Certain Dark Things

Certain Dark Things

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Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Here in the city, heavily policed to keep the creatures of the night at bay, Domingo is another trash-picking street kid, just hoping to make enough to survive. Then he meets Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers. Domingo is smitten. He clings to her like a barnacle until Atl relents and decides to let him stick around. But Atl's problems, Nick and Rodrigo, have come to find her. When they start to raise the body count in the city, it attracts the attention of police officers, local crime bosses, and the vampire community. Atl has to get out before Mexico City is upended, and her with it.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250099082
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 25, 2020

Recommended by Tor - Sarah Waites

Feb 15, 2020

I loved the idea of how vampires came to be, but it just became redundant through-out the book. I don't think they focused on the main character enough...too many moving parts. I was excited then bored. Stopped 3/4 of way in...which is rare for me.

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.

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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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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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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