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  1. says:

    This novel wasn t exactly what I was expecting With a line like The undead can really screw up your senior year I was thinkingafluffy, funny, entertaining, just generally a cute novel I was wrong Honestly when I started this novel and read about the first ten pages I was skeptical 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 feelin This novel wasn t exactly what I was expecting With a line like The undead can really screw up your senior year I was thinkingafluffy, funny, entertaining, just generally a cute novel I was wrong Honestly when I started this novel and read about the first ten pages I was skeptical 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 Which I think only happened once or twice, I was that into the story I started it and finished it in the same day This is definitely one of those novels I will be revisiting The main conflict, referring to the transition to vampire princess, is minimal compared to the real conflicting themes, of identity, independence, and self discovery Jessica s character is adopted but, she never fully accepts that part of her life, but you see that change throughout the novel, it is a very powerful thing I was very skeptical of the supposed love aspect of this novel Jessica s account is very realistic and it wasn t hard for the author to portray that when the novel is told mainly through her observations She doesn t immediately fall into his arms, her feelings gradually change Lucius was the one I was worried about He is motivated by duty and not love As a reader I needed to see this radical transformation, I needed to see him switch that mode of duty to genuine feelings And Fantaskey masterfully displays Lucian through his first person letters to his uncle You witness the change in his letters, and that s what made the love story for me I believed it Had the author not included that insight to Lucian, the story would have been inadequate The writing was also exceptional The minor characters really made the story that muchenthralling It was just perfect Perfectly entertaining, perfectly masterful An impressive addition to the genre While the ending of the novel is satisfying I believe it is a stand alone novel, but I hope I m wrong , I would love to see a continuation of this story


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    Jessica s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is an imaginative, immersive when will the world realize this is a word tale of the struggles of a pair of teenage vampires against tradition, expectations and politics.In a completely original storyline that we ve never seen beforeJessica discovers one day that she is not a normal teenager but is, in fact, a vampire Princess bound by contract to marry a repugnant, spoiled, aristocratic prince, Lucius Vladescu He does not approve of her at all Jessica s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is an imaginative, immersive when will the world realize this is a word tale of the struggles of a pair of teenage vampires against tradition, expectations and politics.In a completely original storyline that we ve never seen beforeJessica discovers one day that she is not a normal teenager but is, in fact, a vampire Princess bound by contract to marry a repugnant, spoiled, aristocratic prince, Lucius Vladescu He does not approve of her at all at first I swear, I m not trying to draw a parallel between this book and certain movies I just like the imageSenior year for Jessica begins to pass by and slowly, both she and Lucius begin to change and accommodate each other as they learnabout each other and come to respect their unique qualities.Then Drama Lucius uncovers a plot on Jessica s life and attempts to save her life by weilding the only weapon he knows image error By becoming an emoOkay, so I m being facetious That all does kind of happen, and the book can be frustrating in that melodramatic regard At some point, the people in this novel start consuming A LOTeyeliner Yet, on the other hand, it is also sweet and touching The relationship developed between Jessica and Lucius is sweet and tender, awkward and rich Lucius personal growth and character development, until Emo Lucius, is actually fascinating and complex.This book is long with a plot that possibly could have been cut down but it was also pleasant to see how time in America was affecting pompous, stuffy Lucius and how he, in turn, was affecting Jessica.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.she never really comes into her own and stands as a pinnacle or tower of strength Throughout this novel it is alluded to that she is growing stronger andpowerful as a person, coming into her own Yet, the ending, which I won t spoil, only goes to show that she is still waiting on a man to make the decisions and have the power She s a princess People depend on her yet, predictably, she sinterested in her love life than she is anything else Her royal duties are nothingthan a way to get to the man she loves She doesn t truly put any thought into being a monarch It s frustrating to read Apparently, we can be strong and powerful, but only over our bodies and self esteem Overall, this is one of the nicer, better written YA teen romances It s far from perfect and there are minor issues with plot and pacing Still, it isthan readable and quite enjoyable.Just like a certain movie that I won t admit to owning image error Feel that sexual tension


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    WHERE THE HELL WAS THE DATING So I don t even know where to begin, I heard great things about this book Therefore, no brainer, I was really excited to read it Let s say I was all kinds of disappointed, and for crazy reasons I thought this book was a teen romance, and I thought Jessica would be using her guide to date, yet there was no dating and approximately two usage of the so called GUIDE.It s Jessica Packwood s senior year of high school and she just spotted a weird but sexy looking WHERE THE HELL WAS THE DATING So I don t even know where to begin, I heard great things about this book Therefore, no brainer, I was really excited to read it Let s say I was all kinds of disappointed, and for crazy reasons I thought this book was a teen romance, and I thought Jessica would be using her guide to date, yet there was no dating and approximately two usage of the so called GUIDE.It s Jessica Packwood s senior year of high school and she just spotted a weird but sexy looking boy by the trees, eyeing her like no tomorrow The creep factor is high, when he shows up in her class and claims they are to be married, and that she is a Romanian princess, straight jacket much One thing is clear Lucius Vladescu clearly is hellaciously hot and thinks he is a vampire Nice Lucius is on a mission to win his princess and bring her home, clearly, though she is way too much of an American teenager and lacks the up standings of a lady All that aside he needs to bring Jessica home prefers to call her Antanasia but his princess is proving difficult and teenage American life is very odd As the saying goes when in Rome , and that s exactly what Lucius does, and he does it in style and he ruffles a few feathers.I must say even through my disappointment I was very surprised by this book, this is no teenage fluff and it is quite intense I really loved Lucius, he was intelligent and dark and the things he said were the highlight of the book His letters to his uncle describing living in America was really hilarious, and his selfishness when it came to other people I totally loved Nothing says prince like complete disregard for other people s feelings.Low point, the title There is no guide and there is no dating, she looked at her guide maybe twice and that s all it was about, unless you count that, it spends a majority of the time under her pillow Low point number 2 Jessica I found her annoying and like 12, only wants things when other people get it Low point number 3, town folks correction town teenagers so supremely ridiculi.Otherwise, I liked it but only for Lucius he lit my fire and I would marry him in heartbeat


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    Well, the beginning was really good, the middle part was crap, and the ending was alright Sorry for sounding crass usually I try and soundobjective and mature when I write reviews, but this book just took all the emotion out of me It s one of those up and down books.There were things about this book that were really likable For example Jessica as a character I love well rounded characters who undergo a transformation throughout the story keeps them from being stagnate and boring I Well, the beginning was really good, the middle part was crap, and the ending was alright Sorry for sounding crass usually I try and soundobjective and mature when I write reviews, but this book just took all the emotion out of me It s one of those up and down books.There were things about this book that were really likable For example Jessica as a character I love well rounded characters who undergo a transformation throughout the story keeps them from being stagnate and boring I like how she learned to be assertive and take charge of her life Bravo I liked the vampire lore here yes, even the biting I mean, they re vampires, they bite That s what they do.And now on to the meat of this review Lucius went from being intriguing to incredibly frustrating and then finally to annoying I guess I just hate characters like Lucius, because I was not impressed by his actions one bit, and so I kind of wondered what exactly it was that Jessica saw in him He was too bad, with practically no redeeming qualities So as a reader, I m supposed to like and connect to Lucius because he wants to keep Jessica safe, so he accomplishes this by screwing around with someone else Hmmm And that s my biggest beef with the story the author had a great premise, but she blew it for me with the stupid Faith subplot Completely unnecessary there are so many other ways to have Lucius accomplish the overall goal of what he s trying to do Wayward characters can just go die in a hole for all I care Geesh And so it seemed like Jessica all of the sudden decided she was in love with Lucius becausewhy He s messing around with someone elseand she sjealous Maybe I don t know, it was too weird I don t really understand what she saw in him I guess I like my boys unspoiled P Anyway, it ended nicely, though, but I really sped through this one, just to be finished with it A great concept that, in my opinion, was sorely executed I don t know if I d recommend this book to anyone I know it s popular, and I m sure other readers will enjoy it For the record, my ideal fictional hero would be Captain America meets Thorin Oakenshield, with a little Loki tossed in flawed, but dreamy and idealistic at the same time D


  5. says:

    Enjoyed this vampire romance Jessica s teen emotions wererealistic than Bella s.


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    At the start of her last year at high school in rural Pennsylvania, seventeen year old Jessica is spooked at the bus stop by the appearance of a mysterious young man who won t stop staring at her and she could swear she heard him say her birth name, Antanasia, a relic from having been born in Romania before being adopted by her American parents.When she gets to school, he s there in her English Lit class, an exchange student from Romania called Lucius Veldescu, domineering the teacher and, aga At the start of her last year at high school in rural Pennsylvania, seventeen year old Jessica is spooked at the bus stop by the appearance of a mysterious young man who won t stop staring at her and she could swear she heard him say her birth name, Antanasia, a relic from having been born in Romania before being adopted by her American parents.When she gets to school, he s there in her English Lit class, an exchange student from Romania called Lucius Veldescu, domineering the teacher and, again, watching her It s when he turns up for dinner at her parents farm that things get really freaky especially when he claims he s a vampire prince and she s a vampire princess and his betrothed, that they must marry to fulfil the pact so that war doesn t break out between their clans and her parents pull out a musty old scroll to prove it.Determined to think Lucius is crazy as well as charming, arrogant, attractive and, yes, dangerous, Jessica refuses to let him have his way even if he does seem to have her parents on his side Until he s nearly killed by a horse and then starts dating cheerleeder blonde bitch extraordinaire, Faith Crosse, Jessica thought she could get rid of him and be happy settling for nice and simple Jake now the pact is being threatened by Lucius himself, who no longer seems to want her, just as she discovers how much she wants to be a part of his world.It s a fairly obvious thing to point out that this book is aimed at all the teen Twilight fans out there Let s cover this so we can move past it Both books a are debut novelsb are romances between teenage girls and teenage vampiresc have vampires who are, at times, mean to the girls who love themd have vampires who are very charming, sexy and fascinatinge draw the teenage heroines into their world and put their lives at risk There may be a fewcomparisons but what does it matter, really Fact is, when we like something we always wantof it That s why so many of us are fat 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 But I d like to talk about this book for its own sake, if I can Lapses may happen but I ll try.First up plot The premise is fairly straight forward Jessica and Lucius parents made a pact by betrothing their only children to each other at birth, before being killed by mobs of scared, angry Romanian peasants Nearly two decades of peace amongst vampires later, Jessica and Lucius must marry after her 18th birthday to seal the pact and prevent war from returning after all, the vampires are a vicious, blood thirsty lot, going by the scars Lucius sports from being educated by his uncle, Vasile.I can buy that Hell, why not If you re going to suspend disbelief to get all excited about vampires, you may as well go the whole hog There are a few quirks on the vampire myth sunlight is no problem, they can eat regular human food as well, female vampires must be bitten by a male vampire to become a fully fledged vampire, otherwise that side of their nature remains dormant hence why Jessica had no idea what she was The structure is fairly formulaic and predictable for a romance, right up to the cataclysmic moment when either character realises they re in love.Next, the characters Jessica narrates and does a passable job She s a surprisingly bland character who never seems to laugh In fact, Lucius comments on that and I admit I hadn t even noticed until he did, and then it irked me I wanted her to lighten up She wasn t terribly well developed, nor very inspiring as a role model She s a good girl, a mathlete and a show jumper who has few aspirations She s only interesting because she s got a vampire stalker.Speaking of Lucius, he s the only really interesting character here His character grows, develops, shifts, rebels, reverts goes through all the phases of adolescence in just a few months, all thanks to the American influence In the beginning he s insufferable but alluring, charming but arrogant, pompous but clever We learn how he thinks through his letters to his uncle, which reveal his incredibly dry, quirky sense of humour that had me laughing out loudthan once He undergoes so much change that it s a bit dizzying, though, and makes it harder to believe that Jessica could fall in love with him in a short period of time, especially knowing so little about him, as a person, because she refused to get to know him Not quite sure what he saw in her, either.As for the prose, well, it s decent, moves at a fast pace, is mostly dialogue, and has some suspense Also pokes fun at environmentally concerned people who grow their own organic food though considering they re her parents, it s not surprising Some of things the characters say weren t correct , and there was that fault common to fantasy books of characters guiding their horses with their knees I ve gone into that before so I won t bother with that again.For a first novel it s not bad a fun, light read that quite often pokes fun at the whole deal but not gripping or emotionally intense either The title alludes to a flippant kind of novel and Lucius is certainly flippant but it s also surprisingly serious, which makes the title seem misleading Not sure what else you could call the book though


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    There are dozens of vampire books on the market right now but I am confident this is one of the better ones, the one that stands out I don t want to summarize the book s plot here because so many people have already done so But I am going to say that this is an entertaining book, with colorful characters The plot is not particularly strong and the story loses its ground in the final part of it, but mostly it is funny and witty, with a good measure of satire Twilight comes to mind immediate There are dozens of vampire books on the market right now but I am confident this is one of the better ones, the one that stands out I don t want to summarize the book s plot here because so many people have already done so But I am going to say that this is an entertaining book, with colorful characters The plot is not particularly strong and the story loses its ground in the final part of it, but mostly it is funny and witty, with a good measure of satire Twilight comes to mind immediately , and is hard to put down I finished it in a matter of hours You also simply can t not appreciate Lucius a Romanian vampire who is refined, sophisticated, sarcastic, and amusingly uptight You definitely have to read this book just to enjoy Lucius letters to his uncle Vasile which are a special treat I highly recommend this book and I will definitely check out what Beth Fantaskey writes next


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    Before I start, I want to clarify one insy weensy matter this book is nothing like Twilight Would people stop saying that as I am beginning to get tired with people s lack of imagination and investment in Twilight theory YA vampire Edward Twilight Adele arggggghing Thank goodness it s not like Meyer s work because I actually like and relate to the protagonist in this tale Jessica s got moxie and buckets of it She s smart, she s capable and she s unknowingly betrothed to Lucius due Before I start, I want to clarify one insy weensy matter this book is nothing like Twilight Would people stop saying that as I am beginning to get tired with people s lack of imagination and investment in Twilight theory YA vampire Edward Twilight Adele arggggghing Thank goodness it s not like Meyer s work because I actually like and relate to the protagonist in this tale Jessica s got moxie and buckets of it She s smart, she s capable and she s unknowingly betrothed to Lucius due to her being a vampire princess Lucius is an intense, righteous and darkly handsome RomanianMr Darcy than Edward who has come to America to convince Jessica that they should marry and reunite their warring vampiric families I just loved every bit of repartee between these two Lucius would get all hoity toity and Jessica would smack him back down to size The development of their relationship moved naturally as did the pace of the story Each possess distinct voices which make for hilarious interchanges Fantaskey also uses letters as way to view Lucius perspective on certain events, saag and squatty boy hehe I really knew these characters well by the time I was a few chapters in and found myself very invested in the outcome Hence, very little movement between pages 1 and 354, my body is atrophying but I really don t care.Jessica s always known that she was adopted She lives with her yoga practising, vegan eating adoptive parents in the country and refuses to believe her origins when presented them by Lucius I loved the new take on vampirism, particular the guide book that Lucius presents to his betrothed This book was a great sense of humour as are the continual misunderstandings between our terrible twosome I loved tracing their changing feelings throughout the course of the story Jessica denying her past and repelling Lucius, slowly comes to see Lucius for his strengths while Lucius begins to see Jessica less as a duty andas a person of worth The necessity of the alternating perspectives make this intense, hilarious and moving as we are able to identify both individual s motivations.I loved these characters, I hope we seeof them More than anything I love that Lucius, at no point, was compared to cold marble If I were to nitpick anything, it would be that the cover model should becurvy with curly, dark hair emphasis on the curvy.Beth Fantaskey she of the fabulous surname , I loved your debut effort What s next Zombies, unicorns, football players


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    Let s get it straight, I am not,not, NOT into vampire books I think that Twilight is the greatest piece of crappy fan fiction style writing to get published since Eragon.The only vampire book I ve really enjoyed until now is Sucks to Be Me The All True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire, which makes fun of the conventions of the genre.But this one is worth reading Unlike that simp Bella Swan, Jessica doesn t think being a vampire would be cool When a Heathcliff like Wutherine Hei Let s get it straight, I am not,not, NOT into vampire books I think that Twilight is the greatest piece of crappy fan fiction style writing to get published since Eragon.The only vampire book I ve really enjoyed until now is Sucks to Be Me The All True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire, which makes fun of the conventions of the genre.But this one is worth reading Unlike that simp Bella Swan, Jessica doesn t think being a vampire would be cool When a Heathcliff like Wutherine Heights figures into the plot vampire arrives at her school, and tells her that she is a vampire princess, pledged to marry him at birth, she doesn t swoon Heck, she doesn t even believe that he IS a vampire Besides, all she wants is to be a normal American teenager and date the boy next door.The story of how Lucius slowly wins her over and he does, if that s a spoiler develops beautifully Jessica s narrative is interspersed with Lucius s hilarious letters to his Uncle back in the old country, and his take on 21st century American culture should make anyone laugh out loud.Though it appears frothy at first, the drama of the plot deepens and intensifies as it draws towards the climax And Fantaskey doesn t take herself or her characters so seriously as to not allow humor to pop into even the darkest scenes She has maturity as a writer that the Meyers and Paolinis can only dream of.The characters are well developed Jessica and Lucius s voices ring clear and true Subcharacters are well drawn Jessica s adoptive parents initially come off as a pair of crunchy granola hippie types played for laughs, but they are allowed to fully develop, something that doesn t always happen with parents in YA books I am not sure if Fantaskey has left room for a sequel, but if she does I ll be reading it and regardless I ll be looking forward to her next book


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    Jessica is your typical 17 year old that is until her adoptive parents inform her she s a Romanian vampire princess who must fulfill a pact her birth parents had signed before their death by marrying Lucius, a vampire prince from an enemy clan.I thought the whole trying to get Jessica to believe that vampires really do exist and Lucius is not an escapee from an insane asylum thing was freaking hilarious Watching Jessica slowly and somewhat incredulously accept her vampiric nature and Lucius s Jessica is your typical 17 year old that is until her adoptive parents inform her she s a Romanian vampire princess who must fulfill a pact her birth parents had signed before their death by marrying Lucius, a vampire prince from an enemy clan.I thought the whole trying to get Jessica to believe that vampires really do exist and Lucius is not an escapee from an insane asylum thing was freaking hilarious Watching Jessica slowly and somewhat incredulously accept her vampiric nature and Lucius s love for her was exciting it made me realize how much I missed vampire novels and the arrogant nature of vampires.If you re a vampire fan, don t miss this one


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Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side 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 Fianc 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