Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side

by Beth Fantaskey

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | September 26, 2011 | Hardcover

Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side is rated 4.1579 out of 5 by 38.

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

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 3.35 × 2.26 × 0.39 in

Published: September 26, 2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0152063846

ISBN - 13: 9780152063849

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic The reason I liked this book was that it wasn't your typical vampire story (I mean like the recent ones we've become so used to reading). It took the vampire story back to its beginnings in Romania, but with a twist. Very neat.
Date published: 2013-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Vampire Book I've Ever Read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jessica's Guide To Daying On The Dark Side is awesome!!!!!!!!!!! It keeps you guessing and Is very hard to put down!!!! I loved it so much that I need to get the next one A.S.A.P!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2012-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Really Your Normal Vampire Book The begining of this book was a little slow and a little too rushed. But the maid part of the book was good. The characters in this book were well described and each had a hidden personality which I liked. The settings were well thought out for the scene of which the book took place. The plot was good. I found that there was one part of the book that I might have put into a second book when I first read it, but once you get into that part I think the author made a good choice. The ending I think seemed to me that it sounded rushed. But the contents on the ending were really good. C:
Date published: 2012-06-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A predictable romance This and other reviews can be found on http://readingbetweenclasses.blogspot.com/ Cover Impressions: The cover is cute but nothing special. It falls into the cliche of pretty girl in a pretty dress. If you read my reviews, you know that I prefer the cover to accurately reflect the character and this model is NOT the size 10 that Jessica claims to be. In the book we watch Jessica grow to accept her curves and curly hair as signs of beauty, strength and having "a presence in the world" yet, the cover features the typical slim young girl - such a shame. The Gist: Jessica's has always known she was adopted from Romania but when the dark and mysterious Lucius waltzes into town claiming not only to be her betrothed but also, a vampire, she is forced to examine just how strange her heritage might be. As Jessica grows to accept the dark past of her parents and the strange new urges of her body, she realizes that if she does not become the princess her family needs, she may lose the future that she never knew she wanted. Review: I found this book on the Bargain Shelf at my local book store and thought that it might be a good fit for some of the girly girls in my classes. Because I picked up this book knowing that it was not to my taste, I was fairly forgiving while reading it. Jessica's Guide falls into the category of "fluff", it was a quick, fairly entertaining read that did not require much brainpower. It is not a particularly unique story (we have all read these "oh surprise I'm actually a princess" stories before and it makes use of several cliches in its 300+ pages. Jessica is presented as an overweight Math nerd with self-esteem issues. Naturally, with encouragement from Lucius, she transforms into the confident and poised Princess that she was meant to be (actually she puts on a pretty dress and stops straightening her hair). I was NOT happy that, as she began her "transformation" her math skills suffered. What the heck Fantaskey? Can't she be pretty AND smart? Of course, her competition was slim, blonde and (say it with me now) A CHEERLEADER! And she was named, wait for it ....... Faith Crosse. Seriously? In a book about Vampires you combine the words Faith AND Cross? There was some attempt at a love triangle (though poor Jake didn't really stand a chance) that pitted the sweet, honest farm boy against the dark and dangerous vampire. Just once, I would like to see a heroine actually choose the nice guy, come on girls, the nice guy will bring you soup and tissues when you are sick. The bad boy will take one look at your puffy eyes and snotty nose and run in the opposite direction. The nice guy will not understand when you sob uncontrollably, clutching The Fault In Our Stars to your chest unwilling to read another page for fear of more heartbreak, but he will hold your hand and try to make you feel better by cracking lame jokes. The bad boy will not even be there to see your pain because he doesn't think a chick who reads is sexy. The nice guy will be there when your best friend moves away, when your Dad gets sick or your childhood puppy passes away. The bad boy will be off finding some other pretty young thing who he can seduce with his recipe of aloofness, brooding and danger. Of course, Lucius is the typical literary bad boy who can be rescued from the brink of self destruction by his "true love", a woman who is not willing to give up on him, no matter what heinous acts he commits. Again, ladies, put this particular brand of bad boy in the same category as unicorns, dragons and hairdressers that think 1inch = 1inch - they don't exist! The writing itself was mediocre, but the sections featuring Lucius' letters were cringe-worthy. His use of local colloquialisms were laughable and the constant reminders that his uncle hits him left me annoyed rather than appalled. The plot was quick, if predictable, and I know this will appeal to those students who enjoy the the Pretty Little Liars series. This is one of those YA novels that doesn't quite translate to an adult audience but would probably be a very enjoyable (and perhaps forgettable) read for many teenagers. Teaching/Parental Notes: Age: 13 and up Gender: Girls Sex: Mentioned by several characters but not actually written about Violence: Blood drinking, a beating, a staking, reference to child abuse Inappropriate Language: None Substance Abuse: None
Date published: 2012-04-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 2/5 Reviews can be found at http://readingbetweenclasses.blogspot.ca/ Cover Impressions: The cover is cute but nothing special. It falls into the cliche of pretty girl in a pretty dress. If you read my reviews, you know that I prefer the cover to accurately reflect the character and this model is NOT the size 10 that Jessica claims to be. In the book we watch Jessica grow to accept her curves and curly hair as signs of beauty, strength and having "a presence in the world" yet, the cover features the typical slim young girl - such a shame. The Gist: Jessica's has always known she was adopted from Romania but when the dark and mysterious Lucius waltzes into town claiming not only to be her betrothed but also, a vampire, she is forced to examine just how strange her heritage might be. As Jessica grows to accept the dark past of her parents and the strange new urges of her body, she realizes that if she does not become the princess her family needs, she may lose the future that she never knew she wanted. Review: I found this book on the Bargain Shelf at my local book store and thought that it might be a good fit for some of the girly girls in my classes. Because I picked up this book knowing that it was not to my taste, I was fairly forgiving while reading it. Jessica's Guide falls into the category of "fluff", it was a quick, fairly entertaining read that did not require much brainpower. It is not a particularly unique story (we have all read these "oh surprise I'm actually a princess" stories before and it makes use of several cliches in its 300+ pages. Jessica is presented as an overweight Math nerd with self-esteem issues. Naturally, with encouragement from Lucius, she transforms into the confident and poised Princess that she was meant to be (actually she puts on a pretty dress and stops straightening her hair). I was NOT happy that, as she began her "transformation" her math skills suffered. What the heck Fantaskey? Can't she be pretty AND smart? Of course, her competition was slim, blonde and (say it with me now) A CHEERLEADER! And she was named, wait for it ....... Faith Crosse. Seriously? In a book about Vampires you combine the words Faith AND Cross? There was some attempt at a love triangle (though poor Jake didn't really stand a chance) that pitted the sweet, honest farm boy against the dark and dangerous vampire. Just once, I would like to see a heroine actually choose the nice guy, come on girls, the nice guy will bring you soup and tissues when you are sick. The bad boy will take one look at your puffy eyes and snotty nose and run in the opposite direction. The nice guy will not understand when you sob uncontrollably, clutching The Fault In Our Stars to your chest unwilling to read another page for fear of more heartbreak, but he will hold your hand and try to make you feel better by cracking lame jokes. The bad boy will not even be there to see your pain because he doesn't think a chick who reads is sexy. The nice guy will be there when your best friend moves away, when your Dad gets sick or your childhood puppy passes away. The bad boy will be off finding some other pretty young thing who he can seduce with his recipe of aloofness, brooding and danger. Of course, Lucius is the typical literary bad boy who can be rescued from the brink of self destruction by his "true love", a woman who is not willing to give up on him, no matter what heinous acts he commits. Again, ladies, put this particular brand of bad boy in the same category as unicorns, dragons and hairdressers that think 1inch = 1inch - they don't exist! The writing itself was mediocre, but the sections featuring Lucius' letters were cringe-worthy. His use of local colloquialisms were laughable and the constant reminders that his uncle hits him left me annoyed rather than appalled. The plot was quick, if predictable, and I know this will appeal to those students who enjoy the the Pretty Little Liars series. This is one of those YA novels that doesn't quite translate to an adult audience but would probably be a very enjoyable (and perhaps forgettable) read for many teenagers. Teaching/Parental Notes: Age: 13 and up Gender: Girls Sex: Mentioned by several characters but not actually written about Violence: Blood drinking, a beating, a staking, reference to child abuse Inappropriate Language: None Substance Abuse: None
Date published: 2012-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read. Great story line with endearing characters This was a great little read. For those that don't want to get into a series but want a good vamipre book with romance, and some thriller/action, this is a great book. I loved the characters and the relatability of the main character. The romance tension was perfect. Loved the ending (won't spoil it), and it was well written and well thought out. Great imagery and settings. I'd read this author again.
Date published: 2010-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Blood & Romance I had picked this book up on a complete whim and also back when I was in my vampire novel phase. I only began to read it after I grew bored with all the vampire stories on shelves, simply because it was just sitting there. The story tells about Jessica Packwood, a regular American teenager who is suddenly forced into a world of vampires that she can hardly bring herself to believe exists in her rational mind. All this stems from a Romanian exchange student who claims he is a vampire prince and that she is his vampire princess, sworn to him from birth. He is also fully intent on staking his claim on her, despite her protests and immediate dislike of Lucius. Although the first three quarters of the novel is based upon the growing feelings between Jessica and Lucius, there is a plot that springs forth rather unexpectedly. Not that that's a bad thing but, the story was a tad bit predictable with a lot of typical angsty teenager romance. Certain details in the plot that I wished the author went into more detail were left hanging. The writing was pretty good and the characters had personality but, perhaps the romance was a little overbearing and sometimes, annoying. It wasn't a bad read, definitely something Twilight fans would probably enjoy. If you're looking for an easy, breezy romantic read, then check this book out. :)
Date published: 2010-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read... This was a cute read, mostly fluff and romance but there was enough suspense to draw you in, although I took about half the book before I couldn’t put it down. It also presented a more traditional/darker vampire than many teen books today do, making it more interesting.
Date published: 2010-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from pleasantly surprised :) I actually thought I would hate this book, that it would just be another one of thoes vampire books that seem to be everywhere latley. But this book suprized me and I loved it! There where times when I just wanted to hate Lucius and then there where times when i just wanted to hate the book in general. But I am so glad that I read it becuase ya I fell in love. I'm hoping for a sequel. :)
Date published: 2010-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it.......But frustrating Alright so I just finished this book a few hours ago and I just loved this book, it was so much fun the characters were great and it had a solid storyline. I love when books really bring me in and this one did, there were parts of the book where I wanted to go inside the book and SLAP both characters around because of the way they were acting but I thnk thats what made the book such a good read and it kept me turning the pages. I loved Lucius's and Jessica's relationship I think they make a great couple and it made for some intense scenes which is always fun. Overall it was a great book and I think any vampire fan would enjoy it, I would love to see a sequel for this but I really don't know if there will be but I would definitley read about these characters again they were great. CHECK OUT THE BOOK.
Date published: 2010-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better then Twilight!! I loved this novel so much ! I couldnt put it down and it got so intense at parts. But at some piont i just wanted to just scream ! In my opinion i think it was way, way better than twilight and i have read the whole saga. And i hope there will be more books to follow !!
Date published: 2009-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Frustrating yet...Amazing!! There were times where I wanted to throw this book across the room, but I absolutely loved it! Jessica and Lucius have a very frustrating relationship, that makes this book so impossible to put down! I never wanted to stop reading, the humor along with the Vampire plot was awesome...and of course the romance was crazy good. This book starts off with Jessica living her regular life.. going to school, horse back riding, and eating her parents vegan meals. Than, we meet Lucias, the arrogant, overprotective, incredibly hot, Romanian Vampire who suddenly enters Jessica's life, telling her the truth... that he is her fiance. All Jessica knew was that her biological parents died when she was very young, now she is finding out that this marriage was set up the day she was born, and that she is a Romanian Vampire Princess who has more to her family history...She is to marry Lucias once she turns eighteen or a war will start in Romania... As the story continues their relationship develops, but Lucias starts to change.. Jessica's feelings put you on one big roller coaster as she tries to move on with her new life, living with a Vampire, along with learning that "Disgust can actually turn into lust..."
Date published: 2009-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dating with a Vampire From the back cover of the book I thought it would be a cute romantic story...it's was but with so much more intensity. The book was hilarious in some ways: Lucius's letters, and the plot is so not like what one can expect. All through the book Lucius remain a mysterious character that I couldn't predict. The only flaw is the ending which I feel was a little rushed and the fact that there will probably be not sequel to this awesome book.
Date published: 2009-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A book to enjoy This book was reccomended to me by a chapters employee. This was a pleasant surprise. Jessica is an average teen until she finds out she is actually a vampire princess from Romania. Her betrothed, Lucius arrives to claim her but she doesn't believe in vampires and thinks he is crazy. This story is funny, entertaining and you will love the characters. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and was sad to see ,that so far it is a one off book. I would love to read more about Jessica and Lucius.
Date published: 2009-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Frustrating, but Awesome I absolutly loved this book. But while I was reading it, I couldn't help but be annoyed by Jessica and Lucius's relashionship. You'll see why once you read it. When you read the back of the book, you just think, okay it's just another vampire book where the vampire wants to get the girl he loves to marry him. But it was nothing like that!! The story line is so unexpected. This is definatly a must read in my books.
Date published: 2009-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Good BOOK! This book was frustrating and frikin Amazing. I wanted to slap Lucius and Jessica... Like Omigosh! I was so glad when the book finished because, now I can sleep properly! It was so well written, and the characters were sure.. stubborn but amazing in everyway. I wish Lucius was mine thoguh ( L ) but in the end it was such a good book.!
Date published: 2009-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very Addictive read Not many books can pull u in from page one.. but this one can. The two main characters, Jessica and Lucius, are memorable and relatable. Lucius is confident, passionate, other worldly, and just plain charming in the beginning. Jessica is your girl next door and still growing into her own. You will get to experience the large range of emotions they go through.. lust, love, passion jealousy and anger. Its beautiful to watch two people change while they fall in love.. some for good and some for bad. Love isn't always a picnic and has many obsticles. Beth Fantaskey did a wonderful job bringing hope to impossible situations. This is a great and refreshing read for any paranormal lover.
Date published: 2009-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Surprise! I was surprised how much I loved this book. It was well written, believable, very suspenceful and ROMANTIC. I couldn't stop reading until it was done.
Date published: 2009-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't find it This would we cool if I could find it....
Date published: 2009-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Too Cheesy, not to Monotonous! As Beth's first novel, this was an enchanting book to read. I was really impressed with her main characters, Jessica, a logical geeky girl and Lucius, a snobbish extra egotistical vampire prince. Her humor was neatly weaved into her sentences. However people think about Lucius, he's still an extra egotistical vampire prince to me. That is why I like the book so much, because I strongly hate the character.
Date published: 2009-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from not like twilight I loved the twilight series and I half expected this to be a knock off and I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't. It's a good book I read it in one day.
Date published: 2009-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good i know a lot of people calling it "just like twilight" but it wasn't. alto theres tons of vampire romance novels out there i still recomend this one because no every vampir novel is the same.
Date published: 2009-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read for fans of Twilight and paranormal romance! For fans of Twilight, and the whole forbidden love thing, this is a great little read. It is a nice interesting love story, between a seemingly normal 17 yr old girl, Jessica (who finds out she's actually supposed to be a vampire princess) and a vampire prince, Lucious. In this story, you initially have the chase from Lucious, who is trying to win over his betrothed Jessica, who initially can't stand his advances or him for that matter, but soon enough, that changes, and then the situation is reversed. Jessica realizes she has in fact fallin in love with him, but is it too late??? The second half of the book, is her trying to come to terms with her destiny, and ultimately her love for this Lucious! But Lucious is struggling himself having emotional battles within himself and whether he is this honorable and noble prince capable of love or whether he is this ruthless angry vampire as he was raised to be. I do not want to spoil it, but i really enjoyed this book, and as a big fan of the Twilight saga, it had some touches to it that i know Twilight fans would definitely enjoy! Some of my favourite parts include the letters from Lucious to his uncle Vasile - quite funny, and the overall dynamic between Jessica and Vasile. I hope you like it as much as I did!
Date published: 2009-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enthralling Definitely not like Twilight, but AMAZING nonetheless. Each character has his or her own defined personality, so that they stand up on the page, reach out, and pull you in. If this is Fantaskey's first novel, which I think it is, I don't think she could have done much better! Lucius, with his European, Old World ideals and his formal clothes and speech, is not really the kind of guy that Jessica likes. Horse-loving, mathelete, social outcast Jessica is beyond embarassed when Lucius starts to follow her around, defending her honour to the jocks who give her a rough time. But when he starts spouting off about vampires, decrees, betrothals, war and Romania, things take a decided turn for the darker. EDIT: I emailed the author about this book and got a response THE NEXT DAY (which is absolutely fabulous to the extreme), and she said that 'Jessica's Guide' is scheduled to come out in paperback in the fall, for those who don't want to purchase hardcover. She's unsure about writing a sequel, since that will depend on how well this book sells. so BUY IT and help her out! Also, her second book is also a paranormal romance (but without vampires), and is called 'Jekel Loves Hyde,' though I don't believe it is out yet. Stay tuned!
Date published: 2009-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was alright... Jessica's Guide was an interesting book that had a storyline kind of like twilight, but yet different in a few ways. Jessica is an ordinary girl in her senior year, and this year she has a "get a life" plan. but along comes Lucius, a hot romanian guy who claims he is a vampire prince, and Jessica is his vampire bride-to-be. at first, jessica doesn't believe anything he says, and accuses him of using fake fangs to trick her. but her stubborness wears down and she learns to accept lucius's world. but just when she thinks she can rule the empire with him, along comes a bratty little cheerleader who sets her eyes on lucius. the only thing i didn't like about this book was how fantaskey rushed the ending. there was about 7 or 8 pages left in the book, and jessica and lucius were still outside talking. but the story itself wasn't bad, and it deserves about a 4/5.
Date published: 2009-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLTELY AMAZING!! So much romance, thrill and excitment. COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN! Amazing, especially if you're still in the "twilight mode". I hope the author comes out with a follow-up! :) This book was about a girl named Jessica. One day, a strange foreign student starts to follow her around. Jessica tells her mother this, and suddenly, her mother actually approaches him and invites him to their home. There, Jessica learns the truth about him, as well as herself. Jessica was adopted and this guy (named Lucius) is suppose to marry Jessica because there was a contract stating so when they were born. And here's the shocker: he is a vampire prince, and she is a vampire princess. However, Lucius turns out to have some deadly secrets that would ruin and disturb the peace of the vampire community, as well as ruining the relationship that Jessica and Lucius start to develop. This book was full of romance, suspense, and mystery and it was a very addicting read. Highly recommended for any teenage girl.
Date published: 2009-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This book was absolutly FANTASTIC!!!!!!! I couldn't put it down!! Beth Fantaskey writes as if this were her 100th novel!!! Bravo!!! I hope for a sequel!
Date published: 2009-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An All Time Favorite OMG!!! This is my favorite vampire book! I really enjoyed it more than The Twilight Saga. It was something different. Passionate, loveable, creative and it had everything a vampire has to! It does have a dark side to it. It is not like the vampires are the good guys however it doesn't mean their the bad ones either. I don't want to give spoilers to this specific vampire book because I think many people might actually enjoy this book alot. It took me a really long time to get my hands on a copy of this book. At first I didn't understand why but now I totally do! It way too good to sit around on bookshelves unwanted and OMG the cover! It's SO beautiful, romantic and sorta dark too! Anyways I hope you all pick a copy of it! I totally recommend this book to any vampire lovers! Happy Reading! :)
Date published: 2009-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovedd!! <> omyyy..this book is soooo good! i loved it! this is a definite favorite. hmmm...my 3rd to be exact lol. this is nothing like twilight but its a really good book! i highly recommend it!! =)
Date published: 2009-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Loved It!!!! This is one of of my new favourite books and it's the perfect book for those who like a bit of vampires and romance!! It is nothing like Twilight for those skeptics and is definitely unique. You can't just say that vampire + human + romance= Twilight....... it's completely unfair. Anyways, Jessica just wants to have the perfect senior when on the first day back to school, she meets Lucias Vladescu, a hot guy who claims he's a vampire prince and that Jessica is his betrothed Romanian princess. Jessica thinks he and her parents are crazy. I mean, how could vampires exist, right? So grudgingly, Lucias stays at their house pretending to be an exchange student. Of course, this seemingly dislike of Lucias slowly fades as she comes to accept the possibilty that vampires could exist and that she has feelings for him, but has Jessica lost Lucias before she even realizes what she has? Lucias now seems to be taking an interest in the head cheerleader....... Just have to mention this, but I loved the letters that Lucias wrote to his uncle! They were so funny and gave you a perspective as how Lucias feels in this totally different world- one that we know, but he doesn't. This book had me sucked in from the very first sentence and I'm sure whoever reads it won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2009-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh My Goodness! It took me a while to find a copy of this book and now I completely understand why. It was amazing! Probably the best vampire book I have ever read (including Twilight). I couldn't put it down and Im so sad that its over. I really hope there is a sequel in the works. I would definitely recommend this to any vampire or romance lover, it was sooooo good!
Date published: 2009-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good. When i bought this book I thought it was going to be a love story. I t is but the people you want to be together aren't together until the very end. That's the only down part.
Date published: 2009-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Sooo, i picked this up while i was working, i read the back and my first thought was "ooohuuhh someones trying to copy Twilight!!!" Anyways. I wanted to actually see if that was true and how it would compare, so i took it to the back room on my lunch and read it. I got caught up in it, but i wasnt convinced yet, on my last break i took it back too and read, and i decided i wanted to see how it would end. SO i got the book. I dont like the title, i think its too child like for the content inside it. but hey whatever. i did find a few mistakes but it is her first novel, and for a first, it was actually pretty good, i read it in two days. =] pick it up you wont be disappointing.
Date published: 2009-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I will start off by saying this is NOTHING like Twilight. The title makes this amazing novel seem like another typical teen vamp love story but it is far from typical. Jessica's guide to dating on the dark side by Beth Fantaskey is full of action, suspense, humor, romance and raw emotion. An instant favorite.
Date published: 2009-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Despite the fact that everyone worries that this is just another Twilight knockoff - have no fear! Ignore the description, Lucious is DEFINITELY not like Edward - actually, for the first part of the book he came off as a big jerk. Since I hate it myself when people write spoilers on open boards life these I won't spoil anything. At first, the novel was kinda annoying - really girly (think Princess Diaries) but it got a lot better; especially the ending half! Lots of action! Also, the novel was really colloquial - lots of pop culture references as well. Overall, I really enjoyed the novel. My only problem was the ending - the author was kind of ambiguous about whether Jess and Lucious would stay together or not and if they did whether he had changed back to his normal character. But, as I said,if you enjoy romance and a good dose of vamps and drama I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2009-01-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I agree to disagree The plot does seem a bit like the plot of Breaking Dawn - Ill avoid all the spoilers - However you have to give it a chance. Bella wasnt a princess, she didnt have a long lost fiance and sure some other things fit in but its not a complete knock off. I still probably wont buy it though - maybe find it in a library
Date published: 2009-01-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Twilight knockoff I'm sorry but that plot sounds creepishly like Twilight. You can't write a book so similar to one so popular and expect people to go out and run and buy it. You didn't see any Harry Potter knockoffs so why the sudden rush of Vampire love stories? She should have waited a few years to try to pubilsh this one.
Date published: 2008-12-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from um....... doesn't this seem like Twilight?
Date published: 2008-11-30

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Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side

by Beth Fantaskey

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 3.35 × 2.26 × 0.39 in

Published: September 26, 2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0152063846

ISBN - 13: 9780152063849

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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.

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Chapter 1 THE FIRST TIME I saw him, a heavy, gray fog clung to the cornfields, tails of mist slithering between the dying stalks. It was a dreary early morning right after Labor Day, and I was waiting for the school bus, just minding my own business, standing at the end of the dirt lane that connected my family''s farmhouse to the main road into town. I was thinking about how many times I''d probably waited for that bus over the course of a dozen years, killing time like any mathlete would, by doing calculations in my head, when I noticed him. And suddenly that familiar stretch of blacktop seemed awfully desolate. He was standing under a massive beech tree across the road from me, his arms crossed over his chest. The tree''s low, gnarled branches twisted down around him, nearly concealing him in limbs and leaves and shadows. But it was obvious that he was tall and wearing a long, dark coat, almost like a cloak. My chest clenched, and I swallowed hard. Who stands under a tree at the crack of dawn, in the middle of nowhere, wearing a black cloak? He must have realized I''d spotted him, because he shifted a little, like he was deciding whether to leave. Or maybe cross the road. It had never struck me how vulnerable I''d been all those mornings I''d waited out there alone, but the realization hit me hard then. I glanced down the road, heart thudding. Where is the stupid bus? And why did my dad have to be so big on mass transit, anyhow? Why couldn''t I own a car, like practically
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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

About the Author

BETH FANTASKEY lives in Pennslyvania with her husband and two daughters. Jessica''s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is her first book.

Beth Fantaskey lives in rural Pennslyvania with her husband and two daughters. She is the author of Jessica''s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, Jessica Rules the Dark Side, Jekel Loves Hyde, and Buzz Kill. Visit her website at www.bethfantaskey.com.

Editorial Reviews

"Jessica evolves nicely with each new shocking revelation, becoming, over the course of the novel, an intriguing and strong protagonist . . . romance buffs will find the ultimate pairing of Lucius and Jessica absolutely irresistible, and it''s downright swoonworthy once their elaborate courting ritual begins in earnest."- The Bulletin

* "A romance involving a high school girl and a handsome vampire may sound a little too familiar, yet this first novel quickly bursts ahead of the pack of Twilight-wannabes . . . The romance sizzles, the plot develops ingeniously and suspensefully, and the satire sings."- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Fantaskey sustains a wholly believable contemporary teen world against a backdrop of vampire romance-Jessica and her friends look and talk like real teens, and her wry sense of humor is delightful, especially when describing an archrival who has her eye on Lucius. Girls obsessed with vampires and romance will welcome this clever, amusing take on teen vamps in love."- Booklist

"Fantaskey''s fast-paced story is full of plot twists and turns that keep readers guessing until the very end. The story is highly entertaining with plenty of action, drama, romance, as well as self-discovery." - School Library Journal

"Fantaskey''s novel is far more than a romantic fantasy . . . Jessica is a witty, spunky protagonist with authentic insecurities and inner conflicts."-VOYA, 5Q, 4P, (highest rating)

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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