Friday, 21 December 2012

Drink, Slay Love - Sarah Beth Durst

Title: Drink, Slay, Love
Author: Sarah Beth Durst 

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?


I remember loving the whole vampire genre but then you know what came along and then now I am eternally frightened of opening any other YA vampire orientated book. This book was surprisingly good. This book is funny, unconventional and takes a more sarcastic look at the whole vampire relationships and lo and behold this book has UNICORNS as the antagonists.

I was actually in awe of this book, I found myself laughing at moments that should be intense but come out as rather over the top. Durst has you laughing about shiny vampires and chasing unicorns, which by the way is as ridiculous as it seems. There are two ways you can look at this book, if you took this book as a serious interpretation of yet another vampire book you are going to hate it but if you take is as a parody of the too popular vampire genre then you will have one seriously good read.

I actually like Durst's portrayal of the vampires, they are cruel, emotionless and really don't care about using anyone and anything as means to their end. In that respect these vampires were not comical at all but then the they are staked by the horns of a were-unicorn, not to mention Evan's need to say that he has hero complex pretty much every few pages. This book is very funny and very entertaining, one of the best parody reads I have come across so far and by far the best thing about this book is that there is no love at first sight crap which adds a touch of realism to this book.

So I give this book 4 out of 5stars.

Product Details
Paperback: 386 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Language: English
Author's Website:

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I've been wanting to try this author's books for ages. Might just have to pick this one up!
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages