Jessica’s Guide To Dating On The Dark Side Beth Fantaskey

Attempting to fill her birth-mother’s vampire shoes, Jessica does her best to stand at her husband’s side as he attempts to bring peace and cell phones to the vampire world. Vivid hallucinations, a violent death and her husband’s imprisonment leave Jessica isolated in a country where she does not understand the language, the customs or whom to trust. Desperate, she calls on her shoe-loving friend, Mindy Sue. Mindy’s arrival triggers a visit from her ex-boyfriend, Raniero, a vampire with the laid-back attitude of a surfer but a dark and possibly violent past. Fantaskey’s lackluster story suffers from a wooden romance, weak characters and a mystery that is anything but mysterious. Jessica’s obtuseness and lack of initiative render her ineffective as the main character.

She has plans for her future and as far as she is concerned, Lucius can go on his merry way and find some other vampire bride. Besides, even if he is attractive, she kind of has a thing for another guy. Bottom Line – This novel though about a vampire, is exceedingly unique, it’s dynamic characters offer such beautiful, realism, that you nearly forget your lost in a made up world. I enjoyed it more than this review can even express! Like I said I will be sure to buy any and all books that Beth Fantaskey shares with us. So for the first 30%, it was you’re average paranormal romance / betrothed teen love story.

Both are on my wishlist right now. I’m currently reading Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, so I’m especially interested in a spin off. Inasaid…Thanks for your review – that sounds very interesting and I will add it to my read-soon list… Kristisaid…These both sound like good books – I will have to bring the vampire one to my oldest daughter’s attention. I am really looking forward to Jekel Loves Hyde too.

I started having a little bit of deja vu… Which really isn’t that big of a surprise considering the volume of vampire novels I read. And it is not necessarily a bad thing, but the feeling of deja vu was quickly replaced with awe. Kudos to Fantaskey for reinventing the genre with this one. I think I should start rating my books according to how frequently I put them down. During my duration of reading Jessica’s Guide, I only put it down when I absolutely had to.

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (The Jessica Series)

I even bought the book after reading it at the library and I have re-read at least 3 times since then. Both Jessica and Lucius go through major changes in the novel. They have time to examine their true feelings about family and duty. Beth Fantaskey does an excellent job keeping the reader guessing until the very end.

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The characters are amazing, three dimensional and relate-able. I can see why some people compare it to the twilight series, but i actually don’t agree. The characters are completely different and the plot doesn’t compare at all. (Well besides vampires going to public high school.)Jessica is a great character and she is reluctant to actually accept the supernatural in front of her. In most of these PNR /YA novels i am always a little skeptical when the “human” easily accepts that vampires, werewolves or whatever exist.

Can’t wait to get my hands on this. The Scarf Princesssaid…Both of these look good. There does seem to be a lot of vamp books out there though. After awhile it might be hard to come up with something unique in the mythos.

There are similarities in that Jessica and Bella are living ordinary lives. The differences is that Jessica is really a vampire princess from Romania and Lucius is her betrothed who has come to claim her and bring her back to Romania to keep a vampire war from re-igniting. Jessica’s life of average-ness abruptly changes when an arrogant guy named Lucius shows up, claims he is vampire royalty, that Jessica is too, and that they are to be married. Talk about a major life changing event, eh? Jessica isn’t like those other wimpy protagonists. No falling in love after 5 minutes.

From the Girl of Fire and Thorns series

The biggest thing that peeved me was that Jessica’s love of “rational thinking” was used as a plot device to make her not believe that Lucius was a vampire until the moment Fantaskey needed her to. This could have been done in a much more natural way, because something just doesn’t ring true about her parents not telling her about her vampyric past simply because she has a rational mind. The author committed character assassination to the max with her love interest on the second half of the book. He went from a charming sassy vampire who had interest in our MC to an angst ridden almost murderous vampire who try to destroy himself instead of fighting back from his “true nature”. Altho that was kind of contrived too since in the begging in the book they were really no hints of him being a murderous and ruthless vampire like his uncle.

Problem is, you can’t help comparing Lindt chocolate to fake Hershey chocolate – likewise, you’ll end up comparing this book with its highly successful predecessor. Her personal growth was to discover through dressing well, that she is a powerful, attractive woman. This is the one part that I felt the novel failed at. The undead can really screw up your senior year …

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Like at the start I was literally buzzing feeling the chemistry those guys had. When it got to their final proclamations of love, I was like “eh”. I feel like they went from cutie pie teens who both have a love/hate relationship, to these two jaded rulers who were way to old to be in a YA novel. It truly felt as if the book had been split in half; one with the quirky, hysterical YA side, and the final half was this dark, waaaay more adult themed storyline.

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