Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

Book - 2009
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Seventeen-year-old Jessica, adopted and raised in Pennsylvania, learns that she is descended from a royal line of Romanian vampires and that she is betrothed to a vampire prince, who poses as a foreign exchange student while courting her.
ISBN: 9780547259406
Characteristics: 354 pages ;,21 cm.


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I enjoyed reading this book, but I think I have to agree with Einmyria on the fact that Lucius was a jerk who did not deserve Jessica's love. She can do SO much better then him.Otherwise I disagree with what Einmyria wrote (sorry, Einmyria).

Apr 27, 2013

I really liked this book. I found the dialogue between Jessica and Lucius real and at times extremely funny. I also liked how their relationship wasn't perfect and when you thought it was going to work out, there was another twist. Lucius was a very interesting character. He was dark at times and other times he was very kind (in his own way). Overall, a great book.

Jan 13, 2013

*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* My opinion on this book had been ping-ponging back and forth for quite a while. I liked it, then I hated it, then I liked it (note: liked not loved) until FINALLY, Lucius did something irredeemable in my eyes. Thank you Lucius, I never would have come to a conclusion were it not for your douchebaggery. In short: I don't like this book. I don't like Lucius. Hey, why sugar coat it?! I hate Lucius. Period. He is the king of douches. Period. Now the book started off well enough, light-hearted and funny, and then it went downhill pretty fast when the tone became more serious. Lucius decides to cheat on Jessica for a sort-of fathomable, but not really forgivable reason. And this was just when Jessica had accepted that she was a vampire and admitted she was in love with him. The dialogue on Lucius' part reeked of melodrama and he acted like a jerk right up until the last few pages of the book. And I do mean, the LAST FEW PAGES where he abruptly comes to his senses. Surprisingly, Jessica still loves him through all of the crap he's put her through. She likes his “dangerous side.” I like bad boy characters, I do, but they have to have some sort of NICE, redeeming quality. I caps-locked NICE there because Beth Fantaskey (the author) seemed to have a pretty big hate-on for the adjective. There was also a random scene in the book where the big, bad, scary vampires were sucking...make that slurping and licking blood from raw steaks in a fancy restaurant...HAHAHA! I think that scene was meant to disgust the reader, not break them out in peels of laughter, but it was just that dumb. Vampires satisfying their blood craving by sucking on steaks is not scary Ms. Fantaskey, it's just plain LAME. Oh, and the major villain of this book, one of the scary vampires who was lapping at those steaks? He randomly dies at the end of the book in a scene the reader was never privy to. Now why in the world should I like a book written by an author who was too damn lazy to properly resolve the conflict?

Nov 17, 2012

I really protest when people automatically respond that "If you like twilight you'll like this!" because it usually has no relation besides vampires and romance. This book certainly has that, but there's a lot more involvement besides the two main characters interacting. Furthermore, their relationship is tumultuous; Jessica doesn't like Lucius, even thinks he's crazy. His opinion of her changes from wooing to mockery, back and fourth. It has real low towards the end. What I appreciate about Lucius is his discouraging Jessica from dieting, no doubt because he was raised outside the states so his idea of beauty is much different from what she understands. I have to say that the ending was a huge payoff and showed something that you normally don't see in teen vampire fiction - a monstrously terrifying vampire king with Jessica trying to get him to chill the hell out. Really a worthy read.

jfbookworm Feb 27, 2012

I absolutely LOVE (with a capital L!) this book! And it's very hard for me to LOVE a book-I can like most books but I really love just a few, and this is one! I really hope that there's a sequel because They seem to have cut it short, and I'd love to read more of Lucius and Jessica! I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone whol likes/loves vampire romance/high school romance and love triangles! Don't forget the suspense either!!
A-MAZ-ING BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 29, 2011

It seemed like this whole plot was taken out of other books. The family dispute was like Romeo and Juliet, Faith (Jessica's horse racing rival) and Lucius' relationship was like Wuthering Heights and the whole vampire part (The royalty and what her vampire myth) was just like vampire academy.

The only real thing the author created was the characters and she did a good job. Jessica is the girl next door with some attitude and Lucius is the over- protective big brother. She developed the characters really well, but they were just too...regular, I guess; everyone has someone like both of those characters in their lives. But even so, it felt like you could relate to each of the characters at almost every given time.

I think the part in the novel I loved was the corny romantic parts. But even though those parts were sweet, it still felt like an older brother would say the same kind of things Lucuis said.

However, even though the author did not use literacy terms well, the book was still pretty good. I like all three of the books Fantaskey used and she did it well.

Dec 28, 2011

I really enjoyed the arrogant, sarcastic, and witty attitude of the vampire in this story. I originally was hesitant to read this book and thought that it was going to be totally boring, but I was out of books so I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised! I found this book to be quite a page turner. This book was so funny, and I really felt like the author did a good job making me feel a connection to the characters, especially Lucius. This book was nothing like Twilight, which was my biggest fear. I did not want to read another cheap Twilight knockoff. Luckily, this book, and it's characters, have a personality all their own.

Nov 16, 2011

Book Review
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
By Beth Fantaskey
Jessica is an average teenage girl, whose family is a major diet-concerned group, avoiding specific dairy products and meat. She believes that she is an ordinary girl… until she meets Lucius, a foreign exchange student. At first, he appears to be the cute guy every girl is swooning about, but Jessica’s view on him is completely different. She knows that there is something weird going on. It turns out, she was right. Jessica learns that she has been descended from an old group of Romanian vampires and that her parents aren’t even her actual parents! To top things off, she is betrothed to Lucius, the vampire who is living in her house… and trying to win her love!
Jessica is your typical average character, but she shows traces of spunk and determination after her encounter with Lucius. She is also quite stubborn, not believing Lucius countless times throughout the book. Lucius is portrayed as this male student who is always there to protect Jessica, as is his duty. No matter what insults or reluctance Jessica dishes at him, he always rebounds with almost no scratches and plenty of sarcastic retorts.
I greatly enjoyed this book! The sarcastic and funny remarks trading off from each character is quite hilarious to read and I really liked the unforgotten tension between the two main characters.
Twilight would be a semi-similar book that readers may enjoy reading.
I believe that females of ages 12 and above would enjoy reading this book. Also, people who love to read about vampires should definitely try this!

Oct 08, 2011

It`s a shame that the cover doesn`t do any justice to the book. I would have never read it if it weren`t for my friend.

Sep 01, 2011

I can't wait for the sequel !

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