Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Jessica #1)
by Beth Fantaskey
Jessica is waiting for the bus at the crack of dawn when she sees a mysterious man wearing a cloak. In her mind she hears the man call her by her birth name: Antanasia. Lucius Vladescu is the imposing foreign exchange student in Jessica's English class who seems rather interested in her bleeding finger when she gets a paper cut.
In this age of Twilight and True Blood, I would think any European stranger with a predilection for wearing black and getting all crazy over a drop of blood would be walking around with a neon sign flashing: VAMPIRE!
Jessica was adopted in Romania. Her “birth parents had been ignorant, superstitious people duped into joining a cult.” And her real name is Antanasia Dragomir. Jessica is a very reluctant vampire princess and Lucius is her imperious, privileged, arrogant, stick up his butt, royal, bethrothed.
Jessica and Lucius are definitely an odd couple. Jessica is a farm girl while Lucius is aristocratic. And Jessica is practical and rational. She doesn't believe in the fantastical. Lucius pops his fangs twice and she still doesn't believe in vampires.
Jessica is torn between her human normal life with nice guy Jake and a world she knows nothing about, a vampire Romanian royal with not so nice Lucius. Then there is the mean girl at school and the bully who calls out the angry mob with torches and pitchforks to add to the conflict.
Jessica's vegan, hippy parents are really funny. A lot of this book, I thought, was really clever. This is a very cute, young adult, vampire love story. I liked it a lot. 4 stars.