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Certain Dark Things

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Mexico City has become a closed nation city, leaving the rest of the country at the mercy of powerful vampire gangs who fight for territory against each other and the humans. But as with all rules, there are times

As Domingo gets in deeper and deeper, you can see the boundaries of society peeling back around him, plunging us into a world where human life is very disposable and where gangs have as much say over police procedure as any law ever could. I eagerly await her next release * Scorpio Book Dreams * The perfect blend of fantasy, horror and noir, with vivid characters and set in a Mexico City that became a character in and of itself . Atl and Domingo stand little chance at all of making it out alive before the city devours them all – but they are determined to try. Another subspecies featured in the story is the Revenant, a particularly frightening creature that can absorb the life from humans and vampires alike. The story primarily follows Atl, a Tlāhuihpochtli vampire on the run in Mexico City, and Domingo, a human who’s just trying to get by on his own.I’m thrilled to see Moreno-Garcia getting the attention she deserves, and I love reading a book like this that brings in cultural and mythological elements that are foreign to me.

Certain Dark Things is an homage to noir fiction, a genre of literature that takes its name from the film style and tends to feature dark and gritty depictions of crime, corruption, and violence. She manages to blend together multiple genres to make a dark and sometimes gruesome novel, that any horror fans will be sure to love. After the existence of vampires became publicly known in the 1970s, other species of vampires from all around the world migrated to Mexico as other countries fought to expel them.

That kind of world building is hard to come by, especially while being established so quickly in a more concise book and it’s no surprise to me that this is the author who handled it well. This one looked like a man who worked selling life insurance, a man who opened and closed his briefcase dozens of times during the day, handing out pamphlets and explanations.

Atl needs to escape the city quickly, to get far away from the rival narco-vampire clan relentlessly pursuing her. This noir-style story takes place in an alternate version of Mexico City, where vampires are real and everyone knows it.

Mexican Gothic is the only Moreno-Garcia book I’ve read so far and like you I thought it was fantastic. It's all very plotty and angsty, and it's mostly about Domingo falling hard for Atl and Atl having multiple thoughts about what she's doing, and the people trying to harm her having harmful thoughts. Para una persona que no es muy fan de los vampiros como yo, acabé enganchadísima con el universo que la autora imagina con sus diferentes razas, peculiaridades y voces.

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