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Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

  Fantaskey, Beth


Publisher: Harcourt
Number of Pages: 354
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Genres:

Fantasy
ChickLit
Romance

Material Type/Location:

Junior High Fiction

Reading Level:

6-8

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Why I liked this title:

Can’t get your hands on Twilight – it may be your lucky day – this one may be better. Yes, it’s a story about a vampire. Yes, it’s a romance involving a high school girl. Yes, the vampire is handsome! Then the changes begin. Jessica Packwood is a mathlete, who likes to think everything in life is like a mathematical equation. Only a few months away from her 18th birthday when a Romanian named Lucius Vlasdescu shows up at her bus top and totally freaks her out. The freak out was she found out that she was a royal vampire Princess and she was betrothed to Lucius, a Vampire Prince, at her birth. Jessica thought the whole vampire thing was absurd until her adoptive parents confirmed what Lucius told her. Jessica did not believe a word of it and that is really where the story takes off: how will Jessica be convinced? There are a lot of laugh out lines as the snobbery of European royalty comes out in Lucius as he adapts to life in a small town American High School. He has lots to say about the American slang and the boring teachers. Lucius is a big hit with the girls due to being gorgeous and charming! Beth Fantaskey has managed to make a vampire book both funny and suspenseful and, at the same time, keep the romance sizzling! I wasn’t an eager reader ready to join the Vampire market, but this one made me a convert!

Reviewed by: Cathy Maassen on 10/19/2009

If you are a looking for a great love story and a really funny book rolled into one, this is the book for you. When Jessica discovers that she is actually a Romanian vampire princess her life is turned upside down. She meets Lucius, a vampire prince and her betrothed since birth. She can’t stand him at first, but soon finds herself in love with him. But is it too late? Has Lucius turned his attentions elsewhere and what about the pact between their families?

Reviewed by: Linda Sawyer on 3/22/2010

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