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Review: Mexican Gothic

Title: Mexican Gothic

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Date of Publication: June 30th, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

He is trying to poison me. You must come for me, Noemí. You have to save me.

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find — her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough, smart, and has an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

My review:

I always love Moreno-Garcia’s fabulous writing! The Beautiful Ones is still my favorite book by her but this was pretty dang close! I also the loved the 1950s setting!

Noemí was an awesome character, strong, inquisitive, and caring. And Francis!!! He was such an adorable human being!

My favorite thing about this book was the weirdness! Such lovely and beautiful strangeness with a unique atmosphere! There was some delicious creepy things that reminded me of Crimson Peak, which I love so much! This author is def an auto-buy for me!

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Review: Signal to Noise

Title: Signal to Noise

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Date of Publication: February 10th, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

A literary fantasy about love, music and sorcery, set against the background of Mexico City.

Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you” with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends — Sebastian and Daniela — and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. With help from this newfound magic, the three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love…

Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s funeral. It’s hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, and it revives memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? And, is there any magic left?

My Review:

The Beautiful Ones is still my favorite book so far by Silvia, but this one was pretty darn awesome. Also the cover on this one is redesigned, which the book is nothing like Stranger Things besides have a 1980’s setting. I’m all about the 80’s so the setting rocked my socks!

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As for characters, this was a very character driven novel. Meche was freaking cool and could also be utterly cruel, too—which I liked! Sebastian was so sweet and Daniela was adorable, especially with her Easy Bake Oven. So, Meche could basically do magic when records are playing, and she enlists these two friends to help her.

Meche’s dad is a real piece of work. We get some glimpses from his POV, and he constantly feels sorry for himself instead of working hard for his family. And he pissed me off with the things he did!

The book rotates back and forth between 1988 and 2009, and I liked in the later chapters that you got to see the characters grow, including Meche who needed it the most. The ending was great, and this was a fun book to get a magical nostalgia feel!

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Review: Certain Dark Things

Title: Certain Dark Things

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Date of Publication: October 25th, 2017

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Goodreads 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?

My Review:

I wanted to read this because I really liked Silvia’s other book, The Beautiful Ones. While I still liked her other book better, this one was pretty great. First, I liked the Mexico setting. Second, these vampires were awesome.

The main girl Atl isn’t your normal heroine. She’s not the best at everything, she has killed, and she wants to take care of herself first. Domingo was such a clinger, but he was so sweet that you can’t help but like him.

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Nick was a freaking douche of a vampire, and his chapters were probably my favorite. I liked most of the side characters as well. What slowed it down for me was Ana’s chapters. I know why Ana’s chapters had to be there—so you can see why everything connects, but not a lot went down in most of hers. Toward her last few chapters they did get intense, though!

Overall, this was a fun read. Loved the darkness. Loved the ending. And I can’t wait to read more from this author!

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Review: The Beautiful Ones

Title: The Beautiful Ones

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Date of Publication: October 24th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society in hopes of landing a suitable husband. But Antonina is telekinetic, and strange events in her past have made her the subject of malicious gossip and hardly a sought-after bride. Now, under the tutelage of her cousin’s wife, she is finally ready to shed the past and learn the proper ways of society.

But Antonina, who prefers her family’s country home to the glamorous ballrooms of the wealthy, finds it increasingly difficult to conform to society’s ideals for women, especially when she falls under the spell of the dazzling telekinetic performer Hector Auvray. As their romance blossoms, and he teaches her how to hone and control her telekinetic gift, she can’t help but feel a marriage proposal is imminent.

Little does Antonina know that Hector and those closest to her are hiding a devastating secret that will crush her world and force her to confront who she really is and what she’s willing to sacrifice.

My Review:

So, I really loved this one. It had a slow pace that was very character driven, but I never found myself bored with it at all. I was really interested in the characters throughout. There are three POV’s which include Hector, Antonina, and Valerie.

Valerie was a real piece of work, and I truly hated her throughout the book. Hector at first was just so melancholy with his love (obsession) over Valerie. This guy had been pining away for this woman for ten years even though she had married someone else more for status. I wanted to shake him—-HARD.

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Antonina was my favorite character because she was just so cool, she was interested in different types of bugs, and maybe that is the nerdy side of me kicking in, but it was great! I never quite knew how the story was going to play out with betrayal going on, misunderstandings happening and heartbreak occurring. Overall, I definitely recommend this one.

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