In a completely original storyline that we've never seen before Jessica discovers one day that she is not a normal teenager but is, in fact, a vampire Princess bound by contract to marry a repugnant, spoiled, aristocratic prince, Lucius Vladescu. He does not approve of her at all Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is an imaginative, immersive when will the world realize this is a word?
I swear, I'm not trying to draw a parallel between this book and certain movies I just like the image Senior year for Jessica begins to pass by and slowly, both she and Lucius begin to change and accommodate each other as they learn more about each other and come to respect their unique qualities. Lucius uncovers a plot on Jessica's life and attempts to save her life by weilding the only weapon he knows Okay, so I'm being facetious.
That all does kind of happen, and the book can be frustrating in that melodramatic regard. At some point, the people in this novel start consuming A LOT more eyeliner. Yet, on the other hand, it is also sweet and touching. The relationship developed between Jessica and Lucius is sweet and tender, awkward and rich. Lucius' personal growth and character development, until Emo! Lucius, is actually fascinating and complex. This book is long with a plot that possibly could have been cut down but it was also pleasant to see how time in America was affecting pompous, stuffy Lucius and how he, in turn, was affecting Jessica.
Her personal growth was to discover through dressing well, that she is a powerful, attractive woman. This is the one part that I felt the novel failed at.
Throughout this novel it is alluded to that she is growing stronger and more powerful as a person, coming into her own. Yet, the ending, which I won't spoil, only goes to show that she is still waiting on a man to make the decisions and have the power.
People depend on her yet, predictably, she's more interested in her love life than she is anything else. Her royal duties are nothing more than a way to get to the man she loves.
She doesn't truly put any thought into being a monarch. It's frustrating to read. Apparently, we can be strong and powerful, but only over our bodies and self-esteem. Overall, this is one of the nicer, better written YA teen romances. It's far from perfect and there are minor issues with plot and pacing.
Still, it is more than readable and quite enjoyable. Just like a certain movie that I won't admit to owning