Jessica Rules the Darkside by Beth Fantaskey
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: January 10th 2012
Harcourt Children's Books
The highly anticipated sequel to Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side.
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?
I've actually finished reading Jessica Rules the Dark side a couple of days ago and I am still trying to think of the right words to write this review. To me it was way better than the first book in the series, (Jessica's guide to dating on the dark side) and I LOVED the first book.
The story takes place after Lucius and Jessica's wedding. You get sucked into a world of Vampire politics, romance, murder and betrayal. Although, I have to admit that at some parts I found myself confused since I did not read the online short story of Lucius and Jessica's wedding, but I don't feel you really need to to read this sequel because Fantaskey did an excellent job at filling in the blanks. Every time I would find myself confused, things were explained. I only recommend you read it because it's Lucius and Jessica lol.
Lucius and Jessica's love still feels very real and has grown a lot more since the first book. It's just so beautiful the way they love each other. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I said "awe" out loud. Not only has their love grown, but both characters have matured a lot as well. Jessica went from not wanting anything to do with Lucius and his world, to stepping up to the plate and taking her rightful place as his wife and soon to be Queen. They go through a lot together and not once did it break them. Fantaskey also gives you a little peek inside the head of Lucius’s great friend, Raniero, and Jessica’s best friend, Mindy. Their little romance was a plus to read. I enjoyed it a lot and I am happy that we got to read their story and got the chance to know them better.
Jessica Rules the Dark Side is a great sequel to the first. There isn’t one negative thing I can say about it. I am in love with the characters and the world Fantaskey has created. Her way of storytelling will make you feel like you’re right there in the book watching everything play out. It has a moving romance that will leave your heart all warm and fuzzy. I loved it and I hope Fantaskey has plans to write another book in this series. I think my heart would break if I don’t get more of Lucius and Jessica. A GOOD CHOICE for Reading! Must read, Must buy!
5 out of 5 stars!