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review 2017-09-13 23:55
Great sequel!
Jessica Rules the Dark Side - Beth Fantaskey

I loved the first book and the second one lives up to it (thankfully!) what I really liked about this one while reading was Jessica’s development as a character grows up. Dramatically. Considering she now has to rule and take Lucius place due to the circumstances she had to learn how to take control and she does it gracefully.


The plot itself wasn’t so bad although there could have been more substance to it. The reader already has a hunch as to who is behind the entire plot - a little mystery would have been appreciated and would have kept the plot a little more exciting. So the predictability of it sort of dampens the enjoyment of the book.


Nevertheless it’s the characters that keep the book going. Jessica and Lucius still have that great chemistry together. It’s the light banter Lucius has with Raniero that was also fun to read throughout the story.


Fun to read and it’s light, worth the time - from what I know there’s no more after this one. So to give the duology a nice closing, it’s a good one. (A story about Mindy would be great though.)


Bonus points to the cover. Love it!

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text 2016-09-16 22:05
DNF at 52%
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side - Beth Fantaskey

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side could be used in cases of insomnia. This book is BORING!!!! And a real Twilight clone; I hate all the characters, but especially the hero. I can't do it anymore; it has taken me over a week to get to the 52% mark. I was reading it for the YA Horror square, but will replace it with Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight #1) by Darynda Jones. I'm seriously behind on reading for bingo due to the all the real world stuff I had to get done this week and crappy reading.

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review 2015-01-18 00:00
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side - Beth Fantaskey I have had this sitting on my TBR pile for about 3 years now; always looking at it but never quite sure whether I really wanted to read it or not.

The title made it sound like a bit of a teenage fluffy duffy vampire romance novel. However I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't like that at all. Sure there is still romancing between of the main character, but there is also much more.

Just when things are starting to look like everything is heading for the sweet romance between a vampire and high school girl, oh look out the plot thickens. New characters come into play and so everybody is in for themselves.

Ending up really liking Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark side despite my initial reservations. Will be reading the next book in the series for sure.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-08-18 00:00
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side - Beth Fantaskey I'm stressing over the star rating I've given this book. As of right now I'm not entirely sure I won't change it. That being said, I really do like this book.

I picked up Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Darkside thinking I was diving into a parody of Twilight. It didn't take long to discover how wrong I was. While both books have vampires in them that's where the similarity ends.

Jessica Packwood, 4-H club member/mathlete-extraordinaire, is the adopted daughter of two of the more notorious vegans/environmentalists in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. Jessica is pretty in an unconventional way, though she's too short, too curvy, and has a head full of wild, hard-to-tame curls.

Needless to say she's never been the most popular girl at school.

Over summer Jessica managed to catch the eye of Jake Zinn, one of the best looking guys in her graduating class. Things finally seem to be looking up for Jessica; she's going to enjoy her senior year.

That is until Lucius Vladescu--a handsome, but incredibly egotistical Romanian exchange student--shows up. And he has some news for Jessica.

Turns out Jessica--or rather, Antanasia Dragomir--is betrothed to Lucius, and has been since they were babies. Her birth parents entered the pact with Lucius' parents in hopes that Lucius and Antanasia's marriage would unify their clans, bring peace to their people.

Lucius is a prince. Jessica/Antanasia is a princess.

According to Lucius--and, strangely enough, her adoptive parents--Jessica is a vampire. So is Lucius. Of course Jessica rejects the notion--there is no such thing as vampires--rejects the pact, the betrothal. Her parents, Lucius--they're crazy!

Jessica tries to send Lucius on his merry way. But Lucius isn't going to give up that easily--he can't--and this is when things get truly interesting.

(Okay, I realize I'm not good at summarizing. And since I typed all that out I'm not going to delete it. But, just so you know I've only roughly summarized the first seven chapters--there's sixty more where that came from).

This book is pretty good. While the ending seems a little rushed, I don't totally mind. The story isn't particularly deep but it is clear the author meant to incorporate a message for teenage girls about self-esteem, self-confidence--overall, I'd she did an okay job with that.

The love story? Vampires aside, I'd say it's pretty realistic--they don't hit it off at first; we don't have to deal with any of that anti-climatic 'love at first sight' garbage. While Jessica finds Lucius physically attractive, and secretly admits to herself that she's intrigued by Lucius' darkside, she is repelled by his personality--Lucius thinks he's better then sliced bread. And anyway Jessica's more interested in the very nice--very normal--Jake Zinn from down the street.

Beth Fantaskey, the author does a great job gradually building their relationship in a way that makes sense. There is flirtation and teasing (and I need to add that Ms. Fantaskey is quite good at writing these exchanges in an exciting way; had me holding my breath in anticipation, no lie). And while sexuality is very present in this book, there is absolutely no sex.

The reason I gave this book 4 stars is because I really enjoyed the story. I liked Jessica and Lucius (he sort of grows on you, like mold) and I liked their interactions even more. Lucius' letters home to Romania are quite amusing to say the least. And I'm satisfied with how it ended, even though now as I type this I can't help but think of a few loose ends that were not tied up. It makes me think there might be a sequel (not that there needs to be, or really, should be) or at the very least the author left one or two things open so she might write more stories contained in this universe, but with new characters.

Dang, this is one really long review. Sorry.
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review 2014-08-01 02:30
JEKEL LOVES HYDE by Beth Fantaskey
Jekel Loves Hyde - Beth Fantaskey
  Retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, set in a small Pennsylvania town with two teen-agers and their families as descendants of the famed literary characters. Jill Jekel's father has been murdered and her mother has a breakdown. She has to take care of herself and her mom. The chance for a scholarship comes up and her science teacher thinks she and Tristen Hyde should work together and prove the formula that Jekyll and Hyde had exists and works. Tristen knows the curse that follows the Hyde line but can he and Jill find a cure for it?

I liked this telling. It is imaginative and up-to-date. I like the connection Tristen feels towards Jill. They are typical teens, oblivious to what is happening within their families. There is a gothic feel to the story. I like the path Tristen and Jill take. They learn about each other and about themselves during their research. It is nothing they or the reader will expect.


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