Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Bride of Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta

Book Details
The Bride of Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta
Paperback,286 Pages
2008, Pocket
ISBN: 1416559639
Series: Book 3 of Casa Dracula

Milagro De Los Santos is having serious problems planning her wedding to fabulous Oswald Grant, M.D. Her future in-laws loathe her, her dog just died, and Oswald's family has a genetic anomaly that makes them crave blood. Then her extravagant best friend hijacks the role of wedding coordinator, and the secretive Vampire Council assigns conniving Cornelia Ducharme to guide the couple through the ancient vampire marriage rituals.

To top it all off, Milagro's career is on the skids. She's reduced to ghost-writing the memoirs of a loony little man who claims to be a shapeshifter. And why does Cornelia's decadent, way too attractive brother, Ian, always show up whenever Milagro is away from Oswald? When a series of accidents interferes with wedding plans, Oswald worries that Milagro is cracking under the pressure. Is she just paranoid, or is a hidden enemy trying to make sure Milagro doesn't wed the undead?

The Bride of Casa Dracula marks a rather serious time in Milagro's less than serious life. This slight shift in tone makes the book just as witty as previous installments, but a little less laugh out loud funny.

As we lead up to Milagro and Oswald's wedding, the couple continues to battle outside forces set upon destroying their relationship. There is lots of Ian, which always spells trouble for Oswald. Luckily, we get to see Milagro's F.U. pal Nancy as the wedding planner, spouting her memorable words of wisdom. And Cornelia returns, seemingly innocent as things fall apart around her. Series fans will love the chance to once again see all our favorite characters returning.

There is a huge amount going on in The Bride of Casa Dracula and in Milagro's life in general causing the book to be fast-paced and exciting. A shocking, but perfect, ending will definitely make the need to read the next and final book in the series immediately. Witty, scary, strange and wonderful plot twists take Milagro just where she needs to be and I can't wait to see how this all turns out.


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