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Friday, January 6, 2012

REVIEW: Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey


The highly anticipated sequel to Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side.
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 husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom she can trust—before it’s too late? .

About the Author

Beth Fantaskey lives in rural Pennslyvania with her husband and two daughters. She is the author of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side and Jekel Loves Hyde. Visit her website at www.bethfantaskey.com.


  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; First Edition, None edition (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547393091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547393094

I loved Jessica's Rules for Dating on the Dark Side and this one exceeded my expectations.  I think I almost liked it more than the first one.  I am always worried about a the second in the series and if it will live up to the first.  Don't worry, it has everything the first one has and more!  There are some serious page turning moments as Jessica  must learn to act princessly (I know, not a word, but princely is a word, so why not princess-ly), and save her new husband from certain death.  She manages it all just in the nick of time with the help of Mindy, her BFF and stylist extraordinaire.  I think Mindy needs some more feature time since her slow wit is becoming quicker and more refined. 

I didn't get to see much of Lucius and his snarky comments, but Mindy and Raniero helped spice things up again.  Raniero's emails to Lucius are bitingly funny (pun intended) and his adoring words to Mindy are something special.  Every girl wishes she can get notes like his.  I think there is more to tell in the Mindy and Raniero story or at least I hope so.  Now I can't wait to see Jessica kick some butt in a new adventure since in this one she really comes into her own.  


  1. i still haven’t read the 1st one, but it really sounds interesting. nice review!

  2. I thought the first one was hilarious, especially Lucius's letters about the weirdness of America. Must see if I can rustle up a review copy when available, then pass it on to my library - the girls loved the first one.



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