Book Review: Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Title: Jessica Rules the Dark Side

Author: Beth Fantaskey

Publisher: Harcourt (January 10, 2012)

Pages: 309

Blurb: It's one thing to find out you're a vampire princess. It's a whole other thing to actually rule. 
Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own. Determined to clear her husband's name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius's time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is —and whom she can trust— before it's too late?

Comment: After reading book #1, I was very curious about the ending. I wanted to know what would happen to the teen vampire couple. I think book #1 is better due to the funny parts. Book #2 is, as the name suggests, a little dark.

Jessica is still adapting to her new condition and position. She has a lot to learn as vampire, queen, and wife; Lucius seems to become a husband a little… distant? More secrets appear and the fact that he´s kept them from Jessica is the perfect recipe for a failed marriage. It seems that their marriage is a little dull.

She knows that she can´t trust anybody; but she´ll have to because she is the only person who can save her husband when he is imprisoned and wrongly convicted of a crime.

New characters appear in the story; you don´t know if they are friends or enemies. Vampires approach Jessica to try to help her; soon, you notice that they have other intentions.

Even in jail, Lucius seems determined to protect Jessica while she struggles to understand what´s going on.

The plot is a little terrifying and complex; more secrets are revealed. You are always tense and expecting something bad to happen. You soon understand that the elders didn´t accept Lucius´ insubordination. You fear for Jessica and Lucius.

The story reaches another level; it isn´t a teenager romance anymore, but an adult complicated relationship that struggles to overcome intrigues, lies, drama and treason.

It´s a good book.

Click here to read the interview with Beth Fantaskey.

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