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Beth Fantaskey

Beth Fantaskey Beth Fantaskey was raised and still lives in rural Pennsylvania, a place that features prominently in her books. (There’s nothing unusual about getting stuck in Amish buggy “traffic” where she lives.) Fantaskey has been a burger-slinger at a diner called “Diffy’s,” a teenage tax collector, a journalist, and now a part-time professor at Susquehanna University.
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Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side: Brain candy for teen girls

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is a fun piece of brain candy for teen girls. Imagine the "girl finds out she's a long-lost princess" fantasy combined with the "girl finds out she's the destined true love of a hot vampire guy" fantasy, and you've pretty much got the gist. I enjoyed the novel while reading it, but I think I’d have liked it better when I was in the target audience, and there were some aspects that really troubled me. (See below.)

Fans of the Twilight series are bound to love this, and I actually liked Beth Fantaskey's book better in many ways. I liked Jessica's initial resistance to Lucius. She has an independent streak that was gratifying to this reader. I also enjoyed Fantaskey's sense... Read More

Scream and Scream Again!: Spooky Stories from Mystery Writers of America

Scream and Scream Again! edited by R.L. Stine

Scream and Scream Again!: Spooky Stories from Mystery Writers of America (2018) is a short-form horror anthology in which “every story begins or ends with a scream,” and its twenty contributors are all members of Mystery Writers of America, an organization “dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre.” The anthology is edited by R.L. Stine, himself a contributing author, and the overall age range of its protagonists and general subject matter mark it firmly as suitable for the pre-teen and early-teen crowd.

Two of the authors may be familiar to Fantasy Literature readers — Beth Fantaskey and H... Read More

More by Beth Fantaskey

YA fantasy book reviews Beth Fantaskey Jekel Loves HydeJekel Loves Hyde — (2009) Young adult. Publisher: Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules — especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she’s tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship. To better her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything — even Tristen’s love — just for the thrill of being… bad.