Drink, Slay, Love

Drink, Slay, Love

by Sarah Beth Durst

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Overview

Vampire romance takes a snarky turn in this humorous novel, coming soon to TV screens as a Lifetime Original Movie!

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442423749
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: 09/11/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 386
Sales rank: 822,501
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.08(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Sarah Beth Durst is the author of young adult novels Conjured, Vessel, Drink Slay Love, Enchanted Ivy, and Ice, as well as middle grade novels Into the Wild and Out of the Wild. She has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times, for Vessel, Ice, and Into the Wild. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband and children. The Lost, The Missing, and The Found are Sarah's first novels for adults.

Visit her at sarahbethdurst.com.

Read an Excerpt

Drink Slay Love ONE
“One hour until dawn,” Pearl said. She leaped off the roof and landed catlike on the pavement. “Oodles of time, if we steal a car.”

Her boyfriend, Jadrien, stretched out on the roof of Outback Steakhouse. He was a shadow, a lovely shadow, against the green tin. “Come back up, Pearl,” he said. “I’ll compare your eyes to stars, your lips to rubies, and your breath to industrial-strength air freshener.”

“Your charm and sincerity overwhelm me.”

Rolling onto his knees, Jadrien clasped his hands to his heart. “Oh, Pearl, jewel of my heart, light in my darkness, grace me with your nearness so I might feast upon your loveliness.”

Pearl laughed, even as she admired his silhouette. His silk shirt rippled in the night breeze. “I want to feast on mint chocolate chip. Or maybe Chunky Monkey.”

“You can taste the difference?”

“Mint chocolate chip, sharp and clean like an ocean breeze. Black raspberry, rich and smooth as a summer night. Bubble-gum ice cream …” She faked a shudder. “Oh, the horror, the horror.”

Pearl scanned the parking lot. This close to dawn, the pickings were slim. Brand didn’t matter, but she’d like a car that could handle curves without threatening to somersault.

She selected a sporty little Kia. Curling her hand into a fist, she slammed her knuckles into the back window. The car alarm wailed as cracks spread through the glass. She hit it a second time, and the shards crumbled. Pearl reached in and unlocked the door.

On the roof, Jadrien jingled a set of car keys. “Want these?”

She examined the flecks of blood on her knuckles. “Your timing needs work.” The cuts were already healing, but still…. “Where did you get those?”

“My waitress was obliging,” he said. “Or, at least, disinclined to protest.” He winked, and then he tossed the keys as he jumped off the roof. Pearl caught the keys, beeped the alarm off, and slid into the driver’s seat.

“I can drive,” Jadrien offered.

“I’m sixteen,” Pearl said. “By human laws, I’m allowed.” She flashed him a grin as he climbed into the passenger seat. It occurred to her that she’d never driven with Jadrien in the car. He was in for a treat. She stuck the key into the ignition and turned the car on.

The radio blared to life, country music.

Pearl winced and flipped the station. She stopped on “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Smiling, she cranked up the volume. Shifting into drive, she said, “Seat belts.”

“I’m immortal,” he said. “Why do I need a seat belt?”

Pearl floored the gas, and they whipped through the parking lot. Jadrien grabbed the door and the dashboard to brace himself.

“Cute,” Jadrien said.

“Always,” she said.

“Do you know how to drive?” he asked.

“Sure,” she said. “This one is the gas.”

The wheels squealed as Pearl spun the steering wheel to the left and zoomed out onto the street. She rolled down her window and let the wind whip into the car. At near dawn, Greenbridge, Connecticut, was nearly dead. Streetlamps (every other one out) lit the sidewalks in circles of yellow. Trash rolled down the streets like tumbleweeds. Storefronts—a deli, a dry cleaner, an antique store—were dark. The local homeless man slept under a pile of filthy blankets with his shopping cart close beside him. Pearl loved this time of night: just before the cusp of day, when the humans were still caught in their last dream of the night and her kind had one final moment of delicious darkness to drink down.

She inhaled deeply and tasted a hint of onion in the air.

“Your waitress had onion soup, didn’t she?” she said to Jadrien.

He licked his fangs and then retracted them. “Mmm, yes. Why?”

“You’re fragrant,” Pearl said.

He scowled, an expression that suited him well. His high cheekbones looked extra high, and his cleft chin looked extra clefty when he pouted. As she admired him, Pearl swung into the Dairy Hut parking lot and slammed on the brakes. The Kia fishtailed, and she parked diagonally across two spots.

“You clearly don’t know how to park,” Jadrien observed.

“Nonsense,” Pearl said. “I simply know how to make an entrance.” She opened the car door and stepped out. Her leather skirt rode up her thighs. She flashed a smile at the flock of humans that clustered by one of the picnic tables. Earlier in the night, the flock would have been bigger, but now, so close to dawn, only a few remained. Seniors, she guessed, pulling the traditional spring-semester all-nighters. Otherwise known as dessert.

“Care to join me?” Pearl asked.

“Nah. Full.” He patted his stomach. “But you have fun.”

“Always do,” Pearl said.

“See you next dusk, my loveliest night rose.”

She felt the humans’ eyes on her as she walked toward the door. She added a little strut to her walk for their benefit and was gratified to notice that she’d stopped all conversation. A smile played on her lips as she entered the Dairy Hut. The bell rang as the door closed behind her.

Open twenty-four hours, the Dairy Hut had the look of a store that didn’t close for long enough to be cleaned. The door of the soda fridge was streaked with so much dirt that it looked clouded. The newspaper bin was tilted sideways and missing a shelf. The sign listing flavors and specialty drinks was missing key letters (like the i in “drinks,” which someone had replaced with a scrawled u and someone else had then erased).

The kid at the counter—skinny, freckled, and not quite grown into his nose—ogled her as if she were a movie star.

“Hi, Brad,” she said as she leaned against the counter.

His eyes darted down to her black lace blouse. “Y-you know me?” he asked her breasts.

She did, but he didn’t remember that. “Name tag,” she said, nodding at his my-name-is-Brad, how-may-I-serve-you name tag.

His face flushed pink, which made his freckles stand out like polka dots on a dress. “C-can I get you something?”

“You,” she purred.

Slack-jawed, he stared at her. She laughed. She loved playing with Brad. He never failed to follow the script perfectly. “And a cup of mint chocolate chip,” she added.

“R-right, you want ice cream! Of course!” Stumbling over his feet, he managed to yank open the cover to the ice-cream container. She watched, amused, as he tried to scoop ice cream into a cup. His hands shook so badly that it took him three tries. As if delivering myrrh to Baby Jesus, he held out the cup of ice cream to her.

She shook her head. “It’s not for me; it’s for you.”

“Huh?”

“You have a break, don’t you? Come share some ice cream with me.” Pearl winked at him and then tossed her sleek black hair. With Brad, the hair always did the trick. Tonight was no exception. She strutted to the back door of the Dairy Hut. Listening to his shuffling sneakers, she didn’t have to glance back to know he was following her. “Bring the ice cream,” she said. She grabbed a napkin from a dispenser.

Behind her, she heard him scramble to fetch the ice cream. She pushed the door open and walked out to the employee parking lot behind the Dairy Hut. It wasn’t the loveliest of environments. The air-conditioning unit jutted out, blocking the sidewalk, and half the parking lot was dominated by twin dumpsters. Hulking, rusted vats, they overflowed with black garbage bags and crushed cardboard boxes. She wrinkled her nose at the stench. At least the dessert was worth the odor. Pearl turned to face her ice-cream boy.

“H-have we met?” Brad asked.

Pearl didn’t answer him. Instead, she walked up close to him, closer than friendly, and lifted the cup of mint chocolate chip ice cream out of his hands. “Try a bite,” she said. She scooped a spoonful and raised it to his lips.

Automatically, he opened his mouth.

“Good boy,” she murmured. She slid the ice cream in between his lips.

“Why are—,” he began.

“Shh,” she said. “Nearly dawn. No time for talking.” Snuggling against him, she continued to feed him ice cream. He swallowed mechanically, as if her proximity erased all brain function. When he finished the cup, she tossed it and the spoon aside. Pearl pressed closer and pushed his straggly hair back away from his neck.

And then she extended her fangs and sank them into his jugular.

At first his body jerked, but the vampire venom worked fast. His shoulders slumped as his muscles relaxed. He stared at the dumpsters with wide, empty eyes, as if watching a fascinating television show.

Sweet blood spilled into her mouth. Lovely, she thought. She sucked, and her tongue darted out, licking up the drops that seeped out. He tasted sweet and minty fresh, exactly as she’d told Jadrien.

She quit after a few swallows. Withdrawing her fangs, she licked the two tiny wounds clean. The marks healed seconds after her saliva touched them, smoothing out to pink skin, only slightly rosier than the rest of his neck.

“There now,” she said. “Run along inside. We’ll play again another day.”

With glazed eyes, he stumbled to the back door of the Dairy Hut. By the time he reached the ice-cream counter, he’d have forgotten all about this incident. Again. She wiped her mouth with the napkin and checked the sky.

Twenty minutes until dawn.

In the bare branches, birds twittered as loudly as frat boys at the end of an all-nighter. Not that she needed the birds to tell her about the approach of dawn. Stretching, she yawned. She could feel the coming sunrise. It was time to head home. She turned away from the Dairy Hut—

—and saw the unicorn.

The unicorn stood between the dumpsters. At first she thought she was mistaken. Unicorns didn’t exist, which made his presence here unlikely at best. But there was no chance that he was simply an ordinary white horse (which, she quickly realized, would have been an odd addition to the parking lot too). Despite the thick shadows by the dumpsters, he sparkled like a horse-shaped disco ball. His traditional spiral horn beamed like a toy light saber.

Pearl burst out laughing. “Seriously? A unicorn? Please.”

He pranced out of the shadows and across the parking lot. His silver hooves jingled like bells as they struck the pavement.

“You sound like Santa’s reindeer,” Pearl said. “Must be embarrassing for you.”

The birds chirped even louder. She had to leave. But this … Her cousins were going to pee themselves laughing when they heard she’d seen a unicorn behind the Dairy Hut.

“Why are you here? Are you dumpster diving?” Pearl asked. “I can see how the horn would be useful in sorting through trash. But is that really appropriate behavior for a mythical creature? Shouldn’t you be eating honey and sunshine?”

The unicorn didn’t speak. She supposed she shouldn’t be surprised—horses didn’t speak, and he was horselike. He paced toward her. She eyed his shimmery neck and wondered what a unicorn would taste like. “Thanks, but I’m stuffed,” she said.

He bumped his nose against her shirt.

“Hey, no equine drool on the blouse,” Pearl said. Did he expect her to pat him? She wasn’t an animal lover. She’d never been the type to plaster her bedroom walls with posters of horses or of fluffy kittens dangling from limbs above the caption HANG IN THERE. “Well, this is all very nice, but I have to run. Go on, shoo. Go … poop rainbows … or whatever it is you do.” She wiggled her fingers at him to wave good-bye, and then she turned her back on the unicorn and started to walk away.

Ow! She felt a sharp sting between her shoulder blades. Her breath hissed out. That hurt! And then the pain intensified until it buzzed through her head. She heard a wet slithering sound, and a burning sensation spread through her lungs.

Pearl looked down at her chest. Two inches of unicorn horn protruded from between her ribs. Red blood dripped from its point. She stared at it. The buzz in her head increased to a steady pounding as loud as a bass drum. Slowly, her brain caught up with her eyes.

He staked me.

The pretty sparkly horse had staked her.

“Crap,” she said.

She clutched at the bloody horn, and the world went dark.

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Drink, Slay, Love 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
KimballSK More than 1 year ago
Okay, so the basic premise of Drink, Slay, Love is what you might expect from a vampire story: A) The vamps drink blood B) They can't tolerate stakes, holy water, fire or sunlight (no sparkly vamps here) C) The tale features a vamp + non-vamp romance D) Takes place in a high school E) Involves a love triangle Here's Durst's twist: A) The story is told from the vampire's POV B) The kick-ass, undead "person" of the couple is the female protagonist (not the dreamy male like ALWAYS) C) The characters are actually funny (as in: laugh out loud) D) Unicorns I wasn't sure if the vampire genre could captivate my jaded heart anymore, but I was wrong. Drink, Slay, Love was a great read. I just love reading a story from the vampire's POV. The disdain they feel for us humans drips from the pages. Of course, this is how vampires would really feel (if they were real), but we rarely get to read that side anymore especially in a modern YA novel. I love Pearl's sassy, smart voice and I really hope a sequel is in the works...soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!I kinda thought it was gonna be stupid and all considering it has to do with vamps and unicorns...its sounds pretty cheesy but its super funny and great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best vamp romance book ever.. Twilight do not compare :) Make a trilogy of this book!
Tamora_PierceSYR More than 1 year ago
I'm a Durst fan and have been from the beginning, but I have to say, this is her best yet! I literally read it in one day. Pearl is the perfect vampire at the start--and she has a sense of humor--but little does she know that her taste for human imbued with mint chocolate chip will lead to her being staked by a unicorn. That is where her life begins to change, radically. The changes are gradual, and never once does Durst go for the easy outs of immediate redemption and love for humanity. Pearl is caught walking a deadly tightrope between her vampire family and the humans she is forced to consort with when family demands force her to attend high school. The story is beautifully crafty, laugh-out-loud funny, witty, and edge-of-the-seat tense. A beautifully crafted book with great characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must say, this is actually a good book. The characters are developed enough (though I would have liked to have more background info. For instance, I would have liked to get to know Pearl before she was stabbed and regained a conscious.) The plot is very interesting because even if they contain clich¿ vampires (cannot withstand sunloght, die if staked in the heart (unless for Pearl, but you find out why, holy water hurts, can be burned, sensitive to garlic and holy items), since there aren't any love triangles, which are normally fpind in YA books, and the vampire in this case is a girl, and not a guy. This is a perfectly good book, but it just couldn't get my attention. It just didn't grab me and keep me hooked. It wasn't the story that was not good, but it was the author's writing style that I just couldn't relate to. Sometimes it seemed as if Durst was writing in first person, sometimes it seemed like third. Overall, this was a good book, but it didn't have that special quality for me that caught my attention and I could always put the book down. However, I would still recommend this book.
KYRA14 More than 1 year ago
VAMPIRES,WERE UNICORNS TEENAGE DRAMA WHAT MORE DO U NEED. I LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK AND I SO HOPE THERE WILL BE MORE!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most amazing book i have ever read! I loved how the book described everything in a funny yet exciting way. I would recommend this book for 11 & up, or people who love excitement! To me, this book is not for th faint of heart!!
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a fun take on the vampire story! This one adds unicorns too. Pearl is your typical teenage vampire - beautiful and completely amoral. She and her boyfriend/rival Jadrien are out taking in the night when she decides she wants a final pre-dawn dessert and decides to snack on the boy who scoops ice cream at the Dairy Hut. Things don't quite go according to plan when she finds herself staked by the horn of a gorgeous, mythical unicorn. Next thing she knows she finds herself back home and unable to explain how she got there. Her family refuses to believe that she was staked by a unicorn. After all, they are mythical - unlike vampires.Everyone at home is excited by the up-coming Fealty Ceremony and the visit of the King of New England. Pearl gets involved in the planning too. But Pearl finds out that she is changing. She discovers that she no longer has to fear daylight. She loves the sunshine and the light through the stained glass windows of the Public Library.The morning she discovers that sunlight doesn't cause her to burst into flame is the same morning that she meets Evan who, by his own description, has a Good Samaritan hero-complex issue and a bit of OCD. He is the one who takes her to the library and who attempts to befriend her much to her bafflement. He is also handsome, kind, and very eager to befriend Pearl. While Evan seems like the typical - but hotter - teenage boy, he has secrets too.Pearl's parents decide to use her new ability to be active in the daylight to solve a problem relating to the up-coming visit of the King. They need to provide a feast and send Pearl to enroll in the local high school to find suitable entrees for the party. At first Pearl is uncomfortable consorting with the animals but gradually she develops a conscience, some empathy, and starts to make friends. Evan is there along with his friend Bethany and they help her adjust.I loved the character of Pearl. She was such a snarky character and she had quite a way with words. As she tries to convince her family that she was staked by a unicorn, she uses phrases like a "My Little Pony refugee" and says it looked like "it had jumped off a poster from the bedroom of an eight-year-old girl." When speaking to the unicorn, she suggests it go off and "poop rainbows." This was the sort of book that I couldn't put down. I was enthralled by the characters and the story. I recommend it to readers who like their vampire stories with a bit of humor and who like watching a main character grow and change. Pearl does grow and change a lot in this book and she really isn't happy about it.
BookRatMisty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect going into this one.  I mean, the cover is one of my hands-down favorites of the year, and the teaser synopsis that was released earlier this year is just brilliant (What happens when a vampire is stabbed through the heart by a were-unicorn's horn?  She develops a very inconvenient conscience.  Oops.)  But it was the kind of idea that could have been very, very right or very, very wrong.  Thank god, it turned out to be very, very right.  Drink, Slay, Love is one of the most purely fun books I've read in awhile. And a big part of this is Pearl.  Pearl is one of the most absolutely delicious MCs I've read in recent memory. She's smart - and a smart-ass - and she has this great dark humor to her as a result of being a vampire. I love her reluctant humanity and just-as-reluctant budding romance. But a big part of what makes her so fun is that she works on two levels: there's the Pearl that is very aware and serious about her vampire-ness, and is freaked out by the fact that she's changing and *gasp* growing fond of the food, and there's the part of Pearl that the reader sees that is almost like dramatic irony - there's what Pearl says she thinks and wants, and then there's what she actually does and what the reader can see happening.  So her dark humor remains dark throughout, but becomes more humor and less just seriously dark.    She's never super cuddly, and even when she realizes what has happened to her, she is just as much pissed off * about it as she is reluctantly pleased.  It's so fun to read, and I'm so glad that Durst didn't make her mopey or all that nice. She's a biting character (hardy har har), and I enjoyed that.And Pearl's fun voice extends to the whole novel.  Drink, Slay, Love is enjoyable because it's aware of the books that come before it, and it pokes gentle fun at them.  I mean, there's a vampire-themed prom with cardboard Cullen cutouts.  Pearl laughs to herself when the sunlight through stained glass makes her "sparkle".  It's just this great tongue-in-cheek, wink-and-a-nod story that doesn't take itself too seriously, and I love that.  I also think it was a wise move on Durst's part to work from the accepted myths of vampires, rather than creating her own.  It could have been risky, could have come off as lazy, but it didn't because it was well done and saved on ridiculous info-dumping while allowing her to be playful and have little inside jokes with the reader.  It also gave her room to work with the unicorn mythos and play with that a bit more.  I absolutely loved the idea of having supernatural creatures (vampires) who don't believe in other supernatural creatures (unicorns), and I loved that the unicorns were the ones to sort of perpetuate their own myths as myths.I keep saying "I loved it, it was fun, I loved it, it was fun" and I guess that's what it all comes down to.  This book doesn't make you work for it.  It allows you to just have fun, to relax and enjoy the story, and laugh and laugh.  But it does so without being throwaway fluff.  You can tell Durst had fun with this story, and as a result, the reader has fun too.  Highly recommended, especially as a funk-breaker for those reading funks we all go through.*Here's an excerpt of what I mean by this.  Pearl finally learns what exactly happened to her and her reaction is very honest and true to who she is, as well as being a good point, I think.  But it's slightly spoilery, so..."You still want to save me, even after...what I told you I did.""Of course," he said.Gently, she touched the side of his face, cradling his cheek in her hand. &nbs
nlsobon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve been steering clear of vampire novels recently, mainly because the market is over flooded and they all appear to be the same. ¿Drink, Slay, Love¿ is different though. It¿s hilarious. It¿s charming. It¿s everything I want in a book. Pearl? She¿s just awesome.The story starts out with Pearl, a sixteen year old vampire, while she¿s out on a hunt. She¿s visiting the Dairy Hut, her favorite place to `snack¿, when she¿s stabbed by a unicorn. It sounds ridiculous because it is ridiculous, but given that the story isn¿t meant to be taken seriously, it works. After she¿s stabbed by the unicorn, she begins to change. She¿s able to walk in sunlight now, and her family uses it to their advantage. They¿ll be hosting the feast for the Vampire King of New England and they are going to need as much food as possible to serve their hungry guests. They send her to high-school in order for Pearl to make friends (after all, they need to be invited inside of their prey¿s homes). But Pearl suddenly begins to develop a conscience ¿ she actually cares about the humans, something she never thought possible. She struggles to maintain her vampire instincts while also adapting to the human world. Not wanting to spoil the story, I¿ll just say this: if you like vampires and you enjoy laughing you need to read this book. Plain and simple.I adored Pearl and Evan (oh, Evan). I enjoyed the fact that ¿Drink, Slay, Love¿ didn¿t take itself seriously. In fact, I don¿t think there¿s much I didn¿t like about this book. It was an incredibly fun read.
shelleyraec on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I couldn¿t resist the description of this YA title when it was offered by Simon and Schuster, a vampire gets staked by a unicorn and develops a conscience ¿ what¿s not to love? Drink, Slay, Love is a fun, quirky story with surprising wit.Sixteen year old vampire Pearl Sange is stunned when the pretty sparkly unicorn stakes her with his horn in the alley behind the ice cream store and even more surprised when she wakes on the sofa at home, her Family peering down at her. Her chest is sore and she is a little confused but it isn¿t until she is caught by a pair of wannabee hunters and forced to face the sunrise that she discovers she is now immune to daylight. Pearl is dazzled by the day, the way light streams through stained glass windows, but is less impressed by the crush of humanity. Her parents see Pearl¿s unique ability as the perfect opportunity to gather the bodies they need to provide sustenance at the impending Feast in honor of the Vampire King, so Pearl is made to attend high school. But daywalking isn¿t the only side effect of the unicorns attack, Pearl is beginning to see humans as more than food and handing over the entire Junior year as the main course no longer seems to be such a good idea.It¿s brave of Durst to step away from the mold and combine vampires with vampire slaying were unicorns, but I think it works in Drink, Slay, Love because she doesn¿t discard the traditional mythology completely. This isn¿t a story to take seriously, it is generously sprinkled with humour and blissfully free of melodramatic teenage angst. It¿s a lighthearted YA novel with snappy dialogue and delightful attitude.The characters might be just a touch shallow but they are fun. Pearl is smart, snarky and fierce, and even as her allegiance transitions from her Family to her friends she doesn¿t lose that core of moxie (for want of a better word). Durst manages to combine characters that represent every highschool clique ¿ from the geeky Zeke and Matt to mean girl¿s Ashlyn and Tara. Evan has his own secret to keep of course but is a sweetie, I like that the relationship between Evan and Pearl is low key.Durst cleverly gives a nod to the (legions) of adult YA fans with her references to 1980¿s teen movies classics Pretty In Pink and the Breakfast Club. For her more age appropriate readership, their are some less than subtle digs at the Twilight Saga.Drink, Slay ,Love was much better than I had expected and I enjoy being surprised by a book. Amusing, clever and fresh its the perfect read for girls that once loved ponies and now swoon over brooding vamps.
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Sarah¿s books in the past and was very excited to get my hands on another title by her. Drink, Slay, Love is about Pearl, a sixteen year old vampire without even a sliver of a conscience. She views humans as her meals and nothing more. And at the same time, she was also hilarious and a refreshing heroine in the YA world. I know that does not sound like it would work but it does. Too often we see the guy coming to the girls rescue and Pearl would never tolerate that. She has always taken care of herself and wants to keep it that way. She is also very happy with her life at the moment; she has a hot boyfriend, a family that is high up in the vampire hierarchy, and her choice of humans to feed on. The problem comes in when she gets stabbed one night by a unicorn and wakes to learn she can now walk in sunlight. Walking out in daytime is not the only change in Pearl¿s life though; she begins to grow a conscience and hates every, single, second of it. She does not want to start feeling for the humans that she has to feed on, or see what being her snack does to their body and mind afterwards. The day after for a human is not pretty and Pearl does not like that she is starting to feel sympathy for them. She wants her old life back, so she immediately starts searching for that unicorn and a way back to her old life.Her parents on the other hand, see Pearl being a daywalker as an opportunity and send her to the local high school to gain the students trust. They want her to lure them to an event where the Vampire King of New England will be, so the humans can be served up as dinner. At first, Pearl is okay with this plan, but when she gets to know the students and her conscience starts to emerge further, she is not so sure it is a good idea. As she tries to cope with this new attitude she begins to befriend two students at her school, Evan and Bethany. They always seem to show up when she needs help and go out of their way to make her feel welcome in high school. Bethany is always perky and gets on Pearl¿s nerves quite often, but Evan just gets under her skin. She reacts to him every time he is near and she has no idea why. Her bad-boy boyfriend was all she ever wanted, but now Evan, the Good Samaritan, seems to be wiggling his way into her heart. This was another great aspect of the book, the good guy winning out over the bad-boy. How often does that happen in a novel? Not very often in books I have read. I enjoyed seeing the good guy getting a chance and watching Pearl¿s idea of a perfect guy change as the story progressed.The vampire mythology in this world was also fascinating. These are not the vampires we typically see in the paranormal world. They are ruthless, heartless and evil. They have no love for humans and want nothing more than to just snack on them and move onto the next one. The idea that a vampire in this world could grow a conscience was fascinating and I enjoyed Sarah¿s exploration of this idea and watching Pearl go through a difficult, but necessary transition. The other creatures in this book were unicorns, and not just unicorns, but were-unicorns. I don¿t think I have ever heard of that before and soaked up every detail Sarah gave us about them. I did not think that vampires and unicorns could really mix well in the same world, but Sarah blended them together flawlessly. The way the unicorns fight and their purpose were both very interesting. I have never thought of Unicorns as creatures who go on the offensive much, but Sarah has redefined my expectations for them through this book.Another bonus to this book was no teenage angst. No one was sitting up in there room crying over a guy or pondering their next move while pouting. Pearl was a take action girl and not one to sit around and mope. I appreciated Sarah¿s ability to have the story be about kids in their teens, without all the whiny behavior and sullen attitudes that can sometimes come with it in the YA world.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyDRINK SLAY LOVE is ridiculously fun. I expected the ridiculous part based on the description (vampire slaying unicorns!), but I was I was not prepared for the witty, sly, and smart characters, dialog, and story. I think I¿ve been hoodwinked. How did I miss the fact that unicorns are the perfect vampire hunters? Think about it. What kills vampires? Stakes through the heart. What do unicorns have? Giant stakes growing out of their heads. Of course now I¿m looking at narwhales in a completely different way too, but that¿s not relevant. Still, the whole unicorn vs vampire makes a strange kind of sense, doesn¿t it? What also makes a strange kind of sense is Pearl, who was great fun as a character. Her initial response to humans was very arrogant and dismissive (reminded me a bit like Illyria from Angel, but with a strong sense of humor). She doesn¿t bat an eye when her dad brings home dinner in the form of a bellhop trussed up on the dinning room table. But what I loved even more was that she wasn¿t evil. She didn¿t laugh at human fear, she just didn¿t even notice it. Like all vampires, she viewed humans in the way we would cattle, a pat on the head and they¿re off to the butcher. No big deal. And tasty with ketchup. When she ends up in high school, she just got better. Everything she said was dripping with irony and superiority. And the other students were just as fun. No throw away or flat characters. There were plenty of surprises too that kept me on my toes and just made the story even better.DRINK SLAY LOVE has a sense of humor about itself that never once flagged. It¿s full of snappy dialogue that was genuinely clever and funny, a storyline that was wacky but completely enjoyable, and a believable sweet romance. I had a blast reading this book.Sexual Content:Kissing
flashlight_reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, I loved it. Plain and simple. Pearl is witty and likeable (even if she doesn't want to me). Evan and Bethany are adorable. And the book as a whole is just funny. The dry, sarcastic humor from Pearl is fantastic! I loved her. Let's talk about the characters first... Pearl. What a funny name for a vampire, right? How ironic that she would have such a symbolic name. I mean, Pearl, like the jewel that is the epitome of innocence. And don't forget about the other famous Pearl in literature (Scarlet Letter). Coincidence? I think not. Her name suits her. It captures the change that she undergoes after the unicorn attack in such a clever way. Calling her something like Elvira would never work; it doesn't show that new conscience developing in the lovely little blood sucker. Evan is dreamy. He doesn't initially show that he likes Pearl for anything other than a friend, which is hilarious. It drives Pearl crazy. Evan comes across as a really nice, knight in shining armor sort of guy. Of course, he has one heck of a secret to share. Then there is Bethany. Perky, bubbly, almost annoying Bethany. She befriends Pearl, and it becomes an odd, but endearing, friendship. I can't forget about the would-be vampire hunters (who stink at it) Zeke and Matt. They are a riot. I'm pretty sure there might be a collective IQ of about 80 with these two. The two of them offered great comic relief. Pearl's family dynamic is interesting. She has one uncle that wants to kill her, one that isn't right in the head, and one that only speaks in quotes from Shakespeare. Add that to a mother that is cold and calculating, a cousin Antoinette that seems a lot like the awful historical figure, and another cousin, Charlaine, that hates her. As if it was Pearl's fault she walked into the sunlight and set herself on fire? Vampires can hold such grudges! I would be seeking refuge at high school too if I lived with this family! This was a fun read that I enjoyed immensely. It was such an original story, and very refreshing. On a deeper level, though, it's more than just a fun read. There is actually a lot of stuff going on. I already mentioned the importance of Pearl's name. The effects of the transformation are huge as well: Pearl develops a conscience, makes friends, and actually enjoys being in the sun. Those are not normal vampire qualities. Pearl's transformation make it a story of self discovery and change. After all, at some point in the story Pearl is quoting Kafka's Metamorphosis. Again, not coincidence. I wouldn't be doing to book justice if I didn't mention the irony throughout this book! There were puns galore, and Pearl always pointed out the examples of irony in the various situations she found herself in. I personally LOVE a story that is full of irony. Drink, Slay, Love was perfect! The level of the puns and irony were brilliant, and very well executed. They weren't forced and puny. It was good stuff.I feel like this one is a must read. Plain and simple. I'm not much of a blood and guts kind of reader, so this book didn't gross me out too much. There was minimal blood suckage. It was just funny and delightful. I will be buying this one when it comes out. I actually hope there will be another book featuring Pearl and Evan. I enjoyed them so much!
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Normally, I don¿t read these kind of books. I wasn¿t a big fan of the book this title plays off of, I¿m not a big fan of the new vampire books in general ¿ too.. ¿sparkly¿. Still, I really enjoyed Sarah Beth Durst¿s Enchanted Ivy and thought I¿d give this one a shot. Although, honestly, had she not contacted me directly, I don¿t think I would have gotten it.So the positives ¿ this book can be laugh out loud funny. I¿m not sure if that laughing is as a result of the story itself or at myself for reading it, but I did laugh quite a bit. The whole premise is so outlandishly crazy ¿ I mean, unicorns stabbing vampires through the heart ¿ seriously? that I can¿t help but chuckle even as a little part of me dies inside.Although it has a predictable plot line (which reminded me of a mix-match of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Drink, Slay, Love has likeable characters and a story that made for a very easy read. I couldn¿t help but get the feeling that Durst was poking fun at all the vampire stories circulating around these days and when the story got completely ridiculous, I kind of felt like I was in the ¿inside circle¿, poking fun with her.Overall though, this is a clean, fun read for those younger teenagers looking for something with a shiny cover and fun story.
jbronderblogs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pearl is the typical sixteen year old vampire that is concerned with fighting, her next meal, and her boyfriend Jadrien. But all of that changes when she is staked by a unicorn. The first thing she notices is that she can go out into the light of day. After enjoying all the wonders that happen during the day, she learns that the King is going to hold his Fealty Ceremony at her families place.The King wants to have the family provide enough humans to feed all the vampires at the Ceremony. But with Pearls ability to go out in the daylight, she is volunteered to solve that problem. Pearl goes to high school to try to find a solution. There she starts learning about the humans and thinking about them as much more than just food. Now she is trying to keep her family and her human friends happy.I was completely thrown for a loop when it came to the unicorn, that was a great twist. I really liked how Pearl comes to think about humans as equals. This is a really good book. I have to admit that I really couldn¿t think of anything to grump about. If you like paranormal young adult stories, you need to read this one.I received this from the Simon & Schuster Galley Grab.
PamMkydirtgirl68 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hope your ready to fall in love and laugh. That's what I did when I read this book. The witty lines make this a delightful read. The plot is simply amazing and you get sucked right into Pearl's life. She is trying to live by her family's rules and lifestyle when her world gets turned upside down. She realizes maybe what she has always known may not be right. This book has it alove, laughter, fighting, vampires, unicorns and much more. I recommend it to anyone who wants a YA vampire book you want to sit and read till it's over. Just beware reading around anyone as when you start laughing out loud people may think your crazy.(
Annesanse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Drink, Slay, Love was cute and sweet with a unique take on mythical creatures, lol. I loved Pearl's dorky friends Matt and Zeke. :) They were super funny. I didn't think it was very predictable either, so that's always a plus. I'm not sure if it's intended to be a series, but I'd read the sequels if it is. I'm interested in how everything plays out. Also, LOVE the cover. It was the main reason I bought the book.
AnnaKay21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So, Pearl is just like any other teenager. But unlike other teenagers it takes her being staked through the heart with a unicorn horn to realize that. And oh yeah, she's also a vampire. But after the mythical incident (which is ironic because she's kind of mythical too). Pearl soon finds out that she is now able to be out in the sunshine. This leads to encounters with Evan and Bethany, two very interesting humans who become her sort-of friends. Pearl has a hard time fitting in with her family anymore now that she's so different. Her parents decide that in lieu of the King coming for a 'feast and tribute', Pearl will be the means of luring the meal. Which means she'll need to navigate the vicious waters of high school and not get to close to the happy meals with legs. This book was so funny. I laughed and smiled my way through it. But that in no way diminished the emotional turmoil that Pearl goes through as she grows up over the course of the book. I loved watching her learn how to have fun, relax, and make friends. Also, seeing Pearl learn what home and family REALLY are was beautiful. Her romances with Evan (a special 'human') and Jadrien (another vampire) are great in their own ways and they each reflect how much she changes by the end of the book. A truly fun book that I would definitely recommend and it was a great Halloween read!VERDICT: 4/5 Stars*No money was exchanged for this review. This book is now available in stores and online.*
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had been nervous about Sarah Beth Durst¿s latest work DRINK, SLAY, LOVE because vampires seemed like a GIANT leap from fairy tales and I did not think it possible to love another book of hers more than I did ICE. Well, dear Readers, I stand here before you a changed mind because DRINK, SLAY, LOVE is made of awesome with all the right sorts of bubbly.THE GOOD BITS{How much more Buffy can you get?} I have read other books before that reminded me of Buffy, but DRINK, SLAY, LOVE has raised the bar in so many ways that I seriously think EVERYONE must read this book for the love of Joss Whedon! Vampires have never been snarkier ¿ and if Pearl and Buffy ever got into a fight, let¿s just say that I¿m not sure who will come out the victor in strength and clever insults.{So fresh and so clean!} Sarah Beth Durst pulled all the stops with this story, and I definitely did not want to put this book down. EVER. What would Pearl say or do next to insult these humans who refuse to leave her alone? Do unicorns really exist? Does gym class still suck for the undead? Which vampires are friend or fiend? The genius behind DRINK, SLAY, LOVE is the delightful element of surprise and watcing Pearl react to the ridiculousness of her situation. I cannot remember a time when I had more fun with a vampire novel!{Pearl} Snarky, sexy, strong, and toasty marshmallowy inside! Why can¿t all female protagonists in paranormal be like Pearl? I know I am quite particular as to what I expect from a book, but it is awfully hard to find a protagonist that simply have it all in spades. So please excuse me when I go ALL-CAPS BALLISTIC when I find Pearl to be BEYOND AWESOMESAUCE. Ka-BOOM goes my dynamite!THE BAD BITS{No sequel?} BOOOO. HISS. While DRINK, SLAY, LOVE definitely can stand on its own spine and sometimes it is best to leave a good book alone, I just have a smidgen of WANT to have more Pearl and company in my life.THE OVERALLICE may have melted my heart, but DRINK, SLAY, LOVE is a big slurp of delicious red velvet cheesecake that I would gladly give up my blood for! This is one book that you absolutely MUST READ (NOW!) - it will renew your faith that vampires are not a thing of the past and prove that Sarah Beth Durst still has aces up her sleeve that are itching to come out. I cannot wait to see what she has cooked up in VESSEL because it sounds and looks stunning!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Worthwhile characters. Greatly enjoyed it
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
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.
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Fun story, good characters, worth the read.