Thursday 18 August 2011

Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst - Book Review

Title: Drink, Slay, Love
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 13th September 2011
Pages: 398
Format: EBook - PDF
Genre: YA / Paranormal
Source: ARC from GalleyGrab

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?
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I was first attracted to this book by the quirky blurb as it seemed to promise a fun read.

It didn't disappoint in that regard.

It was the fun aspect that made me give this book four stars rather than three. The writing is fine, but not amazing and the characters are good, but rarely fleshed out completely. Even Pearl appears somewhat two-dimensional at times; although we see more development from her than any of the others.

However, the book is more than saved by a funny and clever plot idea. I loved the storyline and wanted to know how it would progress. The story alone sucked me in completely (no pun intended) and was enough to make up for other minor defects and keep me not only reading till the end, but also keen to read on. In addition, I enjoyed the little 'digs' at YA fiction and 'sparkly' vampires as they added to the book's sense of fun and self-mockery.

This is an amusing, easy read that will appeal to fans of lighter YA fiction and vampire lovers who are looking for something a bit quirky and different.

The moral of the book: Don't mock the Unicorn!

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