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

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

byBeth Fantaskey

Paperback | January 18, 2010

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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 fiance. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire's Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica &nbsp makes a dramatic&nbsptransition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp 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.
BETH FANTASKEY lives in rural Pennslyvania with her husband and two daughters.  Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side  is her first book. www.bethfantaskey.com
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Title:Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark SideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.97 inPublished:January 18, 2010Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547259409

ISBN - 13:9780547259406

Appropriate for ages: 14

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sequel! I loved the first book and the second one lives up to it (thankfully!) what I really liked about this one while reading was Jessica’s development as a character grows up. Dramatically. Considering she now has to rule and take Lucius place due to the circumstances she had to learn how to take control and she does it gracefully. The plot itself wasn’t so bad although there could have been more substance to it. The reader already has a hunch as to who is behind the entire plot - a little mystery would have been appreciated and would have kept the plot a little more exciting. So the predictability of it sort of dampens the enjoyment of the book. Nevertheless it’s the characters that keep the book going. Jessica and Lucius still have that great chemistry together. It’s the light banter Lucius has with Raniero that was also fun to read throughout the story. Fun to read and it’s light, worth the time - from what I know there’s no more after this one. So to give the duology a nice closing, it’s a good one. (A story about Mindy would be great though.) Bonus points to the cover. Love it!
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice surprise to be honest i didnt think this book would be any good, turns out its actually a really good read!! fun, witty, and just overall really well
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side I loved how complicated Lucious is, a dreamy gentleman yet also a jerky boy, my issue here is that I would have liked a more drawn out ending. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising Wasn't expecting much when I bought this, but was thoroughly entertained!
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Nothing special or memorable.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good YA. Written at the peak of Twilight popularity, this YA novel is not fantastic but not terrible either. An enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! #plumreview I bought this book a couple years ago it is honestly one of my favourites. It's one of those books that no matter what happens, when you decide to reread it (which you will), it is still as great as when you did the first time!
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Title misleading but give it a try!!! LOVE it! The book was amazing! It left me wanting for more. I didn’t expect to love it so more because of the title. My first thoughts when I saw the title was that it was another cheesy vampire book but I was so wrong and I am gland. Don’t judge a book from its cover and title! The storyline was interesting so far from most vampire books. I liked that you got into the story from the very first page. The story has passion, sadness, violence, and politics....things that were combined really well, and seemed to bond nicely together. The characters were all well developed especially Lucius. At the beginning you see him as the vampire prince he is, taught and manly but afterwards you get a glimpse of the boy who struggles with fate along with Jessica. This is a debut novel for the author and her writing was refreshing and easy going. I would recommend this to anyone who like vampires.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Untapped Potential I had high hopes for this novel because it sounded so interesting and the second one really drew me in. Sadly, I was let down by the plot and the characters. These are my major pet peeves when it comes to books, yet I still read on, captivated. What I really enjoyed from the book was the story line. I liked how it sounded but when I read the actual story, it didn't reallly click with me. There's just something missing from the writing that makes the story a bit rough. The whole foreign background was something I really enjoyed because we get a little taste of the different cultures and Lucius makes it a fun point every now and then. The execution of the story failed to meet my expectations. There really wasn't much to do with the vampire theme in the book. When there were talks of the supernatural, the main character, Jessica, laughs it off every time because she doesn't believe it. When she did believe in vampires, the author made it completely dramatic. More dramatic than what I can take, and that pushes the drama into unrealistic. The characters didn't really click with me either. Jessica pissed me off majority of the time and Lucius seemed too posh and proper all the time. I get that he's a foreign vampire prince, but liven up a little! The only time he remotely sounded like a regular teenager was in his letters and those were rare. The story has potential but the writing is very rough and unrealistic for my taste. Lucius was way too foreign even though he is, but he makes it a point every single time to remind everyone that he is from Romania. Jessica on the other hand, is so stubborn. She doesn't want to believe that vampires and the supernatural exist, but once her emotions come into play she starts believing it? That's a typical example of someone thinking with their heart and no logicial decisions come out from this.
Date published: 2012-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Infamous Dragomirs. There were a lot of positive reviews for this book so I needed to check it out. I’m gonna say that it is definitely a good book. Jessica and Lucius’s relationship isn’t the ordinary “love at first sight”. They were betrothed to each other at birth, destined to marry in order to combine two powerful families in the hopes of achieving peace. The whole idea of it is crazy, it's what attracted me to the story. Having to marry someone just to create an alliance between two powerful families is definitely an interesting and scary thought. Like I mentioned, Lucius and Jessica don’t instantly like each other. In fact, Jessica wants nothing to do with Lucius…which I think is hilarious. You could argue that it’s somewhat cliché’, with the whole “girl hates guy, guy tries to sway the girl’s opinion”…but it’s done in a way that isn’t annoying and the back story and family history/conflicts keeps it interesting. All in all, I gave this story 3 out of 5. I really liked the book, and I’ll definitely be reading the sequel right away….it just wasn’t a story that I was ripping through to figure out what would happen next. It wasn’t as exciting as it could have been. Certain scenes were somewhat anticlimactic and I was disappointed with the lack of response in some scenes. Random: This story reminded me of “The Vampire Academy” series, which dealt with a diminishing Dragomir family vampire line. In that series Lissa Dragomir was the last of her family line, and in this story Jessica (Antanasia Dragomir) is also the last living descendent of her royal Dragomir family. It was kind of weird the similarities between the two books. It makes me wonder if there actually was a Dragomir family that each of the authors researched to make their stories more realistic. If you haven’t checked out “The Vampire Academy” series you definitely need to. It’s great.
Date published: 2012-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from http://frosybookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/12/jessicas-guide-to-dating-on-dark-side.html The book was amazing! It left me wanting for more. I didn’t expect to love it so more because of the title. My first thoughts when I saw the title was that it was another cheesy vampire book but I was so wrong and I am gland. Don’t judge a book from its cover and title! The storyline was interesting so far from most vampire books. I liked that you got into the story from the very first page. The story has passion, sadness, violence, and politics....things that were combined really well, and seemed to bond nicely together. The characters were all well developed especially Lucius. At the beginning you see him as the vampire prince he is, taught and manly but afterwards you get a glimpse of the boy who struggles with fate along with Jessica. This is a debut novel for the author and her writing was refreshing and easy going. I would recommend this to anyone who like vampires.
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow completely unexpected. I decided to read this book because it was recommended to me and when I looked online I saw all these people giving it great reviews, and somehow I still had my doubts. The cover of this book made it seem like I was going into a Diary of a 14 year old and so i braced myself. Not the case at all! She is in fact 17 going on 18 and this was not some princess diaries novel. This was in fact fantastic. Much like Wuthering Height, which was mentioned in the novel, you learn to hate and love Lucius. Jessica seems like a nice girl throughout the entire novel but she learns that sometimes "nice" just won't cut it. I thought I had this book pinned down and could predict what would happen nice but that never happened. So many things happened throughout this book and yes maybe during the last chapter I could predict what was going to happen but even then there were many twist and turns up until that point that left me guessing. The best part...there seems to be a little Twilight in there with Lucius not being able to be with or without Jess. It kept me glued to it. So now I am about to read the short story, I guess you would call it, that the author has on her website about what happens in between this book and the next. And oh yes I will be buying this one for my own collection and buying the next one when it comes out. Ah....Romance.
Date published: 2011-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great I had to finish this book on the same day this is how much I LOVED it. I actually read this book 2 times back to back. It also made me cried. It's actually interesting from the start to the end and you just want to know what will happen next . This is a keeper. Enjoy!
Date published: 2011-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mmmmmm Meh But LIke!!!! So I don’t even know where to begin, I heard great things about this book. Therefore, no brainer, I was really excited to read it. Let’s say I was all kinds of disappointed, and for crazy reasons. I thought this book was a teen romance, and I thought Jessica would be using her guide to date, yet there was no dating and approximately two usage of the so-called GUIDE. It’s Jessica Packwood’s senior year of high school and she just spotted a weird but sexy looking boy by the trees, eyeing her like no tomorrow. The creep factor is high, when he shows up in her class and claims they are to be married, and that she is a Romanian princess, straight-jacket much. One thing is clear Lucius Vladescu clearly is hellaciously hot and thinks he is a vampire. Nice! Lucius is on a mission to win his princess and bring her home, clearly, though she is way too much of an American teenager and lacks the up-standings of a lady. All that aside he needs to bring Jessica home (prefers to call her Antanasia) but his princess is proving difficult and teenage American life is very odd. As the saying goes “when in Rome”, and that’s exactly what Lucius does, and he does it in style and he ruffles a few feathers. I must say even through my disappointment I was very surprised by this book, this is no teenage fluff and it is quite intense. I really loved Lucius, he was intelligent and dark and the things he said were the highlight of the book. His letters to his uncle describing living in America was really hilarious, and his selfishness when it came to other people I totally loved. Nothing says prince like complete disregard for other people’s feelings. Low point, the title. There is no guide and there is no dating, she looked at her guide maybe twice and that’s all it was about, unless you count that, it spends a majority of the time under her pillow. Low point number 2 Jessica; I found her annoying and like 12, only wants things when other people get it. Low point number 3, town folks correction town teenagers so supremely ridiculi. Otherwise, I liked it but only for Lucius he lit my fire and I would marry him in heartbeat.
Date published: 2010-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from oddly adictive "jessicas guide to dating on the darkside", has a strange, addiction to it and a very different story line and characters than many vampire books this 20th century. My favorite, arrogant, rude, yet annoyingly charming vampire prince Lucious, is a young vampire of royal blood sent to fulfill the pact with the Dragomirs and the Vladescus. this is a thrilling, well written and Strangely addictive vampire novel, by Beth Fantaskey. A highly reccomended book, though some may not enjoy the read.
Date published: 2010-05-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Big Disappointment !! Everyone was recommending this one to me so I was so excited when it finally showed up in my mailbox. I was so disappointed! I didn't like the characters and didn't think they had any chemistry. I really hated Lucius and his attempts at getting the girl. By the end I really didn't care if they got together or not. I had a really hard time finishing it.
Date published: 2010-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Join the Dark Side? Certainly! Jessica lives a normal life in a normal town and she has normal wishes. She wants to have a boyfriend, hang out with her friends and live like every other teenager. Then Lucius shows up telling her she's vampire royalty and if they don't marry it will start a vampire war that will pave all the streets of the world in human blood. Not exactly the most romantic of proposals... The storyline flows nicely and the secondary characters are given enough richness to make them memorable throughout. Jessica has a good character personality, I like that in the story she delves into some of the less the favourable personality traits some other female characters never even scratch. Lucius' personality is at once believeable and a bit over the top in some instances. In the novel some chapters are written as Lucius writing a letter to his uncle about his progress with Jessica and in those letters, witty as they may be, his aristocratic attitude becomes like a slap in the face to me. When he's written outside those letters he seems much more believeable as an out of his element aristocrat. The title threw me for a loop. I thought the story would involve more of Jessica relating how she was dating Lucius and the lessons she felt other girls dating vampires might want to consider learning. It was nothing of the sort and I can't see any connection between the title and the content of the story. The ending of this one seemed to come to a resolution far to swiftly in my opinion, there were some instances wherein I would tend to think it was rushed. This is the major reason for what kept this one from receiving a fourth maple leaf rating. In overall, a decent read.
Date published: 2010-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An entertaining story that will keep you captivated! An entertaining story that will keep you captivated! Jessica Packwood is a normal teenager. She’s finishing up high school, working at her adopted parents farm. She goes through life like everyone else, working away for the future. She’s a very realistic person, everything she knows can be solved by science or math. Though that changes one day. While waiting for the bus, she see’s someone standing across the street. Creeped out she jumps on the bus once it arrives, though she swears she heard her old name “Antanasia”. When she arrives at school, she sees him again. He is tall, handsome and powerful. When he speaks he takes command of everyone. His name is Lucius Vladescu. She goes through the day trying to ignore him, though he arrives at her mom’s work. Later that night Lucius is invited over for dinner, so they can explain something to Jessica. They explain that Lucius is really a vampire prince and she is a vampire princess! They were promised to each other at birth so their vampire clan can at long last be at peace. Jessica refuse to accept this. She refuses to accept that her parents her were vampires, because it’s just not rational. Lucius stays with her family at the farm so he can “court” her. The problem? She hates him. She finds him annoying and a show off. Though he stays, she starts to see a different side to him, which he closes off to her. He shows her that it’s okay to be herself, and how to be a powerful, domineering presence. I really didn’t think this book would be so intense. With a tag like “The undead can really screw up your senior year” I really though it was going to be more like a fluff romance. Though it was not. Lucius and Jessica’s relationship grows constantly in the book, to intense measures. You can really feel for the characters, feel what they are going through. Beth Fantaskey did a fantastic job of bringing this book to life. She took something that could’ve been nothing but fluff and made it into something more. This book deserves more then a once over glance. Great book!! 5 stars!!
Date published: 2010-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from On the Light Side This Young Adult offering by Fantaskey does something that I find few YA books can do successfully, and that is bridge the gap and appeal to older readers. I often find that YA is just, well, too young. Not this book. It will appeal to teens and us older folks. Jessica Packwood is just your average American teenager. Or is she? Sure she was adopted as a baby and brought to the US from Romainia, and maybe her birth parents belonged to some weird cult which resulted in their violent deaths, but other than that (okay and her weird birth name), she's just your typical senior highschool student. That is until the mysterious Lucius Vladlescu shows up. It turns out that Jessica may not be a typical teenager at all. Lucius is a vampire and he claims that so is Jessica. It's a toss up which is more surprising, the fact that Jessica is a vampire, or that Lucius has come to collect her as his bride. Jessica and Lucius are dynamic characters and their development throughout the book was evident. Lucius loses some of his snobbish attitude and Jess becomes more confident in who she really is. Fantaskey does a great job capturing these two characters and the difficulties they encounter without making the book too 'teen angsty'. There a few twists and turns along the way to keep you on your toes and I'm sure you will feel as frustrated as I did over what occurs and the main characters' behaviour, but that is just what helps the story to have more depth. For me, the highlight of this book was the letters Lucius writes home to his Uncle Vasile. The letters provide a window into Lucius' character and his perspective of American life. The combination of his European charm and sarcasm made me laugh aloud many times throughout the book. A light, easy and entertaining read, my only complaint is that the ending was rather abrupt. If it wasn't for the fact that my electronic copy actually had the word 'End' I would have wondered if I was missing an epilogue or something. This is definitely a book worth checking out if you are into lighter paranormal romance. 2010-033
Date published: 2010-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An intense story of teenage vampire angst. Jessica is just an average teenager, looking forward to her final year of high school. Average, except for being born in Romania and adpoted by hippie vegan farmers. She thinks that her senior year is going to be just like that of all her peer's, until she meets Lucius. Lucius claims to be a vampire prince, and that Jessica is actually a vampire princess, who was promised to him at birth! Jessica, who lives for rationality, can't wrap her head around this, and will do her best to disuade her would-be suitor. Especially now that the star of the wrestling team is showing interest in being more than friends. But she finds it hard to resist Lucius's efforts when he becomes the most attractive, most charming senior in her school. And he is determined to win her over and prevent a war brewing in far-off Romania. But what does Jessica know of wars and vampires? All she wants to do is win the local 4H horse jumping event! As Jessica slowly starts to learn more about her heritage and her would-be fiance, she finds she must choose between the safe life she knows, and a dangerous life that she knows nothing about. Before it is too late for her and Lucius. This book has a serious, dark side under its humourous moments. Lucius is a wonderful conflicted character. And the ending is by far one of the most dramatic that I have ever seen in a teen novel.
Date published: 2010-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side i don't think that this is a series (as much as i might wish) but amazing none the less! Jessica is in her senior year of high school when a romanian vampire named Lucius comes and screws up anything. he needs to marry her like their parents wished in order to bring the two clans together. but, they actually fall in love with each other, and that makes a wee bit of a mess. the characters are well planned, the plot has no holes, no cheesy lines, or bad dialougue, and the description is well done. a little hard to get into, but once you do, you cant set it down.
Date published: 2010-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read book Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side was the most enjoyable book that I have read. As you read the book, you can feel the characters change of emotions. From Jessica's first though about Lucas to when another girl is interested in her husband to be. It was well written and I don't think many people would have a hard time reading this book. It is not like the Twilight series, I found this book better. I enjoyed reading it as the characters jump off the pages as I read. And I found myself right into the pages of the story. Jessica is your basic teenager and Lucas is your basic vampire. One thing for all those who might want to read this, Lucas does not glitter in the sunlight. He reminds me of a manga vampire character. But you can picture what Lucas looks like as well as the rest of the characters by how the author wrote the details. The book was well written and I didn't get confuse as I read the book. I do not want to explain about the story, I am afraid I will give the story away. But to those who like Twilight, you will like this one.
Date published: 2009-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A quick read, funny at first then gets serious I expected a light read - even a comical one. It was for the first half. You see light bantering between Lucius and Jessica (also known as Antanasia). Jessica finds him annoying and overbearing whereas Lucius does whatever he can to convince Jessica that she's his betrothed and a vampire princess. Suddenly Jessica finds her world turned upside down. Alas I will leave my summary there or I'd give it all away. Through the second half of the novel, it's not so light and happy anymore. The story starts getting darker and more serious. The ending, well you may call it predictable, you might not. I liked it and it made the entire story a rather satisfying read. I found it odd how I found Jessica so annoying in the first half, and then in the last half Lucius took her place. Perhaps it was meant to be that way? you just wanted to smack both them upside the head and make them see reason it was so frustrating! (but frustrating in a good way). As characters, I like Lucius the most (who wouldn't?) he oozes charm and probably could have easily swept me off my feet and we would have done a rendition of that Red Bull commercial (you know, the one with the vampire). He may have been aggrevating at first as he's as stubborn and has to have his own way but it's all about the vampire charm. He just flips it on like a switch and you're instantly sept away. It was hard to like Jessica at first. I'm not really sure why, I just didn't warm up to her like I did with Lucius. I think it was just the way she acted in the beginning of the book. She was almost like a spoiled child and her constant repeated denial just seemed to get on my nerves. When she was faced with a real bad dilemma, I sort of felt she had brought that on herself. However as you start feeling generally annoyed at Lucius and liking Jessica more, she acts more mature and more accepting of who she is. You just see Jessica "growing up" through the plot. Overall a good read. It's a short one, so it's something that could be read in a week or so. The plot was good and it flowed perfectly. No loose ends though! I could whine and cry out for a sequel, but I'm not so sure. Somehow this one ends up being perfect as a stand alone novel.
Date published: 2009-08-06

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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 every other senior? But no, I had to "share the ride" to save the environment. When I’m abducted by the menacing guy under the tree, Dad will probably insist my face only appear on recycled milk cartons. . . . In the precious split second I wasted being angry at my father, the stranger really did move in my direction, stepping out from under the tree, and I could have sworn—just as the bus, thank god, crested the rise about fifty yards down the road—I could have sworn I heard him say, "Antanasia." My old name . . . The name I’d been given at birth, in Eastern Europe, before I’d been adopted and brought to America, rechristened Jessica Packwood. . . . Or maybe I was hearing things, because the word was drowned out by the sound of tires hissing on wet pavement, grinding gears, and the whoosh of the doors as the driver, old Mr. Dilly, swung them open for me. Wonderful, wonderful bus number 23. I’d never been so happy to climb on board. With his usual grunted "Mornin’, Jess," Mr. Dilly put the bus in gear, and I stumbled down the aisle, searching for an empty seat or a friendly face among the half-groggy riders. It sucked sometimes, living in rural Pennsylvania. The town kids were probably still sleeping, safe and sound in their beds. Locating a spot at the very back of the bus, I plopped down with a rush of relief. Maybe I’d overreacted. Maybe my imagination had run wild, or too many episodes of America’s Most Wanted had messed with my head. Or maybe the stranger really had meant me harm. . . . Twisting around, I peered out the rear window, and my heart sank. He was still there, but in the road now, booted feet planted on either side of the double yellow line, arms still crossed, watching the bus drive away. Watching me. "Antanasia . . ." Had I really heard him call me by that long-forgotten name? And if he knew that obscure fact, what else did the dark stranger, receding in the mist, know about my past? More to the point, what did he want with me in the present?

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) "