Saturday, October 8, 2011

Drink, Slay, Love, by Sarah Beth Durst

Barnes & Noble

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?

This book had so much potential, but fell a bit flat. There were enough compelling moments to keep me going, though I did think of flouncing at several points. The story was predictable, but cute.

Teens will probably enjoy it. It wouldn't recommend it for adult readers of the YA genre, though.

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