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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 named Shelldon.

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“American women. Why do you all want to be nearly invisible? Why not have a physical presence in the world? Women should have curves, not angles. ...One should never confuse fashionable with beautiful. ...Eat. Be happy to have curves. A presence.”
Beth Fantaskey, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

“Jessica. For god's sake," he said. "Allow me to do at least one common courtesy for you. In spite ow what 'women's lib' teaches you, chivalry does not imply that women are powerless. On the contrary, chivalry is an admission of women's superiority. An acknowledgment of your power over us. This is the only form of servitude a Vladescu ever practices, and I perform it gladly for you. You, in turn, are obligated to accept graciously.”
Beth Fantaskey, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

“Where do you. come from?" Frank challenged, puffing his chest, a little bolder now that he could breathe. "Some of us are starting to wonder."
"I come from civilization," Lucius retorted. "You wouldn't be familiar with the territory. Now pick up the books.”
Beth Fantaskey, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side


~*Going Green Seeing Gold*~ March's Group Read

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Halfway to the Grave
Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost by Jeaniene Frost

goodreads summary-Flirting with the grave...
Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father--the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner--are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her new found status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.
  22 votes 32.8%

Dead Beautiful
Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon by Yvonne Woon

goodreads summary-On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she'd ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder.

After the funeral Renée’s wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the “Crude Sciences.”

It’s there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Renée can’t stop herself from falling in love. It’s only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried’s past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems.

Little does she know, Dante is the one hiding a dangerous secret, one that has him fearing for her life.

Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.
  12 votes 17.9%

Generation Dead
Generation Dead (Generation Dead, #1) by Daniel Waters by Daniel Waters

goodreads summary-Phoebe Kendall is just your typical Goth girl with a crush. He’s strong and silent…and dead.

All over the country, a strange phenomenon is occurring. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. But when they come back to life, they are no longer the same. Feared and misunderstood, they are doing their best to blend into a society that doesn’t want them.
The administration at Oakvale High attempts to be more welcoming of the “differently biotic." But the students don’t want to take classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn’t breathing. And there are no laws that exist to protect the “living impaired” from the people who want them to disappear—for good.
When Phoebe falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids, no one can believe it; not her best friend, Margi, and especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team. Adam has feelings for Phoebe that run much deeper than just friendship; he would do anything for her. But what if protecting Tommy is the one thing that would make her happy?
  9 votes 13.4%

Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones by Diana Wynne Jones

Goodreads Summary-In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell.Deciding she has nothing more to lose, she makes her way to the moving castle that hovers on the hills above Market Chipping. But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the souls of young girls… There she meets Michael, Howl’s apprentice, and Calcifer the Fire Demon, with whom she agrees a pact.But Sophie isn’t the only one under a curse – her entanglements with Calcifer, Howl, and Michael, and her quest to break her curse is both gripping – and howlingly funny!
  6 votes 9.0%

Jekel Loves Hyde
Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey by Beth Fantaskey
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goodreads summary-Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents rules;especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father's office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she's tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.
To improve her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen's sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill's accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything, even Tristen's love just for the thrill of being . . . bad.
  6 votes 9.0%

Maze Runner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) by James Dashner by James Dashner

goodreads summary-Imagine waking up one day in total darkness, unsure of where you are and unable to remember anything about yourself except your first name. You're in a bizarre place devoid of adults called the Glade. The Glade is an enclosed structure with a jail, a graveyard, a slaughterhouse, living quarters, and gardens. And no way out. Outside the Glade is the Maze, and every day some of the kids -- the Runners -- venture into the labyrinth, trying to map the ever-changing pattern of walls in an attempt to find an exit from this hellish place. So far, no one has figured it out. And not all of the Runners return from their daily exertions, victims of the maniacal Grievers, part animal, part mechanical killing machines.

Thomas is the newest arrival to the Glade in this Truman-meets-Lord of the Flies tale. A motley crew of half a dozen kids is all he has to guide him in this strange world. As soon as he arrives, unusual things begin to happen, and the others grow suspicious of him. Though the Maze seems somehow familiar to Thomas, he's unable to make sense of the place, despite his extraordinary abilities as a Runner. What is this place, and does Thomas hold the key to finding a way out?

In The Maze Runner, Dashner has crafted a creative and engaging novel that's both mysterious and thought provoking.
  5 votes 7.5%

Emerald Talisman
The Emerald Talisman (Talisman, #1) by Brenda Pandos by Brenda Pandos

goodreads summary-To be normal, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would shed her empathic gift in a second. Life has been difficult since her mother's mysterious disappearance ten years earlier - an event she witnessed, but can't remember. Julia's situation becomes more complicated after a near death experience from a blood thirsty stalker. As high school students go missing it is clear there is a connection to her own experience--past and present. Someone has to stop the madness and a chance encounter with a creepy psychic foretells that only Julia is the key to stopping the madness, but it may require the life of the one she loves.
  3 votes 4.5%

Luke and Jon
Luke and Jon by Robert Williams by Robert Williams
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goodreads summary-Luke's mum is dead. He finds himself in a small, scruffy northern hill town, with a near silent father, who he fears might be trying to drink himself to death. Then he meets Jon. Jon is massively strange. He wears 1950s clothes, has a side-parting and a twitch. The kids at school call him 'Slackjaw'. When Luke discovers his secret, Jon changes his life in more ways than he can imagine. Luke and Jon is a coming of age novel about family, bereavement and how lives can change forever in a single second. Written with great power, warmth and humour, it signals a hugely engaging and original new voice. Compelling and emotionally acute, it is a unique debut.
  1 vote 1.5%

Just in Case
Just in Case by Meg Rosoff by Meg Rosoff

goodreads summary-Rising star Meg Rosoff’s highly amusing novel is about survival, friendship and the boundaries of love

Meg Rosoff’s wit and imagination are eye-popping. She is already a star in the UK—her first novel How I Live Now sold hundreds of thousands of copies there—and she’s won numerous awards on both sides of the Atlantic. Fans of Mark Haddon will devour Just in Case in one or two sittings.

Up to now David Case hasn’t questioned his relatively good fortune. But a heart- pounding scare with his much younger brother shocks him into considering the fragility of life. He starts thinking about all of the truly awful things that can happen in life and concludes that Fate is out to get him.

And so he decides to trick Fate. He changes his name and his appearance, makes new friends, and dares to fall in love with the seductive Agnes Day—all in the hope that he’ll become unrecognizable to Fate and thereby save himself from doom. With an imaginary greyhound in tow, Justin struggles to maintain his new image and above all, to survive in a world where tragedy is around every corner.
  1 vote 1.5%

Crossing Stones
Crossing Stones by Helen Frost by Helen Frost

goodreads summary-Maybe you won’t rock a cradle, Muriel.

Some women seem to prefer to rock the boat.

Eighteen-year-old Muriel Jorgensen lives on one side of Crabapple Creek. Her family’s closest friends, the Normans, live on the other. For as long as Muriel can remember, the families’ lives have been intertwined, connected by the crossing stones that span the water. But now that Frank Norman—who Muriel is just beginning to think might be more than a friend—has enlisted to fight in World War I and her brother, Ollie, has lied about his age to join him, the future is uncertain. As Muriel tends to things at home with the help of Frank’s sister, Emma, she becomes more and more fascinated by the women’s suffrage movement, but she is surrounded by people who advise her to keep her opinions to herself. How can she find a way to care for those she loves while still remaining true to who she is?

Written in beautifully structured verse, Crossing Stones captures nine months in the lives of two resilient families struggling to stay together and cross carefully, stone by stone, into a changing world.
  1 vote 1.5%

Wild Seed
Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler by Octavia E. Butler

goodreads summary-Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflexor design. He fears no one until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu is a shapeshifter who can absorb bullets and heal with a kiss and savage anyone who threatens her. She fears no one until she meets Doro. Together they weave a pattern of destiny unimaginable to mortals.
  1 vote 1.5%

Tunnels (Tunnels, #1) by Roderick Gordon by Roderick Gordon

Goodreads summary-14-year-old Will Burrows has little in common with his strange, dysfunctional family. In fact, the only bond he shares with his eccentric father is a passion for archaeological excavation. So when his dad mysteriously vanishes, Will is compelled to dig up the truth behind his disappearance. He unearths the unbelievable: a subterranean society that time forgot. "The Colony" has existed unchanged for a century, but it's no benign time capsule of a bygone era. Because the Colony is ruled by a merciless overclass, the Styx. Will must free his father--is he also about to ignite a revolution?


"My eyes were my gray metal shovel and my dark unexpected tunnel was the book. I kept digging my way deeper into the plot to find out what was going to happen next."--Alexa, age 12

"...a unique mix of fantasy and adventure that keeps you wondering what's going to happen next....the vivid descriptions will transport you to a whole new world."--Matt, age 14

"...I was on the edge of my seat until the last page. It was intricately mystifying. Full praise to TUNNELS--I want more!"--Garrett, age 12
  0 votes 0.0%

Bar Code Tattoo
Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn by Suzanne Weyn
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goodreads summary-Individuality vs. Conformity
Identity vs. Access
Freedom vs. Control

The bar code tattoo. Everybody's getting it. It will make your life easier, they say. It will hook you in. It will become your identity.

But what if you say no? What if you don't want to become a code? For Kayla, this one choice changes everything. She becomes an outcast in her high school. Dangerous things happen to her family. There's no option but to run...for her life.
  0 votes 0.0%

Amaranth Enchantment
The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry by Julie Berry

goodreads summary-When Lucinda Chapdelaine was a small child, her parents left for the royal ball and never returned. Ever since, Lucinda has been stuck in perpetual servitude at her evil aunt’s jewelry store.
Then, on the very same day, a mysterious visitor and an even more bizarre piece of jewelry both enter the shop, setting in motion a string of twists and turns that will forever alter Lucinda’s path.
In this magical story filled with delightful surprises, Lucinda will dance at the royal ball, fall under the Amaranth Witch’s spell, avenge her parents’ death, and maybe — just maybe — capture the heart of a prince.
  0 votes 0.0%

The World Above; A Retelling of "Jack and the Beanstalk"
The World Above A Retelling of "Jack and the Beanstalk" (Once Upon A Time) by Cameron Dokey by Cameron Dokey

goodreads summary-Gen and her twin brother, Jack, were raised with their mother's tales of life in the World Above. Gen is skeptical, but adventureous Jack believes the stories—and trades the family cow for magical beans. Their mother rejoices, knowing they can finally return to their royal home.

When Jack plants the beans and climbs the enchanted stalk, he is captured by the tyrant who now rules the land. Gen sets off to rescue her borther, but danger awaits her in the World Above. For finding Jack may mean losing her heart....
  0 votes 0.0%

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Beth Fantaskey Sangria wrote: "Whoohoo! Thanks for your friendship, Beth!
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is one of my favorite books!
Thanks for adding me. :D"

Thanks for adding me, Sangria... Love the puppy pic! :-)

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Beth Fantaskey Thanks for adding me... I'm glad you like the books!

Mehjabin Thanks fr accepting my requests !! u write awesome books :))

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Beth Fantaskey Lucy wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friendship request, Beth! :D
I love your books! I wish they were movies as well.
Happy readings!"

Thanks for adding me, Lucy. I'm glad you like the books!

Lucy Qhuay Thanks for accepting my friendship request, Beth! :D
I love your books! I wish they were movies as well.
Happy readings!

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Beth Fantaskey Deanna wrote: "Hi Beth, I absolutely love your books, I've read them all and look forward to all your new ones. Thanks for inspiring so many people with your amazing books!! I always refer to them as movies becau..."

Thanks, Deanna - and happy readings to you, too!

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Beth Fantaskey Deanna wrote: "Hi Beth, I absolutely love your books, I've read them all and look forward to all your new ones. Thanks for inspiring so many people with your amazing books!! I always refer to them as movies becau..."

Thanks so much, Deanna. Happy readings to you, too! :-)

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Beth Fantaskey Samirah wrote: "Hi,thanks for the friendship"

Thank you! :-)

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Samirah Hi,thanks for the friendship

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Deanna Hi Beth, I absolutely love your books, I've read them all and look forward to all your new ones. Thanks for inspiring so many people with your amazing books!! I always refer to them as movies because they are always so vivid in my mind! Thanks for accepting my friend request and happy readings to you!! :D

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Beth Fantaskey Ariana wrote: "HI BETH!!!

Thanks, Ariana! :-)

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Beth Fantaskey Mary wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request!
Have a great day & Happy Reading! =)"

Thanks for adding me as a friend... happy reading to you, too!

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Mary Thanks for accepting my friend request!
Have a great day & Happy Reading! =)

Ariana HI BETH!!!

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Beth Fantaskey Yousra wrote: "OMG, thank you sooooooooooo much for the friend invite. You have NO IDEA how much that means to me!!!!! You're such a sweetheart, and let's not forget a kick-ass author. Btw, is there any addicting..."

Thanks for adding me and for your nice comments... I am working on a new book, but there's no release date yet. Hopefully, I'll have news later this summer!

Yousra Ouahabi Al Hassani OMG, thank you sooooooooooo much for the friend invite. You have NO IDEA how much that means to me!!!!! You're such a sweetheart, and let's not forget a kick-ass author. Btw, is there any addicting book coming on the way? I wanna read more of your works!! Love you <3

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Beth Fantaskey L0raah_ wrote: "Hi Beth, thanks for inviting me to your friends list :) I'm glad to see you on goodreads too! Hope you're doing fine... xoxo from France!
Laura S."

Hi Laura! So nice to meet up with you here... I hope all is well!

L0raah_ Hi Beth, thanks for inviting me to your friends list :) I'm glad to see you on goodreads too! Hope you're doing fine... xoxo from France!
Laura S.

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Beth Fantaskey HanaPouletta wrote: "Thank you for the friendship! (^-^)"
Thank you!

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Hanae Thank you for the friendship! (^-^)

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Mel Thanks for the friendship, Beth! I love your books and I look forward to reading more. :)

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