by Barbara SamuelMay, 2007
The many facets of love
For a book that's ultra-hip and very now, look no further than Marta Acosta's Midnight Brunch, the sequel to Happy Hour at Casa Dracula. The entirely winning Milagro de los Santos is an aspiring writer in love with her ultra hot, ultra-rich boyfriend Oswald, who has an er medical condition that makes him sensitive to sunlight and hungry for bloody treats, along with the rest of his family. When she's excluded from a family ceremony, Milagro's curiosity tumbles her into a power play that gets her into trouble. Here's a book that belongs on nightstands in hip downtown apartments everywhere. The delight is in Acosta's clever, fresh voice, which moves the narrative at a rollicking pace.