Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Review -- Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
by Beth Fantaskey
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
368 pages

Summary: Jessica is your average teenage girl living in rural Pennsylvania. Until Lucien, a handsome foreign exchange student, tells her that she is a vampire princess from Romania who is betrothed to him. Slowly, Jessica becomes to realize that he is telling the truth and begins to fight for her destiny.

Review: I was very excited to read this and possibly expectations were too high. This novel is okay, the prose flows well, the plot is good, and the characters are not too annoying. Yet, there wasn't that spark between the two main characters that left me wanting more. The teenagers were too cliche: cruel, prejudicial, and brimming with teenage angst. Overall, a good debut that needed more character development. Rating: **1/2 out of 5

7 comments:

Mary said...

Hmm. Sounds like it wasn't too bad but room for improvement with the next book.

Dar said...

Sounds like it was ok but not great. I'm always disappointed too when there doesn't seem to be a spark between the characters where there should be.

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Vickie said...

Bummer! If it's a series start, like Mary said, there's room for improvement and sparkage....this one is on the Wanton Wantin' Book List, but I will now un-highlight it.....

Lenore said...

I was always falling for the foreign exchange students. Fortunately, none from Romania!

sensitivemuse said...

I'm glad I read your review! I almost went out to buy this book at the second hand store. I guess it's more of a library take out instead. I'll read it anyway since I like vampires and dark stuff :)

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