Jessica Rules the Dark Side, by Beth Fantaskey

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The sequel to Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side finds Jessica married to Lucius Vladescu and living in a castle. In many a story this would be the beginning of happily ever after, but not for Jess. She has to prove herself and claim her throne by convincing the Vampire nation that she is capable and can rule. Everything is hard, even ordering food, speaking the language, and figuring out who is for and who is against her. When Lucius is accused of murder, her one rock is gone. Who can she trust? Her uncle and his daughter who seem to care, her best friend Mindy who has come to stay and help, or Lucius’s Cousin Rainero Lovatu? Can Jessica save Lucius and herself?

As the story unfolds we learn more about Rainero and Mindy, who have established their own relationship full of twists and turns. Uncle Dorin seems to want to help as does his daughter Ylenia. We are drawn into the morass of problems and responsibilities Jessica faces. Can she prove herself worthy of becoming Queen?

Beth Fantaskey has created a fascinating Vampire world inhabited by memorable characters. Even Jessica, who sometimes seems wimpy, is real and believable. And, while Jessica does ultimately rise to the occasion, the book ends before we know if she will actually become Queen. The book is beautifully written and staged, leaving the reader hoping for a third book telling us how it all ends for Jessica and Lucius, Mindy and Rainero, and Vampire nation.

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Posted on February 10, 2014, in Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Readers' advisory, Young Adult. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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