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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Series: Jessica #1
Published by Harcourt on January 18, 2010
Genres: Paranormal, Vampires
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(Last Updated On: May 31, 2022)
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.
Cover Review: Alright, I don’t like the cover that much. I do really like the girl’s dress though as well as the font of the title.
Tagline: The undead can really screw up your senior year…
Main Character: Jessica/Anatasia Packwood
In Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, we get a glimpse into a different world of vampires. Our protagonist, Jessica Packwood, thinks that she is just a normal girl. She doesn’t feel like there is anything special about her at all. So when she finds this young man, Lucius, watching her, she doesn’t know what to think.
After Lucius convinces Jessica’s parents that he needs a place to stay, we find out the real truth. Jessica and Lucius have been set to marry since their birth. It was all planned out just so that a long-lasting feud between two vampire families could finally end. Jessica isn’t the biggest fan of this, especially since she didn’t get any say in it whatsoever.
After many attempts of trying to play nice, Lucius finally gives up. He starts to agree with Jessica-they should’ve had a say in the matter and they probably won’t see this marriage through. They don’t want to listen to their long-dead parents. Jessica also thinks that she will never come to love Lucius. He, on the other hand, starts out really liking her.
Lucius finally stops liking Jessica. She can’t stand him… but do they end up falling for each other anyway?
This book was a really great read. I didn’t quite understand why people were saying that this was kind of a “dark” book, because I found it not that dark at all. I guess that’s what happens when you read a lot of dystopians.
I thought that this was a great book to get one into the mood for Halloween. It was a great paranormal romance filled with characters that are easy to relate to-especially Jessica.
Recommended for fans of:
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
A Good Halloween Story!