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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

After being stabbed through the heart by a unicorn’s horn after snacking on her favorite human entrée, 16-year-old vampire Pearl begins experiencing some rather strange symptoms. The most shocking occurs after two teenage “vampire hunters” capture and cage her, and she doesn’t burn at dawn’s early light. Because Pearl can withstand the daylight, her vampire Family comes up with a clever idea: they will enroll her in high school, and she will lure humans to the Fealty Ceremony as a treat for the King of New England.

Pearl agrees to the plan, but as she interacts with the humans, she discovers that she has a conscience and no longer wants to drink their blood. Evan, who once looked like a tasty morsel to her, now makes her experience true human feelings. Pearl decides she must find the unicorn who destroyed her nature, and get it reversed before her Family finds out.

Drink, Slay, Love by Sara Beth Durst is not your typical vampire novel; if you’re looking for another Twilight copycat, you won’t find it here. But if you love iconic movies like Lost Boys, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and anything starring Molly Ringwald, this is the perfect book for you. Light on the romance, Drink, Slay, Love is about a young vampire who does some soul-searching (well, if she had a soul!) and learns that where she thought she belonged might not necessarily be her ideal way of living any more. Caught in between two worlds, Pearl will have to choose: her family or the humans.

I absolutely loved the interactions between Evan and Pearl, and I hope that there will be a sequel to Drink, Slay, Love. This book is definitely one that I “sank my fangs into”, but my thirst isn’t quite satiated–I simply have to know what happens to these characters, and what the consequences for Pearl’s actions will be. If you love vampires, YA, witty dialogue, and are intrigued by the idea of were-unicorns, then you have to stalk your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of Drink, Slay, Love.

Rating: 3.5/5

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Margaret K. McElderry Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.