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Jessica Rules the Dark Side (Jessica, #2) (Jessica #2)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  8,187 Ratings  ·  794 Reviews
In this sequel to the breakout hit Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, Jessica Packwood finds being a newly married teenage vampire princess isn’t all that easy. She might be living in a Romanian castle with her husband Lucius Vladescu, but she’s also surrounded by undead subjects who aren’t ready to welcome her as queen. Then Lucius is accused of murdering a vampi ...more
Published January 9th 2012 by Recorded Books (first published 2011)
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Jan 28, 2011 Kara marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
OMG i didn't know there was a second...Yaaaaay!! Can't wait, hurry up 2012!!!!!!
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
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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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
Jan 21, 2012 Ceitidh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2012, arc
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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'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
This is the first ARC I ever won *Squee*~ I absolutely loved "Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side" which I am kicking myself for not reading sooner. I admit it: for some reason the title kinda turned me off. I don't know why. Maybe it wasn't lyrical enough or too plain but the story is top notch and fresh. After reading "Dating" I went to Beth Fantasky's website and found an awesome novella of Jessica and Lucius' wedding. If you haven't read it, you definitely will want to read it before ...more
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
Nov 05, 2011 Krystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 14, 2011 Dia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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

**NOTE** If you love Beth Fantaskey and her Jessica books, make sure you stop by my blog to check out my exlusive interview with Beth! --->

OK, now onto my review...

Jessica Rules the Dark Side is the continuing story of Jessica Packwood-- normal high school teenager-- and Lucius Vladescu-- heir to a vampire kingdom-- after they tie the knot and take vows to love each other for all eternity. From the cliff-hanger chapter endings that kept you reading in suspense the entire way through
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
Nov 29, 2011 Tatiana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, romancelandia, 2011
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
Jan 05, 2012 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 23, 2012 Celine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The girl in the cover looks so pretty with her dress! She looks like how I imagined Jessica would be like when reading the book! I also love how she holds the stake with her other hand, showing how Jessica finally becomes a stronger character who takes hold of her powers and royalty!


Ruling a kingdom should be easy....right?

Jessica is finally living in Romania. And of course she is living with Lucius! Lucius is no l
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
Novel Delight Review & Lisa (Lissa) Smith's Bookshelf
Mar 06, 2015 Novel Delight Review & Lisa (Lissa) Smith's Bookshelf rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Though this was fairly interesting, what with the accused murderer being her husband and all, I thought it dragged on for too long. It took a while for Jessica to realize her queenly potential and do some sleuthing to find out the real killer. I liked Min's point of view because her perspective was unbiased and still from a mortal's POV. I liked how it was political and that Jessica grew into her own. Though I would have wanted a mere mention of her adopted loving parents at one point. Overall, ...more
Jul 12, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 24, 2015 Belkis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Aug 23, 2012 Gemma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2013 Lili rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 02, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C'est avec beaucoup d'impatience que j'attendais de pouvoir me plonger dans la suite des aventures de Jessica / Antanasia. Et ne sachant pas si une suite est prévue ou non, je compte bien en apprendre un peu plus avec le "tome 1,5", sorti seulement en anglais, dans lequel le mariage de Jessica et Lucius est raconté.

Alors, pourquoi ai-je aimé ? Pour plusieurs raisons.

Tout d'abord, j'aime beaucoup les personnages qui, chacun avec une personnalité très différente, apporte son petit grain de sel da
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
Jul 08, 2013 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book! A lot! But the reason I gave it 3 stars isn't because of the plot, the writing style, or the characters. I gave this book 3 stars because I wish it was longer!!! There was so much more potential to this book! There could've been more detail on Jessica's maturing into the role of princess instead of it happening in a day or two(and that's all you really see, a day or two of her as a mature princess). I was proud of her, yes, but I want to see more of that Jessica(Antanasia)! I ...more
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
Inés Izal
Nov 28, 2014 Inés Izal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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.
Oct 24, 2014 Imani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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'
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
Jun 17, 2015 Dragon Bookworm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Hi! I'm Beth Fantaskey, author of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, Jessica Rules the Dark Side, Jekel Loves Hyde, Buzz Kill and my new middle grade novel, Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter. I live in rural Pennsylvania - the setting for most of my books - with my husband, three children, a slightly dysfunctional cat, a completely dysfunctional dog, an immortal goldfish and a hermit crab nam ...more
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“Fear is the worst kind of grave, because it buries one alive.” 46 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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