Saturday, August 20, 2011

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side- Review

Goodreads Description

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.

My Thoughts

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side tells the story of Jessica Packwood, a typical American teenage girl. Or she was until the day Lucius Vladescu comes waltzing into her life making all of these outlandish claims. Claims that are so ludicrous, she refuses to even consider the possibility that they may be true. Vampires? Princess? Betrothed? How could she be a Romanian vampire princess engaged to the prince of one of the most powerful vampire clans in Romanian, she’s only 17?

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is a quick and easy read. The story gets going immediately and before I knew it I was halfway through the book. The chapters are short which keep the book going at a fast pace. Despite the fast pace, there weren’t a whole lot of surprises. It wasn’t difficult to figure out where the book was headed and how the book was going to end.

One of the things that I loved about this book was the character’s transformations. Jessica really was able to grow and mature. In the beginning Jessica was a quiet self-conscious girl but with Lucius’s guidance she learned how to handle situations and her own self value. Lucius also drew as a character. In the beginning of the book, Lucius was close minded and completely against the American lifestyle. He frequently made fun of the Packwoods and the way they lived. However, about halfway through you are able to see that Lucius has learned and accepted many of the positive aspects of the American life. I enjoyed seeing both Lucius and Jessica learn from one another and make each other a better person.

There were a few things that I didn’t like about the novel and I have seen it in several other novels. The guy tries to do the “right” thing but in order to the right thing he has to be a jerk to the girl. This really irritates me. Yes, it is admirable for the guy to sacrifice his feelings to protect the girl but can’t this be done without the guy turning into a complete jerk?  

Overall, I thought Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side was an entertaining read. I will definitely pick up the sequel Jessica Rules the Dark Side (which I think has even more potential). If you are looking for something quick, easy, and entertaining this is your book.

Grade: B

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  1. I have found this same issue (Guy turns into a jerk when he does the right thing) in the books I have read. My guess would be that because he has do what he doesn't want to do he is a jerk about it(kidding). I think authors like to write about the jerk who has a deeply hidden sensitive side sometimes I like it sometimes I don't.

  2. Great review! I loved this book, though! I can't wait for the second one. :) I just reviewed Beth's other YA book, Jekel Loves Hyde. :)
    P.S, I'm a new follower. :)


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