Book Spotlight: Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

jessica.jpg Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey Review by Tiffany, Librarian, Rincon Valley Jessica Packwood is very excited about her senior year of high school.  Her excitement is short lived when a new student, Lucius Vladescu, comes into her life posing as a foreign exchange student.  Jessica doesn't know much about her birth, only that her parents adopted her from Romania, her birth parents were killed and her birth name is Antanasia.  When Lucius calls her by her birth name AND her parents welcome in this strange boy in their home, Jessica is concerned.  She soon learns that she is vampire royalty and a pact was made that she would marry Lucius when she turns eighteen.  Jessica is appalled and wants nothing to do with the pact, Lucius, or being a vampire.  However, Lucius doesn't give up easily and moves in with Jessica and her family.  Will Jessica embrace her vampire heritage?  Will she honor the pact and marry Lucius? Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, is funny and romantic.  Any Twilight fan will love Beth Fantaskey's story about vampires, teenagers and love.

Book Spotlight: Pretty Dead

pretty1.jpg Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block Review by Rachel, Library Associate, Healdsburg Branch Charlotte may attend high school in Southern California, but she's not fooling anyone into believing she's an average teenager.  Charlotte is stunningly beautiful, with pale white skin and a killer body.  She has a vintage wardrobe to die for.  But what Charlotte does not lack in clothes and beauty she lacks in love and friendship.  Years ago, Charlotte met a man who promised her he would take away all the pain of her beloved brother's death.  He made her immortal but in return Charlotte had to lure fresh blood to her maker's lair.  Yes, Charlotte is a vampire, but this in not your typical vampire story.  After spending nearly a century on this Earth, Charlotte yearns for real love and companionship.  But who could love a monster?  Complex, lyrical, poetic, edgy, Pretty Dead is the un-vampire novel I've been waiting for.

The Vampire Diaries on TV!

CW is creating a new teen television series based on the book series called The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith.  CW is a channel for teen television series.  They created Gossip Girls, One Tree Hill, Smallville and more.  Check out CW's website for more information at  You can catch The Vampire Diaries on Thursday nights at 8 pm starting this Fall! Here are the books in the Vampire Diaries series.  Check them out before you watch the show! The Awakening The Struggle The Fury Dark Reunion