Monday, November 25, 2013

review: JESSICA RULES THE DARK SIDE by Beth Fantaskey

by Beth Fantaskey
Series: Jessica #2
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Harcourt
Released: January 10, 2012
Source: Blogger trade
Page Count: 313

Rating: Liked it

It's one thing to find out that you're a vampire princess. It's whole other thing to actually rule. Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own.

Determined to clear his name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that without blood to drink, Lucius's time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is - and who she can trust - before it's too late? 

My Thoughts

I was so excited when I found out that Beth Fantaskey would finally be writing a sequel to Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side! That was one of my favorite books of 2009 (the year I started getting into the YA genre).

I did make one mistake, though: I read this book without reading the short story "The Wedding of Anastasia Jessica Packwood and Lucius Valeriu Vladescu." I hadn't realized that this story existed before reading the book, and it was referenced several times throughout. Going back and reading the short story made the book make so much more sense! Not everything that happened between the two books was explained, but it was definitely a big chunk.

My only problem with the book is how Fantaskey treated the adoption side of this story. Jessica is adopted, but she keeps referring to both her mom and her birthmom as "Mom," which is something that always bothers me. Also, she lets Lucius (and all of the other vampires) get away with calling her Anastasia  (her birth name) instead of Jessica (her adoptive name that she's had almost her entire life). If she really loved her (adoptive) parents as much as she claimed, she wouldn't have jumped into her new life and effectively cut them out of it. I also found her parents' behavior pretty despicable, as they made little to no effort to actually stay in contact with her.

Besides that, though, this was an interesting book. It's a little more adult than a lot of the YA paranormal romances out there, as the couple is already married. Although nothing is explicitly mentioned, it's obvious that something is happening when they're sleeping in the same bed. I did like that she eventually grows a pair, though, and learns to stand up for herself.

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