Thursday, July 30, 2009

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side*Book Review*


Author: Beth Fantaskey
Genre: Young Adult
Page Count: 368 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Grade From Me: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Jessica is just a normal teenager who is a senior in high school with the usual normal teenage problems: trying not to look like a complete idiot in front of boys, getting good grades in her classes and doing her school work, and trying so hard to blend in with everyone else in Woodrow Wilson High School.

That is until the weird Romanian exchange student shows up and turns her life upside down. Now, she has been informed from Lucius, the dark and mysterious Romanian stranger, she is a supposed Romanian Princess and he is her betrothed. Oh, did I mention they both are vampires and they have to get married due to a 17 year old pact? If they don't fulfill the pact, their two families will wage a war against one another and countless vampire and human lives will be lost.

Taken aback by this news, Jessica refuses to believe what has been told to her and she goes on living whatever normal life she has left while Lucius continues to pine for her affections. As she starts feeling something for Lucius, he starts turning away from her. He becomes more dark-More dangerous.

Somewhere along the way between finding out who she really is, feeling strange things both mentally and physically, and a whole lot of teenage drama, Jessica learns to be the person she is meant to, but is it too late to save Lucius from himself?

Thoughts:

I have seen a lot of reviews on this book my many different book blogs and I thought I would give it a try. I feel bad because I really haven't divulged into different authors in a very long time-I was comfortable with my old stand byes. However, that being said and with me exploring new 'territory' so to speak, I really enjoyed this book! It was a quick read for me and even though there was a lot of themes I have seen in other books I have read over the years, the characters and storyline where solid throughout the whole book.

The symbolism behind the story is genius, too. Good vs. Evil, the eternal battle. What really gets to me is the fact that the author gave her characters a choice; No matter how evil or good a person thinks they are, they still have a choice to turn away from the dark and into the light(or vice versa).

This book is definitely worth the read in my opinion and it teaches a good life lesson if you look deep enough into the story.

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