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.When I’m abducted by the menacing guy under the tree, Dad will probably insist my face only appear on recycled milk cartons. Antanasia Dragomir, renamed Jessica Packwood by her adopted parents, is a down-to-earth farm girl with a talent for mathematics and a resolute disdain for all things supernatural.And suddenly that familiar stretch of blacktop seemed awfully desolate. He was standing under a massive beech tree across the road from me, his arms crossed over his chest. Or maybe I was hearing things, because the word was drowned out by the sound of tires hissing on wet pavement, grinding gears, and the whoosh of the doors as the driver, old Mr. When I’m abducted by the menacing guy under the tree, Dad will probably insist my face only appear on recycled milk cartons.... Dilly put the bus in gear, and I stumbled down the aisle, searching for an empty seat or a friendly face among the half- groggy riders. The town kids were probably still sleeping, safe and sound in their beds.In the precious split second I wasted being angry at my father, the stranger really did move in my direction, stepping out from under the tree, and I could have sworn— just as the bus, thank god, crested the rise about fifty yards down the road—I could have sworn I heard him say, “Antanasia.” My old name... Locating a spot at the very back of the bus, I plopped down with a rush of relief. Maybe my imagination had run wild, or too many episodes of had messed with my head. Twisting around, I peered out the rear window, and my heart sank.
But no, I had to “share the ride” to save the environment.She is the author of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side and Jekel Loves Hyde. The highly anticipated sequel to Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. 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.He must have realized I’d spotted him, because he shifted a little, like he was deciding whether to leave. It had never struck me how vulnerable I’d been all those mornings I’d waited out there alone, but the realization hit me hard then. Why couldn’t I own a car, like practically every other senior? In the precious split second I wasted being angry at my father, the stranger really did move in my direction, stepping out from under the tree, and I could have sworn—just as the bus, thank god, crested the rise about fifty yards down the road—I could have sworn I heard him say, "Antanasia." My old name . But no, I had to "share the ride" to save the environment. Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan.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 Chapter 1THE FIRST TIME I saw him, a heavy, gray fog clung to the cornfields, tails of mist slithering between the dying stalks. He was still there, but in the road now, booted feet planted on either side of the double yellow line, arms still crossed, watching the bus drive away. More to the point, what did he want with me in the present? 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. 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. Twisting around, I peered out the rear window, and my heart sank. And if he knew that obscure fact, what else did the dark stranger, receding in the mist, know about my past? 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. 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. ." Had I really heard him call me by that long-forgotten name?I was thinking about how many times I’d probably waited for that bus over the course of a dozen years, killing time like any mathlete would, by doing calculations in my head, when I noticed him.And suddenly that familiar stretch of blacktop seemed awfully desolate.