Dark, and ridiculously funny. That about sums it up. I didn't think it was possible to still find a YA vampire novel that was original, well written and entertaining. Let's face it, the vampire story has been done to death the last few years. Drink, Slay, Love has proven me wrong in a most delightful way. When Pearl gets staked - by a unicorn no less - she finds herself going through a few changes. The sun can no longer harm her, she has a reflection, and worst of all, she is starting to care about humans(otherwise known as food).
Pearl is a great character. She is unapologetically evil. She is proud of her vampire nature and her role in her family. As she copes with the many changes in her life, she still manages to hold on to her caustic wit and stunning self confidence even as she works on developing a conscience and true feelings. She is fun to read. Both her inner dialogues and her interactions with her friends are realistic and very well done. At no point does this book get mired in overdone angst ridden drama. It moves along at a quick pace, fueled by fine writing and excellent story telling.
This is a well done supernatural fantasy. There's a nice light touch of romance, although it is not the focus. I liked the author's careful melding of traditional vampire lore with an interesting supporting cast and a very unique hero. Unicorns and Vampires. Who would have ever thought that would work? Read this for the incredibly funny moments, the great lead character, or for Pearl's truly crazy family. It's got vampire politics, complex characters that will make you laugh and make you think, and a story line that just kept offering up new levels of emotion and adventure. Don't miss this one.