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

Title: Jessica´s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

Author: Beth Fantaskey 

Publisher: Harcourt (February 1st 2009)

Pages: 351

Blurb: 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.

Comment: I love vampire´s stuff. When I saw this book I didn´t hesitate to get my copy; it didn´t disappoint me; on the contrary, it was a very inspiring story since I was working on a vampire book.

Jessica´s world turns up side down when she discovers that she isn´t who she believed to be during her entire life. A stranger – and very attractive teenager - is at her house offering a new – and scary – world.

Many times I catch myself picturing the scene. In world of any ordinary teenager, vampirism and marriage aren´t priority. However, she can´t ignore her origins; after all, she has a different story, people lied to protect her and it´s time to make a decision; to follow her plans or dive in an unknown world that she didn´t have idea that existed.

Lucius, on the other hand, seems determinate. He is willing to do anything to win her heart; including facing powerful vampires that threat his existence and force him to accomplish his task. He is love with her. Lucky Jessica because those vampires don´t have good plans for the new vampire princess.

Secrets and mystery involve Lucius. He seems to know very well what to do to win her heart, but sometimes he seems to be tired of such resistance; he seems ready to give up and take another path, what shows that even a vampire has his limits.

The story is full of humor; it´s captivating and pretty different. Lucius´ determination makes you support him. Sometimes you have doubts about his intention; it makes you think if you´ve picked the wrong side. This tension pushes the story forward.

Beth Fantaskey´s writing is captivating. Behind a love story there is an intriguing plotline, fight for power, family and policy drama, and mystery. You don´t know who is trustworthy; sometimes it seems that you can´t trust anybody and Jessica is only heading to her ruin.

Great book.

Click here to read the interview with Beth Fantaskey.

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