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Marta Acosta
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24 Oct 2008
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?

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment; First Printing edition (24 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416559639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416559634
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13.3 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,805,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brash, witty....Fans of light vampire fiction will snap this up. Recommended for all collections where urban fantasy is popular." -- "Library Journal"

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Marta Acosta has never made a sincere effort to be a serious person, but works earnestly to cook delicious meals for family and friends. She's the author of the award-winning Casa Dracula series, Nancy's Theory of Style, The She-Hulk Diaries, and Dark Companion. A Stanford University gradudate, she was a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle and the Contra Costa Times. Marta lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family and clinically-insane dogs. She's always happy to hear from readers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A really nice read 30 Nov 2013
By Celine
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A great book (as it was free and delivered directly to my Kindle). It's well written and a little addictive. I liked the main character and the way the book was written. The story is a little predictable, but overall I enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down 17 Nov 2013
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Couldn't put it down. Very enjoyable light hearted read. Just a shame the series had to come to an end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I laughed and smiled my way through this charming story about a fiery Latina vampire 29 May 2009
By Mrs. Baumann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Plot Summary: Milagro De Los Santos is a proud, curvy Latina with interests in gardening and writing. Her engagement to vampire Dr. Oswald Grant should be a no-brainer, considering that she's also a vampire, but obstacles keep coming up like she's running the 100 meter hurdles. The Vampire Council doesn't recognize Milagro as a card-carrying vampire, and they do everything they can to force her to heel like a dog. Milagro has friends and `frenemies' trying to gain control of her big day, and in the middle of this, a series of suspicious happenings has Milagro suspecting there's a malicious saboteur at work.

Well color me surprised. I picked this one up purely on impulse because of the cover art and title, and while I fully expected this to be a fluffy bit of fun, my expectations as to the writing were modest if not low. I decided to start it this morning with my cup of tea, and as the morning progressed I kept telling myself, just one more chapter, until there I was at lunch time still wearing my bathrobe!

This is an utterly charming book, and Acosta has a way with words that I very much envy. Too many times authors create these sassy, irreverent heroines who are all attitude without evidence of having a soul. Not so with Milagro. Her humanity is ever-present despite her vampire status, and she stands out for being kind-hearted without becoming a push-over. All of the digs Milagro takes for being a full-figured Mexican woman while surrounded by pencil-thin wasps had me grinding my teeth and wondering how white-bread blandness ever became the ideal of anything. Milagro's Latina heritage and personality combine to make her a spicy and unpredictable woman.

The dialog is a real treat, and it constantly snaps, crackles, and pops with humor, sarcasm, and witty insights. I take this story as one more cautionary tale against the perils of planning a big wedding, and it's comical to see how many hoops Milagro must jump through to marry her vampire fiancé. Toward the middle of the book, I felt like I was watching the Titanic sail to its doom, and without giving any spoilers, I'll say that I'm extremely happy with how it ended.

This is the third book in the Casa Dracula series, and I'd recommend this to anyone looking to read some vampire fantasy with a nice dose of romance, heavy on the humor, and non-existent gore. I'll be looking up the first two books for certain; no word on book four yet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun 1 Aug 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I just discovered this series through the Kindle Buffett newsletter and got this book and "Midnight Brunch" for free. I enjoyed reading the book, but would have to say I laughed and smiled more through that one. It was still interesting to see how Milagre De los Santos fared. There were a few editing issues, but not enough to be distracitng and since I had just finished the 2nd book, it was sort of annoying for me that she was having to explain certain things/connections/relationships, but I do understand that was for the purpose of having someone who did not read the first 2 be able to still enjoy this one. I would say to get full enjoyment from book 3, you should really read book 2 first. This is still good fun and as I said for "Midnight", if you enjoy comedy and a twist on the vampire genre then you will enjoy reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book of the Casa Dracula Series 17 Sep 2008
By Shannzu - Published on Amazon.com
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The Bride of Casa Dracula is the third book in Marta Acosta's vampire series. It also happens to be my favorite book in the series. Milagro de Los Santos is getting married to her boyfriend Oswald Grant. She will finally be officially part of the family that has taken her in and shown her what a real family should be. But things aren't quite the same at Casa Dracula, Winnie and Sam have moved out and Daisy has gone to doggy heaven. With Edna and her young lover off traveling and Oswald busy with work, Milagro is feeling a bit lonely. Luckily she has a ton of wedding plans to take care of including some very weird vampire rituals to prepare for. As strange things begin to occur, including a dangerous accident and strangely hateful pranks, Milagro is left wondering if someone wants to do her harm or just prevent her wedding to Oswald. If that's not enough, the Council wants her to sign a loyalty oath and her former rival for Oswald's affection, Cornelia, is back to "help" with the nuptial festivities.

Through all the trials that Milagro has to face, she never lets her troubles get her down for long. She's the kind of person I think a lot of us wish we could be, a woman who knows her worth, is strong and has the courage to face the truth and not back down from it. Milagro never wavers in her convictions despite what others think and that's quite possibly her most endearing trait. In a lot of ways I feel like she's way more intelligent than me but still one of those chicas you would love to have as a friend.

The Bride of Casa Dracula is an amazing book with some of the most intensely sexy and emotional scenes of the whole series. Marta Acosta does all that without revealing the naughty bits (so to speak) which takes a great amount of skill. The book ends on a hopeful note that will leave you satisfied and at the same time looking forward to the next book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm, Witty, and Unpredictable 16 Sep 2008
By B. Leveto - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Book 3 of the Casa Dracula series opens with a different Casa Dracula... er, Grant household... than we've seen before-- the family Milagro has come to love is no longer around. Edna, Oswald's grandmother, is off with her new boy-toy, Thomas Cook (from book 2), cousin Sam and his wife Winnie are living in their own home with their baby, cousin Gabriel is off doing whatever his security work requires, and her plastic surgeon fiance, Oswald, is working long hours with little time or patience for Milagro.

So that leaves Milagro pretty much on her own to begin planning her upcoming nuptials to not-a-vampire Oswald and meeting with the Vampire Council's Rules Committee to get their approval for the wedding.

This book was an enjoyable and often emotional continuation of and conclusion to the journey started in the previous two Casa Dracula books: Happy Hour at Casa Dracula and Midnight Brunch.

As in the previous books, Bride is multi-layered-- there's witty dialogue, eccentric characters and often oddball situations. Acosta's crazy whodunits are not to be missed because even though you might guess the WHO, the REAL fun is trying to figure out WHICH Who done WHICH What! And let me be clear that even if you think you've figured it all out--you haven't.

But underlying all is Milagro's (often subconscious) quest for belonging and finding her place in this world. In Bride, she thinks she's found it, but then starts to question what's right... and what's wrong; who she is... and who she isn't; what love is... and what it isn't; what she wants... and what she doesn't.

Several times while reading Bride, I wanted to put my arm around her and say "Girlfriend, we need to talk.", but you know what? Milagro figures out a lot of the answers to those questions all on her own. And even though she draws the right conclusions, it doesn't make it any less emotional for her AND the Reader.

Not too long ago, in an online group that I occasionally visit, a librarian needed recommendations for paranormals that she could put on the shelves for her patrons; specifically, she was having trouble finding paranormals that were not full of graphic sex. Well, the Casa Dracula series immediately came to mind (it's sexy, but not sex filled; trust me, you won't miss it), and after I posted about this witty and warm series, it turns out I was not alone. I highly recommend this series, although I think that reading The Bride of Casa Dracula as a standalone might deprive the reader of building the emotional connection created in the first two books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Series that Keeps Rocking! 3 Sep 2008
By jenniferk66 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Marta Acosta's distinctive wit continues to show through in The Bride of Casa Dracula as Milagro De Los Santos is planning her wedding to Oswald. However, nothing is ever simple when you have a little vampire blood involved.

Two ceremonies actually have to be arranged --one public and one vampire. With each, there is a wedding planner to help deal with the finer points (Nancy, best friend from college and she of style and social grace, and Cornelia Ducharme, who may or may not have Milagro's best interests at her (vampire) heart).

There are other things Milagro must deal with on her own: adjusting to changes at the ranch (with beloved family and friends moving on), ghost writing a biography of peculiar man who fancies himself a shape shifter, managing her temper with the Vampire Council Rules Committee, and dealing with constant run ins with the "Dark Lord" (and one time lover) Ian Ducharme.

It's a lot to contend with but the challenges are faced with humor and charm. Milagro is not a run-of-the-mill heroine, and that is what sets The Bride of Casa Dracula series apart from other paranormal romance... She faces the absurdity of the vampire world with strength and spirit as she finds happiness in her true nature.

The "Casa Dracula" series continues to entertain because it continues surprising turns. While the situations are outrageous, the characters are genuine (and genuinely funny). These are people that you'll be glad to meet up with again.
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