right.

The story line is pretty simple. The King is coming to town to perform a ceremony that initiates young vampires into adulthood. Of course being King and all he is expecting a feast bigger than any feast seen before. So when The Family find out that their daughter can now walk in sunlight, they don’t believe that she has been stabbed by a unicorn but they do see a solution to all their problems. So Pearl is sent out to heard the humans. Nothing could possibly go wrong, right?

One of my favourite aspects of the book are the vampires themselves. They are good old burn in the sun, killed with a stake, garlic hating vamps. I like sparkly vampires as much as the next person, but there is something satisfying about the old fashioned, throw holy water at them, vampires.

Overall, if you like vampires and mythical creatures and are in the mood for something fast paced and a ridiculously good time, I would recommend this book to you!

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