Monday, 2 January 2012

Review: Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Jessica Rules the Dark Side 
Series: Jessica Series 
Author:  Beth Fantaskey
Rating

Reason chosen:  
I read the first in the series Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side and I was quite impressed. From the back of the book it sounded a little childish but I found that I really liked it so I was happy when a second in the series was released and jumped at the chance to read it.

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?

Good:
Jessica Packwood/Anastasia Dragomir is back and now in a role of power. It was interesting seeing Jessica is this role where she clearly didn’t fit and because she almost didn’t want to. But eventually out pops the determined Jess that we saw in the first novel, except this time she’s already admitted that she love good old Lukey.

Lucius is back. The Sexy strong vampire that rules Romania still makes me sigh.

Also: We are introduced to some new characters and get to see some of the story through their point of view. Mr. R is an interesting character that undergoes his own transformation back to something he never wanted to be again and even he is sexy. What is with these Vladescu men? And we get Mindy telling some of the story and she seems to be the smartest and most observant of them all in this book which just goes to show how much stress Jess is really under.

Raniero: Clearly hot and sexy, but also mysterious, filled with wisdom and one of the most badass vampires there are.  And of course you can’t help but feel sorry for the guy. And all of this is cloaked in his hobo-surfer-dude look. Sigh. And his mysterious background is a nice twist and a nice touch to the story

Bad:
The book was a little slow, mainly because Jess was basically a horrible character (which is what Fantaskey wanted, don’t worry) for the first half of this book until she gets off her butt and starts taking action. It bothered me that Jess was the kind of girl that would let herself slip away and not fight even for the smallest of seconds.

Another thing: Called it from the beginning. About the exact moment that Mindy is talking to Jess in her spare room is when I called the mystery behind the whole story. Although I didn’t entirely put Raniero’s story together until near the end.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall the writing style was well done the characters are likeable, expect for the bad guys but I’m assuming that intentional. The story was a pretty good one as Jess had to prove herself not only for Lucius but for their throne and future and she had to become a woman who could be fully independent if need be.

Viewer Type Recommendation:
Anyone who likes a little romance mixed with some vampires.

If you liked this you'll probably love:
Abandon by Meg Cabot, Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Darkside If you haven't already read it, Mediator Series by Meg Cabot, Maybe: Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey, Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs

Read Completely:
Yes

Previously in the Series:

My reviews on indigo.ca, goodreads

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