Author: Beth Fantaskey
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Book
Release: January 10th 2012
Buy the Book at: Book Depository / Amazon
It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a 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 her husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom she can trust—before it’s too late?
The Dark Vampire Lore is Back to Rule!
Jessica never really knew how to be a Vampire, much less a Princess. Jessica Rules the Dark Side puts Jessica in a very complicate situation and she must confront all of the powerful vampires in order to prove them, and to herself, that she is the Dragomir Princess and the one day to-be-Queen of them all. Yet, the situation is much more complicate than it sounds. Prince Lucius Vladescu, Jessica/Princess Antanasia's husband, has been accused of murder and imprisoned without blood until Jessica finds the real assassin. Now, Jessica has to rule without the love of her life by her side and find a way, and soon, to free Lucius from what could become a disastrous and irreversible event.
Jessica and Lucius are absolutely one of the best and most wonderful couple I have read in a long time! Fantaskey, in Jessica Rules the Dark Side, clearly portraits a solid, powerful and healthy love and I am so glad to see that there are not relationship problems' at all. No insecurities, no jealousy, no fights. Only respect, admiration, loyalty and love. Wonderful, isn't it? Raniero (Lucius best friend) and Mindy (Jessica's best friend) are also back and with more than a simple support role! Raniero and Mindy have a story on their own and I am strongly wishing that Fantaskey will write a book/series for this couple that certainly deserves it! In addition, the story is told from these four characters' point of view. Yet it is always Jessica's perspective that dominates the book. I think I really loved to read chapters from Mindy or the letter/email exchanges between Lucius and Raniero. that certainly made this book different. However, not only these four POVs makes this book different, but also the setting. Now, Jessica is married to Lucious and living in Romania as the Vampire Princess she was born to be. Yes, in a centuries-old castle in the middle of a breath-taking landscape! Whoa!
Vampire books became so, so popular that even now the market is focusing into something different. Yet, reading Fantaskey's Vampire books feels always so refreshing. Beth Fantaskey vampires are much more darker and closer to the classic vampire lore than some other vampires in YA books. And as a lover of Dracula, Nosferatu and Vampire: The Masquerade myself, I am glad to see some of this Dark/Evil vampire side into Fantaskey's world.
Highly entertaining with a wonderful dose of romance, Fantaskey successfully combines the paranormal world with a hint of mystery that will definitely engage readers until the last page! So, if you read Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, I highly recommend you to pick up this book since is even better than the first one! and if you haven't, then go get both of them asap because these books are definitely a excellent addition to your shelf!
❤ Thank you so much to Tomas Allen & Son for providing me a review copy of this book!❤
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