Temperamental vampire romance series with potential.
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is the first novel in the Jessica series by Beth Fantaskey. Before purchasing this book I had read very mixed reviews, but when I found a bargain copy on Amazon I couldn't help my curiosity. After completing JGtDotDS, I can now understand the mixed reviews. This was a book that had me rolling my eyes in some parts and addictively reading late into the night in others. I had a difficult time deciding if I loved or hated the characters. Jessica and Lucious change so drastically that, by the time I reached the final page, it almost seemed as though I were reading about entirely different characters. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side begins with a fun, often humorous, high school vampire story, but becomes a dark, dramatic tale of paranormal romance. This shift from light to dark, young to more mature, makes reviews and recommendations difficult. I am curious to see what direction this series will take with book two and, though I did sigh at times, I have every intention of reading Jessica Rules on the Dark Side. I really do have to find out what happens next!
I recommend Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Jessica, #1) to readers of paranormal romance, young adult, urban fantasy, and especially to fans of romantic vampire fiction. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side may appeal to fans of Laney: The Brookehaven Vampires by Joann Martin Sowles, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey, and The Hollow by Jessica Verday.
Sensitive reader warning: some violence toward animals, sexual situations
Source: This book was purchased by E.J. for review.
** This review originally posted on my blog: www.FromTheShadows.info **