Drink, Slay, Love

Drink, Slay, Love

3.81 (6,181 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.81 (6,181 ratings by Goodreads)
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Vampire romance takes a snarky turn in this humorous novel, coming soon to TV screens as a Lifetime Original Movie!

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 entrées.
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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 147 x 211 x 33mm | 472g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1442423730
  • 9781442423732
  • 359,054

Review quote

Pearl is, if not exactly likable, refreshingly self-aware and possessed of a sort of mad charm, and readers both vamp-crazy and not will enjoy her dry, unapologetic take on the genre that is at once pointed send-up and twisted celebration.--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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Rating details

6,181 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
5 29% (1,794)
4 35% (2,192)
3 26% (1,585)
2 7% (436)
1 3% (174)

Our customer reviews

I had been nervous about Sarah Beth Durst's latest work DRINK, SLAY, LOVE because vampires seemed like a GIANT leap from fairy tales and I did not think it possible to love another book of hers more than I did ICE. Well, dear Readers, I stand here before you a changed mind because DRINK, SLAY, LOVE is made of awesome with all the right sorts of bubbly. THE GOOD BITS {How much more Buffy can you get?} I have read other books before that reminded me of Buffy, but DRINK, SLAY, LOVE has raised the bar in so many ways that I seriously think EVERYONE must read this book for the love of Joss Whedon! Vampires have never been snarkier - and if Pearl and Buffy ever got into a fight, let's just say that I'm not sure who will come out the victor in strength and clever insults. {So fresh and so clean!} Sarah Beth Durst pulled all the stops with this story, and I definitely did not want to put this book down. EVER. What would Pearl say or do next to insult these humans who refuse to leave her alone? Do unicorns really exist? Does gym class still suck for the undead? Which vampires are friend or fiend? The genius behind DRINK, SLAY, LOVE is the delightful element of surprise and watcing Pearl react to the ridiculousness of her situation. I cannot remember a time when I had more fun with a vampire novel! {Pearl} Snarky, sexy, strong, and toasty marshmallowy inside! Why can't all female protagonists in paranormal be like Pearl? I know I am quite particular as to what I expect from a book, but it is awfully hard to find a protagonist that simply have it all in spades. So please excuse me when I go ALL-CAPS BALLISTIC when I find Pearl to be BEYOND AWESOMESAUCE. Ka-BOOM goes my dynamite! THE BAD BITS {No sequel?} BOOOO. HISS. While DRINK, SLAY, LOVE definitely can stand on its own spine and sometimes it is best to leave a good book alone, I just have a smidgen of WANT to have more Pearl and company in my life. THE OVERALL ICE may have melted my heart, but DRINK, SLAY, LOVE is a big slurp of delicious red velvet cheesecake that I would gladly give up my blood for! This is one book that you absolutely MUST READ (NOW!) - it will renew your faith that vampires are not a thing of the past and prove that Sarah Beth Durst still has aces up her sleeve that are itching to come out. I cannot wait to see what she has cooked up in VESSEL because it sounds and looks stunning!show more
by theEPICrat
I had been dying to read Drink Slay Love since the moment I saw it. The cover which is one of my favorites, screamed "Read me!". And I thought the synopsis sounded very promising. I've read a lot of comments from people who are anti-unicorn, they didn't plan to read this book because of the unicorn aspect. Which, when I think about it, seems weird because I didn't know there was a "unicorn presence" in YA to begin with. But, that's a story for another day. Anyway, I'm neither "pro" nor "anti" unicorn, I consider myself "unicorn neutral", and so I jumped into Drink Slay Love with much anticipation. The book starts off with so much promise. I love, LOVE that the story is told from a bad-girl's point of view. And Pearl is so, so bad. She is a vampire with no humanity, no remorse. She embraces her life, because it is the only one she's ever known. She's wild and reckless and sexy. As is her uber-hunky, fellow badass, boyfriend Jadriel. And oh boy, Jadriel is hot. I'm not sure that I was supposed to be as into his character as I was. He was dangerous, and selfish, and content to let Pearl be his superior. Together, the rule the night, sparring and seducing their time away. This small glimpse of Pearl's life was so much fun. Enter the unicorn. As indicated in the synopsis, Pearl is stabbed by a unicorn. After her near-miss, the chase is on. Pearl is after the elusive unicorn, out to get it for nearly killing her. But soon after, Pearl starts noticing changes, like the ability to withstand the sun, and sympathy for her prey. At this point, I miss the old, ruthless Pearl, but she still has her snark and wit, so I'm still on board. Pearl begins to make human friends, Bethany and Evan. Evan is lovely. He is handsome, and helpful, and maybe, just a bit too perfect. And it seems, he may have a huge secret of his own. Anyway, long story short, Pearl goes to school, makes human friends, and is put to the ultimate test by her family. I'm still on board, for the most part. Here's my problem. The last part of the book, things start to be explained; like the unicorn and Evan's big secret, Pearl's true nature is exposed, plans begin to unravel. And the problem is, everything felt too easily accepted. Teens just accept a vampire in their midst? No freaking out, no needing time to process? People just believe that the unicorn -------- (fill in the blank)? That's what bothered me about Drink Slay Love, the lack of reality in reactions. Which may seem is contradictory because I'm reading a book about a vampire and a unicorn. I liked Drink Slay Love, I really did. Durst has a beautiful writing style. The characters, especially Pearl, had just the right amount of snark and sarcasm, and her take on the vampire lifestyle (think Mafia) was cool. Take away my few complaints from above, and it was still an enjoyable book. Favorite Quote: " 'Just bite him. Suck a pint or two. Show me you're still you, that we're still us. Please, Pearl.' He kissed her. 'Make someone bleed. For me.'show more
by Andrea Thompson
I couldn't resist the description of this YA title when it was offered by Simon and Schuster, a vampire gets staked by a unicorn and develops a conscience - what's not to love? Drink, Slay, Love is a fun, quirky story with surprising wit. Sixteen year old vampire Pearl Sange is stunned when the pretty sparkly unicorn stakes her with his horn in the alley behind the ice cream store and even more surprised when she wakes on the sofa at home, her Family peering down at her. Her chest is sore and she is a little confused but it isn't until she is caught by a pair of wannabee hunters and forced to face the sunrise that she discovers she is now immune to daylight. Pearl is dazzled by the day, the way light streams through stained glass windows, but is less impressed by the crush of humanity. Her parents see Pearl's unique ability as the perfect opportunity to gather the bodies they need to provide sustenance at the impending Feast in honor of the Vampire King, so Pearl is made to attend high school. But daywalking isn't the only side effect of the unicorns attack, Pearl is beginning to see humans as more than food and handing over the entire Junior year as the main course no longer seems to be such a good idea. It's brave of Durst to step away from the mold and combine vampires with vampire slaying were unicorns, but I think it works in Drink, Slay, Love because she doesn't discard the traditional mythology completely. This isn't a story to take seriously, it is generously sprinkled with humour and blissfully free of melodramatic teenage angst. It's a lighthearted YA novel with snappy dialogue and delightful attitude. The characters might be just a touch shallow but they are fun. Pearl is smart, snarky and fierce, and even as her allegiance transitions from her Family to her friends she doesn't lose that core of moxie (for want of a better word). Durst manages to combine characters that represent every highschool clique - from the geeky Zeke and Matt to mean girl's Ashlyn and Tara. Evan has his own secret to keep of course but is a sweetie, I like that the relationship between Evan and Pearl is low key. Durst cleverly gives a nod to the (legions) of adult YA fans with her references to 1980's teen movies classics Pretty In Pink and the Breakfast Club. For her more age appropriate readership, their are some less than subtle digs at the Twilight Saga. Drink, Slay ,Love was much better than I had expected and I enjoy being surprised by a book. Amusing, clever and fresh its the perfect read for girls that once loved ponies and now swoon over brooding vamps.show more
by Shelley Cusbert
I was first attracted to this book by the quirky blurb as it seemed to promise a fun read. It didn't disappoint in that regard. It was the fun aspect that made me give this book four stars rather than three. The writing is fine, but not amazing and the characters are good, but rarely fleshed out completely. Even Pearl appears somewhat two-dimensional at times; although we see more development from her than any of the others. However, the book is more than saved by a funny and clever plot idea. I loved the storyline and wanted to know how it would progress. The story alone sucked me in completely (no pun intended) and was enough to make up for other minor defects and keep me not only reading till the end, but also keen to read on. In addition, I enjoyed the little 'digs' at YA fiction and 'sparkly' vampires as they added to the book's sense of fun and self-mockery. This is an amusing, easy read that will appeal to fans of lighter YA fiction and vampire lovers who are looking for something a bit quirky and different. The moral of the book: Don't mock the Unicorn! I received this book as a free e-book ARC from Simon & Schuster GalleyGrab.show more
by Nicola Markus
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