Drink, Slay, Love:
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?
Sarah Beth Durst has a distinct writing style, and a talent for creating intricate and unique worlds, and this book was no different. The book begins a little slowly with world building, but the pace quickly picked up into page-turning action. You wouldn't think a book with unicorns and vampires would work, but Sara blended them beautifully, each living unknown among humans. Her vampires have all the stereotypical traits: evil (but not all are homicidal), cruel and violent, and the unicorn was wonderfully mysterious. There were moments within the vampire Family that were so startlingly abusive that I admit completely turned my stomach, and though the behavior would have seemed normal to your average vampire, after being stabbed by a unicorn, Pearl was changed; she now has a soul. Pearl begins to question her home life and the actions of her past. The vampire dominance games kept her in a constant state of wariness as she struggles to survive her new 'daywalker' status. When she commits a terrible act she runs to her new friends, Evan a handsome guy with a hero complex and a quiet, kind girl named Bethany. And she discovers that they are more than they first appeared to be, and that she has become part of a much larger plot she could have imagined.