Drink, Slay, Love is a good example of what young adult urban fantasy can be. It’s funny, it’s light, it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and most importantly, there is actually more to the story than just how handsome everyone is. Sarah Beth Durst strikes a good balance between adventure and emotional angst.
Pearl is a young vampire. Sounds kind of funny to think that someone who is undead could be young, but in the world of Drink, Slay, Love the possibility to be born as a vampire exists. Pearl is living the young vampire life, hunting for humans to feed on, keeping up her combat skills to defend herself, flirting with the uber-hot male vampire and learning how to live within the rules of her race.
Then Pearl is almost killed by a unicorn. She survives, and begins to undergo traumatic changes. For example, now she can abide daylight, which is normally deadly to her race. Adding to the challenge, her family quickly takes advantage of Pearl’s newfound ability to hunt for prey during the day.
Sarah Beth Durst presents a fun and not overwhelming vision of a young vampire forced to evolve. Drink, Slay, Love is not deep and profound, but Durst includes occasional thought-provoking scenes. In truth, my one real complaint with the story is the way that some of the supporting characters react to events that take place. I don’t want to give the story away, but there was a lack of shock and horror that seemed unlikely.
Drink, Slay, Love is a fast read. Durst keeps the story moving and gives us a balance between social interaction and plot events. This is not dark urban fantasy, and it works because it doesn’t try to take itself too seriously. On the whole I was very amused by Drink, Slay, Love and surprised at how fast it flew by. It’s a solid addition to YA urban fantasy, and clean enough that I would let my teenager read it.