Book Review: Certain Dark Things

We have received snow! It is not my favorite thing, but it does make me appreciate my cozy, little bungalow. I’m warm. I have cats to snuggle and tea to drink and snacks to eat. What more could I need?

Books! That’s what. I have one for today.

Description from the publisher: “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?”

First, how amazing is that cover? I love it so much, the color, the drama!

I read another book by Silvia Moreno-Garcia called Mexican Gothic, and though this one was very different, I liked it just as much. The combination of concepts: the vampires and the drug cartel make for an interesting mix.

The vampires themselves are slightly different, too. The protagonist, Atl, is descended from Aztec blood drinkers, which is pretty dang awesome. I’ve gotten so used to the European and American vampires that this is a refreshing take. And it makes sense if you consider the role that human sacrifice played in their culture.

This story also features a few different species, each with their own nightmarish abilities. I won’t include spoilers for those, but I will say that the main character is like no other vampire type I’ve read about.

My only complaint about the book was that the pacing was a bit slow in spots. However, it wasn’t slow enough that I wanted to put the book down. Also, as previously mentioned, I’m an impatient reader, so that could be a me-problem and not necessarily a book problem.

I would also like to note that I would be very happy indeed if someone could pretty please release this as a movie or a TV show.

Anyway, if you like vampire stories, but you’re looking for a slightly different angle, this book might be a fun read for you.


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