Saturday, July 21, 2012

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
My rating: 3 of 5 genies
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance, Vampires, Humour
Published: February 1, 2009
Pages: 351
Publisher: Harcourt
Source: Library Loan
Format: Hardcover
Purchase At: or

Goodreads Summary

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 Thoughts

I finished this read in 2 days, that's how swift of a book it is! I like how the chapters are compressed and not really drawn out, it made reading it very appealing. Beth Fantaskey is a very gifted author and I felt her characters were very real and relatable. I could relate to both Jessica and Lucius as easily as I did to everyone else - speaking of which, the supporting characters are phenomenal! At times I felt as though they carried the story a little, but it was still GOOD.

The cover was great and I would have liked a better view of Lucius as well as his noted long locks, but I'm not complaining. What I didn't like however, was the almost abruptness of some scenes; it was like one moment you were in one situation dealing with issues, but then the next chapter it was totally something else. I get that there will be other books, and the author must have planned it that way, but at times it was confusing.

It kind of got to the point where I felt like I was reading fanfiction - little snippets and bits of a story - but don't get me wrong: I ADORE fan-fiction. I've been writing on there since I was 13 and without it I'd have gotten little feedback and not the opportunity to grow. For me it was my writing school, but for a novel I felt there should have been more consistency.

Beth writes clearly and precise, and she certainly kept me hooked, (ask my parents who haven't seen much of me for the past 2 days. That's right, I've been shut-off in my room, reading.) Lucius was irresistible with his love for Jessica and she was very brave, I loved that! This was a read definitely worth my time and I'll for sure check out the second book as well as that wedding, online...I want to see how things went down! So all in all this book is worth a pick-up, a good sit-down and definitely a read!

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