Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Review: Jessica Rules The Dark Side by: Beth Fantaskey

Title: Jessica Rules The Dark Side
Author: Beth Fantaskey
Publisher: Harcourt
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback Arc
Series: Jessica #2
From: Author Book Tour via Book Whisperer

Description:

 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?

My Review:

This book takes place right after the Wedding of Jessica and Lucius and they are slowly filling into their role as Prince and Princess.  Jessica has little faith in herself as a Princess, when she can’t even get a cup of tea without being shooed out of the kitchen by a foreign speaking Chef.  Some of the elders don’t seem to think she is a capable Princess, which angers Lucius and he stands up for his Princess and wife.

Not long after that Claudius, Lucius’s uncle is found murdered and the murder weapon is Lucius’s stake.  Jessica finds herself having to assert her power as Princess and do things she would not normally do, including imprisoning her husband.  She decides it’s up to her to find out what is really going on before Lucius succumbs to the voilent nature of lack of blood.

What an incredible journey Jessica has gone on from being the girl mucking out stalls in P.A. to being a Princess in Romania.  Readers get to watch her transformation as she asserts her power while Lucius is jailed.  She finds the strength deep inside between her connection with her mother and her connection with her husband.

We also get to see Mindy and Raniero and their relationship and how she wanted more of a relationship from Raniero and how he was waiting for her and that time was definitely not on their side, or is it?

The family that Jessica thought was on her side had their own agendas and in the end the love and determination of Jessica and Lucius, Mindy and Raniero is what saved them.  I loved being their with them for the ride and what a ride it was.

I definitely love Beth Fantaskey’s view of vampires and teenagers.  Definitely going to keep my eye on her for her next book in this series!  I am definitely a huge Jessica fan!

*I received this book from Beth Fantaskey for a virtual book tour with Book Whisperer for a honest and fair review!

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