Thursday, August 1, 2013

Casa Dracula Series

This just goes to show you that it’s worthwhile skimming Amazon’s 100 Free Bestsellers list every once in a while.  Last week, I was able to order three of the four Casa Dracula series from Marta Acosta.  The first book was not free and I was a bit apprehensive about starting the series on the 2nd book, but I am so very glad I downloaded them.
The books revolve around feisty Milago De Los Santos and her life living with “vampires” though in this world, vampirism is just a genetic condition that affects their sensitivity to sunlight, causes strange cravings for blood or red colored foods and a host of other cool abilities.
I just finished book two, Midnight Brunch at Casa Dracula and let me just tell you that Acosta has a real knack for sucking the reader into this world but the real star of the book and the best testament Acosta’s writing ability is Milagro.

Amazon Book Description:
Hilarious party girl and writer Milagro De Los Santos is finally in a serious relationship with a fabulous man, Oswald Grant, MD, and living at his wine country ranch with his career-fixated relatives. It's true that Oswald accidentally infected her with the rare family condition that makes them crave blood cocktails and need protection from the sun, but what family doesn't have quirks?

She thought they accepted her, so she's hurt when she's excluded from a midnight ceremony with special guests including a creepy family elder, Oswald's hostile parents, and Milagro's ex-lover, decadent and powerful Ian Ducharme.

When Milagro's life is threatened, she flees to the desert to hide and work on a screenplay. Instead of solitude, she encounters an egomaniacal actor, a partying socialite, a sly tabloid reporter, and a lavish spa full of dark secrets. It's all lots of fun until the bwaa-ha-ha laughter and the knives come out. Now all Milagro has to do is finish her screenplay, ambush a world domination movement, and overcome a terrible infection before she can make her way back to Casa Dracula.

I fell in love with Milagro, as do most of the people around her.  This character had so much depth and intellect. This is the 2nd book of the series but after the first few chapters, I felt like I already knew Milagro and didn’t feel amiss about not reading the first book. I literally laughed out loud at some of the crazy situations Milagro gets into and I love that she manages to stay witty and calm despite having her life on the line.  I feel like no matter how and where she ends up, Milagro can get through anything with some humor and a cocktail.
The story has many arcs and side stories so Acosta juggles the different elements beautifully, crafting a vampire story, love story, mystery all in one that you don’t want to stop reading. It also doesn’t hurt that she’s got a hunky boyfriend and a smolderingly hot ex, both of which seem so genuine and not super-perfect men like some other vampire series (you know who I’m talking about).
Unfortunately, at the time of posting, the books are no longer free but please do not let that stop you from checking out the series.  Amazon Prime members can borrow the book for free and they are worth buying or just keeping track and hope they go on sale again.
Definitely check out this series (I’ve just opened up the third book) and to find more info about Marta Acosta and other works, check out her website.

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