Thursday, February 19, 2009

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

Here's the description from Amazon:

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 fiancĂ©. Armed with new found 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.

I had heard and read a lot about this book before picking it up and everything I heard was good. Once again, the YA blog community has not let me down. This was a really wonderful read. Jessica is a character that any girl can relate to I mean, who hasn't wanted a dark prince to show up on their doorstep and offer to wisk us away to a royal life? I love her friend Mindy and her wacky parents as well. And I love that the story is set in rural Pennsylvania, the last place you expect to run across the prince of darkness.

The dialogue is beautifully written, lots of snappy comebacks and funny moments. This book was just a joy to read. I really hope that Fantaskey returns to these characters and this world. I would love to see where she would take the story.

Of all the paranormal books I've read lately, I think this one is definitely near the top of the list. Fantaskey is a great new voice and I can't wait to read more.


  1. I totally agree with you. I really wish this was a series book!

  2. I keep hearing the best things about this one. I can't wait to read it!

  3. I agree with the funny moments - especially Lucius's letters.

  4. I keep seeing this book pop up everywhere :) I cant wait to give it a read.

  5. Oh no another book to add to my huge TBR pile. I read so many positive reviews of this one.