Review: Jessica’s Guide to Dating on The Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on The Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey 

  • ISBN-13: 9780594091448
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Pages: 354
  • 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 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.

My Thoughts:

This was a very interesting take on vampires and teenage life.  Jessica’s senior year of high school gets turned upside down before it ever gets started when a stranger shows up in town, Lucius.  He tells Jessica, or Antanasia, as Lucius, begins to call her, that she is a vampire and they must fulfill a pact and get married.  Jessica wants nothing to do with this and does not believe a word.  But then strange things begin to happen, most of them are found in the book that Lucius gave to Jessica called Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions.  Since Jessica has made it very clear that she has not interest in fulfilling the pact, Lucius moves on to another girl in the school which just sets Jessica off.  By the time Jessica comes around, Lucius wants nothing to do with her.  Causing even more problem, the vampire world is spinning quickly toward a war if the  two cannot work out their differences.  But that mean they both must get beyond themselves.

I enjoyed the writing style of this author however, there were a few chapters in the middle of this book that felt like they were just dragging the story out for no reason, there was no character or plot progression.  It was just a big frustrating but once the story started moving again it really picked up.  There is a different take on the dark side.  This was a take on coming of age that I have not seen in the past.  Instead of adult issues, it was coming into being a vampire.  I liked the take that female vampires come into age at 18 and must be bitten to have fangs.  It was a really neat idea.  This was a well thought out and well executed part of the story.  I also enjoyed the history of the families and how Lucius is faced with trying to adjust to the America way.  All of these things add up to a Wicked good story.

My Rating:

4 Penguins

Fun Story with interesting twists

A different vampire story 


4 thoughts on “Review: Jessica’s Guide to Dating on The Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

  1. I just finished reading this today and I liked it too. I agree about parts dragging in it but is was different and I liked Lucius and Jessica.

  2. This books sounds like fun. I’ll have to give it a try, thanks for the review!

    • I agree it was cute. Just watch the slang. Made me feel OLD

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