Review: Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

SYNOPSIS:

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?

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REVIEW

date read: Jan 2nd, 2012

When I first came across this book featuring vampires and were-unicorns, I thought: “what the hell, this should be fun”, as fun as any parody can be.. and it has been for a while, with Pearl’s witty voice and her slow transformation from the soul-less vampire to the ‘humanized’ one.
But when it got to the point of her choosing between her wanna-be-friends and her family, I didn’t find it funny any more and any amount of wittiness was pointless.

I mean, yeah, she had a crappy family, as little as I knew about them I got to hate them all, but still.. if I had to choose between my family and all the people around the world, with all the conscience in the world I would be as selfish as hell and choose my family. Judge me all you want, but this is me. And I don’t think that a silly shinny unicorn would change this, not in this life time.

So, as long as I thought about this book as being a cute parody to the all-around vampire books flooding the reading world, all worked for me.
Yeah, it was fun seeing how the author managed to make me laugh about the shiny vampires (we all know which ones) in the same time shoving some shiny unicorn down my throat. It was fun to see how the main character managed to see and judge the relationships between her schoolmates, it was fun to see how she got in even more trouble by trying to solve some small problems..

Now, if only the ending would have been different.

What I never understood was why would she choose to trust her new friends. Why would she risk her family for them. I would have believed it better if she was deeply, over-the-head in love with her shinny unicorn-boy. Love is supposed to make you blind and stupid (as some say), so this is the perfect excuse in YA literature for all the silly decisions the characters have to make.

But Pearl was smart and I expected more from her.
Oh well, she did say that humans were stupid, and she was turning somehow human-ish, this implying that maybe she was turning stupid as well.. that might make sense, either way I had to take down two stars from the rating. It was a bit frustrating as all this went against Pearl’s built-in personality and it felt convenient in a not-so-pleasant kind of way.

But if you are not over-thinking the story like I seem to be doing, and I shouldn’t either (for god’s sake it’s an vampire vs. unicorn story!!), then you might enjoy it quite a lot.
Many of my book friends loved it, and this is the reason I picked it up – it was highly recommended by trusted reviewers – but I can’t love them all, right?

Happy reading!

 

But, don't let me do all the talking. I want to know what you think of this as well.

  • Karen

    I really loved Drink Slay Love, I thought it was a nice twist on the genre. I wonder if it’s a series because the ending was left pretty open.
    I’m sorry it didn’t work as well for you. You’re not the only one though. I have a good friend who didn’t care for it either and had to stop reading.

    • http://www.readingaftermidnight.com/ Ari

      I got the same feeling at the ending, that it’s open for another book in case the author decides to make it a series.
      As for the book itself I am sure that other people might like it more than I did. There were some things I really liked about it, and there were some that I just didn’t. But it was quite entertaining for the most part :)

  • Ficbookreviews

    I have this on my tbr this week and It sounds really good. I cant wait to read it. Great review x

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    • http://www.readingaftermidnight.com/ Ari

      This book is quite funny, so I hope that you will like it even more than I did :)

  • Esha@ Readaholicme

    Love your review.. Meaning to read this for a some time..
    Love your site! A new follower

    Esha@Readaholicme

    • http://www.readingaftermidnight.com/ Ari

      Thanks, Esha.
      Can’t wait to see what you think of this book as well. I hope you’ll enjoy it! :)