Certain Dark Things

Certain Dark Things

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Book - 2016 | First edition.
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Welcome to Mexico City... An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires...

Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eeking 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?

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250099082
Branch Call Number: FIC Moren
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 22 cm

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tigersnow
May 14, 2017

This book was unique and I loved seeing different cultures take in vampire lores. The main character was an interesting, and the way it ended was sad and confusing but I enjoyed it. I would read more books from this author. Three stars.

KateHillier Jan 30, 2017

The world building in this intense. Vampires linked with Aztecs? Events actually take place in Mexico? Sign me up. We have a street kid who crosses paths with a vampire, becomes stupidly fascinated in a way you'd expect a seventeen year old boy to get fascinated by a vampire and things just roll out from there. This is bloody, harsh, and absolutely fascinating.

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shayshortt
Nov 22, 2016

Silvia Moreno-Garcia pulls together a diverse variety of vampire lore, and is able to incorporate many different traditions by dividing her vampires into ten different sub-species. The result is a perfect blend of real world crime drama and urban fantasy lore in this unique new take on the vampire story.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2016/11/22/certain-dark-things/

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shayshortt
Nov 22, 2016

Domingo is a street kid who scrapes by as a junk collector on the streets of Mexico City, one of the few vampire-free zones in a world that learned in 1967 that vampires are all too real. Domingo is fascinated by the pop-culture lore of these creatures, but he has never seen one until Atl drops into his life. The scion of a powerful northern narco-clan, Atl is on the run after a disastrous clash with a rival clan. Sneaking into Mexico City is risky, but she needs to buy the papers that will allow her to escape to South America. Atl wants to get in and get out quickly and quietly, but she needs a source of blood that will not draw suspicion or attention. Unfortunately, her rivals are much less discreet, and soon the human gangs and cops of Mexico City become aware that vampires have invaded their territory.

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shayshortt
Nov 22, 2016

She seems to enjoy your company, she may even like you, and yet. Don’t deceive yourself, my boy, this is not a love story.

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