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Drink, Slay, Love [Paperback]

Sarah Beth Durst
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  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (11 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442423749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442423749
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Drink, Slay, Love Pearl is a typical 16-year-old vampireNuntil the night a unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Now she's experiencing a number of alarming symptoms: noticing her own reflection, feeling sympathy for a human victim, and being able to withstand the sun. Full description

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 21 July 2014
Format:Hardcover
Now, the first aspect I must express with you all, is the cover. Oh the cover! When I first set my eyes on this book it immediately screamed 'blood-loving-vampire-with-a-big-bad-attitude' and man, was I on the money.

Pearl Rose Sange is a little bit of a sterotyped vampire, she wears dark gothic clothes, LOVES blood and has a thing for violence. And lo and behold, she is stunningly beautiful. She is a greatly portrayed character! She has the attitude of a lion and the dominance of a Queen within the halls of Greenbridge high and a demanding thirst for the townspeople. She has a bad-boy of a boyfriend called Jadrien, oh-my-gosh now he is a vampire to remember!(meaning that I will not spoil his secrets for you.) and 'The Family' whom of which consist of a variety of cousins, aunts and uncles, who might I pronounce, have either a very sarcastic OR non-sarcastic attitude... you can easily see where Pearl gets hers from.

She prances around her life with no care in the world and for her victims... well, lonely Brad is her daily ice-cream blood supplier to keep her appetites for-filled with no memory of the lives he has potentially saved, and the happiness he has brought to a mint chocolate chip ice-cream loving vamp. And what other drama occurs in Pearls life? Well, she gets stabbed (with the family thinking she is crazy and so categorises her accusations as attention seeking or a little blood drunk) immediately goes on a hunt for a white, sparkling and sweet unicorn... wait what? Yes, believe your eyes and ears my lovely bookworms for Pearl was attacked by a unicorn (a unicorn...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 14 Feb 2013
By Kitty
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I found this book very interesting because it present a unique and refreshing idea. It was a pleasure reading it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Satire For The YA Market 21 Jan 2012
By Emma
Format:Hardcover
This novel started off OK, and you could see hints of all the vampire books it was mocking. The middle was incredible, really got you involved in the story - but it was just a little too much mocking for me. I think instead of using a random unicorn it could have been cool to play on the werewolf/vampire rivalry other books show.

It was funny though, and was a nice easy reading story!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever, Unique, Macabre... 19 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review from Nicole's YA Book Haven 13 Sep 2011
By Nicole's YA Book Haven - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've been steering clear of vampire novels recently, mainly because the market is over flooded and they all appear to be the same. "Drink, Slay, Love" is different though. It's hilarious. It's charming. It's everything I want in a book. Pearl? She's just awesome.

The story starts out with Pearl, a sixteen year old vampire, while she's out on a hunt. She's visiting the Dairy Hut, her favorite place to `snack', when she's stabbed by a unicorn. It sounds ridiculous because it is ridiculous, but given that the story isn't meant to be taken seriously, it works. After she's stabbed by the unicorn, she begins to change. She's able to walk in sunlight now, and her family uses it to their advantage. They'll be hosting the feast for the Vampire King of New England and they are going to need as much food as possible to serve their hungry guests. They send her to high-school in order for Pearl to make friends (after all, they need to be invited inside of their prey's homes). But Pearl suddenly begins to develop a conscience - she actually cares about the humans, something she never thought possible. She struggles to maintain her vampire instincts while also adapting to the human world. Not wanting to spoil the story, I'll just say this: if you like vampires and you enjoy laughing you need to read this book. Plain and simple.

I adored Pearl and Evan (oh, Evan). I enjoyed the fact that "Drink, Slay, Love" didn't take itself seriously. In fact, I don't think there's much I didn't like about this book. It was an incredibly fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and quirky. I absolutely loved it! 20 Sep 2011
By Evie Seo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
One word: WOW.
Never before have I read a vampire book that left me totally speechless. Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst is, hands down, one of the best (if not THE best) vampire novel I have ever read. And the best part is I wasn't at all expecting it! It was one of the first five books I received from the wonderful people at Simon & Schuster Canada, and - I'm sorry to admit that - one that I was least excited for. As a matter of fact, I didn't even know I was getting it - it came as a total surprise! I picked it up thinking "yet another vampire novel to get through" and before I knew it, I was completely engrossed in the story and absolutely in love with Sarah Beth Durst's unique take on the vampire world! I enjoyed reading Twilight series with its friendly (&sparkly) squirrel-sucking vampires (don't judge me, you know you liked it, too, at one point!), I really loved CV Hunt's dark Curt Cobain look-a-like bloodsucker, I devoured Anne Rice's gorgeous Vampire Chronicles, but this... This was beyond awesome. In Drink, Slay, Love, Durst reached a whole new level of fabulous. I could happily sit down and read it all over again. And who knows, I might just do that!

Pearl is a teenage vampire. She's also stunningly beautiful and undeniably evil. Being a typical, heartless (figuratively speaking) creature of the night, Pearl not only has no reflection and no heartbeat, but also no conscience (or any other human feelings) whatsoever. Just like others of her kind, she's a nightwalker - even minimal exposure to the sun could prove fatal for her. Same goes for playing with fire - apparently vampires are also highly flammable. Despite all that, Pearl is perfectly content with her "life". Sure, she might not be very fond of some of her family members and yes, she could use a little bit more freedom, but she has her drop-dead handsome vampire boyfriend (Jadrien) and she enjoys "snacking" on the young Dairy Hut worker. Smart, strong and irresistibly gorgeous, she makes a perfect predator. What else could she possibly want?

Pearl's "perfect life" gets turned upside down when she crosses paths with... a unicorn! Unfortunately for our blood-sucking friend, this unicorn is not here to happily bounce around and poop rainbows. In fact, mr-sparkly-and-pointy stabs our heroine straight through her heart with his horn. And, believe it or not, that's just the beginning of her problems. Next thing she knows, the sun doesn't hurt her anymore, she can see her own reflection and - wait for it - she starts feeling bad for her prey! And all that happens at the worst time imaginable - just when the vampire King of New England is about to come to town for The Fealty Ceremony. Not to mention that this once-in-a-century event is going to be hosted by her family, and she's the one responsible for providing, uhm, let's call it "refreshments". Before she knows it, she's attending the local high school and making human friends. What will she do when the time comes to serve up her new friends as party snacks? What's a vampire with a freshly awakened conscience to do?

Vampires and unicorns - doesn't it sound freaking amazing? Well, it totally is! Actually, it's even more amazing that you guys can imagine. Not only is the story line fresh, original, deliciously quirky and completely engrossing, but there's literally nothing in this book that I would change. Not a single character that I wouldn't like, not a single boring passage, no loose ends, no what-the-hell-is-going-on moments. Non. Zero. Null. The plot is nicely thought-out and skillfully executed. All the missing puzzles are graciously falling into the right places as we read. The unicorn mystery didn't really surprise me - I actually figured it out quite fast - but the way Sarah Beth Durst unraveled the whole thing was very exciting, rather than get-over-with-it-already-you're-annoying-me kind of thing. The chemistry between all the characters was top-notch. Especially between Pearly and Evan. Would someone try to tell me a couple of weeks ago that there will come a day when I will be getting excited over a vampire-unicorn romance, I would probably give you my best hell-no look and told you to get lost. But then Durst came along with her fan-freaking-tastic novel and next thing I know I'm reading about it with a heart beating ridiculously fast in my chest. It was really good. And she didn't overdo it either, which I really appreciate! There's barely any actual romance at all, I was mostly getting excited for what might happen in the next books (because there are going to be next books, right? RIGHT?!).

Pearly is a wonderful heroine. She's just plain gorgeous. I loved her snarkiness and dark sense of humor. She was going through a lot, her whole life was getting messed-up and yet she wasn't whining or feeling sorry for herself. She was tough. She'd much rather find the one responsible for all her problems and kick his/her ass, than sit around crying and hoping for a change of fate. She's a doer, she fights for herself. I really liked that about her.

Evan is hot, but he's also all kinds of awesome and sweet. And on top of everything else, he's also quite mysterious and charming. Plus he has a not-so-dark secret and adorable hero-complex. I love Evan. Period.

There are, of course, many other fantastic characters in Drink, Slay, Love. Some are more essential to the plot than others, but each and every single one of them brings something unique to the story. There's not a character that I would say was unnecessary or a waste of ink. Take the nerdy duo -Zeke and Matt. They're like ripped straight from the Big Bang Theory! I could read this book again just for their awesomely geeky conversations! Sarah Beth Durst really knows how to make her characters vivid, realistic and three-dimensional. I'm so in love with all of them!

I'd recommend this book to everyone, regardless of your usual reading preferences. I am pretty confident that once you start reading, you won't be able to put it down.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood and Unicorns 3 Nov 2011
By Teri Hack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
DSL is one of my favorite snarky new releases this year. I have to say that Sarah Beth Durst out did herself on this was. I declare DSL the awesomesauce of it's release month.
We open up from the view point of a young vampire named Pearl, and she is seriously the best little vamp out there right now because you just have to love her witty dialog. She is with her boyfriend Jadrien hitting he town so a quick bite to eat.
While munching behind a restaurant pearl get staked through the chest by none other than the pearly horn of a unicorn and soon Pearl's whole life, or that there of, will be turned upside down.
Discovering her ability to see sun for the first time, since vampires burn up from exposure in this rendition, her parents send her to high school to infiltrate the town to find kids that a coming host of vampires can feed off of. Soon it all gets complicated.

This story has it all, a girl growing into her changing body, her changing status in her community and in her family. Pearl's survival is at stake, and there us danger everywhere. Toss in a love triangle, romance, danger, and suspense and you have a great book or a great series in the making.
The boys in this novel are to die for. The ladies picked up some arse kicking boots and are ready to get the party started. Read Drink,Slay,Love and have a good time. It is full of fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wickedly entertaining story with vampires who do bite 1 Nov 2011
By Fiktshun - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Every vampire knows that unicorns don't exist. Zombies, sure. Unicorns, no way. So when Pearl Sange claims that she was staked by a unicorn, no one will believe her. And if she hadn't been so sure about what had happened to her in the parking lot of the Dairy Hut, she might have thought she was crazy, too.

As luck would have it, on her very next trip to the Dairy Hut, her favorite place to enjoy a late night snack named Brad, she's grabbed by two wannabe vampire hunters who force her into a cage so that she can "watch" the sunrise.

Much to her surprise - and that of her bumbling captors - she doesn't burst into flames. Proving to her that her encounter with the unicorn was real and that it changed her somehow.

But while being able to walk in the daylight seems like a gift at first, it's really much more of a curse. Instead of spending time with her boyfriend and possible future mate, Jadrien, and getting ready to meet the Vampire King of New England, Pearl is forced to enroll in high school. And spend time with humans.

How she's supposed to make friends with her food supply is beyond her. But her parents need to prepare a feast fit for a king, literally, and so she has to figure out a way. Because, like all vampires, the King is not the forgiving type. And if he isn't satisfied with his feast, Pearl and her Family will be ended. Probably not quickly. Definitely not painlessly.

If only this new ability of hers didn't come with a few unwanted side-effects like sympathy, caring and concern. As a soulless predator, she, for one, does not like where this is headed.

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Drink, Slay, Love is a wickedly entertaining story that will keep readers grinning, shaking their heads in disbelief and cheering for Pearl as she transforms from a bite-'em-and-leave-'em vampire to a day-walker with a conscience.

From the very first introduction to this book - its title - the author reveals her sense of humor and it carries right on through to the end. The dialogue is witty and sarcastic, the premise is outrageous and fun, and the story is action-packed, incredibly captivating - seductive even - and surprisingly clever.

By having the main character, Pearl, react in much the same way as anyone would to such a far-fetched situation like getting staked by a unicorn, allows readers to temporarily suspend disbelief and connect with the character and story, no matter how unusual the premise.

Drink, Slay, Love combines the silly with the serious and the light with the dark. It mixes in humor and clever banter with action, excitement and danger.

Toss in a vampire who's losing her edge, a mean girl who gets more than what should be coming to her, a sexy, bite-worthy boy with stalker tendencies, a perky good-hearted girl with a secret, a flirtatious bad-boy with a big mouth, a couple of well-meaning blundering idiots who are a cross between Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from Hamlet and the Frog brothers from The Lost Boys, over a hundred hungry vampires just waiting to make you their next meal and a handful of were-unicorns - yes were-unicorns - and you've got a fast-paced and riveting paranormal story that is unputdownable.

In Drink, Slay, Love the vampires are cold, cruel and calculating hunters. And the author uses sarcasm as if it were an art form. This book is a must read for fans of a vampire story that doesn't take itself too seriously, who prefer their vamps without any humanity, and who want something other than the love story to be the focus.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An author worth following! 8 Sep 2012
By RabidReads - Published on Amazon.com
I was first attracted to this book by the promise of unicorns in the synopsis. I know, I know... I may technically be pushing 30 but age is just a number, right? Anyway, my favorite toys as a kid were My Little Ponies so I thought, if anything, Drink, Slay, Love would provide me with a nice walk down memory lane. Sarah Beth Durst then throws vampires into the mix! What an unlikely yet intriguing combination! I just couldn't refuse. I gobbled this book up over the course of a weekend. The story is unique and Sarah's writing is absolutely hilarious! This novel is better entertainment than a live comedy show! Also, cleverly hidden behind all of the antics is unexpected depth and some pretty good morals to live by.

Pearl is among the rare vamps who can be out and about in daylight. This little tweak on vampire lore really shakes things up by turning this fledgling's whole world upside down. All of a sudden Pearl finds herself thrown into the world of humans and not only that but she has to attend high school. Talk about all or nothing! I really enjoyed experiencing an outsider's perspective on teenage life. All of the social constructs and rules of high school are throw out the window. Pearl walks into this new life without any of the prejudices that all of the other students have developed over time. Needless to say, she chucks a pretty big wrench into this high school's hierarchy! This sixteen year old vamp challenges teachers' authorities, jumps from one social clique to the next and even joins the prom committee! Not only that, but she does it all with style and sass.

As the story progresses Peal's conscience becomes for prominent. She slowly transforms from being a cold blooded killer to a considerate, conscientious, compassionate friend. The transition isn't obvious at first but as the book moves along it becomes more apparent that Pearl is turning into a nice person. Gasp! I enjoyed watching her priorities shift from her undead family to her living one. She develops a moral compass and a better sense of right vs wrong. Drink, Slay, Love explores issues like abusive families and the importance of confiding in someone. This book also demonstrates that it's possible to change your situation no matter how dire it may seem. There's actually some strong parental figures in the story as well. I think Durst does a great job of telling a fun story while not loosing sight of the bigger picture.

The unicorn side of this novel is incredibly unique. When the twist is finally revealed it caught me completely off guard but in a good way! I also enjoyed the humane way in which the vampire problem is dealt with. I'm used to the stake, sunlight or holy water approach. Durst shows readers that there's always another way and that violence isn't always the answer.

Drink, Slay, Love has a great plotline that's both funny and meaningful with tons of catchy pop culture references and of course, sparkly unicorns! I never expected to find such a fantastic variety of content in a Young Adult book. Keep your eyes peeled for more reads from Sarah Beth Durst. She's an author worth following!
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