Friday, September 18, 2009
Midnight Brunch by Marta Acosta
About the book
Hip, funny Milagro de los Santos thinks she's finally found love and a home at the California ranch of fabulous Oswald Grant and his urbane relatives, who have a rare genetic disorder that some call vampirism. But Milagro is bewildered when she's excluded from an ancient and mysterious midnight ceremony whose participants include Oswald's unfriendly parents, a creepy family elder, and Milagro's ex-lover, the powerful and decadent Ian Ducharme. What skeletons are the vampires keeping in their designer closets?
When Milagro's life is threatened by a rogue family member, she flees to the desert to hide. Instead of solitude, she encounters an egomaniacal actor, a partying heiress, a sly tabloid reporter, and a lavish spa full of dark secrets -- all of which might help her find a way home.
I'd like to thank Marta Acosta for sending me a copy of this book. You are awesome.
Midnight Brunch is the sequel of Happy Hour at Casa Dracula. It starts with our protagonist Milagro de los Santos living with her boyfriend Oswald at the ranch where she has been staying for over a year since the accidental blood infection took place. But an unfortunate introduction to Oswald's parents and heated argument between out two love birds, mysterious family rituals and shady relatives takes our beloved Milagro on another adventure.
I am officially categorizing this as a Chicklit Vampire Mystery Comedy. It was still a laugh-out-loud read. Who wouldn't love Milagro? She's funny, ballsy, smart, and sexy. One can easily relate to her, except for the genetic disorder called Vampirism, it's funny how until now Oswald's family at the ranch refuse to admit that they are bloodsucking entity. I found myself drawn to Ian's character and was secretly rooting for him, the absence of Oswald from the good part of the book made me doubt his intentions. Plus seriously being a mama's boy is so irritating.
Milagro also had a lot to deal with on this book. Romantic issues, career developments, egotistical has been actor, vampire psychos, etc. From living in the ranch to getting stabbed and a quick escape from being drained in the city to finally arriving at a place named as La Basura, how ironic that she ended up fleeing over there. I found myself really happy that she was given a chance to rewrite a screen play not exactly the book deal she wanted but definitely a stepping stone but that was interrupted when Thomas Cook showed up. I am also relieved that the vampire theme here still stayed as human as possible. No bloodbaths, a show of excessive strength and over the top vampire qualities.
The biggest incentives of this book will be insane moments, witty dialogues, interesting new characters, bigger mysteries and complicated matters of the heart. Expect to laugh and symphatize with Milagro all the way. I can't wait to read the next book.
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