Reviews of Dark Fiction

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

CERTAIN DARK THINGS takes vampires, turns them into different types of vampires, then introduces some vampire genealogy, and lastly, plops it all down into Mexico City where vampires aren’t even allowed. What fun!

As far as the story itself goes, I give it 3.5/5 stars. It was good enough for me to want more. The different types of vampires and vampire families has been done before, and done better. However, there were some things I really liked about this novel-well, two main things. The dog and Domingo. Though Domingo seemed too naive to live at times, I was rooting for him and for the dog. The main character, Atl, didn’t have much to endear her to the reader, and in fact, I nearly hated her.

I recently listened to the audio of a Latina-authored book and the narrator was terrible. However, the story itself was good enough for me to overlook it. Almost the opposite thing happened here. The narrator was so damn good, (that’s YOU, Aida Reluzco!), I couldn’t stop listening, even though I didn’t care for the story itself that much. Her voicing was phenomenal and I plan on looking for other books narrated by her in the future.

Overall, this tale was a decent one, even without a protagonist I could get behind. The narration brought it up to an another level-one where I can say I did end up enjoying this vampiric tale!

*Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for the e-audio of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

Certain Dark Things Book Cover Certain Dark Things
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Dark Fiction, Horror
MacMillan Audio
09/07/2021
Audiobook
272
NetGalley

From Silvia Moreno-Garcia, the New York Times best-selling author of Mexican Gothic, comes Certain Dark Things, 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?

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Nightfire

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