Wednesday, September 14, 2011


By : Sarah Beth Durst
Published By: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K McElderry Books
Released : September 13th 2011
Details : Simon & Schuster Galley Grab  386 Pages, EBook


Book Blurb : Taken From Goodreads

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.


Pearl is a 16 yr old vampire with attitude and no conscience, she cares not for humans, they are her sustenance, nothing more. The Dairy Hut ice cream parlour is one of her hang outs and poor powerless Brad is her happy meal of choice on a regular basis......until....a unicorn changes her life. That’s right, a unicorn. I loved Sarah’s originality with the use of the unicorn it kept me turning pages wondering what was going to happen.

Pearl’s life of the night becomes one of the day causing all sorts of emotions stirring within her and what it means to her and her family. I loved where she went when she first realised she was now a daylighter. How she felt to have the sun caress her skin, discover the colours of the day, when night is so colourless.

She has a rather creepy family, lots of aunties , cousins and uncles that live with her. Mummy and daddy are a very uninviting duo. Jadrien is her boyfriend. They don’t really act like boyfriend and girlfriend. It felt a little creepy their relationship. They played mind games with each other.

The King of New England is coming for the Fealty Ceremony, the marking of vampire adulthood, happens once a century and Pearl’s family has been chosen to host and gain access to the humans that will be sacrificed, drained by the King and his guards, time to clean out the tunnels and make it spick and span underground. Pearl and Jadrien and the other candidates just need to be spot on with the ceremony or else they could be dust. The King has no patience, suffers no fool.

Her parents may not like that she can walk the daylight hours but they have found a use for her, It’s time to start school, better late than never, and find the unsuspecting students that will be needed for the Fealty Ceremony. Along the way conscience starts to raise its head and feelings Pearl doesn’t understand emerge.

Evan and Bethany are Pearls friends from day one, whether she wants them or not. I really enjoyed Zeke and Matt , they were rather hilarious guys who were actually on to something without realising.

Sarah has written a quirky, fun, read with vampires, a sparkly unicorn, prom dresses, icecreams, surprising friendships, a menacing Minerva, some roof top conversations, some nudity ( he didn’t look) and some dumpster action.

I’m not sure if this is going to be a series , it has the potential for another book. I found myself wondering about a couple things that may come out if there was another book...or not. The title is very apt.

How many times will you find a unicorn amongst vampires, I recommend this read, I enjoyed the time I spent in Sarah’s world . She has great humour .


It felt like a solid layer of chewing tobacco, and it stank like a porta potty in August.

“It would destroy us. Massacres aren’t practical anymore.”

“Then we need tables, napkins, handcuffs for meals....” Mother added items to her list.

Ugh, what was wrong with her? She needed soap for her brain.

“I appreciate the lack of mocking about the unicorn. In your shoes I would have mocked relentlessly.”

“I need help.”
So softly that Pearl was certain she wasn’t meant to hear it, Evan whispered, “And lo, Hell freezes over.”

Pearl nodded and put it in a language she knew Tara would understand. “As serious as a Manolo Blahnik shoe sale.”

“Prom photos!” Zeke called to Pearl and Evan. “Height of cheesy artistry! Must participate.”

His lips next to her ear, he said, “It’s because you wanted to see the light in the library.”



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