- I enjoyed Durst’s Enchanted Ivy, and when she contacted me to see if I’d be interested I thought I’d give it a shot.
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 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?
Normally, I don’t read these kind of books. I wasn’t a big fan of the book this title plays off of, I’m not a big fan of the new vampire books in general – too.. “sparkly”. Still, I really enjoyed Sarah Beth Durst’s Enchanted Ivy and thought I’d give this one a shot. Although, honestly, had she not contacted me directly, I don’t think I would have gotten it.
So the positives – this book can be laugh out loud funny. I’m not sure if that laughing is as a result of the story itself or at myself for reading it, but I did laugh quite a bit. The whole premise is so outlandishly crazy – I mean, unicorns stabbing vampires through the heart – seriously? that I can’t help but chuckle even as a little part of me dies inside.
Although it has a predictable plot line (which reminded me of a mix-match of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Drink, Slay, Love has likeable characters and a story that made for a very easy read. I couldn’t help but get the feeling that Durst was poking fun at all the vampire stories circulating around these days and when the story got completely ridiculous, I kind of felt like I was in the “inside circle”, poking fun with her.
Overall though, this is a clean, fun read for those younger teenagers looking for something with a shiny cover and fun story.
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