April 15, 2010

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

Jessica's GuieJessica Packwood thinks herself an average teenage girl growing up in rural Pennsylvania, with a slightly crazy best friend and a crush on the nice guy next door, but that all changes when, on the first day of her senior day of high school, Lucius Vladescu arrives to inform her she's actually Romanian Royalty - a Vampire Princess named Anastasia to be more precise - and that they have been betrothed since birth.

Since Jess is a very rational, she obviously thinks that Lucius is just a hot crazy guy suffering from vampire delirium, even when her adoptive parents - the vegan Packwoods - tell her that Lucius is actually correct. So begins Lucius quest to bring Jess to the 'Dark Side'.

But there are darker, stronger and more devious forces at work here (mainly Lucius violent family), and Jess might find herself in over her head. Then again, that might be what finally forces Jess to accept where she came from and what she feels.

When I began reading Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, I was quite happy with it. I liked how, even though Jess acknowledged Lucius' attractiveness, she didn't intermediately fall into his arms; the author took time to develop their relationship slowly and believable, which was a very nice surprise. I also loved Lucius' letters, because they gave so much information about whom he really was, something you rarely get to see in this type of Vampire book.

Now, I do have to say that the book was felt long, it dragged a little every so often and I found the ending quite anticlimactic, a little bit over done.


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