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Happy Hour at Casa Dracula Paperback – 4 Jul 2006
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About the Author
Marta Acosta is the author of eight novels, including the Casa Dracula series, The She-Hulk Diaries, and Dark Companion, a young adult gothic. A graduate of Stanford University, Marta was a frequent contributor of op-eds and features to the San Francisco Chronicle and Contra Costa Times. She's a Steinbeck Institute Honoree. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Marta still lives with her family and rescued dog, Lola, in the East Bay. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Good... not spectacular, but good enough that. Milagro is a likable character, a wanna-be writer who's bodacious bod tends to get her in situations best avoided. When she's accidentally infected with a vampire-like condition, an old beau (who is a member of a corporate group who has long known about the vampiric condition and hopes to profit from it) takes a new dark interest in her, and the man who infected her spirits her away to his family's ranch until it is determined if she'll survive. Several eligible and not-so-eligible men enter her life, as well as the women of the family as she struggles to come to terms with her new life situation. I generally prefer my vampires more "vampire-y," with a more supernatural than medical genesis, but this was still a good crop of characters, and while the plot lagged at times, mired in the goings-on at the ranch rather than the whole "corporate evil versus misunderstood genetic group" storyline it was still a decent read for a chilly winter's day
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.
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