Sunday, 1 January 2012

#39 Book Review: Drink, Slay, Love

Drink, Slay, Love
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 396
Release date: December 1st 2011
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: E-book

Summary from Goodreads:
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 think 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?

My review: 

Cool. Love the look of the girl sipping blood from the bottle with a straw. Kinda looks like how I imagined Pearl would be like. I think it's a remake of the US cover because it looks the same.
4 Forget-me-not flowers for the cover!
So it's been a while since I read another book with 'vampire' theme. Not only that, it's got unicorns in it! What's the connection between vampire and unicorn? Well, you've got to read them to find out! ;)

Drink, Slay, Love is absolutely an enjoyable read. We know that vampires are always about blood, anti-sun and soulless creatures. But what happens when a vampire develops conscience, able to walk in the sun, cry and feel? This is Pearl. Pearl was a just your average vampire when suddenly one night, she got staked by a unicorn's horn. Afterwards, she becomes more than just a vampire. She is almost like a human (except she still has her fangs and still drinks blood). Just when she is able to feel the sunlight for the first time in her life, she had to gather 'feast' (a.k.a humans) for the Vampire king in the fealty ceremony (where young vampires get acknowledged as the king's children). She never thought she'd meet the cute boy, Evan, who is more than just a cute boy, get in the track team and make friends. She never thought sucking blood out of someone will make her feel guilty and she definitely never think of what other people is feeling. The only problem is, if she starts becoming human, her family will not acknowledge her, the Vampire king will kill her, and she'll be alone. 

This book introduced me to a new idea. Were-unicorns. I've never read a book about Unicorns. All I can think of Unicorns are mythical and rainbows. It's a funny mixture right? Unicorns and vampires. They don't mix but they do in this book! What I particularly loved about this book is the story of a vampire who started to be like a human, who feels, who cries, who care and love. I also love the idea of using unicorns to make that happen. Unicorns are symbolized as pure creatures (kinda reminds me of how Voldemort drinks Unicorn's blood in the first HP book to keep him alive or something) and they were able to change a vampire, to make them better and not evil. I simply enjoyed reading this story, seeing how Pearl tries to cope with her life and her responsibility as a vampire too!

Pearl was such a strong and awesome heroine in this book. She tries to show no weaknesses to anyone and she never thought her life would change because of a unicorn. I actually liked reading about Jadrien, Pearl's vampire boyfriend because he was unexpectedly poetic but very prideful. Evan is such a kind-hearted character who I never thought would be more than just a human. I love reading about Pearl's family (her aunts, uncle, dad, mom, cousins) and the bond she grows with her friends in high school. It was really interesting to see how Pearl developed from an 'evil' vampire to a 'good' vampire. 

A very entertaining, funny and unique read. Want to know how Vampires and Unicorns mix? Read this book! It's a light read you'll enjoy and love! Thank you to Allen & Unwin for the review copy!

Favourite quote:
Evan touched her shoulder. "Maybe it's not that there's something wrong with you," he said. "Maybe there's something finally right."

Funny quote:
"Uh, oh. Don't look at me. Malls terrify me."
4 Forget-me-not flowers for Drink, Slay, Love!

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