Kirkus Book Reviews. Book Reviews JESSICA'S GUIDE TO DATING ON THE DARK SIDE by Beth Fantaskey Populated with thoroughly flat characters, this vampire romance makes Twilight look like a feminist handbook. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side has ratings and reviews. Kristi said: This novel wasn't exactly what I was expecting! With a line. fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Beth Fantaskey YA Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is a fun piece of brain candy for teen girls.
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Lucius' personal growth and character development, until Emo! Lucius, is actually fascinating and complex. This book is long with a plot that possibly could have been cut down but it was also pleasant to see how time in America was affecting pompous, stuffy Lucius and how he, in turn, was affecting Jessica.
Her personal growth was to discover through dressing well, that she is a powerful, attractive woman. This is the one part that I felt the novel failed at. Throughout this novel it is alluded to that she is growing stronger and more powerful as a person, coming into her own.
Yet, the ending, which I won't spoil, only goes to show that she is still waiting on a man to make the decisions and have the power. People depend on her yet, predictably, she's more interested in her love life than she is anything else. Her royal duties are nothing more than a way to get to the man she loves. She doesn't truly put any thought into being a monarch. It's frustrating to read. Apparently, we can be strong and powerful, but only over our bodies and self-esteem.
Overall, this is one of the nicer, better written YA teen romances. It's far from perfect and there are minor issues with plot and pacing. Jessica doesn't want to be a princess and being engaged is the last thing on her mind.
She's more concerned with passing tests and the cute farm boy from down the road. Can she learn to step into her destiny or will she choose the comforts of a normal life instead? I loved Jessica and Lucius; I read their story in a span of two days and couldn't shake it from my head for weeks.
Many a good book suffered during that time as any new characters I met had to share space in my thoughts with Jessica and Lucius. I was slightly worried when I began this one because it had potential to be yet another Twilight knock off, but Jessica's Guide is far from that. I loved the Romania connection and getting back to the true roots of the vampire mythology. I also just really enjoyed watching Jessica and Lucius' relationship evolve.
The ending bummed me out - I wasn't ready to walk away from this pair so I was so excited that there was going to be a sequel. Jessica Rules the Dark Side will be out on January 10th. If you haven't spent some time with Jessica and Lucius, I highly recommend that you remedy that soon.
Book Review: Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey :
Lucius insists that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess and he is her betrothed. The relationship developed between Jessica and Lucius is sweet and tender, awkward and rich.
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