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Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
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Mar 24, 2012

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bookshelves: vampire-fiction, young-adult
Read in March, 2012

I've had this one on my to-read list for the title alone. Just yesterday I saw it on the shelf at the library so snapped it right up. Read it in an evening and found it to be a fun little bit of light vampy fiction.

The gist of things is that 16-year old Pearl is attacked, nearly fatally, by a unicorn. No one in The Family (her menacing extended kin network) believes her, and they are furious with her because they fear that she has led a vampire hunter to them at a politically delicate moment. Upon learning some of her new attributes (but not all of them, as Pearl quickly susses out that select traits would be viewed as weaknesses for which she'd likely be culled), her parents task her with an important role in an upcoming fealty ceremony associated with the visit of a vampire dignitary. The only hitch is that Pearl must enroll in the local high school to maximize her newfound Daywalker abilities and availability of fresh blood at the upcoming vamp shindig.

Drink, Slay, Love is a fun mix of the usual sorts of coming of age, high school power struggles, and pop culture references. There's much that is unresolved at book's end, but given its lightness you're not overly pressed about this fact. The only note I'd wish the publishers (i.e., Margaret K. McElderry Books) might take to heart is the fact that it's virtually impossible to read the black letters on the burgundy backdrop of the book's dust jacket--and ditto for the thin red font on the black background on the book's back cover. (While visually appealing in the sense of the colors, these parts of the book fail utterly in their assigned task of conveying information about the book one is considering purchasing or borrowing.) That said, it's a darn good thing that the clever title has already drawn/repelled potential readers.
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