Saturday, May 12, 2012
Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Synopsis: When Jessica Packwood found out she was a Romanian Vampire Princess, she had the shock of her teenage life. Turns out that was the easy part.
Now, married to Prince Lucius Vladescu, she has to claim her throne and convince a vampire nation she's fit to be their queen. But Jess can't even order a decent meal from her castle's Romanian staff, let alone deal with devious undead subjects who would love to see her fail.
And when Lucious is accused of murdering a vampire elder and imprisoned without the blood he needs, Jessica finds herself alone, fighting for both their survivals.
Desperate to clear her husband's name and win his release, Jess enlists the help of her best friend Mindy, and Lucius's mysterious Italian cousin, Raniero Lovatu. But both of them are keeping some dark secrets. Can Jess figure out who to trust--and how to rise to power--before she loses everything, including the vampire she loves?
My 2 cents: I loved Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, so I couldn't wait for this sequel! And I was more than pleased! This time, the setting is way different--in the first book, we experienced everything in Jessica's American teenage world. Now we get to experience all of Lucius's Romanian heritage.
The world was perfect. Beth Fantaskey did a great job on building us a believable Romanian empire with its lavish castle and servants. The whole thing was as dark as Jessica's world was light. And as you can imagine, Jessica has a hard time dealing with her new life.
Things just seem to go from bad to worse for her...she doesn't get along with anyone at all in the castle, other than Lucius (of course!), her uncle, Dorin, and a mousy little cousin of hers, Ylena. Not exactly a lot of confidence to becoming ruler there!
She is smart in getting Mindy over there to help, though. Mindy points out the obvious--when you move to foreign country, you might want to learn to speak the language--and the not so obvious. Meanwhile, she has a little forbidden love story she's dealing with as well!
The best part of this book, though, is the mystery element behind who killed the vampire elder? The book is very well written, with a fabulous plot and great setting and characters! I'd have to give it 5 stars!