Thursday, April 1, 2010

Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta

Book Details
Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta
Paperback, 384 pages
2008, Pocket Star
ISBN: 1416531602
Series: Book 1 of Casa Dracula

Hip, smart Milagro de Los Santos is minding her own business at a book party for Sebastian, the ex-boyfriend she's not quite over, when Oswald, a mysterious, handsome stranger approaches her. The chemistry between them is potent, but after they accidentally exchange blood during a powerful kiss, Milagro finds herself feeling strange. Suddenly Sebastian becomes interested in her again, though when he tries to abduct her it's clear he's more interested in her encounter with Oswald than in rekindling their romance. She's rescued by Oswald's cousin, Gabriel, who spirits her off to the family home, where Oswald, his prickly grandmother, Edna, and his other cousin, Sam, take her in for her protection. Although they are vampires, they insist on referring to their state as a "condition," and now they're worried Milagro might also be infected. Sebastian is part of a sinister group determined to investigate the vampires, and Milagro is realizing that her passion for the seductive Oswald is conquering her feelings for Sebastian.

I picked up Happy Hour at Casa Dracula because of the title and I wasn't disappointed. Marta Acosta takes the idea of vampires and makes it her own. These aren't your average vampires. These are sophisticated, modern vampires that lean more towards funny than scary.

Spending time with Milagro de los Santos is a pleasure. She's an interesting mix of beautiful curves, savvy intelligence and feisty wit. She's a force of nature and definitely a character I would love to know in real life. She has this random way of thinking that makes complete sense. Like putting a humorous spin on the most mundane of topics and getting your point across better than being straightforward. It's one of those things you need to read to understand, but trust me, it completely makes the book.

Happy Hour at Casa Dracula is fun and light, which doesn't make it any less meaningful, just more enjoyable. A great beginning to a wonderful series.


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  1. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  2. Great books, i have all three.
    I cant wait for the fourth.
    I won a Kellan Lutz poster from Marta!

  3. I actually own this but haven’t read it. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I might have to bump it up on my TBR list :)

  4. Great review! I found you through the Friday Book Blog and am now following you!