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Latina Ivy League grad Milagro de Los Santos can't find her place in the world or a man to go with it. Then one night, at a book party for her pretentious ex-boyfriend, she meets an oddly attractive man. After she is bitten while kissing him, she falls ill and is squirreled away to his family's estate to recover. Vampires don't exist in this day and age -- or do they? As M Latina Ivy League grad Milagro de Los Santos can't find her place in the world or a man to go with it. Then one night, at a book party for her pretentious ex-boyfriend, she meets an oddly attractive man. After she is bitten while kissing him, she falls ill and is squirreled away to his family's estate to recover. Vampires don't exist in this day and age -- or do they? As Milagro falls for a fabulously inappropriate man, she finds herself caught between a family who has accepted her as one of their own and a shady organization that refuses to let the undead live and love in peace.


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Latina Ivy League grad Milagro de Los Santos can't find her place in the world or a man to go with it. Then one night, at a book party for her pretentious ex-boyfriend, she meets an oddly attractive man. After she is bitten while kissing him, she falls ill and is squirreled away to his family's estate to recover. Vampires don't exist in this day and age -- or do they? As M Latina Ivy League grad Milagro de Los Santos can't find her place in the world or a man to go with it. Then one night, at a book party for her pretentious ex-boyfriend, she meets an oddly attractive man. After she is bitten while kissing him, she falls ill and is squirreled away to his family's estate to recover. Vampires don't exist in this day and age -- or do they? As Milagro falls for a fabulously inappropriate man, she finds herself caught between a family who has accepted her as one of their own and a shady organization that refuses to let the undead live and love in peace.

30 review for Happy Hour at Casa Dracula

  1. 4 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    This was a fun book, it was like paranormal chic-lit in a way. Just because the funny way it was written and it didn't take everything so serious and tried to explain that it's so real.A reason why I ended up choosing this cover for my review cos it more says fun than the other one that says paranormal. I do expect a smile on my face when the main character is a graduate from F.U. Lol, yes. It might not have been laughing out loud. But it was a sweet book that made you smile and a giggle here and This was a fun book, it was like paranormal chic-lit in a way. Just because the funny way it was written and it didn't take everything so serious and tried to explain that it's so real.A reason why I ended up choosing this cover for my review cos it more says fun than the other one that says paranormal. I do expect a smile on my face when the main character is a graduate from F.U. Lol, yes. It might not have been laughing out loud. But it was a sweet book that made you smile and a giggle here and there. Milagro is a spicy Latina that got into a great uni and felt a bit out of place there with all those blonde wasps. One of her secret weapons are her boobs, they are great now and again when you are late with rent and need some sympathy. She is a writer who writes about zombies and gore, and she sure does not believe in anything paranormal. But then she meets a guy who sweeps her off her feet, there is some kissing involved and soon she is going crazy from hearing rats in the walls and gets really ill. In sweeps attractive guy and takes her away to a country estate, but there is also the matter of her ex who wants to stake her. Oswald, well I liked him, I disliked him, I liked, and yes then I disliked him in the end. He was a roller coaster, and the writer made me feel like Milagro. Could she like and trust him or? There were others I liked instead, I did keep changing my mind and some things just worked out for the best in the end. As for side character, slimy creep wasp Ex, a good evil person who I wanted to kick in the ass. Edna, oh I loved her. Oswalds grandmother who has a lot of class, and dislikes Milagro, or perhaps just really likes her. And more, who I sure want to know more about later on. Are they vampires or not is the question here, and I did wonder. It's a different sort of vampire tale, some bites yes, but so much else too. Culture and social classes clash when Milagro shows up, and with her bantering with Edna, there we got the smiles. Romance, yes, and more is to come. A fun vampire tale with a funny twist. I will keep an eye out for book 2 and 3 because I do want to know what will happen, and if there is that HEA we all love.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    1.5 stars I really need to quit reading these free Kindle chick-flicks. They are rotting my brain. I had somewhat higher hopes for this one. The Ivy-League, Latina main character promised something different from the usual run-of-the-mill heroine. Unfortunately, her personality consists of possessing an uncomfortably large chest and derrière and writing really awful political thrillers. Oh, and sleeping around. She seems rather fond of that too. Hooray for women's empowerment. I expected more hum 1.5 stars I really need to quit reading these free Kindle chick-flicks. They are rotting my brain. I had somewhat higher hopes for this one. The Ivy-League, Latina main character promised something different from the usual run-of-the-mill heroine. Unfortunately, her personality consists of possessing an uncomfortably large chest and derrière and writing really awful political thrillers. Oh, and sleeping around. She seems rather fond of that too. Hooray for women's empowerment. I expected more humor from this book and less soap opera. The supernatural/vampire thing had some vague potential and I'm adding half a star for the Grandmother. I'd give an extra star for the heroine but then I'd also have to remove one for the hero. Not a fan of 'ole Ozi. Not at all. Overall, not worth the time, but not the worst crappy chick flick I've ever read. I finished it, after all.

  3. 3 out of 5

    Jess Haines

    Oh, Marta, where have you been all my life?! This book was fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. I have been following Marta Acosta’s blog for quite a while, but for some reason kept putting off buying her books. Let me be the first to say, “Bad Jess! BAD! No cookies for you!” Well, I have seen the error of my ways. HAPPY HOUR AT CASA DRACULA was light, funny, and fabulous. Marta has given a fresh take on the vampire trope (but don’t call them vampires, they hate that) which had me at turns giggling and Oh, Marta, where have you been all my life?! This book was fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. I have been following Marta Acosta’s blog for quite a while, but for some reason kept putting off buying her books. Let me be the first to say, “Bad Jess! BAD! No cookies for you!” Well, I have seen the error of my ways. HAPPY HOUR AT CASA DRACULA was light, funny, and fabulous. Marta has given a fresh take on the vampire trope (but don’t call them vampires, they hate that) which had me at turns giggling and gasping over the plotting, the bitchery, and the fantabulosity that have her characters leaping off the page. Our heroine, Milagro De Los Santos, isn’t having a good time. The story opens with this wonderful woman with a degree from a Fancy University and a crappy job history at a launch party for her ex’s new book. Considering she desperately wants her own novel to be published, what’s the harm in going to a party where there are sure to be editors and agents in attendance? As long as she steers clear of Sebastian Beckett-Witherspoon, everything should be fine. Right? …Right? Yeah. Train wreck ahoy. At the party she exchanges barbed remarks with said ex. Soon thereafter, she meets the deliciously mysterious Oswald, and then leaves the party to go to his hotel room to discuss literature. Ahem. Said discussion results in a rather violent lip-lock, which causes a bit of blood to be exchanged between the two. Then Sebastian shows up (*cough* COCKBLOCK *cough*) and Milagro decides it is in her best interests to GTFO. She runs home and, over the next few days, becomes terribly ill. She can’t keep food down. Once she finally gets some energy back, the first thing she does is runs to the grocery store, where nothing but the blood in the packages of ground beef looks appetizing. You can imagine how traumatizing this is for her. I won’t go into much detail over what happens next, but she does cross paths with Oswald again, and soon finds herself seeking shelter from some wacked out psychos on his family’s estate. That’s when she learns about her new “condition” and why her diet needs to drastically change, as well as some of the new enemies she’s acquired by becoming one of denizens of Casa Dracula. This story was just hilarious and fun and exactly what I needed at the time I read it. Fans of Mary Janice Davidson’s Queen Betsy series should adore this story. I, for one, am very much looking forward to delving into the rest of Milagro’s adventures. Kudos to Ms. Acosta for writing such a riotous and entertaining story!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica(Spinecracker)

    Originally posted at http://thespinecracker.blogspot.com/ I don't use the word "snark" or it's colorful cousin "snarky" often, but I'm breaking that fast right now. Milagro is the definition of "snark". Open up your Webster and you'll find a curvy latino woman staring back at you by its description. Snark is not about being a smart alick, it's about always being on, about always having an answer. And that can only come from someone with a multi-faceted background and education...hense why I am no Originally posted at http://thespinecracker.blogspot.com/ I don't use the word "snark" or it's colorful cousin "snarky" often, but I'm breaking that fast right now. Milagro is the definition of "snark". Open up your Webster and you'll find a curvy latino woman staring back at you by its description. Snark is not about being a smart alick, it's about always being on, about always having an answer. And that can only come from someone with a multi-faceted background and education...hense why I am not snarky. Milagro is so much more than dry humor and a couple well placed one-liners. She's someone to be envied. She makes Shakespeare references in the same breath with Latino vulgarity. And is snappy and educated and sharp as a knife. Acosta writes her so well, I'd swear that Milagro must be real somewhere living a full life. And by the end of the book I felt like I knew her as well as I know any of my friends; how pathetic is that. Acosta has taken a pretty worn-out genre and breathed fresh life into it. I admire how she's really turned everything on a different angle. Vampires don't have fangs, have to lather up with sunscreen like a baby on the 4th of July, and will admit "there's no such thing as vampires". Acosta's vampires merely have a "condition"...and I laugh and I laugh. Actually, I laughed a lot in this book. Acosta keeps everything light, and sets a breezy pace. Our story reads mainly like chick-lit, but the skill of the writing really sets it apart. There's a conflict, a slightly sorted past, and the hopes of "happily ever after". I was amazed at how quickly I read through the pages... I know you will too. Bottom Line: I will follow Milagro anywhere, especially her next book.

  5. 3 out of 5

    Autumn

    Man... let me tell you! this book had me laughing the whole way thru! But be aware, because this is very cynic/sarcastic kind of humor..so it might not be everyone`s cup of tea. The story itself is quite creative. it has the vampire theme in it, but it cleverly throws the cliches out the window! Surprisingly enough this book manages to deliver an underlined msg throughout its hilarious plot. This a story of misfits.. from the paranormal stand pt, to a reality of differences in cultures. Milagro fe Man... let me tell you! this book had me laughing the whole way thru! But be aware, because this is very cynic/sarcastic kind of humor..so it might not be everyone`s cup of tea. The story itself is quite creative. it has the vampire theme in it, but it cleverly throws the cliches out the window! Surprisingly enough this book manages to deliver an underlined msg throughout its hilarious plot. This a story of misfits.. from the paranormal stand pt, to a reality of differences in cultures. Milagro feels like she never has fitted wherever she goes..finally finding her place in the most unlikely of scenarios. Milagro always tried to find herself anywhere but whitin. Acosta`s writing style was very very enjoyable. she fused so many elements in the story. she was witty,sarcastic,poignant,and made references about her vast literary knowledge through her main character milagro. Im so looking forward to the next book in the series!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    FlibBityFLooB

    This book didn't make me laugh out loud, but I did enjoy the snarky latino heroine. I think the author was obsessed with the color puce and chickens. I'm almost surprised there were no puce colored chickens in the novel. ;) I plan to continue the series since I enjoyed this one :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cornelia

    I loved this. This is one of the best vampire/romance books ever written. Hands down. Marta Acosta is brilliant!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Martel

    fun, light and entertaining. Not the classical vampire tale: more like Chick-lit, with a touch of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Naomi Sechler

    Page turner! This book was absolutely engrossing. I found myself barging with myself at night... "Just one more page and then I'll go to bed," which then turned into, "well, maybe I'll just finish the chapter.". 5 stars for this book for captivating and holding muy interest so easily.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Colette

    I am so grateful to Blouedd for recommending this one in her year end post. This fell under the best damn vampire books category, and I had seen this series around before, but I had a gift card burning my wallet, took a chance and fell for Amazons 3 for 1 promotion on this book and am so glad I took a chance on it. This is unlike any vampire book I've read lately.Happy Hour At Casa Dracula is hard to describe. I would say it's paranormal romance with a dash of chic lit. It was fun, lighthearted, I am so grateful to Blouedd for recommending this one in her year end post. This fell under the best damn vampire books category, and I had seen this series around before, but I had a gift card burning my wallet, took a chance and fell for Amazons 3 for 1 promotion on this book and am so glad I took a chance on it. This is unlike any vampire book I've read lately.Happy Hour At Casa Dracula is hard to describe. I would say it's paranormal romance with a dash of chic lit. It was fun, lighthearted, & made me laugh out loud.To borrow a word from the heroine was Fabulous! Milagro De Los Santos is one of my favorite heroines. She is Latino, and I liked how she talks about what is to be different in the world of her friends, has a wicked sense of humor, and isn't afraid to tell everyone what's on her mind. She has a degree from an ivy league school, but unlike most of her friends is broke and doing odd jobs that I would love to have like being a reader for people who don't like to read books for their book club. One of her clients invites her to a literary party which she finds is for her ex boyfriend Sebastian-who is just wonderful at being slimy. At the party she meets Oswald, whom like Milagro I thought was fabulous. He is mysterious and she knows better then to be attracted to him, but can't help it. Through a series of events, she gets sick after meeting Oswald and discovers there are a bunch of bad guys after her. She gets taken by the bad guys and is rescued & taken to safety by Oswald's family. Milagro doesn't like it, but doesn't want to put her friends in danger so she agrees to stay for a little while. What I liked was that once she was at country house of Oswalds family, she didn't lose her spunk, and questioned everything. This book isn't so much about romance as it is about Milagro dealing with what has happened to her and finding out that her life skills aren't so useless after all. Happy Hour at The Casa Dracula was just pure fun. It's I loved that the villains were so great not to like, the hero wasn't your typical ego centric hero, and that the secondary characters were lovable and became instant book friends. There were also enough twists and turns to keep me guessing till the very end at how things would turn out. There are so many things I want to mention-like how Milagro's favorite book is Jane Eyre, and how I wish I were better at figuring out the layers of novels, because if I were like Tasha from Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books I would be able to point out the similarities between the two books, but I'm not very good at that sort of thing, so I'll just say again how much I loved this book. If you are looking for a different kind of paranormal romance, then look no further. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Favorite Quote: Some French guy once said that vengeance is a dish best served cold, but when the opportunity arose I would make my retribution as hot as a habanero on a raw cut. Curran Crush Meter: High Martini Sigh Meter: High Barrons Hero Hotness Meter: Medium Rhiannon Kick Ass Heroine Meter: High Finn Sidekick Meter: Super High Sizzle Meter: Medium Also found on my blog: A Buckeye Girl Reads

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melliane

    3.5/5 Mon avis en Français My English review I bought this novel a long time ago on the recommendation of the author Jess Haines. However, like many other books, it lived in my TBR pile for a whole all alone. But I finally decided to take the books that lie on my shelves to finally read them. I wanted something light and I think I found the perfect reading for that. Milagro is a young woman who doesn’t manage to do something in her life. She doesn’t have any regular job and can not arise as she want 3.5/5 Mon avis en Français My English review I bought this novel a long time ago on the recommendation of the author Jess Haines. However, like many other books, it lived in my TBR pile for a whole all alone. But I finally decided to take the books that lie on my shelves to finally read them. I wanted something light and I think I found the perfect reading for that. Milagro is a young woman who doesn’t manage to do something in her life. She doesn’t have any regular job and can not arise as she wants. Yet while she is present for the party of her ex -boyfriend, her life will totally change. And while she kisses a man she does not know, she is injured and falls completely sick. She does not quite understand what’s going on, and ends up with strange food cravings. And it seems that everyone is looking for her. Sebastian, her ex really seems eager to find her and it does seem like a good thing. But it’s not just him and a vampire family welcomes her in their home to help her and be there for her if necessary. A new world opens up to our heroine and although she does not really know how to act, she will manage to find a place among these characters that can only mark us. And when she begins to understand the consequences of the changes in her body, it seems that some are really eager to catch her. I liked this novel, even if it is perhaps a little less than what I expected. Milagro is a young woman who doesn’t let her choice being dictated and even if this world is all new to her, she will not let herself fall apart. It’s really worth seeing her trying to build a new life, to have people around her who can accept her as she is and do not judge her. Yet she finds herself among strangers who eventually will become like family to her. I especially think of Edna, the grandmother, who despite her scathing replies and comments, likes our heroine more than anything. I loved seeing how Milagro had managed to coax throughout the novel and her arguments were always the funniest. And there is Ostwald, one of the grandsons, who turned the young woman. We see perfectly that there is something between them and at the same time it is very difficult to know how everything will end. There are of course many other characters, but I’ll let you discover them for yourself. I’m sure you say that it is again a novel with vampires like the others, but you are mistaken. Yes because the author brings her own ideas and I can tell you that the characters do not really appreciate to be called like that. Yes, because for them it is only a virus, an infection, and they are far from the creatures that can be discovered in the novels. But one thing is for sure, the book is full of ideas and humor and I took great pleasure in discovering everything. Moreover, I am curious to see what we can find in the sequel.

  12. 3 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was a fast and funny read. Published in 2006, it's the first in a series, and I can't believe it's taken me this long to read my first Marta Acosta book. Written in a chatty, witty, first-person narrative, Happy Hour at Casa Dracula is a refreshingly different take on vampires. In this book the main vampire characters consider themselves to be afflicted with a rare genetic disorder, and while they do not consider themselves to be vampires, they do enjoy drinking carefully harvested animal b This was a fast and funny read. Published in 2006, it's the first in a series, and I can't believe it's taken me this long to read my first Marta Acosta book. Written in a chatty, witty, first-person narrative, Happy Hour at Casa Dracula is a refreshingly different take on vampires. In this book the main vampire characters consider themselves to be afflicted with a rare genetic disorder, and while they do not consider themselves to be vampires, they do enjoy drinking carefully harvested animal blood. After Milagro is bitten by hunky Oswald during some hotel room nookie, she seems to have contracted the disorder (wait, isn't it genetic, not viral? this is one of those moments the reader just has to ignore). Milagro is an interesting character. She is smart, verbose, well-read, sexy and somewhat lazy. She makes regular references to classic authors and uses some really fun, multi-syllabic vocabulary (which I love, dork that I am). But for all her talk, she remained a pretty paper-thin character. She relates many stories that should create a deeper sense of character - her mother Regina's coldness, her own hand-to-mouth existence, being a Latina graduate of a WASPy elite univeristy, her spotty employment, her eclectic circle of friends. But while these are interesting and colorful, they remain largely anecdotal, failing to create a more complex picture of Milagro. Consequently, I am already forgetting details about the story. I finished reading it a couple of hours ago and the details are fading fast - it's not one of those books that create a strong impression and stays with you for days afterward. But that's not necessarily a negative. I like books that are a fun break from my reality, and this book gave me that escape. The pace is fast, the humor is steady and there's enough going on in the story that I zipped through the book quickly and enjoyed it while reading. I would like to read the rest of the series. *As a side note, this is one of those rare romance novels that has no explicit sex. The author neatly avoids the details, while still writing a couple of steamy scenes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Larissa

    Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life Series Review: *SPOILER FREE I LOVE this series! There I said it and I will say it as many times as I need to. Marta Acosta does the impossible and brings something new to the Vampire table with the Casa Dracula series and the result is a hilarious, fun and amazing series that I am sad is over. Milagros is an aspiring writer who has been burned by her pretentions ex-boyfriend. One night during a literary event for his new book, she Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life Series Review: *SPOILER FREE I LOVE this series! There I said it and I will say it as many times as I need to. Marta Acosta does the impossible and brings something new to the Vampire table with the Casa Dracula series and the result is a hilarious, fun and amazing series that I am sad is over. Milagros is an aspiring writer who has been burned by her pretentions ex-boyfriend. One night during a literary event for his new book, she meets Oswald and is instantly captivated. They share a kiss and an overzealous bite on her lip changes her whole world. She gets sick and is taken to his family’s ranch to be taken cared of. That is where she finds out that Oswald and his family are Vampires, even though the churn the term and prefer to treat their condition as an allergy to the sun and iron deficiency that makes them drink animal blood cocktails. Milagros is a spit-fire Latina and I love her for it. She is so different from the regular UF heroine that you can’t help but fall prey to her wits and crazy ways. She takes to Oswald’s family and embraces their “Vampire” culture wholeheartedly, not to mention that she completely embraces Oswald himself! The Casa Dracula series is not a Paranormal Romance, it doesn’t follow the HEA of one couple through a book, it is a Comedic Urban Fantasy series that definitely has Romance elements and even thought Milagros does get her HEA, the ending might surprise you. I’m sad this series is over and I’ll miss all the characters, from Oswald’s grandmother and her sharp tongue to the worldly Ian and his sex-appeal. I hope Marta gets a chance to write a new series with Milagros and her man’s adventures! I would totally read that! If you are an Urban Fantasy fan and feels like you need some new blood *snicker* in the genre, you should definitely read this series, I can’t recommend it enough! =D

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Rayment

    Wonderfully charming and decidedly original take on the Vampire genre. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't go into details, but I really thought the explanation for vapirism and how they live was very unique. Outrageously Snappy, witty dialogue. Here are just some of my favorites: "The road to hell is paved with fabulous men" "When she bothered to look at me, an expression of dismay almost came over her immaculately made-up face. "Almost", because medical procedures rendered her incapable of Wonderfully charming and decidedly original take on the Vampire genre. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't go into details, but I really thought the explanation for vapirism and how they live was very unique. Outrageously Snappy, witty dialogue. Here are just some of my favorites: "The road to hell is paved with fabulous men" "When she bothered to look at me, an expression of dismay almost came over her immaculately made-up face. "Almost", because medical procedures rendered her incapable of normal facial expressions" "boyfriends who were like beach reads, momentary fun but nothing you'd ever buy in hardcover' "I'm not just a girl with a great rack, I am Milagro De Los Santos, the miracle of the saints" The main character Milagro is both cheeky and loveable and I dare you not to like her. She's the type of girl who you would want to hang out with just to hear what she has to say next. And Edna is just so delightfully written, that I am very disappointed that she isn't real. The scenes between Edna and Milagro are worth the price of the book! (ok, well I got my copy from the library, but you know what I mean) Some of the secondary characters could use a little more development, but that is just because you just get a taste and you want more of them. Hopefully further books in the series will go into more detail. A nice fast paced storyline that just kept getting better and better. It was so much fun that I almost missed getting off my bus because I was so into the story. I look forward to reading more my Marta! Btw, check out her blog its Hilarious! http://vampirewire.blogspot.com/

  15. 3 out of 5

    All Things Urban Fantasy

    Review courtesy of AllThingsUrbanFantasy.blogspot.com 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 m Review courtesy of AllThingsUrbanFantasy.blogspot.com 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chibineko

    I ended up picking this book up after realizing that I'd grabbed what is actually the last book in the series. I'm kind of glad I managed to find copies of the first two books, as I really have enjoyed this series so far. Now there's a lot here that will turn off some readers. I love Milagro in a Bridget Jones-esque way, but a lot of readers will probably rub their foreheads at some of the stuff that she seems to almost deliberately overlook. Most readers will be able to predict how things will I ended up picking this book up after realizing that I'd grabbed what is actually the last book in the series. I'm kind of glad I managed to find copies of the first two books, as I really have enjoyed this series so far. Now there's a lot here that will turn off some readers. I love Milagro in a Bridget Jones-esque way, but a lot of readers will probably rub their foreheads at some of the stuff that she seems to almost deliberately overlook. Most readers will be able to predict how things will turn out fairly early on in the novel, but at times I think that this was done on purpose so you can roll your eyes at how clueless Milagro really is. It's frustrating sometimes, but ultimately this felt similar to how I sometimes will feel while they're watching one of those horror movies where you know the hero(ine) is stumbling unbeknownst into the villain's lair. Sometimes it's just fun to watch people walk deliberately into danger, especially if they're just a bit of a fluff head. Milagro is cute enough of a character that she can get away with this for the most part. Ultimately as long as you go into this expecting a cute and fluffy read (and honestly, do you expect anything less from a book with this title), you'll devour this in one sitting and eagerly move on to the next book. If you want something with a bit more bite, then you might want to pass on this for now.

  17. 3 out of 5

    Raquel

    This was a really fun read in numerous ways. The story was entertaining, the banter amusing and sometimes full on lol, the vocabulary was scrumptious. First, I will say this was a very fluffy, fun read. I give it a Fluffy Score of 10, and I mean that in a good way. It was way low on the Eye Rolling Index at 2 and Humor is around a 6.7 for me. This was a great book for people who love specificity in words. The vocabulary was totally college level. Big words weren't thrown out there in a pretentious This was a really fun read in numerous ways. The story was entertaining, the banter amusing and sometimes full on lol, the vocabulary was scrumptious. First, I will say this was a very fluffy, fun read. I give it a Fluffy Score of 10, and I mean that in a good way. It was way low on the Eye Rolling Index at 2 and Humor is around a 6.7 for me. This was a great book for people who love specificity in words. The vocabulary was totally college level. Big words weren't thrown out there in a pretentious attempt to sound superior. The specifically right word got used even when it was only five letters. :) One of the characters even got made fun if for using words like luminescent. I found the dialog very amusing as well. While I can't call it full out funny because I only had a handful of out loud chuckles, it made me smirk In appreciation consistently. The sense of humor was one I really enjoy. None of it was mean or cutting. Just sarcastic, sometimes dry, a dash of cynical... The overall effect was really fun. I have to give the ending a WhaaWhaa though. It totally could have been narrated by Susan Sarandon over a mantage of disgustingly happy scenes full of adoring smiles and family bar-b-Q's. Not bad, just not as neatly executed as the rest of the book deserved. But, I enjoyed it a lot.

  18. 3 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I picked up Happy Hour at Casa Dracula because of the title and I wasn't disappointed. Marta Acosta takes the idea of vampires and makes it her own. These aren't your average vampires. These are sophisticated, modern vampires that lean more towards funny than scary. Spending time with Milagro de los Santos is a pleasure. She's an interesting mix of beautiful curves, savvy intelligence and feisty wit. She's a force of nature and definitely a character I would love to know in real life. She has thi I picked up Happy Hour at Casa Dracula because of the title and I wasn't disappointed. Marta Acosta takes the idea of vampires and makes it her own. These aren't your average vampires. These are sophisticated, modern vampires that lean more towards funny than scary. Spending time with Milagro de los Santos is a pleasure. She's an interesting mix of beautiful curves, savvy intelligence and feisty wit. She's a force of nature and definitely a character I would love to know in real life. She has this random way of thinking that makes complete sense. Like putting a humorous spin on the most mundane of topics and getting your point across better than being straightforward. It's one of those things you need to read to understand, but trust me, it completely makes the book. Happy Hour at Casa Dracula is fun and light, which doesn't make it any less meaningful, just more enjoyable. A great beginning to a wonderful series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    While reading this book I continually had a smile on my face except when I was laughing out loud. Acosta is a witty, clever writer who keeps your attention with lovable characters (even the bad guys) and an entertaining plot. Narrator Milagro de la Cruz has a rye sense of humor especially while describing the crazy situations she finds herself in like being kidnapped by an old boyfriend from college, a fellow with a hyphenated anglo-wasp name, Sebastian Beckett-Witherspoon, and also when she is While reading this book I continually had a smile on my face except when I was laughing out loud. Acosta is a witty, clever writer who keeps your attention with lovable characters (even the bad guys) and an entertaining plot. Narrator Milagro de la Cruz has a rye sense of humor especially while describing the crazy situations she finds herself in like being kidnapped by an old boyfriend from college, a fellow with a hyphenated anglo-wasp name, Sebastian Beckett-Witherspoon, and also when she is rescued by someone she suspects of being a vampire. Read the complete review at Patricia's Vampire Notes

  20. 3 out of 5

    Vanessa theJeepDiva

    I got annoyed at this book. I considered myself an intelligent woman until I picked up this book. Do not read this book without quick and easy access to a dictionary and Google. I had to consult Google & a dictionary at least a hundred times while reading this book. I felt like an uneducated country buffoon who did not even make it past Jr. High. The author even takes time to mention a drink that Google does not even know about. I believe the words used in the book were supposed to make our I got annoyed at this book. I considered myself an intelligent woman until I picked up this book. Do not read this book without quick and easy access to a dictionary and Google. I had to consult Google & a dictionary at least a hundred times while reading this book. I felt like an uneducated country buffoon who did not even make it past Jr. High. The author even takes time to mention a drink that Google does not even know about. I believe the words used in the book were supposed to make our Milagro intelligent and witty. It annoyed this reader. Also there are no vampires in this book. The characters have a medical condition. The characters also treat Milagro horribly for the majority of the book. The book does have a HEA, although there is no pursuit or romance.

  21. 3 out of 5

    Bitten_by_Books

    Happy Hour at Casa Dracula starts out this fun series with a Latina flair by talented author Marta Acosta. This was another series that I happened upon at a late date and am now completely in love with. It is well written with a great sense of humor throughout. The protagonist Ivy League grad Miagro “Mil” de Los Santos is having a tough time making her way in the world... For the entire review please go to the Best Paranormal Review site on the web, Bitten By Books for the review of Happy Hour at Happy Hour at Casa Dracula starts out this fun series with a Latina flair by talented author Marta Acosta. This was another series that I happened upon at a late date and am now completely in love with. It is well written with a great sense of humor throughout. The protagonist Ivy League grad Miagro “Mil” de Los Santos is having a tough time making her way in the world... For the entire review please go to the Best Paranormal Review site on the web, Bitten By Books for the review of Happy Hour at Casa Dracula in it's entirety. You won't be sorry.

  22. 3 out of 5

    Maria

    It is hilarious. I like the way it mixes really strong social criticism with silly humor. The fact that the main character is always on the verge, questioning what is "proper", playing with her sexuality and making us wonder how much is female body, how much is ethnicity and how much is her attitude in the way others perceive her. OK, I'm not making much sense, I need to think more about it, but there is something really interesting going on. Of course, as usual, the mother figure is very negati It is hilarious. I like the way it mixes really strong social criticism with silly humor. The fact that the main character is always on the verge, questioning what is "proper", playing with her sexuality and making us wonder how much is female body, how much is ethnicity and how much is her attitude in the way others perceive her. OK, I'm not making much sense, I need to think more about it, but there is something really interesting going on. Of course, as usual, the mother figure is very negative or absent (in her case, very negative). Is it possible for a girl with a good family life to have great sex with a gorgeous supernatural man?

  23. 3 out of 5

    Ana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was somewhat funny. I probably didn't find it as funny as the author hoped but it was enjoyable enough, I guess. I also admit to have expected it to be a little less chick-lit and a lot more UF. I found myself bored of Milagros voice often and even her sexual encounter with Ian was less thrilling than I wanted it to be. I mean, a man/vampire oozing sex could be a little more impressive right? Also, most of the romantic confusion banded about in this book would have been solved by a simple con It was somewhat funny. I probably didn't find it as funny as the author hoped but it was enjoyable enough, I guess. I also admit to have expected it to be a little less chick-lit and a lot more UF. I found myself bored of Milagros voice often and even her sexual encounter with Ian was less thrilling than I wanted it to be. I mean, a man/vampire oozing sex could be a little more impressive right? Also, most of the romantic confusion banded about in this book would have been solved by a simple conversation and it was honestly ridiculous to read all the misinterpreted comments and stupid guesses. Now, I'm going to pretend this was a stand-alone and be satisfied by the end.

  24. 5 out of 5

    ERIN SCHMIDT

    Thoroughly enjoyable. In this witty novel, Acosta creates a wonderful heroine in Milagro de los Santos. Mil, as she is known to friends, wants what every girl wants: to be taken seriously as a writer, live in rat-free apartment, and maybe find a fabulous guy she can get serious with. That guy is definitely not her ex, Sebastian, the hot writer du jour (del dia?) who is sitting on top of a pile of dark secrets. Along comes Oswald, who may be a vampire, and whose secrets may or may not be of the d Thoroughly enjoyable. In this witty novel, Acosta creates a wonderful heroine in Milagro de los Santos. Mil, as she is known to friends, wants what every girl wants: to be taken seriously as a writer, live in rat-free apartment, and maybe find a fabulous guy she can get serious with. That guy is definitely not her ex, Sebastian, the hot writer du jour (del dia?) who is sitting on top of a pile of dark secrets. Along comes Oswald, who may be a vampire, and whose secrets may or may not be of the dark variety. Wonderfully written, funny and romantic, this one is a real winner.

  25. 3 out of 5

    Mizlit

    Delight Latina twist on vampire romance lit. A first, as far as I know. Further, the author has a lovely twist of language, but does not try too hard. I enjoyed her interpretation of the vampire "condition" -- and while Milagro was a delightful protagonist, I truly adored the matriarch, Edna. The subplot of a tad tedious. Looking forward to reading the sequel.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    Never made it very far in this one, not interesting, just not for me. I did love one of the main characters jobs. She read books for people, as in their monthly book club. She would read it and then tell people what to say when they met. Where can I find a job like that and people that are so self absorbed to pay me for it????

  27. 3 out of 5

    Maxine

    Not your usual vampire tale. This one is witty and funny, with a heroine you can't help but love. I enjoyed this author's style, and the story had a different slant from the usual dark gothic vampire books. A nice little break from serious reading. I look forward to reading the next installment of hip, sexy, and oh so vulnerable Milagro's adventures with the 'family'.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lavendersbluegreen

    This book is terrific because it combines the paranormal world with real life dysfunction. Fitting into a family, especially that of a new significant other is hard enough. Adding in the paranormal as well as some outside strife... fabulous!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    Loved it! What a fuuny romantic read. I loved all Marta's characters even old Edna ;) Story was great and her take on vampires was so different and witty. I was left very satisfied and I already have the second book here for me to read. I gave this book a 5 because it's a keeper for the bookshelf.

  30. 3 out of 5

    Missyb

    Very funny & Sassy. Great twists. Interesting characters. story flows well

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