Book Review: Drink Slay Love

Book Review

Drink Slay Love

Sarah Beth Durst

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5 Stars)

Young Adult

Any book that can make me laugh out loud this many times deserves 5 stars!

The Kia fishtailed, and she parked diagonally across two spots.
“You clearly don’t know how to park, Jadrien observed.
“Nonsense,” Pearl said. “I simply know how to make an entrance.

Drink Slay Love tells the tale of Pearl, a teenage, rebellious, gothic vampire girl of 16 who is stabbed by a unicorn, turned good, and slowly transformed into a better person. As she discovers a conscience and feels her emotions for the first time, she must battle her own inner conflicts, survive her bloodthirsty Mafioso family and the local king of vampires, then plan and execute the junior prom, all while making new friends and falling in love.

First, there’s the title. I love the title. Perfect vampire book title. Second, there’s the cover. It’s sexy and chic – fantastic! Third, the book itself was hilarious! I mean – unicorns. Seriously. It’s so absolutely ridiculous and yet brilliant at the same time. I wish I’d thought of it.

He staked me.
The pretty sparkly horse had staked her.
“Crap,” she said.
She clutched at the bloody horn, and the world went dark.

Sarah beth Durst’s writing is witty and intelligent. The story is very well thought out, practically textbook in structure. Characters are charmingly cliché cutouts from any number of teenager or vampire movies, but the book is no less for that. The banter is fun and playful. I feel like I’m immersed in Buffy the Vampire Slayer or The Breakfast Club, both of which were referenced.

Pearl is tough, smart, sassy and cool as she struggles to keep her life together and survive vampires, high school and a growing sense of guilt and decency. She’s easy to fall in love with and I think this readily could have turned into a popular series. No small wonder that the book is being made into a movie.

“Kidnap is such a harsh word,” Tall said. “I prefer protective custody. Really, when you think about it, we were protecting you. Or protecting someone from you, which is almost the same. Except for how it’s totally not. 

Any fan of The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Buffy or any light, supernatural stories, is going to absolutely love this book. I did.

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