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Jessica's guide to dating on the dark side
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2009
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  Booklist Review

Combine the romantic vampires of Stephenie Meyer with Meg Cabot's princess-in-disguise, and the result is Fantaskey's lighthearted debut. Born in Romania as Antanasia Dragomir to royal vampire parents, high-school senior Jessica Packwood was adopted as an infant and raised in rural Pennsylvania by yoga-practicing vegans. The true nature of her identity comes to light when foreign exchange student Lucius Vladescu comes to live with them. Lucius is arrogant, condescending, demanding, and impossibly handsome. He is also Antanasia's betrothed, and as soon as she is 18, a family pact decrees that she is supposed to marry him to unite their royal vampire clans and avert war. Fantaskey sustains a wholly believable contemporary teen world against a backdrop of vampire romance Jessica and her friends look and talk like real teens, and her wry sense of humor is delightful, especially when describing an archrival who has her eye on Lucius. Girls obsessed with vampires and romance will welcome this clever, amusing take on teen vamps in love.--Carton, Debbie Copyright 2009 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Populated with thoroughly flat characters, this vampire romance, despite charming moments, makes Twilight look like a feminist handbook. Mathlete Jess doesn't like the creepy new student who calls her by her pre-adoptive name, Antanasia. Velvet-clad Lucien insists that he's a vampire prince, she's a vampire princess and they've been betrothed since birth. Jess's vegan anthropologist parents not only agree with Lucien, but invite him to move in. Though resistant at first, Jess becomes more reconciled to being nobility, especially as Lucien shows interest in local girls and starts avoiding Jess. She'll need Lucien to become a vampire, however; a female vampire can't come into her powers until she is bitten by a male vampire at puberty (the reverse, maddeningly enough, is not true). The more she thinks about vampirism, the less analytical Jess becomes, incredibly losing both the desire and the capacity to do math, skipping calculus and walking out of a Mathlete competition she's been training for years to win. It's OK, though, because she's wicked cute in her vampire mother's dress! For vampire-romance completists only. (Fantasy. 12-14) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
<p>The undead can really screw up your senior year . . .</p> <p>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</p>
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