Sunday, February 1, 2009

Enchanting Review: Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side

Paranormal Young Adult
ISBN# 978-0-15-206384-9
351 Pages
Hardcover—Available Now

Rating: 5 Enchantments

I loved JESSICA’S GUIDE TO DATING ON THE DARK SIDE. It’s a unique tale, with Jessica Packwood—Antanasia Dragomir—finding out the truth about herself. She’s not the typical teenager she thought she was, something she realizes when Lucius Vladescu shows up to claim her as his betrothed and her parents sit her down to have a ‘talk’. She’s actually a Vampire Princess, from the royal Dragomir family and the only surviving pure blood left of the line. The marriage between her and Lucius will unite the two families and keep war from breaking out. This would be okay, if Jessica believed in any of it. But she doesn’t. She thinks Lucius is crazy and so are her parents for keeping him around, while he plays the role of exchange student and takes up residence in the apartment over the garage. But there’s something about Lucius and Jessica finds herself slowly drawn to him, despite everything.

I have to say one of my favorite parts of the book was Lucius’ letters to his Uncle Vasile back in Romania. I loved seeing things from his point of view and some parts were just downright hilarious, like his few notes about joining the basketball team and observations on the ‘American’ way of life. But my all time favorite scene is when Lucius takes Jessica shopping and they go into the high end store and he makes her try on the dress. I loved what he said to her and how after that she started to see herself differently.

Fans of lighter paranormal looking for something different should definitely try JESSICA’S GUIDE TO DATING ON THE DARK SIDE.

Beth Fantaskey grew up in the small tow of Montoursville, Pennsylvania and later moved to the edge of Amish country, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She has a master’s degree in journalism and has written everything from speeches to newsletters, articles to short fiction but JESSICA’S GUIDE TO DATING ON THE DARK SIDE is her first book. Visit her online at

Enchanting Reviews
January 2009

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