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Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is just trying to survive its heavily policed streets when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life. Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, is smart, beautiful, and dangerous. Domingo is mesmerized.

Atl needs to quickly escape the city, far from the rival narco-vampire clan relentlessly pursuing her. Her plan doesn’t include Domingo, but little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his undeniable charm. As the trail of corpses stretches behind her, local cops and crime bosses both start closing in.

Vampires, humans, cops, and criminals collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive? Or will the city devour them all?

My thoughts:

Thank you so much to Ella at Jo Fletcher Books for asking me to be a part of the social media blast for this amazing book + sending me a gorgeous finished hardback copy! I’m joined by other members of the bookish community – so please go check out their reviews too!

Folks, Silvia Moreno-Garcia has done it again, this book was creepy, dark and addictive and I savoured every moment. Certain Dark Things was a fast paced, thrilling and refreshing neo-noir novel with vampires, rival gangs and rich cultural inspired world building. I haven’t read a good vampire book in so long, well any that don’t involve creatures of the sparkling variety and rest assured, in this book the vampires are dynamic and have plenty of teeth and uh, more.

The story takes place in Mexico City, in an alternate time where the existence of Vampires has been discovered and accepted for the most part. Throw in Atl, the last surviving member of her family, an ancient vampire clan descended from Aztec warriors and Nick, the malicious heir to a rival vampire gang raging havoc across the city – all the pieces are perfectly in place for a suspenseful and thrilling noir. I really liked how Moreno-Garcia reimagined Mexico City and wove in various vampire lore from across the globe to establish the different kinds of vampires native to each part of the world.

I really enjoyed how we got Atl’s backstory and history, and seeing the city and world through her eyes was so unique. I really liked the glimpses of what the city used to be like, with it’s storied past and it was beautiful to read. When Atl crosses paths with Domingo, a lonely garbage collector, what begins as a matter of convenience grows into a friendship and need for the other. I thought their dynamic was something special and the yearning and romance was done so well and so believable.

I love how each of Moreno-Garcia’s books are so unique and so different from each other. I love how through accessing her books I’ve really gotten into noir novels and I honestly cannot wait till her next release next year. Overall, Certain Dark Things was a truly great read and while I appreciated the ending I was left wanting more stories in this universe, I would happily follow Atl on many more adventures.

Until next time,

Rums x

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