YA Vampire Review & Giveaway: DRINK, SLAY, LOVE by Sarah Beth Durst

Question: When it is really okay for a vampire to sparkle in  sunlight?
Answer: When she really isn’t sparkling–she’s just never seen sunlight on skin before, and she kinda got staked by a sparkly unicorn horn the night before.


We’re looking at a great new YA vampire read today–Sarah Beth Durst’s Drink, Slay, Love.  It’s funny, it’s feisty, and I devoured it in two sittings. I would’ve finished in one sitting but, well, I’m old and need sleep and have Ye Olde Day Jobbe that requires my presence at 7:30 a.m. Want to win a copy? Read on.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  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?

MY THOUGHTS: When I first read the blurb for the book I thought, interesting, but the unicorn thing? I dunno…. But Durst’s savvy wit and humor keep this book from turning campy and, instead, we have a YA vampire tale for the rest of us (you know who we are, and Drink, Slay, Love pokes fun at some vampire novels just for our benefit). Pearl is funny and horrified as she learns to deal with the far-reaching reactions to her near-staking by the unicorn behind the Dairy Hut. Her family is hilarious–in a scary, utterly creepy sort of way–as a kind of modern vampire Addams Family (if you aren’t old enough to know about the Addams Family, just take my word for it: dysfunctional and weird). She’s torn between vampire boyfriend Jadrian, who liked her better before she saw sunlight, and human hottie Evan, who admits to having a savior complex–and he thinks Pearl needs saving. 

Want to win a copy of Drink, Slay, Love? In honor of the unicorn, tell me the most unusual critter you’ve come across in your paranormal reads. I’m going to vote for the were-gators in my own novelette Chenoire (still available as a free read, above, for a short time). Is that cheating? Okay, how about the were-snakes (ewwww) in the Anita Blake novels. 


You know the bit, with a little twist: four entries possible–+1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow: http://www.twitter.com/Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for a contest Tweet or a Facebook mention to the Preternatura link: http://suzanne-johnson.blogspot.com.



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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

35 thoughts on “YA Vampire Review & Giveaway: DRINK, SLAY, LOVE by Sarah Beth Durst

  1. Hmmm… Most unusual critter? (A were-gator sounds awesome, BTW.)

    The only thing that I thought was kind of odd that I can remember is from Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews. There’s a lot of shifters in the book. They are humans who change into animals. But, there was a few animals that became human, sort of. I think it was the shifter guy mated with an animal instead of either a human or a shifter. So, the offspring were more animal than human. Most in the book couldn’t speak, I think. (I hope I’m not giving away too much about the book.)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. I guess the most unusual I’ve come across is a horse shifter

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  3. Most unusual creature would have to be the Harpies from Gena Showalter’s series. I love them and the mythology is great, but they are a strange bunch. 🙂

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  4. I’ve heard so great things about this book I can’t wait to read it, it sounds so good , thanks for the review.

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  5. I don’t know if unusual but the giant spiders and 3 head dog from Harry Potter are weird I think.
    Thanks for the giveaway, finges crossed!

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  6. I haven’t read anything so unusual like what you mentioned -eww is right- but I don’t like zombies they are gross and ghouls too…their eating habits, disgusting! lol

    But this book sounds great I hope random likes me this time.

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  7. Ick–Alicia. The panwere! I’d blocked that one out of my mind. So totally, totally gross. That’s the worst one ever. You’re right. I think the weresnakes were in that same book…Narcissus in Chains? I can’t remember.

  8. I to agree with you the Anita Blake novels have some interesting weres such as wererats, and weresnakes. One novel that I read, the male lead shifted into a Centaur. i will most definitely have to read your story with a weregator ( how fun! ). I would love to win a copy of this book, it sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway! bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net +1 Comment, +1 Follower

  9. Ah, Marie-Claude, the were-swans. I remember that guy that Anita had sex with (well, of course she did) and he was kind of pink and pale with fluffy white feathers and…ewww. Yeah, that one was kind of grossly weird, too. I think Laurell K Hamilton is winner of the weird critter contest.

  10. I don’t know if they were mentioned but wereswan in Anita series kinda had me like ‘eeeeeekkkk’. Oh, and arpies….don’t like them AT ALL.

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  11. I haven’t read too much paranormal, honestly. Aragog, hands down, the most unusual in my readings. I would totally pull a Ron if I saw a spider that huge and all of the other spiders. /shudder

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  12. Lol..I would have said your were-gators too because that was a first for me =) I loved your short story it even had me visiting New Orleans and taking a swamp boat tour. I just read the book The Daughter of Smoke and Bone and it had some very unusual creatures in it. I had to read very slowly when it came to their descriptions so I could get the whole visual. It was an awesome book. Each time the soul was brought back the monster would change slightly. A face of a human and tail of a lion etc. Very cool.
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  13. Don’t know about most unusual critters, but I just can’t get my head around mouse shifters and were-snakes and the like…

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  14. This book sounds cute, thanks for the giveaway.

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  15. I agree that the pan-were was definitely the worst creature I’ve encountered. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  16. I hope it’s not to late to enter! I somehow missed this posting 🙁 I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Most unusual:
    1. Centaurs from P.C. Cast’s Devine & Parthalon Series
    2. Dragon & Thunderbird (among some others) in Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series

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