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Product Details

  • Series: Casa Dracula (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (July 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416520384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416520382
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,901,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hip, smart Milagro de Los Santos is minding her own business at a book party for Sebastian, the ex-boyfriend she's not quite over, when Oswald, a mysterious, handsome stranger approaches her. The chemistry between them is potent, but after they accidentally exchange blood during a powerful kiss, Milagro finds herself feeling strange. Suddenly Sebastian becomes interested in her again, though when he tries to abduct her it's clear he's more interested in her encounter with Oswald than in rekindling their romance. She's rescued by Oswald's cousin, Gabriel, who spirits her off to the family home, where Oswald, his prickly grandmother, Edna, and his other cousin, Sam, take her in for her protection. Although they are vampires, they insist on referring to their state as a "condition," and now they're worried Milagro might also be infected. Sebastian is part of a sinister group determined to investigate the vampires, and Milagro is realizing that her passion for the seductive Oswald is conquering her feelings for Sebastian. A fun, snappy read for romantic fantasy fans. Kristine Huntley
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"A comedy of manners with fangs." --Christopher Moore, NYT Bestselling author

"A cross between Bridget Jones's Diary and Interview with the Vampire." --Latina Magazine

"Cool characters, witty dialogue, and laugh out loud moments in this Jane Austen channeled vampire romp." --All Things Urban Fantasy
 
"The first thing that the author has done is throw away all of the old established vampire clichés.  Happy Hour At Casa Dracula is a comedy of manners and it reminds me of the writing style of Jane Austen in places...perfect summer reading material." --Love Vampires

"A fun, snappy read for romantic fantasy fans." -- Booklist


"Hilarious...fresh and sassy...a keeper." -- Romantic Times (4 1/2 stars)


"Page-turning excitement...wickedly snarky." -- El Paso Times
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More About the Author

Marta Acosta's dream job is to write heart-rending obituaries, because she feels they are the most under-appreciated of all literary forms. She's the author of the recently-released THE SHE-HULK DIARIES, DARK COMPANION, a young adult gothic, the award-winning CASA DRACULA series, and NANCY'S THEORY OF STYLE (under the pen-name Grace Coopersmith).

She's a Stanford University graduate and was a frequent contributor of features and op-eds to the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE and the CONTRA COSTA TIMES.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Marta still lives in a fog-belt with her family and dogs. Her many attempts to grow tomatoes have failed, but she can finally bake a loaf of crusty bread. Her current obsession is vintage fountain pens and she's happy to send personal notes to readers.

PLEASE GO TO THE KINDLE STORE to see the new editions of her books with bonus features and wonderful cover art and design by Nan Richards of Nan Richards Illustration.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gigi R. on August 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm a fan of the funnier vampire books and I liked the title so I picked up this book. Happy Hour is in first-person and I really loved Milagro's funny, individual way of talking. She's smart but goofy, and she's serious about writing but gets thrown off course easily by "fabulous men".

When one of those fabulous men turns out to be a modern vampire, she's really in trouble. She finds out that there is a crazy group that wants to capture all the vampires and she finds out there are vampires who are still interested in drinking human blood.

All the action and romantic twists just kept me turning the pages because I had to find out what happened next. The book is very funny and also touching. Things sizzle between Milagro and the men who pursue her.

Milagro finds more than just a relationship with a fabulous man. She finds a family at last. Can't wait to see what happens in the next one.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Patty Patron on September 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
I hate to admit it, but this was one of the most enjoyable reads I have had this summer. With all of the melodramatic, long-winded novels (i.e. The Memory Keeper's Daughter -- YUCK!!) on the shelves these days, I found Happy Hour a breath of well-deserved fresh air!

Comedy, mild suspense, a love triangle, vampires (kind of?), a sexy Latina ... this book was just too much fun. I've read it twice already, just to make sure I didn't miss anything the first time. Our heroine Milagro is sassy and feisty, sterotypical of a hot-blooded latina, but as the story progresses we learn that she is also kind, sensitive, and passionate, eventhough she has terrible taste in clothes (think: second-hand leopard print mini dress with turquoise strappy sandals and red lips). She first starts out in the City by the Bay, then after being bitten by a mysterious, sexy (and engaged!) man and chased by her conservative and elitist ex-flame, Milagro is held "hostage" in the vampires' great pad out in wine country for her protection. Her new family of vampires is at first secretive and shady, but, of course, they become multi-dimensional and quite noble (and fun!). The way Acosta describes her vampires as having a "genetic medical condition" makes me believe in their existence . . . almost. But I do want to hang out with them.

If you're looking for something entertaining, funny, and a quick-read, this is the book for you.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on August 5, 2006
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A chance encounter with a mystery-man at a cocktail party leads a quirky Latina into the world of "vampires." And that's where the fun begins.

I enjoy vampire/werewolf books and this book is now a permanent part of my collection. This book provides an unusual take on the vampire legend. The main character is fun and quirky but she also shows intellect and depth. The writer seamlessly incorporates the Latin culture into the story, giving the book both depth and interest. The supporting charactors were a little weak but the main character more than made up for it.

This book is fun and lighthearted but not empty-headed. If you like vampire stories and a good laugh, this story is for you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
Milagro is a Latina Ivy League graduate who can't seem to find a man she really loves - nor a life she really wishes to live. When she's bitten by an attractive man, falls ill, and recovers at his family's estate, she discovers a dangerous truth: that vampires really do exist, and that her affections and interests may lie at the cutting edge of their world. Action, romance and a healthy dose of humor tinged with political insight make HAPPY HOUR AT CASA DRACULA a winning read.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Briggsmo on October 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
I found this book because it was in my "gold box," I read the reviews and decided to purchase it because I was looking for something fun and different to read. I really enjoyed it. It was a definite page-turner with some laugh-out-loud moments (F.U. might have been my favorite!) right from the beginning.

But having read this book a few weeks ago, some of the scenes that have really stuck with me are the ones where the main character, Milagro, is entering gatherings of people and counting the number of people with whom she feels can identify -- other latinos, waiters etc... The author's descriptions were so blunt and honest that I found myself experiencing her anxiety as she was entering situations where she would stand out because of her ethnicity. Although this is a very entertaining romantic novel, it's more and it really touched me in a way that I was not expecting.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Levine on July 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is truly a fresh and funny novel. Marta Acosta's voice is mischievously wry, and her heroine, Milagro de Los Santos grabbed my attention right from the get-go. No ho-hum chicklit is this, but rather a darkly hilarious read that had me mwa ha ha'ing with delight. I'm neither Latina nor typically a fan of vampire stories, but I loved this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Quintiere on July 15, 2006
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I really enjoyed this book. I bought it, thinking "beach read" but honestly, it was so much more. Marta Acosta is a skilled writer who really knows how to tell a story. I loved her characters, especially Milagro. If she were real, I'd love to go out drinking with her. At times, I was laughing out loud as I read this book, and also marveling at Acosta's writing style. This goes on the keeper shelf and I look forward to more books by Marta Acosta.
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