Certain Dark Things: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher Thomas Dunne Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

These vampires don’t glitter.

Side note: I fucking love Alexander Skarsgard

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Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires…

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

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I don’t know what I was expecting when I picked this up but I got something completely different…and it was so good!

This isn’t like those fluffy vampire books that have been on trend over the last few years (not that they aren’t good). No. These vampires are your Anne Rice/Charlaine Harris-esque vampires who will literally kill you and drain you of your blood.

The last surviving daughter of a vampire family, Atl goes on the run to Mexico City where she meets a down on his luck street kid named Domingo. Having previously felt nothing for humans, her newfound relationship with Domingo sees her reassessing what she thinks of them – especially when she needs an ally more than ever.

To stop me from spoiling too much of the plot, here are a few of my favourite tidbits.

  • Calling all private investigators: This reads like one of those 1940s crime novels – at least it did to me.
  • Vampires: Duh! All the things you think you know about vampires is flipped on its head in Certain Dark Things and I love that Silvia Moreno-Garcia has created a new subsect of vampire folklore that is very original and captivating.
  • Refreshing as fuck: I haven’t read too many vampire books over the years but those I have seemed to contain that classic trope where a human and vampire fall in love and are showered in fairy dust. This book is so much more than that.
  • Blood and guts: Okay, so this is a vampire book where people get devoured left, right and centre so expect some gore. Actually, expect quite a lot of it. It’s not just the vamps shedding blood though. There is an underbelly to this Mexican setting that sees some gang violence come to a head.

This book is set to be released October 2016 and if you enjoy these darker vampire stories, I’d definitely recommend picking this up.

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