Jessica evolves nicely with each new shocking revelation, becoming, over the course of the novel, an intriguing and strong protagonist . The story is highly entertaining with plenty of action, drama, romance, as well as self-discovery." - School Library Journal "Fantaskey's novel is far more than a romantic fantasy . She lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters.
On her first day of school, a tall, dark, and handsome stranger seems to be following Jessica around. 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. romance buffs will find the ultimate pairing of Lucius and Jessica absolutely irresistible, and it's downright swoonworthy once their elaborate courting ritual begins in earnest."— The Bulletin* "A romance involving a high school girl and a handsome vampire may sound a little too familiar, yet this first novel quickly bursts ahead of the pack of Twilight-wannabes . Girls obsessed with vampires and romance will welcome this clever, amusing take on teen vamps in love."— Booklist "Fantaskey’s fast-paced story is full of plot twists and turns that keep readers guessing until the very end. Jessica is a witty, spunky protagonist with authentic insecurities and inner conflicts."—VOYA, 5Q, 4P, (highest rating) A romance involving a high school girl and a handsome vampire may sound a little too familiar, yet this first novel quickly bursts ahead of the pack of Twilight-wannabes. 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 The undead can really screw up your senior year . 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. The romance sizzles, the plot develops ingeniously and suspensefully, and the satire sings."— Publishers Weekly, starred review"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.The last thing she wanted was to find out that her birth parents were vampires, and that her vampire betrothed has come to claim her.Lucius Vladescu is handsome, arrogant, and determined to make her accept her heritage and marry him - or risk reigniting the feud which has been going on between their clans for generations.Many adoptions — at least 75 per cent — are successful…The guitar and amp affect the tone in different ways." he asks sarcastically); a scene at a steakhouse where the vegan Packwoods meet the carnivorous Vladescus is first-rate comedy.The romance sizzles, the plot develops ingeniously and suspensefully, and the satire sings. (Feb.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. The protagonist of this teenage novel is Jessica, a typical high school senior with researchers as parents, a best friend to confide in, and a crush on her cute neighbor.New year is a time to open a can of worms and expose society’s writhings to a critical gaze.There are measured, chin-stroking ways to do this so as not to offend — peering under the lid, as it were — but sometimes it is useful to take a hammer and chisel to it.