From Amazon: Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.
As a fan of all things vampire, I expected Jessica's Guide to be good, but similar to something I'd read previously. What I wasn't expecting was for it to be amazing, and impossible to put down.
Jessica is a brilliant narrator, and is both witty and smart. I loved her 'voice', and the way Fantaskey made her someone I could really care about. Her boy-obsessed best friend, Mindy, comes out with some hilarious one-liners that had me chuckling away to myself, albeit not quietly. My advice: don't read the first hundred or so pages near a crowd of any kind.
Now for vampire Lucius. Ahh yes... lovely Lucius. Put it this way, if he turned up at my door with Edward Cullen in tow, I'd seriously consider choosing him. He's arrogant, charming and infuriating, and completely my kind of guy. Long black hair, black eyes, impeccable dress sense, Romanian accent... yep, he can come and stay with me any day.
The letters Lucius writes to his Uncle Vasile are amusingly entertaining, with much sarcasm and explanation of Americanisms included. Its' a great way for Lucius to have his say, and enables us to read his thoughts and feelings without it seeming out of place. The book wraps up nicely at the end, but also leaves you wanting more. A LOT more. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we'll see a sequel sometime in the future, as I am dying to know what happens to Jessica and Lucius. I also have to mention the cover, because I love it. It suits the story perfectly, and is one of the best character representations I've come across.
If you buy one vampire book this year, make it Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. It's a fantastic addition to the undead library, and is full of refreshing characters and mythology. I'm currently resisting the urge to write a love letter to a fictional fanged Romanian Prince, which, let me tell you, is not an easy thing to do!