Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Book Review: Jessica's Guide to Dating On The Dark Side

For the first 130 pages, the heroine spends all her energy denying that vampires exist and rejecting everything about Lucius; and the hero spends all his energy whing about how his betrothed vampire pricess is rejecting him and is completely unfit and unaware of her heritage.

Then, abruptly, Lucius seems to switch tactics. Instead of courting Jessica, he'll make her jealous by giving all his attention to the blond cheerleader. She hurt him, he'll hurt her back. And the tactic works, and Jessica suddenly is interested but Lucius has gone over to the dark side. After faking his death and returning to Romania, Lucius is seeking to take power over the vampire clans. A convenient vampire uncle of Jessica's shows up to whisk her off to Romania to challenge Lucius, and hopefully marry him to fulfill the pact that will stop the vampire war. And suddenly the book is over.

Not very smoothly written, not very romantic, not very logical or believable. The setup took too long and the ending was too abrupt. But if you're looking for a fast-read fantasy about being a long lost vampire princess who suddenly decides to win over the brooding violent prince who uses quotation marks farrrr too often, then this is the book for you.

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