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Down-to-earth mathlete Jessica Packwood is completely horrified when, a few months shy of her 18th birthday, a Romanian named Lucius Vladescu shows up on her doorstep, claiming that he and she are vampire royalty betrothed to each other since infancy what's worse, her adoptive parents verify the betrothal story and explain that her birth parents identified themselves as vampires, too. Fantaskey makes this premise work by playing up its absurdities without laughing at them, endowing Jessica with a coolly ironic sensibility and Lucius with old-world snobberies that Jessica's girlfriends find irresistible.
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Jessica's teen emotions were more realistic than Bella's. View 1 comment. Jan 06, Shannon rated it liked it Shelves: ya , urban-fantasy , vampires , , paranormal , romance. At the start of her last year at high school in rural Pennsylvania, seventeen year old Jessica is spooked at the bus stop by the appearance of a mysterious young man who won't stop staring at her - and she could swear she heard him say her birth name, Antanasia, a relic from having been born in Romania before being adopted by her American parents.
When she gets to school, he's there in her English Lit class, an exchange student from Romania called Lucius Veldescu, domineering the teacher and, aga At the start of her last year at high school in rural Pennsylvania, seventeen year old Jessica is spooked at the bus stop by the appearance of a mysterious young man who won't stop staring at her - and she could swear she heard him say her birth name, Antanasia, a relic from having been born in Romania before being adopted by her American parents.
When she gets to school, he's there in her English Lit class, an exchange student from Romania called Lucius Veldescu, domineering the teacher and, again, watching her. It's when he turns up for dinner at her parents farm that things get really freaky - especially when he claims he's a vampire prince and she's a vampire princess and his betrothed, that they must marry to fulfil the pact so that war doesn't break out between their clans Determined to think Lucius is crazy as well as charming, arrogant, attractive and, yes, dangerous, Jessica refuses to let him have his way even if he does seem to have her parents on his side.
Until he's nearly killed by a horse and then starts dating cheerleeder-blonde-bitch extraordinaire, Faith Crosse, Jessica thought she could get rid of him and be happy settling for "nice" and simple Jake; now the pact is being threatened by Lucius himself, who no longer seems to want her, just as she discovers how much she wants to be a part of his world. It's a fairly obvious thing to point out that this book is aimed at all the teen Twilight fans out there. Let's cover this so we can move past it.
Both books: a are debut novels b are romances between teenage girls and teenage vampires c have vampires who are, at times, mean to the girls who love them d have vampires who are very charming, sexy and fascinating e draw the teenage heroines into their world and put their lives at risk There may be a few more comparisons but what does it matter, really?
Fact is, when we like something we always want more of it. That's why so many of us are fat. Problem is, you can't help comparing Lindt chocolate to fake Hershey chocolate - likewise, you'll end up comparing this book with its highly successful predecessor. But I'd like to talk about this book for its own sake, if I can. Lapses may happen but I'll try. First up: plot. The premise is fairly straight-forward: Jessica and Lucius' parents made a pact by betrothing their only children to each other at birth, before being killed by mobs of scared, angry Romanian peasants.
Nearly two decades of peace amongst vampires later, Jessica and Lucius must marry after her 18th birthday to seal the pact and prevent war from returning - after all, the vampires are a vicious, blood-thirsty lot, going by the scars Lucius sports from being educated by his uncle, Vasile. I can buy that. Hell, why not? If you're going to suspend disbelief to get all excited about vampires, you may as well go the whole hog. There are a few quirks on the vampire myth - sunlight is no problem, they can eat regular human food as well, female vampires must be bitten by a male vampire to become a fully-fledged vampire, otherwise that side of their nature remains dormant - hence why Jessica had no idea what she was.
The structure is fairly formulaic and predictable for a romance, right up to the cataclysmic moment when either character realises they're in love. Next, the characters. Jessica narrates and does a passable job. She's a surprisingly bland character who never seems to laugh. In fact, Lucius comments on that and I admit I hadn't even noticed until he did, and then it irked me. I wanted her to lighten up. She wasn't terribly well-developed, nor very inspiring as a role-model. She's a good girl, a "mathlete" and a show jumper who has few aspirations.
She's only interesting because she's got a vampire stalker. Speaking of Lucius, he's the only really interesting character here. His character grows, develops, shifts, rebels, reverts - goes through all the phases of adolescence in just a few months, all thanks to the American influence. In the beginning he's insufferable but alluring, charming but arrogant, pompous but clever. We learn how he thinks through his letters to his uncle, which reveal his incredibly dry, quirky sense of humour that had me laughing out loud more than once.
He undergoes so much change that it's a bit dizzying, though, and makes it harder to believe that Jessica could fall in love with him in a short period of time, especially knowing so little about him, as a person, because she refused to get to know him. Not quite sure what he saw in her, either. As for the prose, well, it's decent, moves at a fast pace, is mostly dialogue, and has some suspense.
Also pokes fun at environmentally-concerned people who grow their own organic food - though considering they're her parents, it's not surprising. Some of things the characters say weren't "correct", and there was that fault common to fantasy books of characters guiding their horses with their knees. I've gone into that before so I won't bother with that again. For a first novel it's not bad - a fun, light read that quite often pokes fun at the whole deal - but not gripping or emotionally intense either.
The title alludes to a flippant kind of novel - and Lucius is certainly flippant - but it's also surprisingly serious, which makes the title seem misleading. Not sure what else you could call the book though. View all 10 comments.
Mar 08, Adele rated it really liked it. Before I start, I want to clarify one insy weensy matter - this book is nothing like Twilight! Thank goodness it's not like Meyer's work because I actually like and relate to the protagonist in this tale. Jessica's got moxie and buckets of it. She's smart, she's capable and she's unknowingly betrothed to Lucius due Before I start, I want to clarify one insy weensy matter - this book is nothing like Twilight!
She's smart, she's capable and she's unknowingly betrothed to Lucius due to her being a vampire princess! Lucius is an intense, righteous and darkly handsome Romanian more Mr Darcy than Edward who has come to America to convince Jessica that they should marry and reunite their warring vampiric families. I just loved every bit of repartee between these two.
Lucius would get all hoity-toity and Jessica would smack him back down to size. The development of their relationship moved naturally as did the pace of the story. Each possess distinct voices which make for hilarious interchanges.
Fantaskey also uses letters as way to view Lucius' perspective on certain events, saag and "squatty boy" hehe. I really knew these characters well by the time I was a few chapters in and found myself very invested in the outcome.
Hence, very little movement between pages 1 and , my body is atrophying but I really don't care. Jessica's always known that she was adopted. She lives with her yoga practising, vegan eating adoptive parents in the country and refuses to believe her origins when presented them by Lucius. I loved the new take on vampirism, particular the guide book that Lucius presents to his betrothed.
This book was a great sense of humour as are the continual misunderstandings between our terrible twosome. I loved tracing their changing feelings throughout the course of the story. Jessica denying her past and repelling Lucius, slowly comes to see Lucius for his strengths while Lucius begins to see Jessica less as a duty and more as a person of worth. The necessity of the alternating perspectives make this intense, hilarious and moving as we are able to identify both individual's motivations.
I loved these characters, I hope we see more of them. More than anything I love that Lucius, at no point, was compared to cold marble. If I were to nitpick anything, it would be that the cover model should be more curvy with curly, dark hair emphasis on the curvy.
Beth Fantaskey she of the fabulous surname , I loved your debut effort. What's next? Zombies, unicorns, football players? View all 3 comments. Apr 30, Tatiana rated it liked it Shelves: , romancelandia , ya. There are dozens of vampire books on the market right now but I am confident this is one of the better ones, the one that stands out. But I am going to say that this is an entertaining book, with colorful characters. I highly recommend this book and I will definitely check out what Beth Fantaskey writes next.
View 2 comments. Apr 07, The Library Lady rated it really liked it Shelves: ya-books. Let's get it straight, I am not,not, NOT into vampire books. I think that "Twilight" is the greatest piece of crappy fan fiction style writing to get published since "Eragon". But this one is worth reading. Unlike that simp Bella Swan, Jessica doesn't think being a vampire would be cool. When a Heathcliff like Wutherine Heights figures into the plot vampire arrives at her school, and tells her that she is a vampire princess, pledged to marry him at birth, she doesn't swoon.
Heck, she doesn't even believe that he IS a vampire. Besides, all she wants is to be a normal American teenager and date the boy next door. The story of how Lucius slowly wins her over and he does, if that's a spoiler develops beautifully. Jessica's narrative is interspersed with Lucius's hilarious letters to his Uncle back in the old country, and his take on 21st century American culture should make anyone laugh out loud.
Though it appears frothy at first, the drama of the plot deepens and intensifies as it draws towards the climax. And Fantaskey doesn't take herself or her characters so seriously as to not allow humor to pop into even the darkest scenes. She has maturity as a writer that the Meyers and Paolinis can only dream of. The characters are well developed. Jessica and Lucius's voices ring clear and true. Subcharacters are well drawn--Jessica's adoptive parents initially come off as a pair of crunchy granola hippie types played for laughs, but they are allowed to fully develop, something that doesn't always happen with parents in YA books!
I am not sure if Fantaskey has left room for a sequel, but if she does I'll be reading it and regardless I'll be looking forward to her next book. Jul 27, Peri June rated it really liked it Shelves: book-challenge. Jessica is your typical year-old--that is until her adoptive parents inform her she's a Romanian vampire princess who must fulfill a pact her birth parents had signed before their death by marrying Lucius, a vampire prince from an enemy clan.
I thought the whole trying-to-get-Jessica-to-believe-that-vampires-really-do-exist-and-Lucius-is-not-an-escapee-from-an-insane-asylum-thing was freaking hilarious!! Watching Jessica slowly-and somewhat incredulously-accept her vampiric nature and Lucius's Jessica is your typical year-old--that is until her adoptive parents inform her she's a Romanian vampire princess who must fulfill a pact her birth parents had signed before their death by marrying Lucius, a vampire prince from an enemy clan.
Watching Jessica slowly-and somewhat incredulously-accept her vampiric nature and Lucius's love for her was exciting; it made me realize how much I missed vampire novels and the arrogant nature of vampires. If you're a vampire fan, don't miss this one. Sep 27, Cindy rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , swoon-worthy-heroes , tortured-heroes , unforgettable-heroines , vampires , laughed-out-loud.
I have noticed this book floating around out there amongst book lovers, but for some reason or another it never just reached out and grabbed me, moved me, or spoke to me. Maybe it's the title, not really what it says, but visually a little long okay so that sounds crazy, but I am very visual.
It has become one of my favorite vampire books next to Stephenie Myers "Twilight" series. I loved the dialogue, a I have noticed this book floating around out there amongst book lovers, but for some reason or another it never just reached out and grabbed me, moved me, or spoke to me. I loved the dialogue, and emotions that I felt while reading this wonderful story. My heart reacted to the sad and happy times that Jessica and Lucius experienced, and oh how it ached sometimes.
To me this was a different take on the vampire story Jessica early on finds out Lucius is a prince vampire and she is a destined to be a princess vampire, how they deal and feel about that knowledge is what makes this story. I loved Lucius, I love that whole old world chivalry, cloths and good manners, which is totally Lucius in a vampire kind of way.
A quote or two that I loved provided by Lucius, "Jessica, he said. Allow me to do at least one common courtesy for you. In spite of what women's lib teaches you, chivalry does not imply that women are powerless. On the contrary, chivalry is an admission of women's superiority. An acknowledgment of your power over us.
I love this quote to by Lucius, "American women. Why do you all want to be nearly invisible? Why not have a physical presence in the world? Women should have curves, not angles. Not points. Jessica, is great in this story as well, she is a typical teenager trying to figure out her world, which continues to change and becomes more and more complicated.
I liked how Jessica responds to her situations, they seem real and not forced or typical for her age. She is smart, carrying, confused, loving and kind. Never thought I would say this, but wow Lucius makes fangs look sexy lol. Great story I completely enjoyed it and couldn't put it down, flows effortlessly.
Mild language issues clean romance some sex talk, there are some sexually charged moments, for older teens no details Feb 23, Jac rated it did not like it. For those of you not patient enough to read yet another review about a book you may want to read, let me save you some time and sum up my main grievances with this book in one sentence: Oh my god, what the hell was this publisher thinking when he agreed to put his name on this book!
I wanted so badly to like this book since I have a thing for Romanian vampires but I just couldn't no matter how hard I tried. Sometimes, I just wanted to reach through the pages and shake her—possibly even strangle her at some points. In the beginning, she goes off on how much she cannot stand Lucius.
Onto Lucius. Oh, such a waste. Hot, tall, arrogant, Eastern-European royalty? Definitely sounds like the ideal book-boy, right? Not only was he seriously disturbed mentally, he was also extremely sexist. I am not saying a man shouldn't be allowed to defend his lady's honor but almost killing someone for the sake of it?
To me, that is unacceptable. He was no more than a pest, no reason to nearly kill the bug! But now, I digress you have my permission to kill me now that I have said it. He was so wishy-washy it was annoying. I want to marry you. I hate you. I like you. I hate you again. I am vulnerable.
Fooled you, I still hate you! Never mind, I love you but I can't show you. Now I am masking my love with my falsified hatred and threats of violence. God, I haven't been so exhausted by such a short book in a very long time. I would continue to complain about: Missy, Jake, Vasile, Faith, that ridiculous guide to becoming a vampire, and even just the plot in general but alas even venting about the book is starting to exhaust me.
Once again, it was such a disappointment. I actually had semi-high hopes for that book. God, what was I thinking!?! Nov 25, Kajol rated it it was amazing Shelves: young-adult , romance , paranormal , vampires. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side The title had long since convinced me that this was yet another YA paranormal that was hell bent on holding up a public mockery in the name of the genre "Fantasy".
I mean a dating guide to the dark side? Bite me. Thankful to Ms. Fantaskey, I'd like to express my elation by saying that I was quite glaringly, obviously wrong. I loved the book. In fact, I loved it so much that I stayed up till 3 am on a school night yeah, so I'm a senior in high school. Bi Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side The title had long since convinced me that this was yet another YA paranormal that was hell bent on holding up a public mockery in the name of the genre "Fantasy".
Big deal. Make fun of the school night thing, and I'll send you my personal guard of paranormal hotties who're quite apt at killing people off-- Dimitri, Barrons, Jace, Damon, and now a new addition Lucius. As soon as I started reading this book, I just couldn't put it down. Never ever, in the short lifetime of my lustful dreams of sexy vampires had I ever imagined to find so much, so awesome, all in one place. One of the most entertaining YA reads is what we've got here and I feel like yelling "Bring it on, bitches!
For a lit-freak like me, it is like a rare dream come true when sexy-european-exchange-student aka vamps start spouting romantic lines from Wuthering Heights even if they are doing it with some cheerleader side-kick playing Catherine. You just know she's not gonna last and its enough to get you to sigh dreamily and off into the wilds of your not-so-innocent imaginations.
At first when his character opened up, I didn't, for one moment, believe that I'd actually fall for this fictional owner of a royal pair of fangs- 'cause of course he was quite a jerk. But somewhere along the way, I did. You know, you really don't want me describing him, cause when you actually pick this book up, you're gonna want to know all about him without any outside hints.
Anyway, our heroine Jessica Packwood aka Antanasia Dragomir was pretty likable. I didn't have any qualms with her except that she sometimes showed doormat tendencies which maddened me a little and also the fact that her character was that of a close-minded person who sometimes refused to listen to what others had to say. But only sometimes Heh.. I said "sometimes" a little too many times, didn't I? Spunky, beautiful, smart.. I even liked Jessica's foster parents who no doubt were pretty weird at times, but hey, no one's perfect!
I can go on and on about this book, so stamping that urge, I'm just gonna say that I really really adored this book and I regret having purposely delayed picking it up I'd believed this was some farce in the name of Paranormal Romance. Oh, my naivete. Great story line, awesome characters..
You JUST know you won't be able to resist it! May 29, Annalisa rated it really liked it Recommended to Annalisa by: Annie. Shelves: humor , fantasy , young-adult. A book that balks at the current trend in paranormal romance and for that it shines. It's not just a flat parody but a complex story in its own right by gasp a good writer with a name like Fantaskey, how can you grow up to be anything but a fantasy writer? A lot of the satire toward the YA trend is subtle, but it's there and it made me smile as much as Lucius' mocking commentary of American lifestyle.
Finally a female protagonist that cringes at the dark, mysterious stranger who creeps her A book that balks at the current trend in paranormal romance and for that it shines. Finally a female protagonist that cringes at the dark, mysterious stranger who creeps her out when he's being chivalrous with demanding force. Because really, what normal teenager with a brain and this one actually has one is going to run into the arms of a monster who means her harm? And really what hormonal teenage vampire isn't going to mean a little harm?
Vampires are supposed to be creepy. The clash of the vegan farmhouse and blood-thirsty royal Romanian was entertaining and Jessica's turn from the nice farm boy to the dark bad boy was not insensate lust but a proper transformation with dark, sexy vampire twists that won me to Lucius' side. He is the star of this story. The ending actually left me smiling and surprisingly wanting more although I refuse to read any more series, even a continuation of this one, maybe.
If you're as sick of YA paranormal as I have been, you may actually enjoy this one for that very reason. For the last month all I've read is New Adult and Erotica. So I knew by reading a YA novel that I wouldn't be completely satisfied with the romantic aspect of the story. The odds were against it from the beginning. I have no qualms with the plot of Jessica 1.
Sorry, the title is so long that Jessica 1 seems like a good substitute. Everything was in place: drama, flirting, vampires, and an evil blonde bitch. It had everything worthy of a Twilight successor. Lucius and Jessica have been promised to each other since birth to keep the vampire peace in Romania. But Jessica was sent off as a baby and grew up in America not knowing any of her family's History, nor does she know she is a vampire.
Lucius, however, has known of the promise since childhood. Which is just fabulous ha-ha! It makes for an interesting plot and witty remarks on his part. The only issue I had with this book, sadly, was the last 50 pages. Sorry Fantaskey The ending, though expected in the YA fandom, made me cringe. All this flirting and "brushed kissing" had me begging for something more. I already mentioned I've been reading nothing but New Adult and Erotica for the last month, right?
Now you see my conflict. I really believe Lucius Vladescu was meant to lead an erotica series, not YA. He's just got that appeal. That authority. When reading the romantic scenes, I just kept imagining what he would do if it wasn't a PG book. Pull her neck back, sink his teeth in Creative Romanian curse words during foreplay?
Horseback riding in a meadow, followed by tea at the castle Don't be offended I think what drove the "unplayed scenes" in my mind was Orlando Bloom. I pictured him as Lucius early on Though Lucius was an amazing character, the ending left me unsatisfied.
Which has nothing to do with the author's ability to produce a decent ending. She did right by her PG audience. T'was me with the brain malfunction. This is YA He's not gonna throw her on the snow covered grass and have his way In the YA world it deserves 5 stars Mar 17, Steph Su rated it it was amazing Shelves: best-of , own.
In rural Pennsylvania, math nerd Jessica Packwood is about to enter her senior year of high school, determined to have a good time, potentially date Jake Zinn, a nice and handsome boy in her grade, and win some more math competitions. But her carefully imagined plan goes down the drain with the arrival of Lucius Vladescu, a hot but arrogant student from Romania who is under the unfortunate delusion that he is a vampire prince destined to marry Jessica, who is apparently a vampire princess from a rival vampire family.
Their marriage would end a centuries-long war between the two families and ensure peace for all their vampire relatives. But just as she begins to finally believe—in Lucius, in herself—Lucius suddenly begins to court Faith Crosse, the evil-souled reigning cheerleader-slash-prom-queen of Woodrow Wilson High, and Jessica finds herself struggling to win him back, and not just for the sake of her own heart.
It is almost unfortunate that this book has such an unwieldy and frothy, though eye-catching, title, because I did not realize the extent of what I was in for when I started reading. Jessica and Lucius are two of the best main characters that I have read about in a long time: they are fully three-dimensional and undergo incredible growth through the some pages. The relationship that develops between Jessica and Lucius seems totally natural, the growing love not forced.
The plot goes beyond a typical Twilight spinoff which all current YA vampire novels are inevitably being compared to , and reaches its awe-inspiring conclusion wonderfully. I am wholeheartedly a fan, and you will be too. However different from the BTB, I didn't hate this book and would probably have enjoyed it when I was a new reader.
Jessica lives just a normal teenage life. She is an only child, has only one friend, she get's bullied by the popular kids in school and she has two weird parents whom she loves. But Jessica has also a secret. A secret no one other then her parents and best friend knows.
Even Jessica herself doesn't know the whole truth of it. But all that changes when her secret comes to haunt her. One day a mysterious boy shows up at her school and later at her house and claims that he is her betrothed and they are to be married. Not only that but he also claims he is a Vampire. Jessica refuses to be married agains her will, to someone she doesn't even know and more of all she doesn't even belive in Vampires no matter what the stranger or her parents say. So Lucius Vladescu enters her life and is determent to stay until she changes her mind.
Meanwhile no matter how hard Jessica tries not to, she finds herself falling for Lucius. This book contains all your classic Vampire Romance tropes. So is this book worth reading? No, not really unless you already own it then go right ahead. It won't take too much out of your time and even tho you won't really love it, you won't hate it either. Apr 03, Tanya Tate rated it it was ok Shelves: a-waste-of-time , i-wish-i-could-have-loved-you. The author committed character assassination to the max with her love interest on the second half of the book.
He went from a charming sassy vampire who had interest in our MC even tho some of his idiocy was kind of sexist and archaic to an angst ridden almost murderous vampire who try to destroy himself instead of fighting back from his "true nature". Altho that was kind of con 2 stars This book went from probably being on my faves of list to me wanting to throw my tablet across the room.
Altho that was kind of contrived too since in the begging in the book they were really no hints of him being a murderous and ruthless vampire like his uncle. So close to being a book boyfriend.. The romance was kind of contrived since Jess went from not wanting nothing to deal with him to falling in love with him cause he got hurt and the chick she couldn't stand started to liked him. The author also committed the " tell don't show" crime to the fight degree. What's the point of being in someone who knew about the MC family but proceed to not tell it in the freaking book?
Lack of worldbuilding to the fifth degree. That's all. I'm not reading the second book in the series.. Sep 21, Janina rated it it was ok Shelves: young-adult-fiction , paranormal , romance. Sorry, that's the most coherent thing I can come up with right now. I actually don't know why I made myself finsish that one I'm normally rather quick to give up on a book , but it had these two highs in exactly the right places at the beginning and around page , and that lured me into thinking it was worth finishing it Just not for me, I didn't really like the main character, Jessica, and Lucius teetered between amusing and annoying.
Addionally, the story was kind of inconsisten Meh. Addionally, the story was kind of inconsistent, as if it didn't know what it wanted to be. Some parts were hilarious and almost satirical, but then it would get all serious and dramatic. View all 22 comments. Jun 18, Giselle rated it liked it Shelves: bought-in-store , age-young-adult , 3-star , genre-supernatural , genre-romance , genre-romance-slow-burn , genre-vampires.
This was a real treat. Funny and humorous in the beginning then it went all dark and twisty by the end. I love that its primary focus is on Jessica finally owning up to her strong beautiful fierce self and realizing it. I also like the whole vampire war plot going on and can't wait to find out what happens in the sequel.
View all 4 comments. May 25, Rachel Reads Ravenously added it Shelves: vampires , did-not-finish , young-adult , paranormal-romance , fantasy , library-checkout , urban-fantasy , ya-fantasy , hardcover. I gave it about pages before quitting. That seems fair enough. But I gave it a chance! Dec 16, Cyndi rated it really liked it. Our heroine is in for a surprise. A regular farm girl existence is tossed away when she discovers the supernatural world and her place in it.
Good story with lots of angst and romance. Jul 24, Colette rated it it was ok Shelves: disappointed , vampires , feminists-beware. I've never actually hated a book I WOULD give it three, due to it having such promise in the writing-style, but the content itself made it a two. First of all, before you are deceived, this title does not match the theme of this book. It began as a light-hearted read, comical even, but then it just became a dark, angst volturi-twilight moody thing.
I literally watched the tone change right before my eyes, like a gray scale being turned down to its dark I've never actually hated a book I literally watched the tone change right before my eyes, like a gray scale being turned down to its darkest. This would usually please me, a change of tone as the adventure begins, if done right.
But here it was just in bad taste, false advertisement. I might have been better prepared if I had known it would get as dark as it was. This book made me angry. Not just because of the events, but the fact that it could have been GREAT, but the author wasted her talent and pretty much threw the book down the toilet, kind of like she lost commitment.
I'm not sure if that is true, but judging by the content, it is how I felt. Now I will explain why it has its ups and down. Conflicting Women Empowerment Message Jessica begins as a struggling woman, growing through the first half of the book to embrace her beautiful, naturally curvy body. But then A boy that slights her again and again and again until the very last pages of the book when I say very I mean the VERY last pages. So the message becomes mixed, hypocritical really, because first our character is like "oh, I am beautiful and independent.
I don't need any man. Yep, awesome Bad Use of Humour The letters to the Uncle. If anything, it would only encourage him to be pissed, right? Inconsistent and bad Focus First we are dealing with Jessica and Lucius pursuing Jess to get this logical, smart girl to believe in the supernatural and embrace her true nature as the beautiful vampire princess. Instead, the focus shifts onto Lucius, angst-ridden teenage boy that neglects Jessica forget her, she doesn't want me though we can save the vampire world together From there, he slights Jessica, treats Jessica like complete garbage, and yet- all of this behavior is excused because he's "going through a rough time and had a tough life.
So if a man has an abusive past, this means that he should be allowed to treat a woman in a way that leaves her broken, confused, lonely and neglected? Great message. Shelve Eternal Tantalize, 2. Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes by M. Blindsided by an attack that destroys her home and blamed for murder, Karolina Dalca, a half-vampire, escapes, only to plunge into the magical societies from which she was sheltered. Betrayed by those … More. Shelve Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes. I killed a girl last night.
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