Monday, July 9, 2012

Book Review ~ Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

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Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Published: February 2009
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Description from Fantastic Fiction:

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.

YA Staff Review:
Why do we fight the hardest when we are told we are required to do something? Our choices and free will taken away? To me this has a bit of a "Country Mouse; City Mouse" feel as Lucius grew up around strict decorum and Jessica is comparatively a country bumpkin. She learns to enjoy the regal things in life and Lucius finds denim and basketball quite enjoyable. I found if funny the letters Lucius writes describing his "Americanization."

Frankly, I don't know how I missed this book when it first came out? You shouldn't judge a book by it's publication date either, LOL! Currently there are just two books in this series along with an "online only" segue book filling you in on some things that happened between book 1 and 2. "Jessica 1.5" can be read on the author's site here.

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