Book Review: Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

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.
Am I the only one who thinks the summary sounds completely ridiculous?  Is it only me who wanted to bust out laughing when I saw the cover and title of this book?  Please let me know if I'm alone in these feelings...
This is a totally silly and fanciful book.  It is also a bad Twilight and Vampire Academy knock-off.  I barely got through this one.  Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is why I usually don't like to read debut novels!
Once again, we have our YA formula: 
  • teenager with special powers OR hidden past
  • mysterious teenager of the opposite sex who is more than they seem
  • clueless or nonexistent parental figures
  • female protagonist with low self esteem raised only by the attention/love of male protagonist
  • ending that is totally implausible and makes no sense
Just One Gripe:
See above.
The Best Thing About This Book:
It was a fast read so I didn't waste too much time on it.
Appropriate for a younger audience:
Characters:  1/5
Plot:  1/5
Setting/Imagery:  2/5
Originality:  1/5
Ending:  2/5
Total Score:  7/25


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