Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2011
Pearl, the star of Drink, Slay, Love, gets her kicks by having the neighborhood ice cream boy eat her ice cream flavor choice of the day before drinking from him. One day, while enjoying this treat, a unicorn prances by and stabs her. She wakes up to find herself caged by a couple of thugs that think they’ve captured a vampire and are planning on killing her by letting sunlight get to her. Lucky for her, the unicorn has given her a new special power… one that allows her to walk during daylight without fear of death. You can only imagine the controversy this causes with her family, until they come up with a plan to make her accepted by the Vampire King.
Think the YA Vampire genre is overdone? Tired of sparkly vampires? Well, Sarah Beth Durst has come up with a refreshing new take on vampires. Sure, we’ve seen vampires with a conscience before, but this is the first I’ve seen of the conscience being due to getting stabbed by a unicorn’s horn. Drink, Slay, Love is filled with quirky dialogue, laugh-out-loud jokes and even a jab or two at Twilight, which only made it more enjoyable for me. I’m hoping this is the first of a new series and not a novel that turns out to be a stand alone, as I’d love to read more about Pearl. I highly recommend this to all fans of young adult vampire novels, whether they think the Twilight series are the only ones that exist. It’ll be an eye-opener for those readers, and an enjoyable new author for everyone else.
Contains: Mild violence
Reviewed by: Rhonda Wilson