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Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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”She was standing in front of a stand selling T-shirts with the image of the Virgin on them, and the irony wasn’t lost on him that this was a vampire, right by the basilica, right by a bunch of rosaries and crucifixes and cheap plastic saints.”

Okay so I’ve been interested in this for a while, but I only really got the kick to pick it up when it was included in VE Schwab’s list of favourite fantasy novels in Oprah magazine.

I wasn’t actually too sure at first - there are a few POVs and I couldn’t totally connect with the characters, but it grew on me as the plot picked up. I loved Atl, and her Doberman Cualli.

The worldbuilding is probably my favourite aspect of the novel - it’s set in Mexico City, but it’s actually not urban fantasy as I thought? It’s more dystopian in the way the city has isolated itself from the country and the world is aware of the existence of vampires. It’s very gritty; one person called it “noir” and after some thought I agree with that. It’s also lovely to see a diverse fantasy with different takes on the vampire lore, and the uniqueness + the setting is quite interesting.

> 3.5 stars
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Reading Progress

April 24, 2017 – Shelved
April 24, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
April 24, 2017 – Shelved as: adult-lit
April 24, 2017 – Shelved as: paranormal
April 24, 2017 – Shelved as: stand-alone-novels
March 20, 2019 – Started Reading
March 20, 2019 – Shelved as: fabulism
March 20, 2019 – Shelved as: thrillers-crime-mystery
March 20, 2019 – Shelved as: urban-fantasy
March 20, 2019 –
page 50
14.88%
March 22, 2019 – Shelved as: dystopian
March 22, 2019 –
page 199
59.23%
March 22, 2019 – Finished Reading

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