Fun story but lacking a certain something,
This review is from: Happy Hour at Casa Dracula (Paperback)
This is one of those stories that starts off really well but then somehow goes off the boil. Marta Acosta has a great writing style, at least at the beginning, and the heroine of this story, Milagro de Los Santos, is fantastic fun. It's unusual to have a Latina heroine of a story like this, particularly one who's obsessed with writing a book having had an Ivy League education. Mil may be good with books but her success with men is limited - she can never find a good, solid, long-term man, just lots of short-term boyfriends who are more interested in her - erm - assets than her brain.
When Mil runs into her ex-boyfriend Sebastian at a party she finds all the old resentment at the way he treated her comes back to her. She finds herself going back to a hotel with a fascinating man for a drink at the bar, which turns into something rather stranger. Suddenly Mil finds herself ill after a kiss with him went wrong and they exchanged blood. After feeling rotten for a week she starts to get out again and promptly finds herself taken to a strange mansion with lots of odd characters who are apparently trying to protect her from a strange group called CACA. Mil soon discovers that the fascinating man she kissed, Oswald, is one of the family that live at the estate, that he's engaged to the wonderful doctor Winnie, and that they are all vampires, although they don't call themselves that.
Mil's not the sort of person to live in seclusion very readily and she starts to make her mark on those around her including the wonderful Edna, matriarch of the family, as well as Sam, Ernie and even some strange relatives who drop in. However Sebastian is searching for Mil and he may resort to rather dangerous tactics in order to find her.
This is a lighthearted read which works particularly well at the beginning. Unfortunately I felt the story rather dragged towards the end, especially as it was fairly obvious, to this reader at least, how some of the events would be resolved eventually. However Mil is a great heroine and it was an enjoyable read, particularly for those who like literature and the unusual words and phrases issuing from our heroine's mouth.