Friday, June 8, 2012

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side + Jessica Rules the Dark Side ( Joint Review ) by Beth Fantaskey

Author: Beth Fantaskey
Series: Jessica (#1 & # 2)
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Release Date: January 10th 2012
Pages: 309
Read in: 1 day; 2 days


Overview:
"Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side" :

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 fiancé. 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.
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"Jessica Rules the Dark Side" :

It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a whole other thing to actually rule. Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own. Determined to clear her husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom she can trust—before it’s too late?


A Teenager's Perspective:

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side was an enjoyable, short read that had us rolling around with laughter from the tension, jokes, and shots that Jessica, and her vampire - Lucius, take at each other. Originally, we saw the amazing reviews that Jessica Rules the Dark Side had received, but then we realized there was a book that preceded it. So, we decided "Heck, why not?" and to our surprise, BOTH novels were equally enticing. Since we're lazy and our thoughts about both books are just up, and about; we decided to make a joint review for both books. Bare with us, 'kay?

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side begins with Jessica spotting this creepy, dark, looming figure, who just happens to be everywhere she is ... She believes she's being stalked by it, until he's right in her classroom. Claiming the school, and HER as his. He's kidding, right? Us girls sure do know how to pick 'em right? Tall, dark, handsome? Arrogant, playful, intimidatingly crude, and so , so ...


Be cool. Right.

He has plenty of other girls drooling over him throughout the book, though we could tell (and we're sure you could/can/will too.) that he only has eyes for Jessica. *Sigh* Awwww! Ah, well too bad. Jessica's got her sights set on HOTT (this is not a typo) Jake. Throughout the book, we see Lucius kind of settle into this new land-of-the-free setting, in contrast to his off-with-their-heads custom. His arrogant, selfish, and spoiled nature seem to utterly, and outrightly annoy Jess. But but BUT, as the book progresses he transitions into this caring guy, whose been through A LOT, and just wants to be happy ... FINALLY. Overall thoughts and reactions? We cried, when ... oh, wait no spoilers. Right. We shed a few tears, no waterworks or anything serious, but everything is settle in the end, guys!

There were some corny lines here and there, though ...

Exhibit 1 :

"... There are forces in this universe that we just can't explain."

... and 2:

"You wept for my distress. No one has ever wept to see me suffer before.I shall not forget that kindness, Jessica."


Still... we love, love, loved the book, and we'd give it 3 1/2 star rating. What the heck? Why don't we just give it a 4 star rating.
There ya' go.
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WARNING: If you have not read the first book, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side Abandon all ye hope ... or just stop reading. That's fine. (We've been working on Dante's inferno - overtime. You've gotta love English Lit.)
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Jessica Rules the Dark Side -- also made us cry. A bit. Okay, fine - a lot. But it was just sooo sad! So for all who read the first book.(Or you rebels who want the spoiler ;o ) Let's just take a breather. Ahhhhh. Inhale. Exhale.

Lucius is a live. Jessica and Lucius both love each other, and have gotten married. Father time? You can start your job again.

In this sequel, Jessica seems to be the one adjusting. Her new position as princess, and soon-to-be queen - quite frankly, scares the crap out of her. Who wouldn't, be? Throughout the novel's span, Jessica is trying to come to terms with her new position, and all the duties she's been entrusted with. Jess is surrounded by vampire, upon vampire, upon vampire. Jessica tries to do this with isolation, and with time, which she thought she had, until the explainable happens...And when the isolation becomes too much, who does she go to? Her best friend. Love it! This brings forth a new love interest. ALSO, loved this.

Now for some really juicy stuff - constructive criticism ... and sarcasm. Oh yeah! Can we blunt here for a second? Jessica annoyed us -- to the point of insanity. My husband left me. Wah, wah. How will I ever go on? Wah, wah. I only want you Lucius. You don't say? Because we're here just assuming you married him, because of his AMAZING HAIR. This was like the "New Moon" movie all over gain. Difference? Bella had SOME type of social lifeline. You are sad. Check. You are lonely. Check. Your husband is (insert event here.) Check. Common Sense: Clearly, says make some friends, move on, save your husband, and get OUT of Romania. Moving on. I don't think we actually started liking Jessica until she realized she had a brain. Which ... OMG she has to use. Too harsh?



This novel's plot was a pee-in-your-pants type of situation, that had us — sorry to be terribly cliché — grapling the edge of our seats... or pillow pets. We really liked the book besides a few flaws in Jessic's character. Althoug if we must say, we. Definitely liked the 1st novel wayyy better. Jessica had sass, backbone, spunk, and confidence! Just because you're adjusting doesn't mean you have to change EVERY aspect of your personality. Liked it? Yes; Loved it? Not quite. Stop, drop, and read? We wouldn't. "Jessica Rules the Dark Side," was a definite 3 star. Like it? Loved it, Hated it? Tell us what you think!

Rating:

Favorite Quotes:
"Women should have curves, not angles." (Goodness Gracious, you gotta love Lucius.)

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