Friday, 1 January 2010

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

While I wait for The Tudors to finish loading, why not write a review? It's a great way to bring in the new year, right?

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
Beth Fantaskey

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 fiancĂ©. 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 stayed up until 3 am reading this. Does this mean anything to you guys?

From the very beginning, I was pulled into the story. I knew overall how it would end because I know about some extra chapters the author wrote and posted on her website. Knowing what they're about makes it easy to figure out the ending.

Jessica is a strong character who knows what she wants. She's brave and she's far from a doormat. Yes at first she's confused, but wouldn't you be confused too if you were suddenly told you're a vampire princess betrothed to a vampire prince? Perfectly rational response. But once she gets over it? She's one of the strongest characters I've ever seen. (I mean...would you slap a vampire? Maybe I'm just overly cautious, but I wouldn't.)

Lucius had me from the beginning. He was just so...amazing and dreamy. Call me a romantic, old fashioned girl, but the whole dark and mysterious thing appeals to me. I don't do the traditional. And he's into literature. We obviously have something in common there.

The story wasn't predictable either. There wasn't that whole "I-hate-you-now-I-love-you-ZOMG-misunderstanding-I-hate-you-Oh-that's-why-Sorry-I-love-you-MWAH" story line I see so often. There was twists and turns. At the very end of the story it became a bit predictable; even though it was never really said I knew what was going to happen. But really, there was only so much that could be done from there on out and it made me respect Jessica a thousand times more than I already did.

My only real complaint about this book was the pacing at the end. In the last twenty or thirty pages so much happens and I really would've loved to see it fleshed out more. Seriously, I wouldn't protest a longer book. I'm the kind of person that grabs a book off a shelf because it's long (i.e. Twilight back when I just began seriously reading).

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the extra twenty three chapters she wrote on her website (!!!) and reading Jekel Loves Hyde.


P.S.: When we hit 200 followers we'll be having a contest. It'll be like the last one where there will be a group of books selected by us and then you guys get to pick which one you read. We're really going to do a variety, but if anyone has suggestions for indecisive ol' me to give to Lanna (we're making the list together), they'd be appreciated! And make sure to pass us on!


  1. I've never even heard of this, but it sounds amazing! I really need to buy this. Preferably today. :)

  2. I've read this :) It was one of my 2009 50 Book Challenge thing (that I eventually extended to 100)

    I loved it too! ^.^

  3. I really liked this one too! Definitely agree that it could have been fleshed out a little more at the end though. I was actually crossing my fingers for a sequel, but oh well. Happy New Year! :)

  4. I was a bit hesitant to read this (one word: title), but your review definitely convinced me! Now I just need to get off my butt and go buy it xD

  5. I need to read this one. I've heard this was a great book...and if you stayed up until 3 am reading it...I think I need to get it!!!

    Glad you enjoyed it!!!



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