(From Book One)
The undead can really screw up your senior year …
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. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. 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.
The on-line story about Jessica’s and Lucius’ wedding.
I first read Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side at the age of twelve. It took me a whole day and one bus ride to DC to read it. I fell in love, and I’ve since reread the book. However, I’ve never read the entire wedding novella between book one and two. If you haven’t read book one, then this review will have a few spoilers.
The book started as a serialization on the author’s website. After reading this story, I even checked out the audiobook of Jessica’s Guide from the library for another reread. I forgot how much I loved these characters and had to revisit them and how their story began.
In the story of their wedding, it opens with Mindy and Jess reuniting at the airport and only continues to revisit the crucial relationships introduced at the beginning of the series. I loved the relationship between Jess and Mindy, and their reunion was no different. The book is a nice buffer between the books and shows unique aspects of the vampire culture that Fantaskey created and how she intersperses that culture with the “humans” in her story.
Being adopted, Jess struggles with her identity a lot in book one. The novella showed the family dynamic that she and her adoptive parents had and how her new status in the vampire world changed that. They weren’t the most normal family, but they had the most normal reactions to letting go and moving on, especially when family expands and changes.
I haven’t read the second book in the duology in a while, but I loved being introduced to the official first impression that Mindy had of Lucius’s best man, Ronnie. She was such a vibrant character in book one, it was great to see this part of her story.
I’m a huge fan of vampire novels. I heard that they’re coming back, but for me they never left. I recommend this book to anyone who loves vampires, and so far book one in the series is making for a wonderful audiobook. Plus, Lucius Vladescu will always be one of my favorite book boyfriends.