Book Review: “Jessica’s Guide To Dating on the Dark Side” by Beth Fantaskey

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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.”

Rose-Worthy Features

The characters in this book were defiantly one of the main reasons why I loved this book as much as I did. Not just because of their personalities more for the changes they each went through. Jessica started as this naïve teenager whose life just turned upside down but towards the end of the book, you see how much she’s matured. Instead of completely ignoring everything that has happened to her she deals with it and I think. I liked her so much more from seeing her growth. I’ll admit she was ANNOYING at the beginning of the book. It got to the point where I would roll my eyes or let out a sign every time she said something so immature or stupid but trust me you won’t be disappointed by the end of this book!

Now onto to Lucious. I think I fell in love with him. He’s such a gentleman and he was so kind and honestly just perfect, but just like Jessica, he changed. After spending some time with Jessica and her family he sees how much he’s missed and after a drastic event happened, he’s demeanor completely changed. He wasn’t the lovely Lucious anymore, he was cold and distant. It was interesting to read about the change in personality.

The relationship between this book was a ‘Flipped’ by Wendelin Van Draanen type of relationship if you get what I mean. It starts with Lucious chasing Jessica and ends with Jessica chasing Lucious. Their relationship was different from what I expected, it was full of so many problems but it’s clear that they are meant to be together.

The plot was pretty simple, not gonna lie. It was simple but with a different twist, it made the plot more enjoyable.

Throughout the book, there are letters written by Lucious to his uncle and I liked that the author included those because I think it made the book more interesting and it was interesting to see what was going on in Lucious’s head.

Final Thoughts

Overall I rate this book a 5 out of 5. I liked how it started a little cliché but then took a one-eighty and completely changed. I would definitely recommend reading this book! It was absolutely amazing and I enjoyed reading it! The characters, the setting everything about this book

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