Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

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YA murder mystery with supernatural elements

Jessica Rules the Dark Side (Jessica #2) by Beth Fantaskey
Reading Level:
Young Adult
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Pages: 320
Source: Amazon Vine
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

This is the second book in a trilogy. If you have not yet read the first book, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, this review will be a spoiler.

Jessica is now married to Lucius and living in Romania as a vampire princess, but in spite of Lucius being a prince, he is thrown into prison when he is framed for the murder of one of the Elder Vampires. The only way for Jessica to save him is to find out who the real murderer is. Fortunately, her wacky best friend Mindy is there to support her in her time of need.

While the first book is a sometimes quite funny paranormal romance, this book's primary plot is a murder mystery. However, for those who enjoy paranormal romance, there is a delightful romantic plot between Mindy, an adorably colorful character, and a sexy vampire named Raniero who is, of all things, a surfer dude!

The first book of this trilogy was written in first person in Jessica's point of view interspersed with Lucius's point of view in humorous letters to his uncle. In this book, there are four points of view, Jessica (now referred to as Princess Antanasia, her Romanian birth name), Mindy, and Lucius and Raniero in the form of an email correspondence with each other.

If you enjoyed the first book, the focus of this one is quite different, but enjoyable in its own way. Overall I'm finding this a fun trilogy, and I am looking forward to the third book.

Heroine: 4

Subcharacters: 5

Fantasy World-Building: 4

Writing: 4

Murder-Mystery Plot: 4

Romantic Subplot: 5

Overall: 4