Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Drink, Slay, Love left me disappointed. While it is a surprising novel due to its original premise, it isn't surprising enough.
I honestly expected the unicorns to be more unicorny, with rainbow poop, rainbow puke, used to approach virgin girls and, yes, shiny hoofprints. But here, they are kind of dry (if you have such expectations).
And the vampires are too much evil. I'm not a fan of evil vampires--I definitely prefer the ones who choose to be compassionate. Furthermore, I don't enjoy reading a vampire novel just as much as years ago, when I was a booknerd teenager (now I'm a booknerd twenty-something).
The ending is too rushed, I think.
However, it was an enthralling reading, and I would recommend it to the original tales seekers.
Jinglemarco* said on May 22, 2017, 19:30
This was a joy to read! Pearl’s such a great character and she made the book entertaining. I loved her wit, it provided for the majority of the comedy parts in the plot. Her sarcasm and her attempt to try and fit into school life was absolutely hilarious.
The vampires in this book are well done as well. They’re bloodthirsty and ambitious. Just the way I like them! no sparkly ones here! The scheme to get Pearl into high school so she can lure the food to feed her fellow vampires was well done (plus Jadrien is quite the hottie!)
Although the plot was pretty good, there were parts that are predictable and cliched. However because of Pearl and her personality (which pretty much is the highlight of the book) it can be overlooked. You pretty much figure out who the unicorn is, and Pearl’s choice on who she decides to be with isn’t a bad choice (although, I’d rather prefer the bad guy, he was your stereotypical bad boy, but you couldn’t help but fall for him.)
Definitely recommended for YA lovers. Read it for Pearl! she’s one of the best protagonists you would ever find.
Sensitivemuse said on Oct 22, 2014, 03:24
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 entrées.
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?
After Twilight, I literally have given up on vampire stories because it seemed to me that vampires in modern literature have been reduced to merely sparkles and hopeless romance with humans. Aren't humans supposed to be their meals and nothing more beyond that? However, in Sarah Beth Durst's Drink, Slay, Love, I'm glad that vampires' have reprised their classic role of becoming a superior predator of some sort on humans instead of trying hopelessly to seduce and then fall for them. But then there’s another question, adding unicorn to it? Quite a gamble! I had initial doubts but nonetheless, this book blew me away page after page.
Durst's style of writing was witty and I enjoyed every moment I had with this book. While some bracketed lines present every now and then in each chapter I found rather unimpressive, the flaw wasn’t interrupted and every word was put together nicely. The first scene in this book wasn’t dreary, in fact, I was kept reading because of the continuous suspense and thrill. Durst had composed her story in quite of a perfection that her readers will find it addictive and possible to keep this book down.
And the unicorn, truthfully, I wasn’t impressed with it at all. I could accept if it was a shape-shifter, werewolf or other mythical creature or perhaps an offspring of a Greek god, but a unicorn to me seemed a bit cheesy. Why would Durst use a unicorn in replacement of other considerable mythical characters? I personally think (and still am) unicorns don’t make good combination with a vampire. Thankfully though, in Drink, Slay, Love the unicorn didn’t ruin the whole story and dampened my mood. Evan the unicorn was just as perfect as he is in human form. All characters in this book are strong, especially the Family but my favorite of all was probably Bethany. Her humor and geeky persona captivated my heart, not forget to mention her lively attitude.
Drink, Slay, Love had somehow brought to me a whole new perception on modern young adult paranormal that centered on vampires. It possesses the very essence of a classic horror I look for in any vampire stories yet, with a twist that caters to teen readers’ appetite. A splendid book, really look forward to its official release!
Vanessa Eric said on Oct 07, 2012, 06:07