Review: Happy Hour At Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta

August 12, 2010 Uncategorized 8 ★★★★

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Book Description

Despite her Fancy University (F.U.) degree, Milagro de los Santos isn’t having much success at life.  She can barely pay the rent and all of her boyfriends are as frivolous as beach reads.  Then, at a party in honor of her successful ex-boyfriend, she meets the unusually attractive, quirky Oswald Grant.

Who knew that her passionate kiss with Oswald would result in serious illness, a craving for raw meat, and an aversion to sunlight?  Well, her ambitious ex knew, and after he attempts to kidnap Milagro, she must hide out with Oswald’s snobby family at their country estate to recover and learn the truth about their mysterious "genetic condition."

When Oswald and his family are threatened, Milagro uses her wits, her wiles, and a whacky scheme to bring down the power-hungry creeps who refuse to let the undead live in peace.

 Review

Book 1 in The Casa Dracula Series

Funny and urban fantasy are not words that often go together, at least not intentionally, but HAPPY HOUR AT CASA DRACULA is the rare exception combining cool characters, witty dialogue, and laugh out loud moments in this Jane Austen channeled vampire romp.

Milangro had a strong voice and her outlook on life was hilarious in a Bridget Jones meets Charo kind of way, and there were several bitable vampires who pursued her, but it was the vampire matriarch, Edna who stole this book for me.  She was prickly, condescending, and subtly insulting every time she spoke. I loved her.

And did I mention funny?  I laughed so hard while reading HAPPY HOUR AT CASA DRACULA that I actually had to put the book down at one point because I was crying too hard to see the pages (it was the scene where Edna takes Milangro shopping for the second time).

Was it predictable? Yes.  Was it groundbreaking in terms of world building? No.  But it was smart, and clever, and great fun from beginning to end.  If you’re feeling a little depressed by all the somber plotlines in most urban fantasy books, HAPPY HOUR AT CASA DRACULA is like a shot of margarita flavored sunshine in you tukis. I’m already planning my next visit to Casa Dracula.

Sexual Content: References to sex.  A few mild sex scenes.  A few mild scenes of sensuality.

My Rating (out of 5):
imageimageimageimageExcellent – Loved it! Buy it now & pre-order the sequel.

Click HERE to read an excerpt of HAPPY HOUR AT CASA DRACULA

Product Details

  • The Book DepositoryPaperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; Original edition (July 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416520384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416520382
  • Cover Art: Michael Storrings

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8 Responses to “Review: Happy Hour At Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta”

  1. Rebecca @ DSB

    Hi Abigail – I get to reread this one for our book club discussion at the end of the month, and I'm looking forward to it. I'm also happy to say that the next three books in the Casa Dracula series are just as delightful, and I think Marta Acosta is one of those super creative funny ladies who slips under the radar all too often. I'm so glad to see that you gave this one a try.

  2. Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy]

    Diana – Awesome. You'll love it!

    Rebecca – I have you to thank for this one. You finally picked a paranormal title for your book club :) Should be a fun discussion.

    Leilani – That's a nice perk :) I hoping to catch up soon.

    E.J. – They are a rarity. Fortunately Marta keeps writing them :)

    Cecile – Thanks! Hope you like the book too :)

  3. Susan

    Lots of Buzz On BN about Marta Acosta's Books I need a "Happy Paranormal"And Come out of the Darkness a bit Thanks Abigail…