2009 New Author Challenge, 5/5, YA

REVIEW: Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (New Author Challenge)

jessicaFrom the cover:

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica’s senior year “get-a-life” plan.

Enter a bizarre new exchange student named Lucius Bladescu who claims Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth and he’s her long-lost fiance. He’s arrogant, officious, embarrassingly overprotective, and well, incredibly hot.

Armed with a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica tries to imagine the transition from an average American teenager to a glam European vampire princess. But just when things start to heat up with Lucius, a devious cheerleader sets her sights on him. Soon Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war – and save Lucius’s soul from eternal damnation. All of which leaves her to wonder: Wouldn’t life be easier if she could just fall for a nice mortal boy?

I LOVED THIS BOOK! It is a young-adult, but this late twenty-something loved it!! Jessica is excited to begin her senior year of high school and hopes to finally have a social life. On her first day of school, however, a strange exchange student calls her by her real name. The name she was given by her birth parents, and a name that no one at school knows. This sets off a chain of events that change Jessica from senior high school student to vampire princess. I think the thing that I liked most about this book is Jessica’s spunk and her independent streak. She isn’t going to let some boy – no matter how cute – tell her what she has to do with her life. She also grows into a mature young woman throughout the course of the book and I liked that the growth she undergoes seemed realistic. On of my biggest complaints about the TWILIGHT books, was that I felt Bella didn’t change or grow in any way. Jessica does over the course of the year in which the book takes place. I think anyone who read TWILIGHT should read this book and will love it (maybe even more).

the book girl gives JESSICA’S GUIDE TO DATING ON THE DARK SIDE 5/5!!

To find this book:

Amazon

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To find out more about the author:

Beth Fantaskey

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