It has been a minute since I read a good vampire novel. CERTAIN DARK THINGS was an adult story about vampires. This story takes place in Mexico City, one of the many cities in the world that doesn’t allow vampires. There are many different species of vampires in this story. Atl is perhaps the last of her kind. Domingo is a poor kid with nothing but time. Domingo and Atl share a relationship of necessity as Atl tries to figure out how to get out of the city and to a safe place. In the meantime, Narco breed vampires, with mind control powers, are hunting Atl. Between the local police and vampires that want her gone, Atl is in a fight to survive long enough to get out of the city alive.
Atl and Domingo are an unlikely pair. Atl is a spoiled vampire slumming it so she can find allies in the city. Domingo is a dirt poor teenager living in the sewers. This isn’t a typical love story. Vampires in this story doesn’t need or want sex and Atl is not an exception to that rule. She does require blood though, and that’s where Domingo comes in. Domingo is an awkward possibly ugly boy who wants to be needed. Their alliance is based on necessity.
I felt the world building in this book was straight up fantastic. The author has created a world where vampires and humans walk the earth and fight over territory. There are many species of vampire in this story and I wanted to learn about and meet all of them. The author has artfully crafted an alternate history where vampires come out of the shadows and become integrated into society. Atl and Domingo are not educated about each other, so they fumble through things like feedings and illness. I loved seeing them both interact in this world. The story starts off small with just Domingo and Atl and the grows to include so many interesting characters.
The bad news is that it was hard connecting to these characters. I loved them both, but the are incredibly flawed. Atl is a snob and struggles when dealing with humans. Domingo is a naive kid who yearns for more than he will get. Both of them grew throughout the story, but I felt like it took a long time. Also, during the reading of this story I felt as if I were waiting for something. We, the reader, are strung along in anticipation of something that may or may not happen.
You know that feeling you get when you finish a book and you wish it were part of a series because you want more? I felt that so much at the end of this book. I so looked forward to getting back to this story every time I had to put it down. The author did a great job with this. This story was mature and included my favorite kind of vampires. Vampires with intelligent and so much history. I do hope this author writes more about this world. It seems a shame to start something with so much promise and then just leave it at one story. I would definitely recommend this to mature vampire fans and look forward to more from this author!
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on October 25th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Paranormal, Dark Fantasy, Literary, Romance
Also by this author: The Beautiful Ones
eARC provided by Thomas Dunne Books
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?