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Happy Hour at Casa Dracula " / Schastlivyy chas v "Kasa Drakula" [Russian] [Hardcover]

Marta Akosta
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Knizhnyy Klub 36.6 (2008)
  • Language: Russian
  • ISBN-10: 598697090X
  • ISBN-13: 978-5986970905
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Dumaete, kovarnye krovopiytsy suschestvovali tolko v srednevekovyh legendah? Tak schitala i obayatelnaya neudachnitsa Milagro De Los Santos. No potom ee ugorazdilo vlyubitsya v zagadochnogo neznakomtsa. Perezhiv samyy volnuyuschiy potseluy v svoey zhizni, ona vdrug pochuvstvovala neobychnuyu zhazhdu, utolit kotoruyu sposobny tolko istinnaya strast i solonovato-pikantnaya krov... A potom? A potom sobytiya razvivayutsya tak stremitelno, tak chuvstvenno, tak zagadochno i tak krovotochivo, chto "Dnevnik Bridzhit Dzhons" i "Intervyu s vampirom" ostayutsya daleko pozadi.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Summer Reading! 14 April 2007
Happy Hour At Casa Dracula is Marta Acosta's debut novel. Pitched at the cross-roads of the popular chick-lit and vampire romance genres, the first thing that the author has done is throw away all of the old established vampire clichés.

Milagro's new family don't refer to themselves as vampires, they insist that they have a genetic condition that has been misunderstood by ignorant and superstitious people throughout the ages. They claim that their craving of blood comes from a protein imbalance and apart from an ability to quickly heal small wounds and a slightly improved life expectancy that they are just like everyone else.

The vampires in Happy Hour At Casa Dracula have no supernatural abilities which may prove a disappointment to some fantasy or paranormal romance fans who prefer their characters to be more 'para' and less 'normal'.

However, it is the characters in Happy Hour at Casa Dracula that give the book its strength. The outlandishly named Milagro de Los Santos (Miracle of The Saints) narrates the story in first person and her wry observations are genuinely laugh out loud funny. Milagro is someone who sees herself as a square peg in a round world and although she desperately wants to find her place in that round world she will not change who she is in order to fit in. This leads to some comic situations as she bursts into the lives of the refined and somewhat repressed vampire family.

Above all Happy Hour At Casa Dracula is a comedy of manners and it reminds me somewhat of the writing style of Jane Austen in places. This is perhaps an odd comparison but it is more the construction of the prose and some of the situations that Milagro finds herself in that gave me this impression of the novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brava!!! 23 Oct 2006
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
What an utter delight! Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta offers the readers an odd mix. Sex and Vampires, Latino style! And what a mix! The author has her finger on the pulse of this formula and sees its heart just keeps beating from start to finish. I haven't enjoyed a "silly" vamp romp this much since I read Lynsay Sands' Single White Vampire. Obviously, we shall be hearing more soon from this very talented author.

Milagro de Los Santos is at a book signing for her ex-significant other, Sebastian. She still has emotions for the man, but then Oswald appears on the scene. The handsome stranger summons potent chemistry and they share a peculiar, devastating kiss, with a little mixing of blood. Suddenly, Sebastian is paying attention to her again, but much to disappointment, he seems more interested in finding out about Oswald. He even tries to abduct her when she is less than forth coming.

To the rescue is Gabriel, Oswald's cousin. He rushes her back to the family, which includes Oswald's PITA grandmother and yet another cousin, Sam. It soon becomes clear the whole pack are vamps, though they prefer to think of their state as their "condition". They fear with the blood transfer with Oswald, that Milagro might be slated to have a "condition", too. Sebastian is part of some dark group stalking the vamps, hence his interest in Oswald, sort of like the Watchers in the Highland series or Anne Rice's Talamascar. Poor Milagro is torn between her love for Sebastian and the really cool buzz only Oswald the vamp can give her.

This book is a blast. It's funny, original, witty, romantic silliness that is pure genius!! Brava!! More! More!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not great 12 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very well written sequel 30 Nov 2013
By Celine
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Again, 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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