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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Mexico City... 

An oasis in a sea of vampires... 

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

©2016 Silvia Moreno-Garcia (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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  • 04-14-17

Great book bad narration

A large portion of the names and places in the story are badly mispronounce by the narrator, Dan Bittner, in the audiobook. The story is great, but if you are familiar with Mexico or Spanish names I highly recommend reading the book yourself rather than listening to the audiobook.

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Great new vampire story! More please!

I love the story and the author knows Mexico and gave a rich story.

The reader could have been someone able to fully mix in Spanish pronunciation. This guy read it like a teen novel - it was one way to go which may be popular but not the way I would have preferred it.

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Not your traditional vampire story!

What did you love best about Certain Dark Things?

I really enjoyed that the story was set in Mexico City and that it involved the ancient vampires of Mexico. The writer introduced several types of vampires but Atl and her "species" was the most interesting and unique of the two or three that we actually met. The author also changed many of the traditional "rules" about vampires which moved the story along and she also reversed the traditional roles of the vampire story; here the woman was the dominant and seductive (reluctantly) vampire and the man was the helpless victim.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story hinted that there were many different kinds of vampires and there was a large untold back story about the discovery of vampires. It would have been interesting to get more of that back story as well as some information on the other vampire species.

Which character – as performed by Dan Bittner – was your favorite?

Dan Bittner did an excellent job with all the characters. His transition from one to the other was seamless and natural. He conveyed Domingo's teenaged confusion and desire for acceptance very well. His portrayal of Atl was also very good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was very tempting to listen to this book in one sitting. My schedule didn't permit that but if it had I probably would have done that.

Any additional comments?

The story had some very unique and interesting elements - the different vampire species, the vampire drug cartels, etc. The plot was very straightforward - bad guys chasing the complicated heroine who is helped by a lovestruck teenager. That didn't provide too many surprises and the climax of the plot was a little predictable. But the character development of the 2 main characters was very natural and convincing and the overall story was very enjoyable. I would recommend this to anyone who likes vampire tales and would like to try something a little different.

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Narration disappointment

Even though the story takes place in Mexico the narrator does Avery poor job of pronouncing the "Aztec" and Spanish words and in some places completing ignoring the true pronunciation--Hidalgo, and NOT how he pronounced it! Good pronunciation would lend a feeling of credibility to an otherwise light but gory fictional tale.

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Needs an editor

Shallow characters, boring story, terribly cliche. Writing is amateurish. Could have been very interesting, but locale and culture are barely explored - the only things Mexican about this book are the names and the fact that somebody eats a taco once. Main characters are unlikable and none of their actions make sense.

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