Domingo is a street kid living in Mexico City in the safe zone from the threat of vampires. One day though Domingo meets a strange girl who offers him money to come with her. Domingo hasn’t been above prostitution to survive but question why this lovely girl would want to pay him when he should be begging for her company. Curious Domingo finds himself following Atl to her apartment where she reveals that she is actually a vampire and descendant of Aztec blood drinkers.
Atl has been in hiding in the last place she thinks someone would look for a vampire, in the city that is supposed to be a vampire free zone. But now Atl’s troubles are catching up to her as careful as she’s been. Nick and Rodrigo who have been hunting Atl have arrived in Mexico City and have been bringing attention from the authorities by raising the body count within the city.
Starting off reading Certain Dark Things I was impressed with the world building within this read. The author did a wonderful job creating a unique setting by creating this fictional world based on Aztec mythology and Mexican folklore. There’s hints of the vampire culture we’ve all come to know but a very intricately woven world with bringing in new things to the vampires within the story.
However, as much as I was impressed with the details the story was built around I was almost just as disappointed as I went on that the plot seemed to lack the enthusiasm that the world had. With the lack of plot to engage me further into the read then some of the others details given to the vampire society almost started feeling like info dumps and started to drag a bit.
In the end the lack of plot made this one not one of my favorite reads this year and I decided to give this one 2.5 stars. I would certainly be interested in another read by this author because the writing seemed to be solid it just lacked a bit of excitement for me as a reader.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.