First Published: February 1, 2009
Blurb: The undead can really screw up your senior year...
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 Jessica has never even been kissed—how can she possibly commit herself to a long-term relationship? Or an eternal relationship, for that matter?
However, 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.
Maybe this story wasn't all that exciting, but it sure was very funny. I loved how the worlds of Samaritan-American-tofu-and-science Jessica and ancient-duty-and-honor-legend-Romanian-warrior-vamp Lucius simply clashed. There was no helping it, they were just so different! The letters Lucius wrote to Vasile were hilarious, and how Jessica just tried so hard to understand while going on Lucius's nerves... Their points of view were totally opposite, which is why they actually compliment each other so well, but getting to this point of understanding each other wasn't the easiest journey. The writing style was simple and smooth, the characters are very lovable, and the story actually gets interesting and suspenseful towards the last third, when everything turns from winning Jessica over to actually believe in vampires, her realizing her love for Lucius and him finding out a few dark secrets he didn't expect to find, to her stepping up and claiming her place as vampire princess of her clan in order to safe countless lives she didn't even know lay in her hands. It's pretty much a 270° turn, but it's nicely explained and played out - maybe still a little too much YA emotional driven, but not so much I mind.
Rating: Style: 3/5 -- Plot: 3/5 -- Characters: 4/5 -- Humor: 4/5 -- Drama: 3.5/5 -- Fantasy: 3/5