Middle school students have reading interests that run the gamut from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Twilight. Sometimes as a parent it is hard to know what is age appropriate for your child. Through this blog, I will try to help parents make informed decisions about what is available in our library. I am hoping that this blog will be a resource for our parents, and that we can all work together to make our students life-long readers!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Drink, Slay, Love

Drink, Slay, Love
by Sarah Beth Durst
From the publisher:
"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 entres.
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?"

A very unusual twist on the regular YA vampire book. A very spunky heroine and wonderful supporting players.  It's like the anti-Twilight.  Fun, fun, fun.

It's been a while since I read this one, so I'm not positive about how much language and sexual references, but I don't remember being offended by anything, just entertained. 
Ratedreads.com rates it as "Mild for sexual inferences, mild language, and some violence".

Suggested ages:
Booklist - Grades 7-10
Publisher's Weekly - Ages 14 +
*Mrs. Duke says - If you let your kids read Twilight, they could read this.  If you are not sure about Twilight-esque books for younger teens, then steer clear of this one for a few years.*

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