Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
"Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side" is yet another addition to the ever growing list of young adult vampire books. As an idea for a book, it was ok. But, the finished product is inconsistent, full of unrealistic, incomplete, undefined and erratic characters. This is just a recycled idea from the many other YA books.
The book is about Jessica Packwood, a senior in high school who learns her biological parents (she is adopted) had an arranged marriage for her since birth. Problem #1: she likes another boy; Problem # 2: her "husband-to-be" has arrived from Romania and insists on marrying her; Problem #3: He is a vampire, so were her parents; Problem #4: Apparently she is an European vampire princess and she must stop a war by getting married. As if high school weren't enough.
I usually love YA books, but this one was not that much fun to read. Besides the grammar issues and editing, the book was just inconsistent and incomplete. The plot tries to deal with way too much: friendship, love, crushes, issues about Biological parents, ending friendships and the list goes on and on and on. As for the characters, I could say that the characters behaved out of character many times, but their personalities were too ill-defined to say advance the comment.
The vampire theme seemed to be unnecessary. This is not so much a vampire book, as the vampire themes are toned down quite a lot; it is more of a YA romance. The vampire theme was just another, albeit unnecessary, layer to the book. Besides the issue of blood, very few other vampire aspects are noted.
I was highly disappointed by the end of this book. After all that happens, all the leading up to the climax, all the chasing, the drama, the surprises, the book ends in a whimper.