Welcome to Vampire Week! This week on Fuzzy.Coffee.Books we'll be celebrating the awesomeness of vampires, be they sparkly, vegetarian, carnivorous, good, bad, or otherwise! To kick it off, I have a review for you guys of Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst.
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?
I try not to make judgments based on the summary of a book. At least, not a negative one. But when I read the summary for this book and hit the word "unicorn," my brain just automatically went....uh........hm. Well, this might not be too bad...
What I liked: 1) Pearl. Talk about a girl who doesn't take any crap from anyone. The things that came out of her mouth were just hilarious, I was laughing the whole time. But she also had some vulnerabilities that, while they didn't show up often, really added to her character and made her all the more likeable. 2) This book didn't take itself seriously, which I loved. I really felt like it was ironic and sort of sarcastic. If a book could laugh at itself, this one would. And I mean that as a really good thing. There are so many vampire books out there that are seriously lacking in the comedy department, and this was a welcome change from that! 3) I'd be remiss if I didn't talk about Evan for a minute. Evan seems to be like, the perfect guy. He's this modern day, teenage version of a Disney Prince (which is, of course my definition of a perfect guy. Sigh.) except for one glaring little thing. Which I'm not going to tell you about until you read it. HA HA! 4) Pearl's mafioso-esque family. Take the Corleones, add fangs, and you've got this Family. This was a neat twist on the common "vampire coven" idea.
What I didn't like: 1) I questioned some of the events that took place. Like, how easily everyone seems to take to Pearl on her first day at school, despite her lack of knowledge of social norms. And then, just as quickly, they don't like her. And....then they like her again! Bouncing around like a bobble head. Now, I can understand that maybe this is meant as some sort of ironic statement about high school. What's cool one minute isn't cool the next, or whatever (the whole book drips of irony) but it was a little...strange. (Oh, get over it Courtney. There's a unicorn. It doesn't get much stranger than that.) 2) How quick everyone is to believe that she and her family are vampires. That was what startled me the most. Pretty much everyone just kind of accepted it as fact once she told them.
Overall thoughts: When I'm wrong, I'm wrong. I was sure this book was just going to be too fantastical for me to be on board with. Unicorns just have that effect on me. But it worked! It really did! With a great combination of characters and writing that is unabashedly sarcastic and ironic, not to mention great comedic timing, Drink, Slay, Love is a funny novel that you'll laugh your way through.
My rating: 4 Candy Corns
Yep, we're rating things with candy corn instead of espresso this month! And make sure you enter to win something awesome in the Fuzzy.Coffee.Books Big Bad Halloween Giveaway! It's open all month!