Jessica's Guide To Dating on the Dark SideThe undead can really screw up your senior year. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Ships from and sold by ginnybug. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. The romance sizzles, the plot develops ingeniously and suspensefully, and the satire sings. Girls obsessed with vampires and romance will welcome this clever, amusing take on teen vamps in love. The story is highly entertaining with plenty of action, drama, romance, as well as self-discovery.
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. So why only 4 stars. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This was great! So why only 4 stars? Because the title is not quite right. Jessica does not teach us anything about "dating the dark side. Other reviewers have compared this book to other books.
I don't think that is quite fair. A friend pointed out to me that just because authors use similar themes, themes that have existed as long as stories have been told, does not mean that the stories are the same.
Yes, there may be some similarities, but a work should be judged on its own merits. This is what I strive to do. I may make mention of similarities to other books from my experience with the YA paranormal romance genre or my entire reading experience from time to time, but that is to be expected as i try to establish a common ground with whoever is reading my review. Back to the real review. From the very first page we get to see what is going on through Jessica's eyes.
Tall, dark, handsome, and arrogant - that's Lucius.
His antics were very interesting and the portions of the book that were his missives home to his uncle made for an interesting change in pace and point of view for the story. Lucius swoops into town ready to fulfill his end of a bargain.
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. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. A romance involving a high school girl and a handsome vampire may sound a little too familiar, yet. Read Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey for free with a 30 day free trial. Read unlimited* books and audiobooks on the web, iPad.
A bargain Jessica has no idea even exists. She does not take the news well and her world is rocked. She rebels at every turn. The great thing about Jessica Anastasia is that she is intelligent and confident. The other recurring theme or rather character is the bimbo cheerleader.Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey: Review/Rant/Discussion? [CC]
Faith's part in this story is pure Mean Girls - she is very much a plastic and she is trouble from the page we meet her.
And with her are the "dumb jock" bully boys again I'm glad Jake is a "nice" guy. Maybe he and Mindy can get together; he deserves a nice girl. We also have the faithful best friend, Mindy, who waivers. She is rather milk toast if you know what I mean and not exceedingly important to the story with the exception of her loyalty.
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Thankfully, Jessica's parents are very prominent in this YA book. They are hard working, intelligent, and supportive not only of Jessica but also of Lucius. Lucius ends up being their Romanian exchange student for the year.
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Yes, there is no place Jessica can escape from him. Usually I complain about having information withheld from a character, but this time it's not so bad. In Jessica's case, the secrets surround her birth and heritage and possible future. The lack of information is more of an inconvenience to Jessica than the reader because as the secrets are revealed she is able to make decisions that are appropriate instead of making incorrect inferences and choices.
I won't tell you what happens in the end, but I hope you overlook the strange title and give this book a try. It was a great read. Tension, love, compassion, atrocities, teen angst, old world style, makeovers, money, steaks and stakes, rescues, rejection, etc. One person found this helpful. Angie Top Contributor: Coloring. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is another one of those books that I had wanted to read for a really long time, but never got to it until now.
I love vampires, but I'm kind of the fence about this one. I did enjoy it, but the vampires themselves are a bit disappointing and the ending was rushed and jumpy. Jessica is just a normal girl who doesn't believe in the paranormal.
She likes facts and logic she's a mathletebut her world is turned upside down when her parents take in a "foreign exchange" student from Romania. Lucius is a vampire, and claims he is Jessica's betrothed. If there's anything more unbelievable to Jessica than vampires, it's her being promised to a stranger before she was born.
Jessica isn't dazzled by Lucius and she certainly doesn't believe that he's a vampire, even when he flashes his fangs. Her parents are a bit eccentric, so she thinks this is some kind of cult occurrence, even when they show her the scroll with the agreement on it. It isn't until Lucius is gravely injured and her parents bring him back to the house to be seen by a special doctor that Jessica realizes that maybe they're telling the truth.
It takes her a bit longer to accept that she herself is also a vampire princess and it's up to her to save her people from an impending war by joining with Lucius. The story does kind of remind me of The Princess Diaries, but with vampires. And instead of a long lost grandmother appearing to give princess lessons, it's the infuriatingly sexy fiance. There's a lot of humor in the beginning, and Jessica and Lucius bicker a lot.
But then the story grows gradually darker as secrets are uncovered.
I liked the inclusion of letters from Lucius to his uncle. This gave us some behind the scenes info that Jessica doesn't have, as well as a lot of funny bits as Lucius ruminates on American culture.
My disappointments came in the form of the vampires and the ending. The vampires really aren't all that interesting, and in fact, Jessica asks what's so great about being one since apparently all of the myths are false. They're really not that different at all, except they can only be killed by a stake to the heart, have fangs, and occasionally drink blood. It was like flipping a switch a few times, with nothing in between.
I also don't get how he did his disappearing act. I do wish the vampires had been more interesting and special. Not necessarily into sparkling territory, but something other than just drinking blood. The conclusion does make me curious about what comes next though, since I don't think Jessica has fixed this problem so easily.
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Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Shelly Crane. Defiance Significance Book 3 Kindle Edition. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The Elementalists. It was stupid to be freaked out. He was just another student. Obviously a new guy.
Maybe he lived somewhere near our farm. I looked to Mindy for her opinion.
Yes, the guy was technically good-looking. But he was also totally terrifying with his cloak and boots and ability to materialize near me seemingly out of nowhere. I passed the seating chart over my shoulder, getting a deep, razor-thin cut as impatient Faith snatched the paper from my hand. I shook the stinging, bleeding finger, then jabbed it into my mouth, tasting salt on my tongue, before I twisted back around to return the pen. The faster, the better.
The guy who generated his own gloom stared at my fingers, and I realized that I was dripping blood on his expensive pen. Um, sorry, I said, wiping the pen on my leg, for lack of a tissue. And will that stain come out of my jeans? His gaze followed my fingers, and I thought maybe he was revolted by the fact that I was bleeding.
Yet I swore I saw something quite different than disgust in those black eyes. And then he ran his tongue slowly across his lower lip. Tossing the pen at him, I spun around in my seat. I could change schools, like that girl who messed with Faith.
The seating chart made its way back to Mrs. Wilhelm, and she read through the names, then glanced up with a smile that was directed just past my desk. Frowning, she referred back to her chart. Did I say that correctly?
Most students would have just muttered, Yeah, whatever. I mean, who really cared about a name? Behind me, I heard the scrape of a chair against linoleum, and then a shadow loomed over my shoulder. My neck prickled again. Wilhelm looked slightly alarmed as a tall teenager in a black velvet coat advanced up the aisle toward her. She raised a cautionary finger, like she was about to tell him to sit down, but he strode right past her.
Grabbing up a marker from the tray beneath the whiteboard, he flipped off the cap with authority and scrawled the word Vladescu in a flowing script. My name is Lucius Vladescu, he announced, pointing to the word. Emphasis on the middle syllable, please. Locking his hands behind his back, he began pacing, as though he was the teacher.
One by one, he made eye contact with each student in the room, obviously summing us up. I sensed from the look on his face that we were found wanting somehow.
The Vladescu name is rather revered in Eastern Europe, he lectured. A noble name. He paused in his pacing and locked onto my eyes. But he was still staring at me. I flinched away, looking to Mindy, who was actually fanning herself, totally oblivious to me.
It was like she was under a spell. Everyone was. No one was fidgeting, or whispering, or doodling. It really was almost impossible not to watch him. He was muscular and lean like a model, too, with high cheekbones, a straight nose, and a strong jaw. And those eyes. Lucius Vladescu spun on his booted heel to face her and capped the pen with a firm snap. Not particularly.
Wilhelm like a student, either. Wilhelm prompted, admitting, "It does sound interesting. You shall learn more about me in due time, Lucius said. There was a hint of frustration in his voice, and I had no idea why.
But it scared me again. That is a promise, he added, boring into my eyes. A promise. Mindy cried when we met up after school. I squeezed her wrist, trying to calm her down.
My friend crossed her arms, skeptical. I could tell that Mindy had already made up her mind about Lucius Vladescu, basing her opinion entirely on broad shoulders and a strong jaw. We just met him. Actually, I saw him earlier this morning, I said. That guy—Lucius—was at the bus stop. Staring at me. I thought I heard him say my name.
Just as the bus pulled up. The story of my adoption was my closely guarded secret. If it ever got out. I felt like a freak every time I thought about the story. My adoptive mother, a cultural anthropologist, had been studying an off-the-wall underground cult in central Romania.
However, things had gone wrong over in Eastern Europe. The cult had been a little too strange, a little too offbeat, and some Romanian villagers had banded together, intent on putting an end to the whole group. By force. Just before the mob attacked, my birth parents had entrusted me, an infant, to the visiting American researchers, begging them to take me to the United States, where I would be safe.
I hated that story. Hated the fact that my birth parents had been ignorant, superstitious people duped into joining a cult. I knew the kind of things my mom studied. Animal sacrifices, tree worship, virgins tossed into volcanoes.
I was just happy to be Jessica Packwood, American. Oh, Jess. Mindy sighed. Nobody knows that name. You probably just imagined the whole thing. Or else he said a word that sounds like Antanasia.
Yeah, right. But that did kind of make me laugh. We walked toward the street to wait for my mom to come pick me up. I had called at lunch to tell her I was not taking the bus home. Mindy added her last two cents. And did I mention European? Well, at least Lucius is paying attention to you. Mindy sniffed. Nobody ever pays attention to me. We reached the van, and I opened the door. Before I could even say hi, Mindy shoved me aside, leaned in, and blurted, Jess has a boyfriend, Dr.
It was my turn to shove Mindy out of the way. I climbed in and slammed the door, shutting my friend safely on the other side. Mindy waved, laughing, as Mom and I pulled away from the curb. Male adolescents are frequently socially awkward. Like all cultural anthropologists, Mom believed she knew everything about human social interactions.
He was standing there in this big black cloak. And then when my finger bled, he licked his lip. When I said that, Mom hit the brakes so hard that my head nearly smacked the dashboard.
A car behind us honked angrily. Sorry, Jessica, she said, looking a little pale. She stepped on the gas again. It was just something you said. I cut my finger, and he practically drooled over it, like it was a ketchup-covered French fry, I shuddered. It was so gross. His name is. Before I could say Lucius, though, I spotted him. Sitting on the low wall that surrounded the campus. And he was watching me. Sweat broke out on my forehead.
But this time, I was pissed. Enough is enough, already.
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It was not socially awkward behavior. It was stalking. I want him to leave me alone! Then my mom did something unexpected. She pulled over to the curb, right next to where Lucius waited, watching.
What is his name, Jess? I figured Mom was going to confront him, so I grabbed her arm. Mom, no. Oh, goodness, Mom muttered, looking past me at my stalker. I suppose this really was inevitable.
She had a queer, distant look in her eyes.
Wait here, she said, still not looking at me. Do not move. Was she crazy? Would he try to run away? Go berserk and hurt her? But no, he slipped gracefully off the wall and bowed—a real bow, at the waist—to my mother. What the. The conversation went on for what seemed like eons.
And then my mother shook his hand. My mother looked me straight in the eye and said, You, your father, and I need to talk. About what? I demanded, a prickly feeling in the pit of my stomach.
A bad prickle. We have so, so much to tell you. And we need to do it before Lucius arrives for dinner. This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue? Upload Sign In Join. Save For Later. Create a List. Summary The undead can really screw up your senior year. Read on the Scribd mobile app Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Some boys may look at you not only as a romantic interest, but as prey. And suddenly that familiar stretch of blacktop seemed awfully desolate.
More to the point, what did he want with me in the present? And speaking of looking great, she said. Jake glanced up as we walked past, and smiled when he saw me.
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Hey, Jess. Hey, I replied. Then my mind went blank. Jake ignored the suggestion. It was just a summer job. My face grew warmer. You and Jake, huh? It was no big deal, I insisted. That was probably what would happen. No idea, I whispered back. At least I can spell my name, I hissed at him. Excuse me, but are you in need of a writing instrument? Had he been in class all along? And if so, how could I have failed to notice him?