Author: Beth Fantaskey
Title: Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
Series: Jessica (#1)
Publisher: Harcourt (February 1st 2009)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“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.” GoodReads’ blurb
I read this book recommended by Dani, over at Refracted Light Reviews, and I’m so glad I did! Can you say fun?
First off, I have to admit that this is not one of those serious read that you expect to dump some life-changing, difficult revelations on you along the plot. It reminded me a lot of The Ghost and the Goth, in the way the characters were quirky and interesting and had this strange chemistry that leapt out the page to put a smile in your face.
I really liked both Anastasia and Lucius. Okay, specially Lucius. He was so sweetly petulant! Oh my, the letters he’d write home to his uncle during the first two-thirds of the book... Those were priceless, and I’d recommend this novel just to read how this noble vampire pokes fun at the ways of his very peasant, very American fiancée.
There were also moments when my heart went out to him. I’m thinking about this particular scene, involving him and Hell’s Belle, a horse he feels an affinity with. It was sad, and touching. And very symbolic – you’ll see the weight this scene carries through in Luciu’s later decisions, in what he believes, in the way he think og himself.
About this point, Anastasia really rises up to the challenge too. Before, she was great to play off Lucius’ character, but as the whole thing unfolds and she begins to realize her feelings, she will find an iron core that will turn her into someone who can stand on her own besides the vampire prince.
Her evolution –well, their evolution I guess- is complete by the end of the book, when you can see they’re so different from who they were while still being themselves. I loved it.
If you like funny, sweet paranormal romances, I think you’d like this one too. I know I’m desperately awaiting my chance to grab book 2!