Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, by Beth Fantaskey- Review

From Goodreads:
The undead can really screw up your senior year ...
Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. \
Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.
This was one of those super lucky find books.  I had gotten an ARC of  Jessica Rules the Dark Side ages ago in a mixed box, it had looked interesting but when I realised it was part two of a series it got abandoned to my pile of "if I run into book the first".  Lets face it, is there anything worse then reading book the second without the ground work of book the first?  I was a bit disappointed because book the first, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side sounded really fun.  Alas, the number of books I would like to buy often insanely outstrips how much I can afford so it got sorted to the sub-folder of my wish list and I more or less forgot about it.  UNTIL, in Chapters the other day I ran into a discount bin copy!! For the low low price of 4.99$, book the first was mine, and after last weeks long list of teary eyed reads I needed something light and fun.

This was a 100% fun read, the silliness of a high school senior finding out she was betrothed at birth to a prince, and that she herself is a princess- of vampires, was a super fun plot ploy.  I liked Jessica, a mathlete with a shortage of self confidence, and a penchant for silly t-shirts.  I loved how her reaction to the "big news", and  her disdain of the gorgeous and rude Lucius.  And I enjoyed her slow metamorphosis into a confident young woman/vampire.

Lucius was also enjoyable in an arrogant and egotistical way.  His complete disdain for Jessica's vegan parents and the "lentils and kittens" was fun, but I was more amused by how he goes along with it then anything else.  As he softens I did loose interest in him somewhat, I was rather fond of his arrogant pish poshiness it turns out.

Obviously there are some trite moments to the love story, because of course Jessica and Lucius eventually fall madly in love, and there's all sorts of self sacrificing and desperate measures;  but the story was so much fun overall that I was completely able to overlook them and just enjoy the ride.

A quick fun read with some truly quirky characters, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side cured me (formerly) of my crying while reading.  The hubby was very thankful.

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, by Beth Fantaskey
Published by Harcourt, January 2009
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  1. Great review! I loved this book very much and it was so fun! Can't wait to read the next in the series. :)

  2. I thought it was a light, fun read too. I loved the letters Lucius wrote to his Uncle.

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  7. This was a really interesting story line and had a plot that was not predictable. It has a really good romantic story line without being overly sexual or boring. It was very tasteful for being a vampire novel and I would recommend to anyone who has an interest in romantic thrillers.

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