Certain Dark Things – Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Another day and another Silvia Moreno-Garcia book

Thanks to Tor Nightfire for the free copy in exchange for my honest review

CERTAIN DARK THINGS – Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Released September 7th, 2021)

You can see my thoughts on her other books: MEXICAN GOTHIC (here), UNTAMED SHORE (here), and VELVET WAS THE NIGHT (here)

Book Description:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a pulse-pounding neo-noir that reimagines vampire lore.

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: 4/5 stars

Once again, something completely new and different from Silvia Moreno-Garcia! Having very recently read another one of her books I was trying to imagine what new genre mix I would be stumbling into and I still can’t believe how different these two books were. CERTAIN DARK THINGS is a neo-noir vampire book set in an alternate Mexico City. Plenty of blood to keep vampire fans happy and lots of new elements to make this stand out against the others.

Who knew I needed different species of vampires to become even more invested? I’ve never been a huge fan of vampires books (I can almost guarantee my refusal to support my friend’s obsession with Twilight in high school had something to do with it) but I really enjoyed this one. The encyclopedia in the back of the book gave more information and history on the different kinds of vampires and I highly recommend reading through it.

Moreno-Garcia never ceases to amaze me with how different all her books are. Yes, this one is horror but it’s not the same kind of horror as MEXICAN GOTHIC was. Yes, there’s lots of action but it’s still very different from VELVET WAS THE NIGHT. What you can always count on, though, are well-developed badass and memorable characters, a rich and immersive setting, and a story with a steady pace to keep you going. If you like a good and very bloody vampire story, this needs to be the next one on your list.

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