Monday, April 23, 2012

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

Release Date: February 1, 2009
Publisher: Harcout
Pages:  351

From Goodreads: "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 fianc√©. 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."


In all honesty, I found that this book had very little substance, but I was a-okay with that- sometimes it's nice to read a little fluff, it helps keep you entertained and your mind occupied while you wait for the new episode of "Game of Thrones" to be on (or something of that nature). 

One of the biggest problems that I had with this book was how Jessica came to understand and accept her feelings for Lucius- I found it to be a bit cheesy and overdone (ie. not accepting your feelings for someone until you are about to loose them). Furthermore, I would have liked to have seen Jessica to have been a bit more developed, at times I found her personality to be lacking and contradictory at times (she is a science/ math nut, she NEEDS solid evidence to accept something as being true and despite being shown and told numerous times that Lucius was a vampire she absolutely refused to accept it until the last possible moment).

That being said, I thought that Lucius was extremely well developed- my favourite part of the entire novel actually involved him, the letters that he wrote to his uncle. I enjoyed the letters as they showed us an entirely different side of Lucius. There were countless times while reading them that I burst out laughing due to Lucius's way with words and his dry sense of humor. 

All in all, I recommend this book for those times when you need a break from a heavy dystopian or an emotional drama, it will help lifts your spirits and have you giggling the entire time while reading it.

Rating: 7/10

Memorable lines from the book: 

"I come from civilization," Lucius retorted. "You wouldn't be familiar with the territory" (23%). 

'"No, Lucius is harmless," I fibbed. If you don't count the fact that he thinks that he's a warrior prince representing a semi-cannibalistic race of undead bat people' (23%). 

'"Whatcha doin', freak?" Frank sneered, kicking my shin[...] 
"We want to know what's going on in that garage at your parents freak farm" [...]
"You two use the word 'freak' a lot," I noted. "You should check out a thesaurus[...]
"He broke up with me," she wailed. "That freak-" [...]
She suddenly realized I was there and turned her wrath on me, stabbing the finger in my direction. "You... you two... you're both..." 
"Freaks?" I ventured' (74-76%). 

5 comments:

  1. Wow I didn't think this was a fluff read. Good to know. It's not a bad thing but it could be when you're not expecting it. I def. have this on my TBR! :) Great review!

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  2. Well, I don't mind the cheese. Sometimes that is just entertainment. :) However, it is good to know before starting the book. That way it won't bother me. Thanks for the review.

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  3. Avery, it's like you live in my brain. Totally agree with you about this book, it was FINE but not amazing. I did like the letters as well, but Jessica drove my nuts with her contradictory personality and general stubborness. So glad I'm not the only one who felt this way

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