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Velvet Was the Night
Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a riveting noir about a daydreaming secretary, a lonesome thug, and the mystery of the missing woman that brings them together. 1970s Mexico City. Maite is a secretary who lives for one thing: the latest issue of Secret Romance. While student protests and political unrest consume the city, Maite escapes into stories of passion and danger. Her next-door neighbor, Leonora, a beautiful art student, seems to live a life of intrigue and romance that Maite envies. When Leonora disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman--and journeying deeper into Leonora's secret life of student radicals and dissidents. Meanwhile, someone else is also looking for Leonora at the behest of his boss, a shadowy figure who commands goon squads dedicated to squashing political activists. Elvis is an eccentric thug who longs to escape his own life: He loathes violence and loves old movies and rock 'n' roll. But as Elvis searches for the missing woman, he comes to observe Maite from a distance--and grows more and more obsessed with this woman who shares his love of music, and the unspoken loneliness of his heart. Now as Maite and Elvis come closer to discovering the secrets behind Leonora's disappearance, they can no longer escape the danger that threatens to consume their lives, with hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies aiming to protect Leonora's secrets--at gunpoint. Their lives become more colorful than comics, more passionate than a pop song, and stranger than pulp fiction.
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Nalbuque
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Seventies political fiction down in Mexico, based on a real horror story that was widespread in South America at the time. I listened to this one in one weekend, it was engaging and felt so real. Having notes from the author at the end was such a treat, bc the whole book was rly well researched, and I appreciated more details on the real world events!

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Laughterhp
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Mehso-so

I don‘t think I actually liked this book. I listened to it at 2x speed which is usually an indication. Maite was so obsessed with her looks and seemed very childish for her age. I always like Morena-Garcia‘s books for the setting. It was an interesting perspective Mexico in the 70s.

#AwesomeApril
#pop22 - Latinx author
#thingsincommon
#NoShameReadathon - Noir

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
Megabooks 💯 agree with this review! 1mo
shanaqui Yeah, same experience, didn't love it. I do love that SMG's novels have the Mexican settings and that she has such a range of different story worlds and genres going on. 1mo
Cinfhen I‘ve seen lots of mixed reviews for this book 1mo
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DavidDiamond
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Mehso-so

While the setting, based around the real-life political climate of 1970‘s Mexico, proved interesting, the story took some effort for me to finish.
A tad cliche...An innocent woman (secretary by day and lover of romantic comics by night) becomes entangled in a search for her neighbor and some missing rolls of film that are highly coveted by various government factions.
In short, a somewhat predictable tale where not a lot happens.
3/5 stars

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JackOBotts
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Finishing my March #bookspin before calling it a night. This got off to a slow start for me, but picked up speed about 1/3 of the way in. I enjoyed how Elvis‘s & Maite‘s storylines flowed. 3.5 ⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
Laughterhp Oh that‘s good to know. I started this one yesterday and wasn‘t sure if I was going to continue. 2mo
JackOBotts @Laughterhp - definitely give yourself some extra time to warm up to it. I hope you enjoy. 2mo
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JackOBotts
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I‘ll take it. Happy Weekend, everyone!
#CoffeeandBooks

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mcctrish
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Crap weather day so I baked my mom‘s coffee cake and finished this book. It‘s amazing 🖤by the same author as Mexican Gothic but NOTHING similar other than set in Mexico. It is so twist and turny and compulsive to read

readordierachel Love your mug! And the cake looks delicious 2mo
mcctrish @readordierachel I need a mug for all the publishers so I can match my books 😆 and they cake is/was delicious and I‘m happy to have breakfast sorted for a few days 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
EvieBee What a feast for the eyes! 📸 ❤️ 2mo
mcctrish @EvieBee meeting all my needs ❤️❤️ 2mo
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LeftyDv
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At some point, I realized I was really just reading a version of the comics Maite obsessed over, with a historic spin to it in novel form. I found it a fantastic mystery - one that isn‘t for everybody, but was for me. I will be exploring another Moreno-Garcia book soon. Also, the Spotify playlist and beautiful cover design add to its allure.

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mcctrish
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Saturday night

Cathythoughts Saturday night looks 👌 2mo
mcctrish @Cathythoughts we watched a movie too ( crazy times here 🤣) we have been trying to watch as many Oscar contenders as we can before the big day. Last night we watched Drive My Car - very good 👍🏻 2mo
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mcctrish
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Next. Now I‘m travelling to Mexico

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Dcueto
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Will it live up to the hype?

Alfoster I‘ll be interested to hear if you liked it! I‘ll keep my opinions to myself for now….😝 3mo
Dcueto @Alfoster oh nooooooo! Ok I‘ll keep you posted 3mo
Alfoster No, I didn‘t hate it! Just didn‘t go where I thought! 3mo
Dcueto @Alfoster it was interesting lol 2mo
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Pinta
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Historical-noir-romance, Mexico City during the Mexican Guerra Sucia. Pretty pulpy, but the plot clips along with a few good twists. Stock characters like the mobster-poet, dowdy secretary, glamorous photographer, student activists. Soundtrack for your reading pleasure=great accompanying Spotify playlist. 2021

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Mehso-so

A bit of a disappointment. It might be my own lack of knowledge of Mexican political history but I mostly did not understand what was going on here. There were so many groups all seemed to be fighting but I don't know why? The writing was so surface level, no good descriptionS of people or places. After the richness of Mexican Gothic this fell a bit flat.

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akfreeborn
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A little noir-like and depicts a specific time and place well for a period of Mexican History I didn‘t know about. Liked Elvis pretty well but the rest of them didn‘t really matter particularly Leonora bout she did tie everything in. I give this one 3.5 stars. It was well written.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Gritty, atmospheric, & filled with subtle shades of grey, no black/white or right/wrong binaries in this one, the tagged book is a well-written & sophisticated noir set in 1970s Mexico City. It appears on a number of “best of” lists this year for good reason. If you pick it up thinking you‘re getting another Mexican Gothic, you‘ll be disappointed. If, however, you‘re looking for a mystery filled with political & social intrigue, this one is great.

StaceGhost And the soundtrack is fantastic! Loved this one 5mo
TracyReadsBooks @StaceGhost 😮 I didn‘t know there was a soundtrack. I‘ll definitely have to check it out! 5mo
StaceGhost @TracyReadsBooks ooo yes! Check out the back of the book, there‘s a Spotify link 5mo
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AlizaApp
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Noir set in 1970s Mexico City. Maite is a bored secretary and Elvis is a hired thug, and both of them are looking for the same missing girl after a series of protests turn violent. Loved the musical cues and the atmospheric writing.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Next up as I continue working my way through the NYT 2021 list of 100 Notable Books. I‘m really enjoying this one so far…maybe even more than Mexican Gothic which I loved…maybe. I‘ll have to see what I think at the end.

AmyG That‘s awesome you are reading all those. 6mo
TracyReadsBooks @AmyG Not sure I‘ll manage to read every book on the list but I‘m definitely trying to read all the ones I already have! 6mo
AmyG That‘s a good idea. I should see what I have that‘s on the list and make a tbr pile. Thanks! (edited) 6mo
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Avanders
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Ok well… that was in no way what I expected. And while it didn‘t … for me, represent a.. you know, velvety night, I loved it. I must love the way she writes or tells her stories or something. I just want to *eat* it. This, despite feeling that the audio narration was fine, but not amazing. I think I would have enjoyed it even more (& perhaps found it more velvety?) if I had eye-read it. 🤔 Doesn‘t matter, really. 5 stars.

#AVeryMerryReadathon

TheSpineView Awesome 👍🤩📖📚 6mo
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Avanders
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Reading (Velvet on audio).
I read somewhere that Moreno-Garcia‘s books all have a different vibe. I love that in an author when well done (eg Matt Ruff). I don‘t know what to think yet, & I‘m 75% done w the book. It‘s not…. Velvety, as promised? But I wonder if that‘s because of the narrator? She‘s… not velvety. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Anyone?

Also reading Stroud after having enjoyed his Niceville series🤓

& sent the #LMPBC book to @carlthecattt today! #groupw

ChaoticMissAdventures Velvet is on my list for this month, she is very hit or miss for me. I did really like Mexican Gothic which is pretty polarizing, and Certain Dark Things was certainly dark (I liked it fine) 6mo
Avanders @ChaoticMissAdventures I also really liked Mexican Gothic! And I‘m here for Certain Dark Things… and this is good. It‘s just… not quite what I was expecting. Though I‘m not sure what that was 🤔😜 6mo
Avanders Oh! #AVeryMerryReadathon 🎄🌺❄️ @TheSpineView 😁 6mo
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TheSpineView Great job 👍📖 6mo
tokorowilliamwallace Nice, Matt Ruff! I got something of his at the library years back and really liked his badass female protagonist! I found an ARC copy of the Moreno-Garcia at my local resale charity shop I frequent, so I'll get to it sometime. (edited) 6mo
Avanders @tokorowilliamwallace that had to have been Bad Monkeys 😁 Though I haven‘t read everything of his, so maybe it‘s one of the ones I haven‘t read yet! 6mo
tokorowilliamwallace @Avanders, yes that sounds right. Gotta get on those books I currently have which could remind of its style. It was a very unique book and I think I picked other unique books on that particular library trip all from the same shelf (N through S, maybe): a postmodern, stream-of-consciousness read by I think Sam Shepard or something, oh and maybe another shelf with Genesis by Beckett. It's the best part about the library, discovery, exploration. 6mo
Avanders @tokorowilliamwallace oh that sounds fun — I agree, bad monkeys was unique … one of the things I like so much about it! And agreed re the library ☺️ ETA: Genesis by Beckett added to wishlist! (edited) 6mo
Avanders @tokorowilliamwallace oh thank you! Lol I‘d only added it on goodreads 🤭😜 6mo
tokorowilliamwallace @Avanders, OK, good, we are connected on there. You'll have to excuse my haphazard reading habits on there! 6mo
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Cortg
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This was a slow read with a great ending. Political Mexico City, 1970. When Leonora goes missing after taking pictures during an attack on students, her neighbor, Maite, begins asking questions and diving deeper into her disappearance. Elvis, is put on surveillance to find Leonora. The story of Leonora‘s disappearance slowly unveils itself as the mystery unfolds. Bonus: The author created a Spotify playlist to accompany the book and times!

StaceGhost I‘ve been rocking out to that Spotify playlist ever since I finished this! Great review and read :) 7mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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10-30-21: My 109th finished book of 2021! 1970s Mexico City. Maite is a secretary at a law firm who day dreams about having a life like one in her favorite comic Secret Romance. Elvis is an enforcer in a gang called The Hawks who fight political activists. When Maite‘s neighbor, Leonora, goes missing, Maite gets involved in trying to help find her, just like Elvis is trying to find her for his boss. A noir tale full of music references! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

GidgetsTreasures75 👍🏼📖#️⃣1️⃣0️⃣9️⃣ 7mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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10-30-21: It‘s a perfect day to be outside reading ☀️📖🌴

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StaceGhost
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Between work and school and family and doctors, this has been a fantastic read 🫀Suddenly it‘s Halloween! I‘m very excited to read all weekend, or at least as much as possible! #20in4 📸 by Rebecca of aclotheshorse

StaceGhost Also, I love that it came with a recommended soundtrack! 🎶 7mo
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HufflepuffBruja
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#CurrentlyReading. Well, one of many books I've clutched to my chest this month. Will I read them all, who knows 😂 #comfortreading #Latinx #noir

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bookish_wookish
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Library hold came in!

I realized i have way too many books on hold so fingers crossed they come in one at a time so i can actually read them!

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sprainedbrain
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My 3rd book by Moreno-Garcia—not my fave, but still a pick. In addition to the gorgeous cover, it‘s got the SM-G‘s usual whip-smart writing, a great noir feel, and a slow-burn mystery. While I couldn‘t really connect with either of the main characters, I enjoyed the historic elements and the gritty setting. I listened to the audio last month and loved the narration. Also, check out the author‘s Spotify playlist for the book… so cool!

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

vivastory I know that you also read MG, what was the third? 7mo
sprainedbrain This one, and I think it‘s my favorite of the three I‘ve read so far! 7mo
vivastory I'll have to check that one out! I think that you'd also really dig 7mo
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Tera66
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This book is a sloooow burn 🔥 mystery for sure. I get why so many people DNF'D this. But I am glad I stuck with it. This takes place in 1970's Mexico City filled with political unrest and student protests. It follows two MC's both who get tangled up in the search for a missing woman. If you can get through the beginning of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo or a book like it, this will be a piece of 🎂 ⬇️

Tera66 @DarkMina 🖤 I enjoyed the story and character development, it's worth picking up if you can take the slow creep to the action. 7mo
DarkMina @Tera66 Thanks for your thoughts! I will definitely try it. 7mo
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BekaReid
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While I didn't think this books was as strong as Mexican Gothic, I still found this to be a fun read. I do enjoy Silvia Moreno-Garcia's writing and style.

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BekaReid
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This evening's dinner date

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Asthecroweflies
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Mehso-so

I really enjoy Silvia Moreno-Garcia‘s writing, but this one was okay but not nearly as good as her other novels.

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AnansiGirl
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FriYAY night 🌮 and 📖 pairing. The tacos may have already been consumed before I uploaded pic on litsy. 😋

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ReadingEnvy
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Mehso-so

First of all, this is an amazing cover. The novel is set in Mexico City in the 1970s and the author has gone to great lengths to make sure we talk about this book as noir, but while there are crime elements I felt the book focused overly much on Maite's insecurities and troubles with her mother to make it feel very noir. Then again I'm not an expert.↘️

ReadingEnvy And Maite does get pulled into a crime situation when she agrees to feed her neighbor's cat, and then Leonora disappears. There is another character named Elvis who gets pulled into one of the many groups working unofficially for the government and their paths cross. ↘️ 8mo
ReadingEnvy The author has a few more pet storylines in there like a 70s romance comic series and the way the Mexican government cracked down on music, believing it to be a vessel for subversion and Communism.

The audiobook is read by Gisela Chípe, and she does fine, but this might have been a good book for a male narrator too, for the Elvis parts. Plus I kind of missed a "noir voice," all things considered.
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SamAnne This one was a so-so for me too.I just finished Certain Dark Things which I enjoyed much better. Vampire crime thriller set in Mexico City. 8mo
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ReadingEnvy @SamAnne that was the first book I read by this author and it was a bit uneven but I liked it more as well. I think it's being republished! 8mo
Lindy I bailed on this one. I think I would need to be in a very specific mood to appreciate it… and that didn‘t happen. 7mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy I wanted to like it! 7mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Yeah, me too. I have enjoyed a couple of her earlier books and I will continue to pick up her work in the future. She likes to shift genres so it‘s always a surprise. 7mo
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Set in Mexico in the 70s. Maite is a legal secretary by day, obsessed with romance comics. Elvis is an enforcer for a group looking to suppress academic activists. Both set out to find Maite‘s missing neighbor for different reasons. They slowly orbit each other and get closer throughout the book. But don‘t meet until the very end. Honestly, I found this book a bit slow with very little plot or character development. It fell a little flat for me.

SamAnne Me too. Just finished Certain Dark Things which was a great ride! Better than the tagged. 8mo
kera_11 @SamAnne that‘s good to know! I‘ve heard people like Mexican Gothic by her more too, I‘ll have to give her another try 8mo
Sydneypaige I‘m just starting Gods of Jade and Shadows! And have Mexican Gothic on my list too. So hopefully either are better! 8mo
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Jen2
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Very good!

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FelinesAndFelonies
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This book was just meh for me. I had a similar reaction to Mexican Gothic. Though this book is nothing like MG, it still didn't land right for me. If you're unfamiliar with the historical & political setting, the author does not provide much context or background. I finished this book a couple of weeks ago & wanted to give myself some time to reflect. It turns out that I still didn't care for it. ⭐⭐⭐

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KatieDid927
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Wow, Litsy is tough on this book! I thought it was fun. I really enjoyed the setting and while the characters were deeply flawed, I still found their journeys compelling. It doesn‘t pack the same overall punch that Mexican Gothic does, but I still really like Moreno-Garcia‘s style.

SamAnne I‘m with you. I gave it a so-so but might change to a thumbs up. Wasn‘t perfect but I enjoyed the characters and their journey. 8mo
Erinreadsthebooks This one keeps popping up on my personal radar because S. A. Cosby is the one who recommended it for BOTM, and I love him. Reviews are harsh though, so I haven't committed to it yet. 8mo
KatieDid927 @Erinreadsthebooks I personally think they‘re a little TOO harsh. I didn‘t go in with any expectations at all though, maybe that makes a difference? 8mo
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StaceGhost I saw a lot of harsh reviews for Mexican Gothic too and was sort of shocked because of how much I loved it. 8mo
samantharoberts I‘m so glad I read this review because I was so drawn to this book (I‘m sure mostly because I love the cover), but the reviews I‘ve seen so far make me a little nervous to pick up a copy. I‘m definitely going to give it a shot! 8mo
KatieDid927 @samanthagutt I think it‘s worth a try! 8mo
KatieDid927 @StaceGhost Yeah, unfortunately I tend to see a lot more harsh reviews of books by people of color. They don‘t “relate” to the characters or are “unfamiliar” with the setting. 8mo
StaceGhost @KatieDid927 I was wondering if that might be why but it‘s so gross 8mo
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SamAnne
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This has received mixed reviews on LItsy. For me, between so-so and thumbs up. I appreciated the historical backdrop of this noir story and the Mexico City setting. Some readers have noted they didn't like the “unlikable“ characters. I liked that aspect. I liked the ending. Story centers on Maite, a 30ish frumpy secretary who escapes into romance graphic comics, who finds herself in the middle of a dangerous situation involving student👇

SamAnne Uprisings facing violent and illegal crackdowns by a corrupt Mexican government in the 70s. I‘d suggest reading the afterword first, where Moreno-Garcia talks about the historical context. And I loved she included a “playlist” at the end. Such the rage with cookbooks these days! 8mo
SamAnne I also appreciate Moreno-Garcia‘s bravery as a writer, diving into different genres. This one might not be perfect, but I love she wrote a noir. Plan to read Certain Dark Things in October! 8mo
Reggie One of my favorite books of hers that didn‘t get a lot of press was Untamed Shore. She writes in the back that she is driving out to promote it and that‘s when we all went into lockdown. And then she released Mexican Gothic and Untamed Shore slipped into the darkness. It‘s soooo good. 8mo
SamAnne @Reggie thanks for the recommendation. Stacking! 8mo
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kyraleseberg
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Mehso-so

I was excited for this noir but unfortunately the slooooooow burn fizzled out and the ho-hum climax made this a frustrating read. Still, an interesting piece of history which is why I gave it a so-so instead of a pan.

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Lindy
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Silvia Moreno-Garcia switches genres with every novel she writes. This noir mystery set in 1970s Mexico City just isn‘t capturing my interest even after nearly 3 hours with the audiobook. It‘s not the narrator Gisela Chípe‘s fault; in fact, I think I only stuck with it as long as I have because I like her voice. I‘m bailing, but I will try whatever this author writes next. 9 people are on the waiting list in Libby & I‘m returning it early.

SamAnne Everyone is bailing on this one! I‘m 35 pages in. I‘m interested in the setting…haven‘t read enough to know how I feel about the characters. 9mo
Lindy @SamAnne The setting and situation with the student protests and government crackdown is the part I liked best. I hope the book works for you. 😊 9mo
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I hate to do this, but I‘m halfway through Velvet Was The Night and it‘s been so painful for me just to make it halfway. I‘m going to DNF this one. I‘m just not that into the story, I don‘t care about any of these characters or what happens to them. It‘s just not for me. I was tempted to stick it out and try to push through, but it‘s taking me forever to read and I just have too many other books I want to get to.

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Avanders
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These two beauties arrived today… can‘t wait to read them, esp the tagged book!! 😍😍

#BOTM #BookoftheMonth

sharread 🥳❤🤩 9mo
Gissy I lov book mail! It‘s like Christmas even when I paid for these beauties! 📚📚📚📚🙌 9mo
Avanders @Gissy I know… it‘s always so exciting!! 🤩🤩 9mo
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sharread Hi. Just curious. Are you going to check to see everyone mailed their #FFFS packages? 9mo
Avanders @sharread hi - I always verify that everyone has told me that they have sent their packages…. Any reason why? 9mo
sharread @Avanders okay thanks. I just have no packages in my informed delivery. So it should mean I have no packages. But USPS could make a mistake. Can you verify if mine was mailed? 9mo
Avanders @sharread hi again — I don‘t think I‘ve seen confirmation from your sender yet, but definitely don‘t worry — your sender is a long time, very active swapper and would never leave anyone without a package! I‘ll be reaching out to people I don‘t have confirmation on yet in the next day or two :) Also, in my experience with informed delivery, sometimes even when I know a package is on its way, it can take a little bit to show up… 🤷🏽‍♀️ 9mo
sharread @Avanders thank you 😃❤ 9mo
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Branwen
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YASSSSSSSS! Look what arrived just in time for labor day weekend?! 🎉🎉🎉 I'm SUPER EXCITED for the tagged book! 💕📚 #botm #bookmail

vivastory I received my #botm too 👏🎉📚 9mo
SamAnne I plan to start the tagged tomorrow! 9mo
SamAnne And am awaiting Damnation Spring at the library… 9mo
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Megabooks
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Bailedbailed

The female MC read like the lovesick YA heroines I hate. Not even the interesting tidbits about 1970s Mexico City could save me from bailing after 36% of her. #audiobook

TrishB Good to know! 9mo
Cathythoughts Oh dear ! Dosnt sound too good 9mo
Laughterhp Oh no. I might change this one to a #BorrowNotBuy book. 9mo
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Megabooks @TrishB @Cathythoughts I went in really excited and was very disappointed. Glad it was a library book! 9mo
Megabooks @Laughterhp I considered buying it, and it came in on Libby, which ended up being good! The MC did not read like an adult book to me. 9mo
BarbaraBB Ooh, you bailed. You don‘t do that very often. 9mo
SamAnne Oh dang….was planning to pack this along on a road trip tomorrow…but your reviews usually are similar to mine. 9mo
Megabooks @SamAnne I think I have an unusually low tolerance for this ilk of character, but I really didn‘t enjoy this at all. 9mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I only permanently DNF about 1 book a month, so I guess so! Just such a disappointment. 9mo
Cinfhen I‘ve seen lots of unflattering reviews so you‘re probably not off with your assessment!! The cover and title are hot, though!!!! 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen agreedl! Great cover! (edited) 9mo
Hooked_on_books The only book of hers I‘ve read was Mexican Gothic, and I just thought it wasn‘t that great, so I‘m a little reluctant to try her again. 9mo
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New Book of the Month selections showing up is a fantastic way to start the week! 😁🎉🎉🎉 This was the first time in a while where I wasn't super blown away by the main picks, but was more excited for the add ons! The tagged book especially caught my attention - I love everything of hers that I've read so far! I'm particularly excited for the vampire book she has coming out next month! 😍 What is everyone else getting this month? 💕📚💕 #botm

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Amie
Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Mexico City, early 70s. A woman who is bored with her life agrees to watch a neighbor's cat for the weekend but then gets involved in the current political unrest when the neighbor doesn't return.

I liked the character development in this and how the pieces of the plot came together in the end. Also, that cover is amazing 🔥

Asthecroweflies Is there any romance in it? 9mo
SamAnne Plan to start this week! 9mo
Reggie I‘m excited to read this. 9mo
Amie @Asthecroweflies I wouldn't call it romance, but there are feelings and attractions between some characters. One main character likes to read romance comic books. 9mo
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mdemanatee
Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Ultimately not my favorite Moreno-Garcia so far, but also kind of perfect for this oppressive heat https://youtu.be/ziQZu11_XDM

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TorieStorieS
Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Last year, I enjoyed Moreno-Garcia‘s Untamed Shores so I was thrilled when my NetGalley wish came true to read her latest! Unfortunately, this one didn‘t live up to my expectations- I had a hard time connecting with either narrator- Maite or Elvis. Their stories don‘t overlap at first but eventually they come together in a predictable plot. Set in the early 1970s in Mexico City there‘s violence, excitement & a noir vibe but I wanted more surprise.

SamAnne Just picked this one up from the library. 9mo
TorieStorieS @SamAnne Oh I hope you enjoy it! Your library must do well with new releases!! 9mo
Asthecroweflies I think it‘s just hard to beat Mexican Gothic and Gods of Jade and Shadow, unfortunately. 9mo
TorieStorieS @Asthecroweflies Both are waiting for me in my TBR!! 9mo
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Mel
Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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As the title suggests, this is a slick noir set against the murky backdrop of Mexico‘s 1970s political tensions. Slightly slow to start, it picks up and has an excellent cast of characters. #netgalley #velvetwasthenight

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TheReadingRaccoon
Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Velvet Was The Night is a historical noir pulp fiction style novel about two people in 1970‘s Mexico City who are stuck in the middle of a clash between free thinking students and the government tactics to quell communism and voices of dissent. It has has great pacing, atmosphere and Silvia Moreno-Garcia‘s signature sly humor. I highly recommend this smart and stylish noir novel! 4.5 stars (rounded up to 5) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

SamAnne It‘s waiting at the library for me and I can‘t wait. 9mo
TheReadingRaccoon @SamAnne I hope you enjoy it too! 9mo
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swishandflick
Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Word on the street is that these are a few of our #BOTM picks for September. Rock, Paper, Scissors appears to be a main pick and the other two add-ons.

Reviewsbylola I don‘t know whether to be happy or annoyed that I‘m not interested in any of these. 9mo
swishandflick @Reviewsbylola haha, same. We've got 4 more main picks to go so 🤞🏽 - otherwise it may be another library month for me 9mo
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Breanne1 Thank you for the tag @swishandflick I am so appreciative that you do this for us! I‘ve been interested in Velvet… 9mo
Cinfhen Hmmmm, looks like I could be skipping….AGAIN!!! Thanks so much for your awesome sleuthing 🙌🏻💕 9mo
Cinfhen These seem like #BorrowNotBuy options 😜 9mo
Megabooks Hmmm…I‘m doing one more month to get my socks and none of these appeal to me. 9mo
FelinesAndFelonies I saw this too. I already read VWTN and I am done giving Lisa Jewell chances. Maybe I will only get one box this month. 9mo
Jemgirl2014 Oh, those are good! I really need to clear off my BOTM shelf before I buy more next month. Who I am kidding? I'm totally buying more. 😅 9mo
Reviewsbylola I mean, I remember when BOTM had a exciting releases. Now it just feels like it‘s the same old thrillers over and over. Their literary/contemporary fiction picks have been so lackluster lately, and it feels like they altogether stopped offering any NF/memoir/true crime selections. I am so irritated with BOTM. Now watch the four other main picks be absolutely amazing. I‘ll gladly eat my words. 😜 9mo
Laughterhp I mean I like Jewell and Garcia. I just wish they had more unique options and not the same old. 9mo
swishandflick @Reviewsbylola @Laughterhp Ya, I personally miss the All the Ugly and Wonderful Things era. Like when they'd introduce me to one my favorite books of the year and I don't know if I would have found it otherwise. It hasn't been the same for me in a while. 9mo
Branwen Ooooooh! These look exciting! 😃 Thanks for sharing! 9mo
vivastory I will def be picking up the Feeney. CR Howard mentioned in an interview that it's one of he faves of the yr. I was intrigued by the new Garcia, but I've heard less than favorable reviews so will probably wait on that one 9mo
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mdemanatee
Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Books I‘ve bought this month and am hoping to get to soon.