Drink, Slay, Love
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Hardcover 385 pgs
Pearl is a vampire and not your average friendly nice to humans type of vampire. She's slightly evil, can't go out in the sun, and has a fondness for blood. One night as Pearl is getting getting a snack from her favorite source, Brad, she is staked through the heart by a unicorn. Yes, I said unicorn. After the unicorn incident. Pearl starts to change. Not only can she go out in the sun but her conscience is slowly developing. Which is a problem. Her parents plan to exploit Pearl's new ability. They have decided she will be the one to get humans for a feast they are planning to honor the Vampire King of New England. Pearl's family is not a group you would want to disappoint. As Pearl's conscience continues to grow she will have some important choices to make. The decisions she makes could not only endanger her but also the new friends that have come into her life.
The main character Pearl is a 16 year old who comes from a family of evil vampires and she is no different. Which was something I enjoyed because she was different from other characters I have read about. As her conscience develops Pearl learns to see humans differently. It's a new experience for her one she never thought would happen. I found Pearl to be very enjoyable. I loved all the attitude she threw around even though she was conflicted throughout the novel she kept her sarcastic attitude. Her family on the other hand are cruel and eager to use Pearl's new ability to their advantage. At times I feared for Pearl because it seemed as though her family was capable of anything including killing her if she didn't follow orders.
The friends that Pearl makes are not by choice. They start following her around in school and friendships develop as the novel progresses. Evan and Bethany are two humans that Pearl meets while going to school for the first time. Evan is the hot boy next door type of guy who goes out of his way to help Pearl navigate her way through her new school. Bethany is completely adorable. She is the personification of bubbly, and latches on to Pearl from the second they meet.
I found this story to be very exciting. The fact that Pearl was a bad girl turned good by way of unicorn stabbing was very original. I wanted to read quickly so I would know what choices Pearl was going to make. I also needed to know what was going on with that unicorn. Drink, Slay, Love was fast paced but is filled with a tension that insists you read on. My overall impression of this novel is that it is a great book filled with amazing characters.
I really really liked this cover. I love the red bottle with the drop of blood sliding down the side. Simplistic but very eye catching.