Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst EARLY REVIEW

Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

Egalley thanks to Simon & Schuster

Synopsis from Goodreads
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?

Publication date: 13/09/2011

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I have a strong suspicion that any fan of Joss Whedon will love this book as much as I did. Yes, I am a proud Buffy fan. 

I could literally take any chapter from Drink, Slay, Love and quote from it something wonderfully funny. It's that good.

Pearl lives in a sort of Addams family surrounding. Family is everything. There is a strict hierarchy, there are customs and mannerisms to observe, she's got a vampire boyfriend Jadrien who officially courts her, constantly sprouts poetry, and they spar together viciously.

Then one night she is staked by a unicorn and finds out that she can withstand sunlight. She is dazzled by sun. Everything is beautiful and shiny, and she's got all these new feelings in her.

Her Mother (yes, capital M) decides that they would enroll Pearl into a human school and she would lure human students for the feast in honor of the visiting Vampire King.

Pearl is amazing. She has the snark in spades, she is super confident and feels superior to everyone else, but she doesn't know what to do with all these people who want to be friends with her. She even has two wonderful sidekicks, Matt and Zeke, who claim they are vampire hunters.

"Dude, you ask her."
"Nuh-uh, you ask."
"Rock, paper scissors?"
"You cheat, man," Matt said.
"How is it possible to cheat at rock paper scissors?"Zeke asked.
"You game the system," Matt said.
"It's not my fault you always choose rock."
"My manly strength will not allow me to choose less unyielding material," Matt said. "I have rocks for muscles. You fear my strength."
"Whatever," said Zeke. "You never choose scissors."
"Sometimes I choose paper," Matt said. "You can't predict me. I'm cagey."
"You always choose rock or paper," Zeke said. "So long as I always choose paper I can't lose."
"See, I knew you gamed the system."

"The vampires are plotting to attack the junior prom, feed and then torch the place to hide the evidence," Pearl said.
"I knew it!" Matt said. "Always a bad idea to have large social events. Totally tempting fate. Vampires love proms. Look at the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. I mean, don't look at it, because it's seriously bad, like in an awesome way, but the climax? Giant vampire attack at prom. Also, Carrie. No vampire attack there, but lots of blood and carnage. And don't forget The Mean Girls. The horror, the horror!"

This book is sweet and beautiful, humorous and insightful at the same time. For me, it sparkled (pun totally intended). I do recommend it to anyone. Also, I can't wait for the book #2. I hope there will be one. Because the idea in the end of the first one was hilarious...

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Замечательная книжка. Юмор в стиле Джосса Ведона, легко читается, красочно описано. Проглотила с огромным удовольствием.

Семейка вампирши Пёрл безумно напомнила Семью Адамс. Мать (да, с большой буквы) - прямо копия Мортиции, Папочка списан с её мужа - ну и все остальные персонажи совершенно безумны.

Пёрл ведёт себя как обычный 16-летний вампир, пока в один день её сердце не прокалывает самый настоящий единорог. Она с удивлением узнаёт, что теперь может выходить на солнце - весь мир становится блестящим и красочным, и она от него совершенно офигевает.

Тут Мать решает, что Пёрл начнёт ходить в школу, так как скоро к ним приедет Вампирский Король (склонный к резне), и им нужно его будет его кормить, а Пёрл предоставит ему свеженьких школьников.

Пёрл очень интересная девушка, супер уверенная в собственном превосходстве. она всем говорит в лицо, что о них думает, а школьники решают, что у неё блестящее чувство юмора, и она становится популярной.

Вроде бы всё по плану, только вот единорог отравил её кровь, она начинает чувствовать угрызения совести и очеловечивается. Теперь ей придётся выбирать между новоявленными друзьями - Эваном и Бетани, и её Семейством с изящным, злым, поэтичным вампиром-бойфрендом Джедриеном, которого она переодически бьёт в поединках.

Классный финал открывает смешную идею к следующей книге, которая, я надеюсь, появится скоро! Рекомендую всем.

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  1. I wasn't sure about this one, the were-unicorn kind of put me off. However, after having read your review I really want to read it now! :D

  2. Oh no, unicorn is more of a symbol. You barely see him. Maybe twice through the whole book. :)

  3. it sounds interesting ! thanks for the review, it makes me want to read it too !

  4. Another fabulous title. Must add this to my kindle list. I wonder when I can download the sample.


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