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


Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
By Beth Fantaskey
Published Feburary 2009
Published By Harcourt
Paperback, 372 Pages

Purchased by me(Borders)

Summary 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 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."

My Review: ***** = 5 Stars

I've always wanted to read this book. I'm a sucker for anything vampire. It took me a while longer than I thought it would, but I finally read it! I LOVED it! Sometimes I can't stand how vampire books are sooo alike. Obviously they will have their similarities, but authors don't always make it their own. Well Beth Fantaskey didn't have a problem there. I didn't think of any other vampire book while reading it and it felt great to read a book all the way through and not unintentionally compare it to another book. The characters rocked. Jessica/Antanasia the female lead was the perfect mc. She was an average girl who grew throughout the book, not just into royalty but as a person. Lucius was luscious. The chemistry between them was hot and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen between them. The secondary characters were great and the tension throughout the novel was superb. I read the book in two sittings and I would have read it in one if I had started it on a day off.

If there was one thing that I would change it would be the end. Not that I didn't like it, I loved it. I just wanted more. But if you liked it as much as I did, you'll find 22 chapters of a future event that sums everything up nicely right on the authors webpage. I read that last night after I finished the book and I was very pleased with it. :D

I recommend this to any vampire fans. It was amazing!!!

Have you read it yet, what are your thoughts?


Sherry <3

17 comments:

Leilani @Leilani Loves Books said...

I loved this book!
Did you read their wedding on Beth's website?

Eleni @ La Femme Readers said...

Great review! I'm glad you liked it :)

Kailia Sage said...

I read this one too! hahaha, good to know I'm not the only one who read the short story on the author's website right after finishing this book!

Emma Kate "Coops" @ Whats Cracking Coops said...

Great review!!! I reviewed it too and this is one of my most adored books :) I want a bipolar Lucius :D LOL!

And like Leilani and Kailia said - check out the wedding if you haven't!! :) It's great. AND, even better news, Beth is working on a SEQUEL!!!! :D She mentioned it in her blog tour for Jekyl Loves Hyde! :)

Cheers!
Emma :)

Emma Kate "Coops" @ Whats Cracking Coops said...

Oh wait ^^ Ha ha, I missed that bit at the end, sounds like you already read it ;) :P

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Great review! It sounds like a fun read! I just recently finished an ARC of Jekel Loves Hyde, and I really liked it. I'll have to check out more of her work! (And she's a fellow Pennsylvanian!)

Sherry @ Flipping Pages for All Ages said...

Yea guys I read the wedding scene! Loved it! So psyched that there's going to be a sequel, I didn't know that before!

I can't wait to read Jekel Loves Hyde, I have no doubt that it will be another awesome book from Beth! :)

Ky said...

I didn't really know what to expect from this book. It sounded a bit cheesy, but now I really want to read it. :D Great review!

Audrey; (AyC) said...

it took me a long time to pick it up because the title made me kinda...eh. but i was surprised to say i really liked this one :) great reaview

Book Crazy Jenn said...

I NEED to read the chapters on her site, I LOVED this book LOVED it and I can't WAIT for the next one! Wonderful review.

Jemi Fraser said...

Love the tagline! That alone would make me pick it up :)

Lena said...

GREAT review. I loved this book!

Wait, there's going to be a sequel? Lol, for some reason I thought The Wedding was the sequel. SQUEE, now I'm SUPER STOKED! :D

Christina T said...

I loved Jessica's Guide and I'm looking forward to the sequel. I haven't read the wedding part on the author's website-I need to do that soon. I'm glad you loved the book too.

elizabeth said...

Awesome review! I want to read this book for sure. :)

Jamie said...

I have this one but I'm trying to get through my review requests before I read it! Great review!

StephTheBookworm said...

One of my favorite books! Such a funny/cute book!

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