Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Synopsis: 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 copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire's Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius's soul from eternal destruction
Review: The cover and the title do not do the book justice. In fact, the tone of the book is a bit more serious than what the title leads you to believe. Despite that, this book was so enjoyable! I felt myself anticipating every chapter, turning apprehensive as the story led on. I braced myself for the ending because I didn't know if it would be one that I'd like or not. And when it ended, I wanted more. Thankfully, the author wrote more of Jessica's and Lucius' story on her site. This book is probably one of the best vampire novels I have read. I could really see the budding love of Jessica and Lucius as every chapter went on. It wasn't some cliche "love at first sight" plot. Jessica and Lucius grew to love each other.
One of the things that I liked were Lucius' letters to his uncle. Not only were they amusing (you should see his comments about basketball), but they conveyed how his feelings changed about Jessica. They made their love story more believable and endearing.
What I thought of...
The Beginning: The beginning did not hook me, but the interaction between Jessica and Lucius was adorable and amusing.
The Middle: The first half of the middle was extremeley better than the beginning of the novel. When I hit the second half, I became frustrated. I hated Lucius for acting the way he did.
The End: ARG! It was so good :) However, it wasn't enough for me. I was glad the author wrote more of the characters' story on her website.