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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is another one of those books that I had wanted to read for a really long time, but never got to it until now.
I love vampires, but I'm kind of the fence about this one. I did enjoy it, but the vampires themselves are a bit disappointing and the ending was rushed and jumpy. Jessica is just a normal girl who doesn't believe in the paranormal. She likes facts and logic she's a mathlete , but her world is turned upside down when her parents take in a "foreign exchange" student from Romania.
Lucius is a vampire, and claims he is Jessica's betrothed. If there's anything more unbelievable to Jessica than vampires, it's her being promised to a stranger before she was born. Jessica isn't dazzled by Lucius and she certainly doesn't believe that he's a vampire, even when he flashes his fangs. Her parents are a bit eccentric, so she thinks this is some kind of cult occurrence, even when they show her the scroll with the agreement on it. It isn't until Lucius is gravely injured and her parents bring him back to the house to be seen by a special doctor that Jessica realizes that maybe they're telling the truth.
It takes her a bit longer to accept that she herself is also a vampire princess and it's up to her to save her people from an impending war by joining with Lucius. The story does kind of remind me of The Princess Diaries, but with vampires. And instead of a long lost grandmother appearing to give princess lessons, it's the infuriatingly sexy fiance. There's a lot of humor in the beginning, and Jessica and Lucius bicker a lot. But then the story grows gradually darker as secrets are uncovered.
I liked the inclusion of letters from Lucius to his uncle. This gave us some behind the scenes info that Jessica doesn't have, as well as a lot of funny bits as Lucius ruminates on American culture. My disappointments came in the form of the vampires and the ending. The vampires really aren't all that interesting, and in fact, Jessica asks what's so great about being one since apparently all of the myths are false. They're really not that different at all, except they can only be killed by a stake to the heart, have fangs, and occasionally drink blood. It was like flipping a switch a few times, with nothing in between.
I also don't get how he did his disappearing act. I do wish the vampires had been more interesting and special.
Not necessarily into sparkling territory, but something other than just drinking blood. The conclusion does make me curious about what comes next though, since I don't think Jessica has fixed this problem so easily. So why only 4 stars. So why only 4 stars? Because the title is not quite right. Jessica does not teach us anything about "dating the dark side. Other reviewers have compared this book to other books. I don't think that is quite fair.
A friend pointed out to me that just because authors use similar themes, themes that have existed as long as stories have been told, does not mean that the stories are the same. Yes, there may be some similarities, but a work should be judged on its own merits. This is what I strive to do. I may make mention of similarities to other books from my experience with the YA paranormal romance genre or my entire reading experience from time to time, but that is to be expected as i try to establish a common ground with whoever is reading my review.
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From the very first page we get to see what is going on through Jessica's eyes. Tall, dark, handsome, and arrogant - that's Lucius. His antics were very interesting and the portions of the book that were his missives home to his uncle made for an interesting change in pace and point of view for the story. Lucius swoops into town ready to fulfill his end of a bargain. A bargain Jessica has no idea even exists. She does not take the news well and her world is rocked. She rebels at every turn. The great thing about Jessica Anastasia is that she is intelligent and confident.
The other recurring theme or rather character is the bimbo cheerleader. Faith's part in this story is pure Mean Girls - she is very much a plastic and she is trouble from the page we meet her. And with her are the "dumb jock" bully boys again I'm glad Jake is a "nice" guy.
Maybe he and Mindy can get together; he deserves a nice girl. We also have the faithful best friend, Mindy, who waivers. She is rather milk toast if you know what I mean and not exceedingly important to the story with the exception of her loyalty.
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Thankfully, Jessica's parents are very prominent in this YA book. They are hard working, intelligent, and supportive not only of Jessica but also of Lucius.
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Read and Find out. She was the future ruler of the entire vampire race until she suddenly disapeared that is. Now he travels to rule PA in search of his betrothed Antanasia Dragomir. What he didnt anticepate was meeting a young woman named Allison who is the spitting image of the lost princess. Is Allison who Lucius thinks she is? However, Valentina Dragomir is not going to give away her power that easily to a power hungry king. She was Antanasia Dragomir.
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Jess finds out she's pregnant T - English - Humor - Chapters: First it's boring, then she meets some friends and it gets better. But the next morning a visitor with fangs comes to leave Jessica a little message. My Love, My Life by alittlebitlonger95 reviews You all asked for me to write something more. This takes place before Jess and Luc are married. Or the same night as my other story 'That One Night' You do not need to read that one to understand this story J'ignorais ce qui se passait, mais chose certaine elle n'agissait pas comme d'habitude. Lucius x Jessica Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: How One Vampire Ruined My Senior Year by Nicoletta Katherine reviews Catalina was expecting the normal type of senior year, that is until some Romanian dude shows up in her living room, saying he's her long lost fiance All is Fair by Team Angels reviews Jessica is bored.
And what does a Dragomir princess do? Well they provoke their husbands of course! K - English - Humor - Chapters: Jessica x Lucius Rated: Foolishness by Team Angels reviews What if Jessica wasn't able to get Lucius out of prision in the second book, and ten years later he breaks out and wants revenge on the ones that imprisioned him. Enticing Presence by Shoomy reviews Lucius Vladescu is driven into the arms of another woman-a certain Isabelle Lightwood.