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Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Jessica #1)

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The undead can really screw up your senior year ...

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a cop
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Hardcover, 351 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Harcourt (first published October 19th 2000)
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Kristi
Sep 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This novel wasn’t exactly what I was expecting! With a line like... “The undead can really screw up your senior year...” I was thinking more a more fluffy, funny, entertaining, just generally a cute novel. I was wrong.

Honestly... when I started this novel and read about the first ten pages... I was skeptical. I started having a little bit of deja vu... which really isn’t that big of a surprise considering the volume of vampire novels I read. And it is not necessarily a bad thing, but the feelin
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Kat Kennedy
Mar 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is an imaginative, immersive (when will the world realize this is a word?) tale of the struggles of a pair of teenage vampires against tradition, expectations and politics.

In a completely original storyline that we've never seen before...

The Princess Diaries

Jessica discovers one day that she is not a normal teenager but is, in fact, a vampire Princess bound by contract to marry a repugnant, spoiled, aristocratic prince, Lucius Vladescu. He does not approve of her at all...
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DarienMoya
^^ WHERE THE HELL WAS THE DATING!^^

So I don’t even know where to begin, I heard great things about this book. Therefore, no brainer, I was really excited to read it. Let’s say I was all kinds of disappointed, and for crazy reasons. I thought this book was a teen romance, and I thought Jessica would be using her guide to date, yet there was no dating and approximately two usage of the so-called GUIDE.

It’s Jessica Packwood’s senior year of high school and she just spotted a weird but sexy looking
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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Well, the beginning was really good, the middle part was crap, and the ending was alright. Sorry for sounding crass - usually I try and sound more objective and mature when I write reviews, but this book just took all the emotion out of me. It's one of those up-and-down books.
There were things about this book that were really likable. For example:

Jessica as a character: I love well-rounded characters who undergo a transformation throughout the story - keeps them from being stagnate and boring. I
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Laura
Aug 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: youngadult
Enjoyed this vampire romance. Jessica's teen emotions were more realistic than Bella's.
Nikoleta
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Σε αυτό το βιβλίο οι χαρακτήρες δεν είναι τέλειοι, είναι σχεδόν ελαττωματικοί, κ αυτό ακριβώς είναι το σημείο που τους κάνει τόσο απολαυστικούς!!! Δεν θυμίζει τόσο τα υπόλοιπα Y.A. φαντασίας. Έχει μια σκωπτική διάθεση, μια σκανδαλιά που κάνει την ανάγνωση του πολύ ευχάριστη.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
At the start of her last year at high school in rural Pennsylvania, seventeen year old Jessica is spooked at the bus stop by the appearance of a mysterious young man who won't stop staring at her - and she could swear she heard him say her birth name, Antanasia, a relic from having been born in Romania before being adopted by her American parents.

When she gets to school, he's there in her English Lit class, an exchange student from Romania called Lucius Veldescu, domineering the teacher and, aga
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Tatiana
Apr 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, ya, romancelandia
There are dozens of vampire books on the market right now but I am confident this is one of the better ones, the one that stands out. I don’t want to summarize the book’s plot here because so many people have already done so. But I am going to say that this is an entertaining book, with colorful characters. The plot is not particularly strong and the story loses its ground in the final part of it, but mostly it is funny and witty, with a good measure of satire (“Twilight” comes to mind immediate ...more
Adele
Mar 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Before I start, I want to clarify one insy weensy matter - this book is nothing like Twilight! Would people stop saying that as I am beginning to get tired with people's lack of imagination and investment in Twilight theory (YA vampire = Edward = Twilight = Adele arggggghing). Thank goodness it's not like Meyer's work because I actually like and relate to the protagonist in this tale. Jessica's got moxie and buckets of it. She's smart, she's capable and she's unknowingly betrothed to Lucius due ...more
The Library Lady
Apr 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
Let's get it straight, I am not,not, NOT into vampire books.
I think that "Twilight" is the greatest piece of crappy fan fiction style writing to get published since "Eragon".

The only vampire book I've really enjoyed until now is Sucks to Be Me The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire, which makes fun of the conventions of the genre.

But this one is worth reading.

Unlike that simp Bella Swan, Jessica doesn't think being a vampire would be cool. When a Heathcliff like (Wutherine Hei
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Peri June
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-challenge
Jessica is your typical 17-year-old--that is until her adoptive parents inform her she's a Romanian vampire princess who must fulfill a pact her birth parents had signed before their death by marrying Lucius, a vampire prince from an enemy clan.

I thought the whole trying-to-get-Jessica-to-believe-that-vampires-really-do-exist-and-Lucius-is-not-an-escapee-from-an-insane-asylum-thing was freaking hilarious!!
Watching Jessica slowly-and somewhat incredulously-accept her vampiric nature and Lucius's
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Cindy
I have noticed this book floating around out there amongst book lovers, but for some reason or another it never just reached out and grabbed me, moved me, or spoke to me. Maybe it's the title, not really what it says, but visually a little long (okay so that sounds crazy, but I am very visual). I am soooo glad though that I found this at the 1/2 price book store and gave it a chance. It has become one of my favorite vampire books next to Stephenie Myers "Twilight" series. I loved the dialogue, a ...more
Kajol
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

The title had long since convinced me that this was yet another YA paranormal that was hell bent on holding up a public mockery in the name of the genre "Fantasy". I mean a dating guide to the dark side? Bite me.

Thankful to Ms.Fantaskey, I'd like to express my elation by saying that I was quite glaringly, obviously wrong. I loved the book. In fact, I loved it so much that I stayed up till 3 am on a school night (yeah, so I'm a senior in high school. Bi
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Annalisa
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Annalisa by: Annie
A book that balks at the current trend in paranormal romance and for that it shines. It's not just a flat parody but a complex story in its own right by (gasp) a good writer (with a name like Fantaskey, how can you grow up to be anything but a fantasy writer?). A lot of the satire toward the YA trend is subtle, but it's there and it made me smile as much as Lucius' mocking commentary of American lifestyle. Finally a female protagonist that cringes at the dark, mysterious stranger who creeps her ...more
Jac
Feb 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
*Sigh*, this book really left me at a loss for words. For those of you not patient enough to read yet another review about a book you may want to read, let me save you some time and sum up my main grievances with this book in one sentence: Oh my god, what the hell was this publisher thinking when he agreed to put his name on this book! I wanted so badly to like this book since I have a thing for Romanian vampires but I just couldn't no matter how hard I tried.


My worst issues with this book were
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♥Booklish Reviews♥
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-boyfriend
For the last month all I've read is New Adult and Erotica. So I knew by reading a YA novel that I wouldn't be completely satisfied with the romantic aspect of the story. The odds were against it from the beginning.


I have no qualms with the plot of Jessica #1. (Sorry, the title is so long that Jessica #1 seems like a good substitute.) Everything was in place: drama, flirting, vampires, and an evil blonde bitch. It had everything worthy of a Twilight successor.



Lucius and Jessica have been promi
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Steph Su
Mar 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-09, own
Debut author Beth Fantaskey explodes onto the heavily populated YA vampire lit world with her amazing book, JESSICA’S GUIDE TO DATING ON THE DARK SIDE, which is sure to convert Twilight fans into having a new favorite vampire and vampire-novel heroine. Or if it doesn’t do that, then at least it will leave you smiling, biting your nails, and reading far into the night.

In rural Pennsylvania, math nerd Jessica Packwood is about to enter her senior year of high school, determined to have a good time
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Colette
I've never actually hated a book...but for "Jessica", I'll make the exception.

I WOULD give it three, due to it having such promise in the writing-style, but the content itself made it a two.

First of all, before you are deceived, this title does not match the theme of this book. It began as a light-hearted read, comical even, but then it just became a dark, angst volturi-twilight moody thing. I literally watched the tone change right before my eyes, like a gray scale being turned down to its dark
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Elena Salvatore
This book, just like Boys that Bite, I only read because it was one of the oldest books in my TBR.
However different from the BTB, I didn't hate this book and would probably have enjoyed it when I was a new reader.


Jessica lives just a normal teenage life.
She is an only child, has only one friend, she get's bullied by the popular kids in school and she has two weird parents whom she loves.
But Jessica has also a secret. A secret no one other then her parents and best friend knows.
Even Jessica her
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Lina
I think that of all the books I've read this year, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, is the one that has surprised me the most. When I first saw the title and read the blurb, I scoffed at this book and did not even give it the time of day. The only reason I did read it was because it was free on Barnes and Nobles so I figured "why not?" I was very mistaken. [In my defense everything about it on the outside is horrible though it is really upsetting]

When Jessica Packwood meets a mysterio
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Patrisha
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ero partita senza troppe pretese con questo romanzo, leggendo commenti che lo definivano carino. Ammetto che le prime pagine non mi avevano preso, mi sembrava un romanzo troppo per ragazzine. Un vero young adult, poi qualcosa è cambiato. Ho cominciato a trovare nella figura di Lucius, il principe vampiro, un non so che di tragico e affascinante che mi ha conquistata,come ha conquistato il cuore di Antanasia, una figura femminile simpatica, normale, con un mondo nuovo da scoprire. Una ragazza for ...more
Janina
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Meh. (Sorry, that's the most coherent thing I can come up with right now.)

I actually don't know why I made myself finsish that one (I'm normally rather quick to give up on a book), but it had these two highs in exactly the right places (at the beginning and around page 200), and that lured me into thinking it was worth finishing it ...

Just not for me, I didn't really like the main character, Jessica, and Lucius teetered between amusing and annoying. Addionally, the story was kind of inconsisten
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
This was a real treat. Funny and humorous in the beginning then it went all dark and twisty by the end. I love that its primary focus is on Jessica finally owning up to her strong beautiful fierce self and realizing it. I also like the whole vampire war plot going on and can't wait to find out what happens in the sequel.
 Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Girls and Boys Grades 5 and up
Recommended to Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews by: Daughter (age 11)
5 Stars:

The book does take a while to get into, mostly because the major flaws are all in the beginning of the novel. The biggest thing that peeved me was that Jessica's love of "rational thinking" was used as a plot device to make her not believe that Lucius was a vampire until the moment Fantaskey needed her to. This could have been done in a much more natural way, because something just doesn't ring true about her parents not telling her about her vampyric past simply because she has a ration
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Tanya
2 stars

This book went from probably being on my faves of 2017 list to me wanting to throw my tablet across the room.

The author committed character assassination to the max with her love interest on the second half of the book. He went from a charming sassy vampire who had interest in our MC( even tho some of his idiocy was kind of sexist and archaic) to an angst ridden almost murderous vampire who try to destroy himself instead of fighting back from his "true nature". Altho that was kind of con
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Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
I can say that I was looking forward to this book. Reading it was a whole different thing. The beginning was great.... great idea for a story as a whole, however the middle just rubbed me the wrong way. The ending felt rushed and seemed to clear things up way to easy and fast.

I get books with angst. I think angst fits into things and stories as its part of peoples personalities; however... this pushes the angst for me well over the edge.

Now, if there was going to be a sequel, that would change
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Sita
What was this book about?

I'm serious, I borrowed this from the library because it looked cool and I couldn't even read half of it. So, I ask again. What was this book about? I read the first page and was not hooked, but I still kept reading because it had such a cool blurb and the cover was pretty cool too. I normally remember slivers of books, if not all of them. I could remember absolutely nothing when it comes to this book. So I ask again.

What was this book about?
Rachel Reads Ravenously
I gave it about 100 pages before quitting. That seems fair enough.

Again, one of those book where nothing is wrong with it, it's just not for me/I'm not in the mood for this kind of story. But I gave it a chance!

Alaina Meserole
This book was hilarious!

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side was a pretty good book. Lucius and Jessica were a cute couple. When they were first getting to know each other I laughed when Jessica doubted him being a vampire. Then when she finally realized he wasn't lying or on drugs about the whole thing was hilarious. However, she took way too long to come to this realization.

Jessica in the beginning was kind of unlikable. I didn't really like the whole not wanting someone until other peo
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Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This wasn't the best vampire novel I've ever read, but it also wasn't the worst. It was clever and funny at times but also full of angst and teenage drama in equal measure. The love interest also did that whole I'm pushing you away to keep you safe thing that I loathe, so there's that, as well. But I did enjoy that while the narrative was from Jessica's perspective, we got to see a different side of Lucius through his letters back home to his uncle reporting on his progress. I had planned on rea ...more
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“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.” 247 likes
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