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Jessica Rules the Dark Side by [Fantaskey, Beth]
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When Jessica Packwood found out she was a Romanian vampire princess, she had the shock of her teenage life. Turns out that was the easy part
Now, married to Price Lucius Vladescu, she has to claim her throne and convince a vampire nation she's fit to be their queen.� But Jess can't even order a decent meal from her castle's Romanian staff, let alone deal with devious undead subjects who would love to see her fail.

And when Lucius is accused of murdering a vampire Elder and imprisoned without the blood he needs, Jessica finds herself alone, fighting for both their survivals.

Desperate to clear her husband's name and win his release, Jess enlists the help of her best friend, Mindy Stankowicz, and Lucius's mysterious Italian cousin, Raniero Lovatu.� But both of them are keeping some dark secrets.� Can Jess figure out who to trust - and how to rise to power - before she loses everything, including the vampire she loves?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2166 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin eBooks (25 January 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074PM9IU
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much More Serious Than the First Book 4 December 2011
By OpheliasOwn - Published on
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The first book in Fantaskey's series had a ridiculous title and an awful cover. So why did I read it? Not quite sure, but I am glad I did. It was hilarious. It was a serious story peppered with the rantings of a persnickety vampire prince who just wanted his betrothed to come back to Romania with him and rule. What he didn't expect before he came for her was a vegan who worked on her family's small town farm and only dreamed of going to college- not becoming a vampire princess and settling a centuries old feud. After absolutely adoring Lucius' hilarious ramblings about lentils in the first book, I was looking for more of the same from Jessica Rules the Dark Side.

Jessica, who is known as Anastasia now that she is a vampire princess, loves Lucius, but hates Romania. The other vampires think she is weak, she only has one friend, and she can't even order food from the kitchen because she can't speak Romanian. To top off the horrible experience, she knows her inability to be the ruthless princess makes her husband vulnerable with the rest of the vampires he is trying to rule. When one of the vampire elders is murdered, Anastasia takes the advice of her friend and suggests all the vampires produce their stakes to catch the murderer. What she doesn't expect is that Lucius' stake is covered in the murdered vampires blood, but he swears he did not kill the man. Anastasia believes him, but the Elders insist he is locked in the dungeon until he can go to trial... without the blood he needs to survive. Now Anastasia must solve the murder to exonerate her husband, but with the return of old friends and the revelations of many secrets, she isn't sure she can be the princess (soon to be queen) Lucius wants her to be. If she can't, her husband's life ill be over.

I was a little surprised when I first read this book and saw just how dark it was. Don't get me wrong, it was a really good story, but compared to the light-hearted wit from Lucius in the first book, this one was much more serious. There were occasional moments of levity, but I definitely missed the Lucius you fell in love with in the first book. This story dealt much more with Jessica/Anastasia and her crippling fear of being the princess she needed to be. In fact, I was a little annoyed with her at times. At one point, her husband is locked, starving, down in the dungeon and she is lying in her bed feeling sorry for herself. I wanted to scream: "Get out of bed you twit! Take care of business!" Eventually she did rise to the occasion and take charge, but it was frustrating to watch her flounder so much.

While the main characters were the focus in the first book, they faded into the background with this one. The supporting characters, like Lucius' childhood friend and Anastasia's friend Mindy from home, made up a lot of the meat of the story. Luckily, it was an interesting part of the story, and Mindy's fun take on the situation was a welcomed touch. This story is appropriate for a wide range of ages and will still hold the attention of anyone who liked the first story (as long as they could ignore the silly title). It is a good, easy read for any struggling reader to be successful with.
2.0 out of 5 stars SO. PREDICTABLE. 5 March 2015
By Laura - Published on
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I remember loving book 1 in this series, and I don't know if it was because I was younger when I read it, or if it was really that much better. I had trouble even finishing this book because it was so predictable. I knew who the killer was pretty much from the second the murder happened, and it took everyone else such a long time to pick up on it. I also thought the whole plot line with Ronnie was super predictable. So basically I was frustrated by how dumb the main characters were the whole time I was reading. I also felt like the book kind of sent the message that being in a relationship is the only thing that matters, and I didn't like how Jess and Mindy had to compromise on things, but the guys got to do pretty much whatever they wanted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Growing up is Hard to do! 4 May 2012
By BarbarinaS - Published on
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Jessica has to grow up in this sequel if she is to be a true help in ruling with Lucius. Beth Fantaskey is a beautiful writer and her style keeps adults as much interested as it does the young audience this was intended for. There is growth in the characters. Lucius may keep brooding but he is more open to things because of Jessica and she in turn realises responsibility can not be avoided and to do that well she needs not to tame her wild hero but to harness a little of his darkness and pull it inside herself. Some reviewers believe the flirty almost antognistic chemistry is gone now that marriage and vampire eternity has reared its ugly head but I see the passion maturing and the lack of graphic gymnastics doesn't lessen the excitement. He thirsts for her now as much as her blood but more he now accepts his need for her as his balance. I like my graphic descriptions but honestly the passion here is no less for not having it all spelt out for us.
The secondary romance is interesting and I for one wonder where Ms Fantaskey will go with this. I hope it will not exclude Jess and Lucius as I would like to continue watching them mature.
A very good read by a very good writer.
5.0 out of 5 stars Jessica Rules The Dark Side - Beth Fantaskey 22 March 2012
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"I should sue the people who designed the My Little Pony Crystal Rainbow Castle I played with in Kindergarten. They led me to believe that castles were filled with rainbows and cupcakes and pastel-pink furniture. Not stone and fire and...blood."

Jessica Rules The Dark Side is the sequel of Jessica's Guide To Dating on the Dark Side from the author Beth Fantaskey, college professor that lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters. She is also the author of Jekel Loves Hyde.
In Jessica's Guide To Danting On The Dark Side we're introduced to Jessica Packwood, whose birth name is Antanasia Dragomir and to Lucius Vladescu, a vampire with an acid humor and desire for power. Throughout the story we follow Jessica find out that she is a vampire princess, given when still a child to be raised by a human couple, learn to deal with a fiancé that she didn't want and a power she never desire and to mature to a future full of uncertainties and challenges.

"Fear is the worst kind of grave, because it buries one alive"

Now in Jessica Rules The Dark Side we see Lucius Vladescu and Jessica, now Antanasia Dragomir Vladescu, play their roles as princes and princess while shown to be capable of becoming King and Queen of the vampires clans. During the story Jessica has to struggle to play her role as royalty, due the fact that she all of a sudden went from an American teenager to a vampire princess. And to make things even harder, she has to deal with the Elders that are eager for her failure, to prove Lucius's innocence when all the evidences say otherwise and to discover who is the traitor among those who she believed she could trust.
In the secondary story we can see Jessica's best friend, Mindy Sue and a "new" character - not so new to those who have read Jessica and Lucius's Wedding available at [...] - Raneiro Vladescu, cousin and Lucius's best man, alongside Mindy has a crucial role in the unfolding story
Jessica Rules The Dark Side is one of those books that when you start reading it you can't stop until you finish. Beth Fantaskey managed to built a plot full of twist that leaves us doubting everyone during the whole story and that has the perfect mix of humor (highlighting the emails exchanged between Lucius and Raniero that were hilarious) mystery, danger and romance proving her incredible talent for writing.

"...Here is one for your philosophy books, brother: is there anything more dangerous than the desire to live free of danger? You will either LOL at my attempt at profundity - or scratch your head if I already make no sense."

I believe I don't need to say the book is highly recommended!

Good reading!
5.0 out of 5 stars Mucking to Ruling! 5 March 2012
By Lisa (Lissa) Smith Reads - Published on
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bookshelves: 2nd-in-series, own-kindle, paranormal, paranormal-vampire, series-jessica, young-adult

Recommended for: boys and girls grades 5 and up
Read from January 11 to February 11, 2012, read count: 1

I was elated to see that Beth Fantaskey stuck with the simple but elegant cover that reflects on the first installment Jessica titled Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. And the quote on the cover of this installment in the Jessica series made all the more alluring... "It's one thing to find out you're a vampire princess. It's a whole other thing to actually rule." I dove right into the continuing sage of Jessica (born Anastasia) and Lucius having been given a glimpse of Jessica's human world merging with her destined world in book one I was excited to visit Jessica and Lucius and see how the two would fit together in the vampire world.

Beth Fantaskey gives the reader a treat interlocking the story with multiple POV's with mystery. It keeps on edge and can be a bit confusing as you are trying to figure out the questions... Who is the killer? Can Jessica handle reigns without Lucius by her side? What's up with hovering cousin and Uncle? Better yet... What about Ronnie and Mindy? If you are an emotional involved reader like me you will find yourself rushing through to find clues what happens next.

The storyline is exceptionally written; Fantaskey continues Jessica and Lucius's love story full circle and adds new characters while weaving a thrilling plot. Although Lucius trusts Jessica's ability to set him free she doesn't. I was floored that Jessica spends more than half the book feeling sorry for herself. That is until Ronnie gives her the push she needs to make a stand and grow into her destined role.

One of my favorite parts was the email exchanges between Lucius and, his cousin Ronnie he calls brother. They are witty and show the uproarious side of the rebellious Lucius that we would never see from "Prince Lucius" otherwise.

Although I was elated to dive deeper into the lives Jessica and Lucius I found myself more engrossed with the Ronnie and Mindy storyline and await for their story to continue in future sequels. It was a joy glimpsing the story through Mindy eye as well and the struggles she faced in Jessica's world loving a vampire.

My final thoughts... Jessica has come a long way from being a human county gal who has to muck stalls to a ruling vampire, blood drinking princess. The book itself is complete the story itself is not. I anticipate Jessica and Lucius story to continue as they appeal to the elders for votes to be up lifted to heir destined position as King and Queen.


The Wedding of Antanasia Jessica Packwood and Lucius Valeriu Vladescu (Jessica #1.5)

bookshelves: 1.5st-in-series, own-kindle, paranormal-vampire, young-adult, series-jessica

Recommended to Lissa by: Daughter Macy (age 12)
Recommended for: Girls and Boys Grades 5 and up
Read from January 11 to February 11, 2012, read count: 1

I received this as a bonus read to my purchase to Jessica's Rules the Dark Side.

I was a bit critical with my review to Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side considering that I did enjoy the story. However, the wedding of Jessica and Lucius was very fairy tale like... and was just what I had expected. I gushed with enjoyment as their promise was fulfilled.

The reader is also a treated to a small comical glimpse into how Raniero is first ushered back into Lucius and now Jessica's life. It has the feel that we are left with no cliff hangers... and we are not... However, there are subtle whispers weaved into the story line that are brought to like in the continuing sage Jessica Rules the Dark side.

My last thoughts... If you enjoyed Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side and are planning to read Jessica Rules the Dark side, it is my suggestion to purchase the kindle bonus with the wedding included and read the wedding before diving into Jessica Rules the Dark side. It will bring clarity to the... "Hump" moments.