Tuesday, 18 December 2018
Book Review: Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Paranormal)
Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
Publication Date: 2016
Source: Birthday Gift
Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires…
Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life.
Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco-vampire clan pursuing her. Domingo is smitten.
Her plan doesn’t include developing any real attachment to Domingo. Hell, the only living creature she loves is her trusty Doberman. Little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his effervescent charm.
And then there’s Ana, a cop who suddenly finds herself following a trail of corpses and winds up smack in the middle of vampire gang rivalries.
Vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive?
Certain Dark Things was an original and entertaining read. I liked Moreno-Garcia's take on the vampire genre, in particular her use of different subspecies of vampire and their individual traits. It brought a fresh feel to the story and characters, and I enjoyed the developing relationship between Atl and Domingo. The world building was generally good, and the prose flowing and easy to read. Once or twice I would have liked a little more depth to some of the secondary characters, but overall it was most enjoyable, and I would certainly read more from this author in the future.