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Jessica Rules the Dark Side (Jessica #2)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  7,089 ratings  ·  761 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Harcourt Children's Books (first published 2011)
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2.5 stars

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 (do not expect it in Jessica Rules the Dark Side, it is 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 a married couple and keep things hot and dynamic between them? Only a few authors can
Jessica/Antanasia is settling into married life with Lucius but she is struggling to adjust to life as a princess. After reading this I feel the book should be renamed Jessica Doesn't Rule The Dark Side But After Months Of Being Useless Finally Sees What's Right In Front Of Her And Only With The Help Of Her Friends Manages To Not Be Completely Useless .
Lucius is trying to bring order and law to his people whilst also worrying that Jess isn't strong enough to lead. When Lucius's uncle is found
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Jan 05, 2012 Megan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Megan by: Tatiana
After reading the first in this series, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, I enthusiastically rated it four stars and wished there was a sequel. While I still stand by the four star rating, the sequel... didn't pan out. I think the problem is that Fantaskey is not a serious issue writer. What made Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side work is that it didn't take itself to seriously. It was light, snarky and fun. Jessica Rules the Dark Side is another matter though.

Here we deal wit
Feb 21, 2011 Lora marked it as maybe
Shelves: g-ya-paranorm
The plot for this sounds really good, but 2012? That's a long time to wait!

Edit: I love the boy cover, but why is she holding the stake off to the side like that? Don't kill your husband, Jessica!
Lissa Smith
Mar 06, 2015 Lissa Smith rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: boys and girls grades 5 and up
I was elated to see that Beth Fantaskey stuck with the simple but elegant cover that reflects on the first installment Jessica titled Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. And the quote on the cover of this installment in the Jessica series made all the more alluring… “It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a whole other thing to actually rule.” I dove right into the continuing sage of Jessica (born Anastasia) and Lucius having been given a glimpse of Jessica’s human wo ...more
Good ending to a good story. Wouldn't have minded another book though. Maybe Mindy & Ranier's story. Maybe a Jessica & Lucius tiny vamp LOL!
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Jessica Rules the Dark Side was an ok book. It's not the best book I've read, and I think book #1 in the series was better. Beth Fantaskey keeps the readers interested, and probably satisfying for some, but for me was it a little too boring.. Might be because I've read too many adult books and this book was too ... childish for me.. :P I also think that it was to easy to find out who betrayed Jessica & Lucius, I figured it out pretty fast.. which kinda ruined the whole book for me.. That's w ...more
I did miss the romance between Lucius and Jessica. Basically, the book is completely focused on Jess ruling the dark side, as the title said.

Note that there would be spoilers, I noticed how my reviews contained them. Winks. :)

I think this book is recommended to those fans who wanted to see what Lukey and Jess' marriage life will be. Although the entire story was about Jessica becoming a full-pledged vampire queen.

At first half of her training, i wanted to slap her hard. Really!! She was weak and
After seeing Steph's review for the prequel of this book several weeks ago, I remembered how much I love Fantaskey's writing. I bought Jessica #1 the day it came out and to this day it is one of the most lovingly used books on my bookshelf. So I finally picked up book number two with Steph's inadvertent prompting, and I'm really happy I did!

Fantaskey moves us to Romania where there truly is no concept of safety. Jessica is doing her best to prove to Lucius that she can be a Princess, but she's
You know the yin and yang? They're supposed to be complete opposites of each other. That's how this sequel is compared to its first: opposites.

Whereas the first book was completely hilarious and sweet, this one was just grim. Just a lot of stress, worry, and more stress on poor Jessica's mind. I guess it was naïve of me to hope for more humor when it was obvious that this would be about how Jessica Rules the Dark Side. I suppose you can't get a bundle of laughs out of the dark side...I should'
Jan 28, 2011 Kara marked it as to-read
OMG i didn't know there was a second...Yaaaaay!! Can't wait, hurry up 2012!!!!!!
I seriously, seriously hope there's a third book to this. I had to wait three years for this one to come out, I hope to God I don't have to wait another unholy amount again. And it better be thicker than the second too; waiting three years for a shorter book than the first is just...ridiculous. But I can understand since she wrote Lucius's and Jess's wedding and a whole other book within the three years. But still. Good Lawd. ._.

I loooooved how Jessica transformed in this book. She went from nor
I'm divided on Jessica Rules the Dark Side and I'm not sure if it is because I'm such a big fan of the first novel or not. I went into this novel with expectations because I remember falling in love with these characters. In some parts, particularly Jessica's character, I'm disappointed and other ways, with the introduction of two new perspectives, I am pleasantly surprised.

Jessica's cowardice really surprised me and made me very angry. I realize that the author was making her weak as a plot po
Nov 05, 2011 Krystal rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
This story takes place directly after Lucius and Jessica’s wedding. For more information, the reader may want to read the online story detailing the wedding which can be found on the author’s website. However, the author does a wonderful job of informing the reader of every little detail; the main reason one would want to read the short story is because it is Lucius and Jessica’s wedding!

The reader will be continually impressed with the connection between Lucius and Jessica as well as their cle
In realtà sono 3 stelline e mezzo, perché adoro i personaggi di Antanasia e di Lucius, la loro storia d'amore è romantica e fiabesca, seppure nei suoi risvolti dark. La parte iniziale del romanzo in realtà è la novella The Wedding che ho recensito separatamente perché meritava il 4 pieno, essendo all'altezza del primo romanzo.
Seppur carino anche questo, ho trovato aspetti che non mi hanno soddisfatta. Prima di tutto la narrazione centrale è stata più lenta del solito e la mancanza attiva della p
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is one of my favorite books, so when I heard about this book I was super excited! However, it didn't live up to my epxectations.

What I was expecting from this book and what happened were really different. I was expecting Jessica to have grown and matured and be confident in what she was doing. Instead, I just wanted to hurt her throughout most of the book. She second guessed everything and pretty much let others control her and didn't seem to catch on t
Apr 14, 2011 Dia marked it as to-read
Shelves: top-to-read
Please, please tell me that I'm not dreaming?! Because if this is a dream and when I wake up it turns out there isn't going to be a second book to one of the best books I've ever read... then... then... I'm going to go kill my favourite fluffy pillow (which by the way I need to fall asleap)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm going to ask Beth Fantaskey to adopt me so I'll be able to get my hands on her computer when she's done writing this book!! haaha xDD *joke*

Oh... and by the way... I'm going crazy until this
I really liked the first book in this series. I really wanted to like this one too, but it was a bit of a let down. I wish I could blame my disappointment on my expectations, but it wasn't just that.

This one wasn't as entertaining/funny as the first one. I think the plot was too serious without the background to support it. Also, I didn't like the characters as much. They seemed to be missing something and I can't quite put my finger on it. They felt drab and a little lost, so I also felt lost.
Dragon Bookworm
Beth Fantaskey did an amazing job on picking up where she ended things in Jessica’s Guide To Dating The Dark Side. Everything in this book I fell in love with. When you start reading you are literally thrown in the deep end right into the plot of power, now that her marriage to Lucius is over with Jessica is learning to reign as Queen. She is learning the laws, language and the how to of being a good Queen to her people. I like that Jessica is showing her flaws, but she is having trouble in lear ...more
Inés Izal
Segundas partes nunca fueron buenas.

En este caso, no es del todo verdad, pues es agradable de leer, ya que la trama de los complots da un nuevo giro a la historia.
Pero yo es que soy de las que aman a Lucius, y verle en una celda encerrado todo el libro, me parte el alma.
The BookWhisperer
It is finally here!!!! It has been a extremely long and pain staking wait for this book. I was in love with this series from the first chapter of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Darkside. There is just something unique about this story that others are lacking. It is not all about the danger and mystery of their kind, but more of a young girl that demands the right to make her own choices. As we begin Jessica's Guide for Ruling the Darkside I was frustrated with her character. After showing so m ...more
Essentially, Jessica Rules the Dark Side is prolonged angst trying to pass for suspense.

The plot picks up with Jessica already married to Lucius and now a full-time princess struggling with her duties. She's worried about not being good enough for Lucius, not being confident or knowledgeable enough to rule the vamps and not being strong enough to fulfill the tasks given to her.

Things get harder when Lucius is jailed for a crime she's sure--pretty sure--he didn't commit. If he'd convicted, he wi
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The Dark Vampire Lore is powerfully back in Jessica Rules the Dark Side! This time, Fanaskey transport us to the land of Romanian with castles, Carpathians, blood, stakes, love, friendship, betrayal and etc! Fantaskey definitely know how to turn a teen paranormal love story into a great Vampire novel that reaches beyond of today' s typical good vampire and brings back the essence of the Classic Dark Vampire L
I love this series. It is actually a hoot to read. I think I snickered at least a hand full of times on this read.

We continue off shortly after book one where Jessica and Lucius are married and beginning their reign, but soon betrayal rains on their parade. Not only does Jessica have to watch vampires staked, or leaves the meeting, but she also not only has family plotting against her, a husband soon imprisoned and a declining diet.
What I love about this series is Jessica. Sure she got more th
Jessica Rules the Dark Side By: Beth Fantaskey

Overview: This is the companion book to Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. Jessica has taken on her birth name Antanasia and is now queen ruling the vampires with her husband, Lucius Vladescu. Ruling isn’t quite everything she thought it would be. There is intense pressure to gain the favor of vampires, she doesn’t quite understand, especially since it’s up to their vote whether or not her reign will continue. When Lucius is accused of murde
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Jessica is newly married and now living in Romania. She's preparing to rule one day, but is feeling like she doesn't quite belong as it's a huge adjustment. All is going well until there is the murder of an elder and Lucius is getting the blame, but Jessica knows it is obviously a set up. While Lucius is being detained, she finds herself in charge and it's up to her to clear his name; otherwise, she will lose everything. Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey is a follow-up to Jessica's G ...more
3.5 stars. I feel that this book was much better than its predecessor, and almost nothing like its predecessor. If you have never read Book 1.5 in the series, Lucius and Jessica would have seemed almost alien to you. It is like the characters have been reinvented.

The murder mystery is very, very simple yet clever in a way. I saw the actual criminals coming from a mile away. Why the criminals have avoided suspicion seems a bit unrealistic, but how Jessica and her friends discover the truth about
I adored Jessica’s Guide to Dating the Dark Side so when I learned that I was getting another story with Jessica and Lucius, I was beyond ecstatic!

I haven’t had the chance to read the chapters on Beth’s website that tell the story of the wedding, although I might have to go back and do that after reading this story. Jessica Rules the Dark Side begins after the honeymoon is over. Jessica is having a hard time coming into her new role as vampire princess. I liked getting to see another side of Jes
Feb 13, 2012 kari rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012, ya
I really enjoyed the way this story is told, with the four voices. Not every author can pull this off and make each voice distinctive. Fantaskey does this and more.
Each person's outlook on what is happening adds both to their charactersization and to the overall plot. Mindy and Raniero are great additions to the story. I enjoyed Mindy's outlook and why she started to suspect the person she does. It's funny and smart. Raniero is another well-done character and the ambiguity of his personality, o
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1. My favorite hobby is traveling the world - but my biggest fear is flying.
2. My second-biggest fear is public speaking… but I’m a college professor (who sometimes teaches public speaking!)
3. I have two 8-year-old kids - who AREN’T twins.
4. My weirdest work experience was helping to “tan” deer hides using cow brains. (I was actually writing a magazine story about it.)
5. I’ve only been fired
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“Fear is the worst kind of grave, because it buries one alive.” 43 likes
“I also need you to "spread the word," quietly, that if any harm should come to Antanasia during my imprisonment, I will not only tear down these walls stone by stone, but -- once freed -- shatter the rule of law and destroy, with great satisfaction, anyone who arouses in me even the slightest suspicion. Indeed, if so much as one hair on my wife's head is disturbed while I cannot protect her, this kingdom will see retribution that will go down in the history books -- to be read by the very few who remain standing.
- Lucius”
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