Monday, March 4, 2013

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Review)

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Jessica, #1)Book: Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
Author: Beth Fantaskey
Format: Paperback
Pages: 351
Source: Purchased

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 Rating:
If there is one thing I regret about this book, it's not reading it sooner! This is another book that has been on my shelf since July of 2012 and I am really kicking myself for not getting to it earlier. The whole vampire thing has been done to death but I admit I still like it. There was just something about this book I really enjoyed.
I found the storyline to be intriguing. Girl finds out she's vampire royalty and has been engaged since birth, to a completely gorgeous vampire prince no less. Jessica doesn't automatically fall in love with Lucius either, just because she's supposed to. At first she puts up a huge fight, saying she doesn't love him or want to marry him but she eventually realizes what a great guy he is.
I loved Jessica. She was strong willed and did what was right. If she didn't want to do something nobody was going to be able to change her mind. She's extremely caring and looks out for the people she cares about. Lucius on the other hand, believes himself to be a monster. That is not the case at all, he is sensitive, chivalrous, caring and ridiculously intelligent. He does have a dark side where he can get rather moody and even dangerous, especially when someone messes with Jessica!
I really didn't think I would like this one, especially in the beginning because I kind of thought Lucius was a stalker. I ended up being surprised by Lucius and how deep he actually was. This book definitely exceeded my expectations and I am extremely pleased that it did.
If you are looking for a book that has vampires, action and quite a bit of romance, then this one is definitely for you. The vampires in this novel drink actual blood and can be quite ruthless but they can also be extremely sensitive as well. So if you want a quick, fun read definitely check this one out.



  1. I'm glad you liked this one, Sarah! YAY! I'll admit it though, I totally thought Lucius was a stalker in the beginning too, LOL! I can't help it, he was FOLLOWING HER, right??

    I totally agree-- the vampires thing is totally overdone (completely) but I like it too...sigh. LOL. Fabulous review, Sarah!

    Megan@The Book Babe

    1. He totally was a stalker, would someone who is not a stalker follow a 17 year old around? I don't think so!


  2. Huh, I don't think I've ever heard of this one. I'll admit, for awhile I was just so sick of vampires (even though they used to be my favorite creature to read about), but I'm ready to jump back into the pool...of blood...mwahahahaha!

    That was probably a lot funnier in my head, but just go with it.

    This looks a bit goofy, but intentionally so. Like it doesn't take itself too seriously. I like that in a book. Your review definitely does pique my interest in it. I'll have to check this one out.

    I love the background, by the way! Purple and sparkly and purple.... I like purple....

    1. Haha! Pool of blood, you crack me up Kelly.

      Oh, definitely check it out! I found it quite funny at certain parts, and I love books that can make me laugh.

      Aww thanks, it's just one of the background choices Blogger has but it fit in with my header so I went with I love purple too!