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?
The synopsis of this book is hilarious. A vampire that gets stabbed by a unicorn? I mean, come on! It makes you giggle in the first sentence. I think that is part of the appeal of this book, because it is not my favorite vampire book ever, but I did enjoy it. I laughed, I felt for the main character, Pearl, and I just enjoyed myself. Sometimes, you need a guilty pleasure book to do that for you.
Pearl establishes herself as one of the souless in the first chapter of the novel. Durst gives readers your stereotypical nighttiime-stalking, blood-drinking, holy-water-fearing vamps, so naturally (or is it unnaturally?), Pearl didn’t have a conscience. Her favorite nighttime snack was the Dairy Hut boy, and her (pathetic excuse for a) boyfriend wooed her with his good looks and lack of gentleman tendencies. The cliche approach to the undead made me laugh, and I guzzled it up like fresh water (of like Pearl would fresh blood). From the start, this book is for vampire novel lovers that want something on the lighter side of the dawn, but even supernatural devotees can enjoy this one.
I didn’t grasp the romance as much as I would have liked. Evan is cute and endearing and he’s the reason that Pearl is in the situation she’s in, though she doesn’t realize it until much later in the novel. That being said, I liked how Pearl confronts Evan about how he took matters into his own hands and turned her world on its axis without considering the consequences of his actions. Evan could have made it easier on himself if her newfound daylight-ism was circumstantial, not premeditated. Still, Evan had a heart of gold. Like, no dings in the exterior heart of gold, almost too pure for his own good. So I liked him, despite his need to fix everything and to please everyone. Their romance, however, only plays a small part in the book, while I thought its existence mattered more to the overall arch of the narrative.
The ending did disappoint. I still have a lot of questions and felt like it has potential for a sequel. Things were not tied up with a neat little bow; someone used scotch tape and forwent clean and smooth edges. SPOILER What’s going to happen with Pearl and the family? What about her father, her at times I thought contained potential like Pearl until Bethany, one of her new friends, dropped the bomb that he hurt her as a child? What about Mother, the controlling witch of a woman? Also, why is everyone suddenly cool with the supernatural being a thing? Why is Pearl even staying within driving distance of Family? END OF SPOILER
I’m glad I gave the book a chance and will have to find a way to see the movie. If you’re searching for a good laugh, with a story that does make you happy at times, a little mad at others, and makes funny of sparkly vampires.