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Happy Hour at Casa Dracula (Casa Dracula #1)

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,963 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published July 4th 2006 by Pocket Books
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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
Nov 10, 2010 Jessica(Spinecracker) rated it really liked it
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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
Jess Haines
Feb 11, 2011 Jess Haines rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of light/funny urban fantasy such as Mary Janice Davidson
Recommended to Jess by: Marta Acosta
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
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 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
Mar 03, 2016 Martel rated it really liked it
fun, light and entertaining. Not the classical vampire tale: more like Chick-lit, with a touch of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.
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 :)
Jan 15, 2014 Chibineko rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 30, 2008 Cornelia rated it it was amazing
I loved this. This is one of the best vampire/romance books ever written. Hands down. Marta Acosta is brilliant!
Dec 09, 2014 Melliane rated it liked it

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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
Dec 22, 2010 Larissa rated it liked it
Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life

Series Review:


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
All Things Urban Fantasy
Aug 12, 2010 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
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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
Nov 27, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
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 ...more
Oct 01, 2015 Raquel rated it liked it
Shelves: made-me-laugh
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
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,
Jennifer Rayment
Feb 24, 2010 Jennifer Rayment rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of fun chick lit paranormal literature
Recommended to Jennifer by: Vampire Wire
Shelves: want-to-buy
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
Apr 07, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: para-vampires
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
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Sep 21, 2010 Vanessa theJeepDiva rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, book-club
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 ...more
Jul 28, 2010 Patricia rated it it was amazing

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
Nov 13, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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 ...more
Erin O'Riordan
Jun 16, 2011 Erin O'Riordan rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 05, 2011 Maxine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'.
Jun 27, 2009 Mizlit rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 22, 2010 Darcy rated it did not like it
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????
Jan 17, 2011 Tanya rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 04, 2012 Lavendersbluegreen rated it it was amazing
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!
Sep 08, 2009 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marta-acosta
This is such and awesome book!!! Very different take on vampires!! The first chapter or two were a bit sloppy, but once the story got going I couldn't put the book down! This was such a fun read!!
Penny Warner
Jul 30, 2013 Penny Warner rated it it was amazing
I'm reading this because I'm on a panel at the upcoming San Francisco Writers Conference and finding it delightful! She really gives the vampire genre a twist! Can't wait to meet her!
Jan 05, 2016 Ana rated it liked it
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Heather A
I've been trying to get through this for a few months now and to be honest I'm not really enjoying it that much. It's not a bad book at all, just not to my taste.
Erin V
Man it was funny as hell. Nice to know that different cultures can be the main female hero for once. I really liked the story
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Marta Acosta lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was a feral reader, roaming the stacks of the public library.

She received a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Stanford University and has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Contra Costa Times, and Spaces Magazine.

Marta lives with her husband, spawn, and their crazy dogs. An avid gardener, she likes independent fil
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