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Drink Slay Love

Sarah Beth Durst

Margaret K. McElderry Books (2011)

ISBN: 9781442423732

Reviewed by Tehani Wessely

I loved this from beginning to end – the snarky voice of the narration was excellent and spot on, and it was wonderful to read a YA paranormal that made complete internal sense! There’s so rarely a reason for an immortal vampire to go to school, but Durst supplied a legitimate one here, which was a treat to see.

Pearl is a sixteen year old vampire, living it up and revelling in her immortality and badness, with an almost entirely insane family and archetypical boyfriend egging her on. But things start to change almost immediately when she is staked by a unicorn’s horn, which has both physiological and psychological effects on her. Her family look to exploit her new immunity to the sun, sending her to high school to cultivate teen blood, which has some unexpected side effects of its own. Can Pearl reconcile the new aspects of her nature with her family’s needs and wishes, or must she turn her back on them all to reconcile with her new nature?

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Sarah Rees Brennan

Demon’s Lexicon, book 3

Margaret K. McElderry (2011)

ISBN: 9781416963837

Reviewed by Tansy Rayner Roberts

On Saturday, I read a book. I read, and read. I begged my daughter to let me read instead of being Mission Control to her game of Super Sisters, I did the occasional household chore and then ran back to my book straight after. I ate lunch while reading. I left my family to their own devices, went and lay on my bed and read until I was done.

This, needless to say, is a rare event in our household. Once upon a time, reading all Saturday afternoon was a normal thing for me, but that was before I became a mother of two. My reading is usually snatched in ten minute intervals, between larger and more immediate demands on my time.

But this was The Demon’s Surrender.

When my honey lifted an eyebrow at my complete immersion in the book, I said firmly, “I have been waiting for this book for FOURTEEN MONTHS,” and he nodded gravely and left me to it. Wonderful man.

I review books all the time, and I was expecting to be able to review this one sensibly, but it turns out I have no ability to distance myself enough from my sheer crazy fan love of this series to be thoughtful and articulate. I’m more – “wheeee, all the right people in the tree, K – I – S – S – I – N -G!” because, baby, all my ships came home to roost, every single one of them.

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