Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst.
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry.
Pages: 385.
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?

Ice and Enchanted Ivy, two of the best fantasy novels I've ever read, are what made Sarah Beth Durst one of my favorite authors ever. But all I've read from her has been fantasy, so I was a bit skeptical that she was diving into something that most of us have already moved on from: vampires. But Durst has, once again, reminded me exactly why I love her stories so much. This vampire book is not just a vampire book. It's different, imaginative, funny and exhibits all of the adventure, wit and world that this author is so perfect at creating.

I was skeptical about the vampires, yes, but when I heard about were-unicorns, I was downright nervous. Would this be a bit of an overkill of supernatural? Would it be awkward and weird? I'll admit that even after the unicorn first appeared in the story, I still felt a little apprehensive about it, but it's not at all as odd as I imagined it'd be. There is something about Durst's writing that makes everything, even the most outrageous things, click together. Not once did I feel like the unicorn and the vampires were out of place or forced uncomfortably together in one book. Actually, they fit together quite well. And Pearl's witty banter with the unicorn is absolutely hilarious.

Another thing I absolutely loved was the character development. Pearl is pretty much a monster in the beginning, but she becomes a bit more human every chapter, with a great pace and good number/placement of stumbles back into the dark side. I've heard people complain about how the action doesn't really begin until the end. That might be true, but this is ultimately a story about Pearl's transformation, and I think it was exectued amazingly and realistically. (Well, about as realistic as a vampire/unicorn novel can get)

Overall, Drink Slay Love is another favorite of mine from Sarah Beth Durst. She shines at creating worlds and characters and adventures full of epic twists and turns that keep readers on the edge of their seats and this book is no exception. With a perfect balance of dark and light, a vividly descriptive transformation and all of the charm that comes with a Sarah Beth Durst novel - Drink Slay Love is one that you definitely don't want to miss!

More reviews for Drink, Slay, Love:
Harmony's Radiant Reads.
SciFiChick.com.
The Unread Reader.
Rabid Reads.

7 comments: