Saturday, October 22, 2011

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

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side proved itself to be a poignant tale of romance, mystery, and coming to terms of who you really are. 
Oh wow. This story revolves around a 17-year old teenager named Jessica Packwood who has never really explored life outside her small town in Pennsylvania. She believes in the truth, and she'd rather be crunching numbers on the Math team then hearing ridiculous stories of her parents excursions throughout the world...especially Romania. 
When Jessica sees a stranger HOT stranger on her bus top, he is actually the exchange student from Romania who is staying in Jessica's house. That stranger is actually her fianc√©, Lucius Vladescu. Lucius is a vampire descended from the Vladescu clan. He came to the states to tell Jessica that she is a descendent from Mihalea Dragomir, making her the vampire princess. He tells her that when she turns 18 she must honor the pact between the Vladescus and the Dragomirs that they must get married, or else all hell breaks loose between both clans and its vampires. 
Even though Jessica thinks Lucius is totally gorgeous, cool, and elusive, she also thinks that he is infuriating. At first she tries denying that she and Lucius are vampire prince and princess and none of this makes any sense whatsoever. However, when all of the pieces come together she realizes that they have to be together. She starts falling head over heels for Lucius (I mean who would't) when Lucius hits rock bottom and realizes that he is too bad for Jessica. He hits his lowest point when he starts being with Faith Crosse when, Jessica is the obvious choice for him. 
Now, if a boy that expressed his true feelings to me and left me like Lucius did to Jessica I would be like: 


Anyways, Jessica is not supposed to be that strong though like her mother was. She lets Lucius go without a fight (her mistake) and has to fend for herself. However without Lucius, Jessica wouldn't have come to terms with who she was...a vampire princess. She embraces her curves, her black glossy locks, and she grows stronger. I loved how both characters changed throughout the book; Lucius let loose and Jessica got powerful. She realized she didn't have to take flack from anyone and she was sick and tired of doing what she was told. 
She was Antanasia Dragomir. 
I really loved how Fantaskey (great last name btw) wrote the book. I really felt that she based the whole story on the characters and let each one shed light on themselves. I loved how deep the story got and the tension between both Jessica and Lucius. The setting felt real and it offered avery realistic and cinematic prose into this girl's life. The book let my emotions feel loose from giddy to frustrated with Lucius (at some times) I really enjoyed the whole Mean Girls meets Drakula storyline! Good one Beth! 


  1. I have been wanting to read this book for a while now and this makes me want to read it even more. Your wonder woman picture is fabulous!


  2. @My anxious life Thanks so much! I really rofl'd when I saw the picture! :D