Velvet was the Night by: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This was a bit of a letdown for me. I want to say that I love this author. Mexican Gothic, Gods of Jade and Shadow, The Return of the Sorceress, I devoured these stories. And what they show is that this author has a really good solid grasp of fiction. She knows what she’s doing and does it well.

Most of the time.

This book was a slog. It was slow paced and by the halfway mark I was waiting for something to happen.

Set during 1970’s Mexico City, political protests rock the city while those in power fear communism and the fist against speech and rights comes down hard, depending on whose side you’re on.

Maite is a secretary and Elvis is a gang member, a Hawk. One of El Mago’s boys. And with political intrigue a possibility, with riots and clashes, you’d think this book would be interesting.

It’s not.

Maite is a klepto who steals from the people she pet sits for in her apartment. Never anything big, but it has to be something sentimental. Is she likeable? Not really but I was hoping she would make up for it by being interesting. Instead she’s a girl with very little drive who loves listening to records in English because the covers don’t sound the same and lives for her romance comics.

In essence, not a character you really want to follow.

Elvis is the most boring gang member I’ve ever read.

Both suffer from flat personalities and I didn’t care what happened to them at all.

The book picks up around maybe the last 20% which was hard just to get to and then the ending is almost a slap with how lackluster it was. It too, was boring.

The author does a great job switching POVs. You can tell you’re reading about two different characters with two different voices. It just doesn’t matter because both are boring.

This one misses the mark for me.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC.


Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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