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Jessica Rules the Dark Side

(Jessica #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  10,127 ratings  ·  856 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 October 19th 2011)
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Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romancelandia, ya, 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
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 foun
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Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this sequel, it was so amazing to see the world of Vampire Romania and finally get more of my OTP.
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
Dec 26, 2010 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!
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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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
Briar's Reviews
Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey is one of my favourite books in a series that ended FAR TOO SOON!!

When I initially picked up this series I became furious - there was only two books in the series and then POOF it was gone, just like that! I was addicted, I needed more and Beth hadn't provided the literature to fill that need. With a book and sweet and cute as this one, it was highly upsetting.

The Romanian vampire universe that Beth built within these two books was thrilling. We foll
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 why I ...more
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 26, 2010 marked it as to-read
OMG i didn't know there was a second...Yaaaaay!! Can't wait, hurry up 2012!!!!!! ...more
Feb 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
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'm a little disappointed. At first Jess/Antanasia annoyed me, but her character changed and evolved from half the story. Mindy was a more interesting character because she was strong and smart all along. The new character came in handy, Raniero threw a lot in the story. He persuaded Antanasia to change her attitude. Long ago there was a motive in front of her nose and only Antanasia realized the truth in the end. But unfortunately the end of the story became clashed. I was expecting a much bett ...more
Apr 14, 2011 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
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the first book and the second one lives up to it (thankfully!) what I really liked about this one while reading was Jessica’s development as a character grows up. Dramatically. Considering she now has to rule and take Lucius place due to the circumstances she had to learn how to take control and she does it gracefully.

The plot itself wasn’t so bad although there could have been more substance to it. The reader already has a hunch as to who is behind the entire plot - a little mystery wo
Ashley W

He didn't do it!!!!!

Which, of course, we all knew. You know what would be a good ending? If he had. Plot Twist!

Alas, pretty predictable. Well, I wasn't expecting (view spoiler) involvement, but a princess can't trust anybody, I guess.

I did like Mindy's POV, mostly because she was kind of the voice of reason throughout the story, despite that usually being Jessica' role, ever the rational mind. Mindy offered a lot of perspective, especially since Jessica's mind was pretty
Bree T
Jessica Packwood is now really Antanasia Dragomir Vladescu, newly married to Lucius and ruling by his side as a Princess in Romania. But life as a new Princess is proving to be anything but easy for Jessica. She’s struggling to fit in in her new home – being raised by vegan pacifists hasn’t exactly prepared her for ruling vampires, a role that also includes passing judgement in charges against vampires who commit crimes (for want of a better term). The judgement can often be declaring that guilt ...more
Abbie Butcher
I LOVED this book. It is a great read and I liked how there was four different point of views and the letters and emails between Raniero and Lucius.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not as good as the first but still ralkt awesome

**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, t
Feb 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2012, arc
More reviews at http://dazzlingreads.blogspot.com/


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
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookshelf, read-2017
4.5 Stars :)
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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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