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Milagro De Los Santos is having serious problems planning her wedding to fabulous Oswald Grant, M.D. Her future in-laws loathe her, her dog just died, and Oswald's family has a genetic anomaly that makes them crave blood. Then her extravagant best friend hijacks the role of wedding coordinator, and the secretive Vampire Council assigns conniving Cornelia Ducharme to guide the couple through the ancient vampire marriage rituals.

To top it all off, Milagro's career is on the skids. She's reduced to ghost-writing the memoirs of a loony little man who claims to be a shapeshifter. And why does Cornelia's decadent, way too attractive brother, Ian, always show up whenever Milagro is away from Oswald? When a series of accidents interferes with wedding plans, Oswald worries that Milagro is cracking under the pressure. Is she just paranoid, or is a hidden enemy trying to make sure Milagro doesn't wed the undead?

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"Marrying into a vampire family is tough, as Milagro De Los Santos learns in this charmingly goofy marriage of chick lit and the supernatural. Milagro, having been infected with vampire blood, is now engaged to her beloved undead beau, Oswald Grant, but the nuptial-planning hits a hitch when the rules committee of the vampire council demands that she renounce her citizenship. Not only does hot-blooded Milagro have a battle in store for her when she stands by her American roots, she's beginning to suspect the council of trying to sabotage her wedding: her assigned wedding planner is cruel and devious, her wedding ring goes missing, she nearly dies in a suspicious car accident and there are a few too many 'chance' meetings with her seductive vampire ex-boyfriend. All ends well, but not in the way you might think. Acosta (Happy Hour at Casa Dracula) takes a bite out of the bridal circuit with this loopy, whimsical tale." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Marta Acosta received a degree in English literature and creative writing from Stanford University. She is a regular contributor to The San Francisco Chronicle and the Contra Costa Newspapers. Her debut novel, Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, was a Book Sense Pick.

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Julie Anderson, September 23, 2008 (view all comments by Julie Anderson)
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Sep08

Have I mentioned how much I love books lately? Well, I do. One of the greatest things about books is that what doesn’t ‘work’ for one reader will very likely work for many others. I’m guessing that’s probably the case with “The Bride of Casa Dracula” by Marta Acosta. This is Acosta’s third book starring Milagro De Los Santos. I think it would be beneficial to read the first two books to get a little more of the ‘back story’.

Milagro was made a vampire against her will and is somewhat of a miracle as so few survive the ‘change’. She is not exactly your ‘average’ vampire and doesn’t have any desire to ‘feed’ on humans. Milagro is very happy now that she’s about to marry into the family she’s grown to love. Her own childhood was a nightmare with a horrible mother and her yearning for love and a family is finally coming to fruition. She is, however, having difficulty with the thought of a ‘blood exchange’ with her husband-to-be although she’s already had some of his blood in a life-threatening event in an earlier book, she’s really not a human blood kind of gal…she’d much rather get her already bagged from animals!

Milagro is having a few problems. For instance: she keeps running into Ian who she’s incredibly attracted to, her best buddy has fired her wedding planners and intends to do the job herself, her ‘wedding counselor’ assigned by the vamp council is her hubby-to-be’s EX, she has to learn how and sew robes for a ‘real’ vamp wedding, the vamp council wants her to swear loyalty to them instead of the US, and it seems that someone is trying to kill her! As if planning a wedding isn’t stressful enough!

I don’t know if it’s my age, my lineage, or my vocabulary, but I just didn’t ‘get’ this book. There were certainly places where I found myself laughing out loud, but there were more places where I found myself hopelessly unamused and wondering what the author intended. I didn’t find Milagro intelligent, or very likeable. The villain of the piece was clear to me from the get go and it became very irritating when Milagro kept ‘missing it’. It was also very obvious that Milagro was more enamored of her fiance’s family than the man himself so I quit caring about the whole wedding issue fairly early. And I found Milagro and her friends more of an unflattering and unpleasant Latino parody than anything else. I’m hoping that was the author’s intention.

“The Bride of Casa Dracula” would probably appeal to a younger audience and one more in tune with Latino culture. I’m pretty sure that if the author, Marta Acosta, were not Latina, they would be lambasted for their unflattering portrayal of the culture. BUT, having said that, I can see how this would be a scream for those more comfortable than I. So, if you like a bit of Latina flavor with your paranormal chicklit, then pick up a copy (of the first book, please) and enjoy!
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ISBN:
9781416559634
Author:
Acosta, Marta
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Vampires
Subject:
Romance - Paranormal
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Contemporary
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Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20080916
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 10.08 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Marrying into a vampire family is tough, as Milagro De Los Santos learns in this charmingly goofy marriage of chick lit and the supernatural. Milagro, having been infected with vampire blood, is now engaged to her beloved undead beau, Oswald Grant, but the nuptial-planning hits a hitch when the rules committee of the vampire council demands that she renounce her citizenship. Not only does hot-blooded Milagro have a battle in store for her when she stands by her American roots, she's beginning to suspect the council of trying to sabotage her wedding: her assigned wedding planner is cruel and devious, her wedding ring goes missing, she nearly dies in a suspicious car accident and there are a few too many 'chance' meetings with her seductive vampire ex-boyfriend. All ends well, but not in the way you might think. Acosta (Happy Hour at Casa Dracula) takes a bite out of the bridal circuit with this loopy, whimsical tale." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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