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Jessica Rules the Dark Side

Jessica Rules the Dark Side

Book rating: 04 Hardback

By (author) Beth Fantaskey

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  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Company
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 211mm x 30mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 10 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0547393091
  • ISBN 13: 9780547393094
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: First Edition,.
  • Sales rank: 128,089

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The highly anticipated sequel to "Jessica's Guide to Dating on 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?.

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Beth Fantaskey lives in rural Pennslyvania with her husband and two daughters. She is the author of "Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side "and" Jekel Loves Hyde. "Visit her website at www.bethfantaskey.com.

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By Christina 23 Jul 2012 5

I enjoyed Jessica's Guide to Dating On The Dark Side very much, and when I found out there was going to be a sequel, I was ecstatic. I was keen to find out the new paved life between Jessica Packwood (becoming Anastasia Dragmoir) and Lucius Vladescu after the chapters on the author's website detailing the wedding.

While the vampire craze is slowly dying down thanks to the final installment of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga coming to the movies soon, Jessica Rules the Dark Side did not disappoint me, or make me "sick" of the vampire fandom and I constantly found myself picking up the book whenever I could.

The book starts right after the honeymoon is over, and as the two happily married vampires are focused on impressing the Elders - a highly regarded council of Dragmoir's and Vladescu's - for the vote of confidence to become King and Queen of vampires in Russia. We see Jessica having a hard time transitioning herself from a fresh out of high school to a vampire princess in a matter of small time throughout the book. It's not until Lucius becomes accused of destroying his relative, Claudiu Vladescu that we see Jessica becoming more and more like royalty as she tries to save Lucius.

What I liked about this book is that Beth Fantaskey doesn't solely focus the entire book on the murder, trial and Jessica's struggle. We also get to have a glimpse in the life of an outsider but a familiar one, Jessica's best friend from high school Mindy and (if you have read the wedding chapters) Raniero.

Although, I'm particularly not a big fan of books fanning out with multiple perspectives, the writer had nicely done this and for that, I would give her 6/5 stars if I could. Lastly, I am hoping this is not the last we see of Lucius, Jessica, Mindy and Raniero.

By Stephanie 26 May 2012 4

Ever since marrying Lucius, Jessica's been having a bit of a hard time adjusting - she just doesn't feel like the princess she's supposed to be. While Lucius attempts to establish order amongst his people, doubts about Jessica's abilities to rule run rampant.

When Lucius is blamed for the mysterious death of his uncle, he's taken away and thrown into a prison where nobody will supply him with blood. Now, all alone, Jessica must take control and be the leader she was meant to be in order to clear her husband's name and maintain order - before it's too late.

I was so glad to see this one in my mailbox! It seems like I've been waiting ages for the sequel to Jessica's Guide - three years, in fact. After the awesomeness that was book one, the wait for this one felt like an eternity. But you know what? It was totally worth it.

Lucius... what can I say? You're just as dreamy as I remember you were (don't tell anyone, but I always liked you better than that Edward guy anyway). I really enjoyed the shifting points of view - they helped me understand a lot better and get to know the other characters a bit more. I really liked that the plot was so unpredictable, too - there's nothing worse than knowing who did it within the first 50 pages and having to read 200 more before the other characters clue in. This one kept me guessing until the very end!

Without a doubt, my favourite quote from this book was: "But I know something of suffering, and I learned a long time ago - both by experiencing violence and by anticipating it - that fear is the worst kind of grave, because it buries one alive."

I definitely recommend all paranormal YA lovers pick up a copy of Jessica Rules the Dark Side as soon as possible - if you've read Jessica's Guide already. If not, pick up a copy of both the next time you visit the bookstore! Trust me, you'll be glad you did.

By Annette Shaw 12 Jan 2012 5

Wow. I'd forgotten how much I loved Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, but reading this brought it all back... I really need to go reread it now!!

This novel is written from various points of view: from Mindy and Jess's narration, to emails from Lucius, the book jumps from one place to the next, dragging the reader along on a dynamic journey... and Raniero, as a 'mystery' character, is a great edition to this cast of narrators, who, let's face it, we already know quite a lot about.

Jess and Mindy and Lucius are all as fabulous as ever. Lucius is still fond of post scripts, Mindy still whittles on about fashion and Jess is still an incredible main character. I liked how she continued 'growing up' in this book. (She was surprisingly weak at the start of the novel, time at the palace had worn her down, but she starts to take control of her life once more as events unfold.)

One of the best things about this series is the give and take between Lucius and Jess, neither one dominates their relationship. Ms Fantaskey introduces a new romance in this novel - Mindy and surfer dude Raniero (who has an interesting history). It's feisty and heart felt and laugh out loud funny and tender. And just the thing now Lucius and Jess are wed.

The novel was a bit faster paced than Jessica's Guide, but the beginning chapters provide enough 'touristy' scenes that you settle back into their world before you're accosted by a grand murder mystery and a locked up prince. I just have to say that I loved reading 'The Wedding' on Ms Fantaskey's website - I'm the sort of person who craves these 'padding' scenes!

And of course this book had the perfect ending... *Sigh.*

If you loved Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, then this is a must read, it's that simple! I hope Ms Fantaskey chooses to write more books set within this universe she's created - as it breeds fascinating fiction.


Last words: romance, mythology, fun, intrigue, compulsive reading, dark, YA.

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"Fantaskey's grasp of teen obsessions and realistic dialogue will keep readers satisfied."--"Booklist "