Monday, August 22, 2011
"Drink, Slay, Love" by Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
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?
So I've been off Vampires for some time now. I wasn't going to pick this one up, but the cover was pretty and I was intrigued. So I read the description on Goodreads and she had me at Unicorn. Well, also the plot sounded witty and fun, but Unicorns have been my favorite since childhood, so how could I say no? I'm so glad I got over my vampire racism and gave it a go. This book was a riot!
Pearl, the main character, was a pull no punches, tell it like it is protagonist and it was fantastic. Some of the one liners in this book are definite LOL moments. She's got a lot going on in her life, what with her being the only vampire that can go out in the sun. She loves the sun, but her family think she is an abomination. Her family convinces her to go to high school, to help serve their not so innocent purposes, but Pearl starts developing a consciene and even friendships. Bethany was a little over the top positive sometimes, but she always meant well and you couldn't really hate her. No matter what, she tried her hardest to be a good friend to Pearl, even when Pearl didn't want anything to do with it. Evan wasn't you typical swoony male character. Don't get me wrong, he was adorable and admirable, but he was never trying to be overtly charming or cheesy. He was just a stand up guy and didn't really take Pearl's crap. Matt and Zeke were definitely my favorites. Comic relief at it's finest, but unexpected heroes when needed.
The vampires in this book were pretty straight forward, typical vampires. I think that worked better for me, too. I like creativity and originality, but since there was so much else going on in this story, we didn't really need complicated vampire back story. I don't want to say too much about the plot, because I don't want to spoil any specifics, but just know that it is made of awesome!