My rating: 3.5 of 5 unicorns
Publication Date: September 13th 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Point of View: 3rd Person & Female
Genres & Themes: YA, Paranormal, Romance, Vampires, Family
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 vampire. Her life has always flawlessly been perfectly normal—as far as normal can go for her—and, while she was enjoying her nightly snack, she saw a unicorn.
Pearl burst out laughing. ‘‘Seriously? A unicorn? Please.’’
Why yes, the Family—capital ‘F’ required—may have convinced her that it incontestably was an illusion, but the unicorn in question unmistakeably staked her, giving her the possibility to walk in the sun…and a feeling of humanity she never thought would acquire.
And Pearl’s life will never be the same again.
Could it be that she will eventually stop considering humans as an inferior race? Make friends? …Find true love? Is what you’re going to find out.
I quite believed this read to be fully entertaining and perfect for a lazy weekend in bed with lots of snacks (that aren’t ones Pearl would enjoy—think hard before inviting her). The plot, while having some repetitiveness (same applies for the settings), was simple but efficient to make us laugh and have a good time. I read this in one sitting and that is, to say it all, certainly pretty rare for me.
The pacing was good enough, not slow but not quite fast either. It’s pleasant and fitting the story perfectly. It’s obvious, when reading the book, that a lot of effort and thought has been put in the writing for it to match the story, because it was truly great. And, THAT TWIST—was not not not expecting it at all.
I found the romance to be underdeveloped and the love-triangle not only unnecessary, but also much buried under the main plot. It wasn’t important, yet there were, sometimes, some glimpses of it here and there—quick and emotionless ones! At least that’s how they appeared to me, but probably due to the fact that I didn’t believe in the love part of this story.
The secondary characters, principally Pearl’s new ‘friends’, were well-characterized and had this little charm that will make them sweeties to your eyes. It’s really, however having vampires as paranormal aspect, a book easily compared to candy—not a HIGH quality brand in my case, but candy still.
I also thought that, even though it’s a book with mostly vampires as characters—and they are very important to the plot—the latter didn’t all, each one of them, feel vampire-like to me, especially those like Jadrien (Pearl’s boyfriend). I mean, sure, he is a bad boy…and obscure…but, a vampire? If I didn’t know already, I wouldn’t necessarily have guessed.
Immensely, is how much I enjoyed the humour.
‘‘I am not wearing hooker clothes.’’ She surveyed herself: black leather corset top, lace skirt, knee-high boots. ‘‘It’s Goth.’’
‘‘Sure it is.’’
‘‘And it’s ironic.’’
‘‘The Titanic labelled ‘unsinkable’ is ironic. Your skirt is just short.’’
‘‘I happen to know I have nice legs.’’
‘‘All world happens to know you have nice legs.’’
It wasn’t excessively present but, when it was there, I craved to read some of the humourous dialogs.
As a verdict, I do believe this was good read that will be enjoyed by many and recommend it enough. Pearl, as a character, may not impress every reader, but I sure found her qualities that make of her an interesting and worth to know better person.