Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review of Drink, Slay, Love

Title: Drink, Slay, Love
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Publication date: September 13th, 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

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?

My take:

I am so tired of vampire novels, but this doesn't quite qualify. Durst spends as much time making fun of vampire novels as she does writing one. I mean, the main character gets staked by a UNICORN in the first 20 pages. Hilarious.

Honestly, though? My favorite thing about this book was Zeke and Matt, a.k.a. Tall and Chubby. They're Buffy enthusiasts, amateur slayers, and pretty much nerds personified. Their dialogue had me cracking up. Don't get me wrong, I liked the other zany characters, but Zeke and Matt are my brothers in nerdery.

I think that vampire fans will like this, but so will readers who are tired of vampires. Either way, you should probably read it.

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