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While Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (2009) was a lighthearted vampire rom com, this sequel focuses more on action. Eighteen-year-old Jess Packwood, née vampire princess Antanasia Dragomir, is now living in Romania with her husband, Lucius. They try to bring new ways to the vampire court, but when Lucius is accused of murdering his rival, Jess is left to navigate vampire politics with the aid of his surfer vampire cousin and her best friend, Mindy. The feminist element from the first book is missing here, but Fantaskey’s grasp of teen obsessions and realistic dialogue will keep readers satisfied. Grades 8-12. --Debbie Carton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Will keep teens riveted until the last page is turned."--VOYA "Fantaskey’s grasp of teen obsessions and realistic dialogue will keep readers satisfied."--Booklist
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054785174X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547851747
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm the author of the YA novels Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, Jessica Rules the Dark Side, Jekel Loves Hyde and Buzz Kill. I was raised and still live in rural Pennsylvania, a place that features prominently in my books. (There's nothing unusual about getting stuck in Amish buggy "traffic" where I live.)
I've been a burger-slinger at a diner called "Diffy's," a teenage tax collector, a journalist, and now a part-time professor at Susquehanna University. But my most fun job is "YA author," because I get to interact with so many interesting readers.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 12, 2011
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This is the second book in a trilogy and I recommend strongly that you do not try to read this as a standalone book. To understand what is going on in Jessica Rules... I truly think you need to read Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side plus I think you will really enjoy the first book!

Now that Jessica is married she is trying to settle down in the castle in Romania and before she can find her niche, her husband is accused of murdering one of the Elder Vampires. Jessica hasn't made a very good Princess up until now, but her anger eventually gets the best of her and she learns what she has to do to become the regal Princess we always knew she could be. Thankfully in Jessica's time of need Mindy and her hair salon on wheels enters the picture and plays a big part in helping Jessica to become the strong young woman and Monarch we knew she could be.

This book has an excellent mystery going on and while I admit that I did suspect someone right off the bat, it really floored me when a secondary suspect comes into the picture. This was an excellent way to misdirect on the part of the author.

The secondary story that follows Lucius's best friend Raniero and Jessica's best friend is priceless. I would love to see a series or at least one standalone book devoted to them. I mean a surfer Vamp? How funny is that?!

This book has well fleshed out characters a great story line, is romantic but not overly-saccharine sweet and I loved the way the narrative played between each character. With each chapter (and they are very short chapters) written in a different persons point of view, it kept the story fresh for me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Welling on January 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: I adored Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side and I was screaming with joy when I found out I would be able to review this sequel! The first book was one of my favorites of the year when it was released and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. I love the cover art on both books, too! I actually didn't realize there was going to be a second book until I was creeping around on the author's website one day and BINGO! There it was! I'll even admit I was a little scared to read this book because so often the sequels are never quite as good as the original.

First 50 Pages: One of the first things that I noticed with this book is that it was immediately much darker and less teenagerish then the first book. In the first book, there was so fluff and I couldn't really find that in this book. Everything is much more serious this time around. It's in Jessica's hands to save her husband from his execution, so there was a level of suspense right from the start which I really enjoyed. A woman that has to save a man? That's a big change from other books with similar plot lines! I love strong, dependable female characters!

Plot and Characters: There are alternating Point of Views in this book between Jessica and Mindy, a feature that I really enjoy, but not everyone will. As for the plot, Jessica has to be able to stand on her own two feet and adjust to live as a ruler of vampires. In the first novel, as the reader we are left with many unanswered questions and this book fills in those gaps. Once again, Jessica does a complete transformation throughout this book that I just loved reading about.

There were a few differences that I noticed between this book and the first. For one, there isn't as much romance as the first book.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 29, 2011
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This could have been so, so much better if the story had a different focus!

There is a reason why romance novels end with a wedding, sometimes followed by a few pages of honeymoon shmexing (don't expect it in "Jessica Rules the Dark Side," it's a very young YA novel). When the lovers are bound together for eternity, when there are no more misunderstandings and tension, how do you continue writing about this couple and keep things hot and dynamic between them? Only a few authors can pull off a relationship that is as exiting post marriage as it was during the dating phase. Unfortunately, Beth Fantaskey is not one of those authors.

As you probably remember, "Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side" ended with Jessica turning vamp and then marrying Lucius in a series of extras posted on Beth Fantaskey's website. So, they have their HEA, what is next?

Next is a conflict related to some conspiracy to keep Lucius from his rightful throne and Jessica's problems with accepting her new royal status. The whole affair is pretty tepid and frigid, if you ask me. The mystery is very one-dimensional, with hardly any suspense. And the hotness of Jessica/Lucius antagonistic flirting is, as expected, gone.

What lightens up this otherwise dull and slightly angsty sequel is a secondary romance between Jessica's best friend from Pennsylvania Mindy and Lucius' cousin Raniero, delivered via 2 additional POVs. Their story should have been the focus of the followup to Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side.

Although Mindy sounds surprisingly hick-ish in this novel, Raniero compensates for her deficiencies with his amusing Buddhist/hobo/surfer attitude. These two have chemistry, they provide comedic relief, they are interesting.
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