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jessicasguideJessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Published by Harcourt Children’s Books

Pages: 368

Ages: Young Adult

Publishers Summary: 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.


“I loved this book. Okay, that’s all…well, not really. That wouldn’t be much of a review, would it? So seriously, how can I put this differently? Go out now and buy this book or you’ll be missing out on something so fun and memorable that you will live to regret it. Now, maybe that’s a bit too pushy, but really, one of my favorite books ever. Period, end of story.

“This book is basically a romance at heart, but there’s so much more. A coming of age, a comedy, a drama, and there’s even a bit of action involved. When Lucius, Jessica’s long lost betrothed vampire shows up at the beginning of her senior year you could say she was just a little surprised. Not only did this ruin her plans for the year, but it also may shoot any chances she may have had with a boy she grew up with who lives down the road, Jake. Lucius, of course, is proper, has manners and if nothing else has dashingly good looks all in a velvet coat he can’t seem to let go. Jake on the other hand is a good ole’ boy, a farmer with ripply muscles and a nice personality. In the beginning it’s difficult for Jess to decide who she should chose, because truthfully Lucius seems to be a lunatic talking about blood pacts and vampire wars constantly.

“In the end, it’s another girl who makes up Jess’s mind for her and she finally realizes she has to step up and be the woman her mother was. A powerful vampire princess. Honestly, writing those words ‘powerful vampire princess’ seems a little silly even now, but it’s actually one of the best parts of the story.

“So, here’s the part where I embarrass myself. I read the entire Twilight series, yes I did, and not just once, but probably close to 3 or 4 times. I even have an entire set of the hardback books all signed and sitting on my shelf. BUT for all the love I have for that series, Bella still irks the heck out of me. I’m personally a pretty opinionated independent woman and it drove me crazy to read a character so overcome by their dependence on another being (either Jacob or Edward or whoever). In Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side you finally get that opinionated, powerful, but balanced and loving female lead. It’s fabulous!

“Again, I LOVED this book! Read it, enjoy it and then share it with someone (maybe even someone you know who is way to into Twilight and needs a good thunk in the side of the head). I can’t say it enough, I loved this book and you will too!”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 14 and up. Great read! Fun, entertaining and a powerful love story all in one book.

Also, check out the sequel available online The Wedding of Jess and Lucius.

Another book by Beth Fantaskey that I’m really looking forward to:

jekelloveshydeJekel Loves Hyde out May 3, 2010

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17 Responses to Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

  1. Jenn says:

    I REALLY REALLY want to pick this one up, great review!
    .-= Jenn´s last blog ..Fallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate – Review =-.

  2. Gina says:

    So glad to see a review on this title! I’ve had it on my wish list for a while now, but have not had the chance to purchase nor read it. Glad to see that it was good! I was hoping so…
    LOL on the Twilight re-reads…I’ve never done that (yeah, okay so I have but only on the first three…I HAD to reread them before the next in the series came out!). Thanks for sharing and happy reading! =0)
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..Books to Movies: Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane =-.

  3. Sandy says:

    Yay for non-whiny female leads! 😀
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..BEA, anyone? =-.

  4. Gillian says:

    I am sooo excited to read this book! I thought it would be cheesy, but now it sounds like I’m gonna have to read it 🙂
    .-= Gillian´s last blog ..Retail Therapy Tuesday! =-.

  5. I also liked this book! Not as much as Twilight, but still good. I agree with you on the independent female lead, but what I didn’t really care for is how they went back and forth so much between he wants her and she doesn’t want him, now she wants him and he doesn’t want her…
    I have Jekyl and Hyde, I just haven’t read it yet.

  6. Teddyree says:

    Ok you convinced me, I think I should get this in paperback instead of listening to it on audio. Thanks for the great review 🙂
    .-= Teddyree´s last blog ..It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? =-.

  7. Nina says:

    Sounds fab! I need to get myself a copy asap. Thanks for the enthousiastic review!
    .-= Nina´s last blog ..In My Mailbox (17) & It’s Monday =-.

  8. Amy says:

    Yay! Loved this review. I can’t wait to read it now!

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