Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Jessica's Guide To Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey Review

Jessica's Guide To Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

  • Reading level: Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches


Jessica is your average high school student, intending her senior year in high school to be the best time of her life. A mysterious guy shows up on her first day of school calling her by her birth name, Anastasia. Jessica soon finds out that he is a vampire and also her fiance. The rationality dissipates in Jessica, after a difficult time accepting that she is also a princess. Being the one to save lives in return for a horrible life, is the decision she has to make, whether she likes it or not.

I have to applaud Beth Fantaskey's writing. Her distinct style from writing in Jessica's point of view and then Lucius writing to his uncle creates an in depth perception of the two main characters, that I just love. Like most young adult novels out these days its a paranormal romance. Since the explosion of Twilight, dark vampires have been popping up every which way. Jessica's Guide does follow basic plot line of most of a mysterious guy has a huge secret and the protagonist isn't as she seems. Unlike most female protagonist, Jessica resist the guy besides falling head over heels with some monster she shouldn't. 

While reading the book, I caught myself invested in the characters and wanting to read it all night. The direction of the book had really caught me off guard and I wanted to know more and more. Absolutely sucked into this book ironically, I felt completely sad when I read the last page to find that nothing was next. 

Jessica's Guide is a quick read with funny moments here and there, but dangerously dramatic impacting scenes. Not intending the fondness I have of this book I will read the second in the series. 

Until Tuesday, or maybe sooner. 

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