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Beth Fantaskey

Beth Fantaskey Beth Fantaskey was raised and still lives in rural Pennsylvania, a place that features prominently in her books. (There’s nothing unusual about getting stuck in Amish buggy “traffic” where she lives.) Fantaskey has been a burger-slinger at a diner called “Diffy’s,” a teenage tax collector, a journalist, and now a part-time professor at Susquehanna University.
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Jessica

Jessica — (2009-2012) Young adult. Publisher: 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.

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Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side: Brain candy for teen girls

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Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is a fun piece of brain candy for teen girls. Imagine the "girl finds out she's a long-lost princess" fantasy combined with the "girl finds out she's the destined true love of a hot vampire guy" fantasy, and you've pretty much got the gist. I enjoyed the novel while reading it, but I think I’d have liked it better when I was in the target audience, and there were some aspects that really troubled me. (See below.)

Fans of the Twilight series are bound to love this, and I actually liked Beth Fantaskey's book better in many ways. I liked Jessica's initial resistance to Lucius. She has an independent streak that was gratifying to th... Read More

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