by Beth Fantaskey
Publication Date: January 10th, 2012
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
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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? (Goodreads)
Jessica Rules the Dark Side starts off where Jessica’s Guide ends. Jessica and Lucas are now married, and are trying to prove to the elders that they are capable enough to be king and queen. In the beginning of the book, I found Jessica to be a little disappointing. She was a pretty strong character in the previous book, but here she seemed a little overwhelmed with the royal role that she has been given. We see her back down quite a few times, much to the dismay of Lucas. She does, however, become a stronger character again towards the middle of the novel. Lucas is as great as always, and still somewhat mysterious. We don’t see much interaction between the two this time around, and I did miss seeing them together. The times they were together were great!
I really enjoyed the secondary characters, mostly Mindy and Raniero. Mindy is the most perfect best friend, ever! I really liked her, and glad we got to see a lot of her in this book. Raniero is a new character to me, and I really liked him as well. He is definitely a complex character, and I enjoyed seeing the different sides of him. The elders are as villainous as always, and I didn’t really care for them, or for Jessica’s relatives, Uncle Dorin and her cousin, Ylenia.
The writing in the book was well paced and held my attention. I really enjoyed the parts where Lucas and Raniero communicated back and forth through email. Those parts reminded me of the letters that Lucas wrote to his ‘uncles’ in the previous book.
Overall, I thought Jessica Rules the Dark Side was a good read. I would totally love it if Ms. Fantaskey would write a third novel for the series!
Enjoy, and Happy Reading!