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Velvet Was the Night
Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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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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 :) 2w
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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 4w
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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! 🎶 1mo
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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? 1mo
sprainedbrain This one, and I think it‘s my favorite of the three I‘ve read so far! 1mo
vivastory I'll have to check that one out! I think that you'd also really dig 1mo
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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. 1mo
DarkMina @Tera66 Thanks for your thoughts! I will definitely try it. 1mo
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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. ↘️ 2mo
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. 2mo
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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! 2mo
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. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy I wanted to like it! 1mo
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. 1mo
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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. 2mo
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 2mo
Sydneypaige I‘m just starting Gods of Jade and Shadows! And have Mexican Gothic on my list too. So hopefully either are better! 2mo
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Jen2
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Very good!

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FelinesAndFelonies
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Mehso-so

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. 2mo
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. 2mo
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? 2mo
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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. 2mo
samanthagutt 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! 2mo
KatieDid927 @samanthagutt I think it‘s worth a try! 2mo
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. 2mo
StaceGhost @KatieDid927 I was wondering if that might be why but it‘s so gross 2mo
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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! 2mo
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! 2mo
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. 2mo
SamAnne @Reggie thanks for the recommendation. Stacking! 2mo
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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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Bailedbailed

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. 3mo
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. 😊 3mo
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Thetipsyreader
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Bailedbailed

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 🥳❤🤩 3mo
Gissy I lov book mail! It‘s like Christmas even when I paid for these beauties! 📚📚📚📚🙌 3mo
Avanders @Gissy I know… it‘s always so exciting!! 🤩🤩 3mo
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sharread Hi. Just curious. Are you going to check to see everyone mailed their #FFFS packages? 3mo
Avanders @sharread hi - I always verify that everyone has told me that they have sent their packages…. Any reason why? 3mo
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? 3mo
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… 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3mo
sharread @Avanders thank you 😃❤ 3mo
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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 👏🎉📚 3mo
SamAnne I plan to start the tagged tomorrow! 3mo
SamAnne And am awaiting Damnation Spring at the library… 3mo
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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! 3mo
Cathythoughts Oh dear ! Dosnt sound too good 3mo
Laughterhp Oh no. I might change this one to a #BorrowNotBuy book. 3mo
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Megabooks @TrishB @Cathythoughts I went in really excited and was very disappointed. Glad it was a library book! 3mo
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. 3mo
BarbaraBB Ooh, you bailed. You don‘t do that very often. 3mo
SamAnne Oh dang….was planning to pack this along on a road trip tomorrow…but your reviews usually are similar to mine. 3mo
Megabooks @SamAnne I think I have an unusually low tolerance for this ilk of character, but I really didn‘t enjoy this at all. 3mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I only permanently DNF about 1 book a month, so I guess so! Just such a disappointment. 3mo
Cinfhen I‘ve seen lots of unflattering reviews so you‘re probably not off with your assessment!! The cover and title are hot, though!!!! 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen agreedl! Great cover! (edited) 3mo
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. 3mo
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Branwen
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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
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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? 3mo
SamAnne Plan to start this week! 3mo
Reggie I‘m excited to read this. 3mo
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. 3mo
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mdemanatee
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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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Mehso-so

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. 3mo
TorieStorieS @SamAnne Oh I hope you enjoy it! Your library must do well with new releases!! 3mo
Asthecroweflies I think it‘s just hard to beat Mexican Gothic and Gods of Jade and Shadow, unfortunately. 3mo
TorieStorieS @Asthecroweflies Both are waiting for me in my TBR!! 3mo
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Mel
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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
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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. 3mo
TheReadingRaccoon @SamAnne I hope you enjoy it too! 3mo
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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. 3mo
swishandflick @Reviewsbylola haha, same. We've got 4 more main picks to go so 🤞🏽 - otherwise it may be another library month for me 3mo
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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… 3mo
Cinfhen Hmmmm, looks like I could be skipping….AGAIN!!! Thanks so much for your awesome sleuthing 🙌🏻💕 3mo
Cinfhen These seem like #BorrowNotBuy options 😜 3mo
Megabooks Hmmm…I‘m doing one more month to get my socks and none of these appeal to me. 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 😅 3mo
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. 😜 3mo
Laughterhp I mean I like Jewell and Garcia. I just wish they had more unique options and not the same old. 3mo
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. 3mo
Branwen Ooooooh! These look exciting! 😃 Thanks for sharing! 3mo
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 3mo
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mdemanatee
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Books I‘ve bought this month and am hoping to get to soon.

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TheBookStacker
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I finished and loved Malibu Rising so now I‘m diving headlong into this one! So excited! 🤩

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Happy Pub Day! 🥳🎉📚
Velvet Was The Night—by Silvia Moreno Garcia

Book Review— https://www.boleybooks.com/2021/04/26/velvet-was-the-night/

#boleybooks #bookbeast #velvetwasthenight #silviamorenogarcia #netgalley #bookreview

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shanaqui
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I'm not very into this, and pondering DNFing it. :/ I like neither Maite nor Elvis, and for me that's usually a no-no. Rare is the book that can get me involved without liking the characters.

Alfoster It never got better for me either! I skimmed at the end.😫 3mo
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shanaqui
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Received to review!

I am not loving Maite, gotta admit. Elvis is a bit more interesting, but... I'm really waiting for the story to really kick off, except I'm 80 pages in.

Alfoster Didn‘t love it!😳 4mo
shanaqui @Alfoster I'm not really in love so far either, alas. 4mo
Alfoster I felt like it never really went anywhere interesting.😫 4mo
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rather_be_reading
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Anyone read this yet? What did u think?

kyraleseberg Just finished this last week.... I was disappointed. It's a noir with a bit too much of a slow burn for me. 4mo
Tera66 I have a galley, going to read it this month.🙂 4mo
rather_be_reading @kyraleseberg ty! thats all i needed to knoe 4mo
rather_be_reading @Tera66 lemme know what u think when u do! 4mo
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vlwelser
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The author describes this as pulp noir, which is pretty accurate. It's like if Dashiell Hammett wrote a book in the 1970s and set it in Mexico. She adds in parts of Mexican history that I was previously unfamiliar with. If you go in with no expectations, and you like pulp, this might work for you. I love the cover.

#BookSpinBingo square 17
@TheAromaofBooks

Pub date is 8/17/2021
#ARC #Netgalley

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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Avanders
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Woot! Met my Goodreads goal *really* early (thanks, in *part*, to audio books in general and a few audio novellas 😁)!! 💃🏽💃🏽

And Stuck in the Stacks posted the August #BOTM predictions… Here are 6 books from those predictions that I would love to read!

Also, I caved and bought Reese‘s summer reading box. I am WEAK, I tell you!!!

mdm139 I broke down and got the Reece summer box too. I have no will power. 4mo
Cinfhen @swishandflick posted the August BOTM picks….check out her feed 😁 4mo
Avanders @mdm139 it‘s so haaaaard!! 😜 4mo
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Avanders @Cinfhen oooooh thank you! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 4mo
Reggie Mona Awad has a new one coming out?!!!! How fantastic!!! 4mo
Kappadeemom Megan Abbott - squeeeeaalll 4mo
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kyraleseberg
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Diving in to this #ARC tonight!

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Well-ReadNeck
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Panpan

I enjoyed the author‘s earlier Mexican Gothic. However, this one missed the mark for me. A mystery set in the 1970‘s that has one of the most lackluster endings I can recall. At one point she writes, “Elvis was starting to believe his life was an unending circle, because they were back at Astrisk.” And, that is a pretty telling observation. #ARC #Netgalley

Alfoster Oh my, I SO agree! I was really looking forward to this but…nope!😝 4mo
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DebinHawaii
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My #LibraryHaul today. My holds for the Katie Lee cookbook & The Comeback for July‘s #sundaybuddyread My favorite librarian gave me the #ARC of the tagged book because she liked it better than Mexican Gothic (which I own but haven‘t read yet) & The Island of Sea Woman was 50 cents at the library bookstore. I picked up my prizes for finishing the Summer Reading Program. So 1000 minutes gets you a little bag, coloring page & pencils, tiny reading ⬇️

DebinHawaii …journal, travel cutlery set, coupons for a free video rental from the library & a free treat from McDonald‘s & a bunch of entries for the drawing for the grand prize airline tickets & a few other smaller adult age group prizes.😆 (edited) 5mo
vivastory I can't wait for Velvet Was the Night! 5mo
Crazeedi You have avery cool library! 5mo
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squirrelbrain Wow - your library sounds amazing! 5mo
Hooked_on_books Interestingly, they‘re offering beads as prizes at my library. Last year the prizes seemed to be the same throughout the system but different this year. 5mo
DebinHawaii @vivastory It looks really good! 🤗 5mo
DebinHawaii @Crazeedi @squirrelbrain They are pretty great! 🌈📚 5mo
DebinHawaii @Hooked_on_books That is interesting as I thought they were the same state-wide too. It makes sense though, one of my two neighborhood libraries is only doing kid prizes, so I do think they get to decide what to do. 5mo
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underground_bks
Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Silvia Moreno-Garcia‘s newest is a smoky, simmering historical noir following a romance-comic-reading secretary and a lonely henchman, as each becomes ensnared in a search for a missing photographer, set in 1970s Mexico City during the Dirty War, when the gov‘t infiltrated & attacked left-wing protest groups. I enjoyed unlikely heroes Maite & Elvis, the historical context, and the soundtrack of suppressed rock music scoring the scenes throughout.

underground_bks Read for June Bookland Challenge—Fiction/Classic: Out of Comfort Zone 5mo
vivastory I'm really looking forward to this one! 5mo
underground_bks @vivastory it is definitely not Mexican Gothic and I hope folks will give it the space to be what it is! I‘m not a noir reader but I came to really enjoy it and the soundtrack (on spotify too) is PERFECTION. 5mo
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kamoorephoto Ahh I so want to read this!!!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5mo
vivastory I loved MG, but I have read & enjoyed her other books so I was expecting something different. I will def have to check out the spotify soundtrack. 5mo
Leftcoastzen 😻👏 5mo
Soubhiville That sounds great! 5mo
underground_bks @vivastory the Spotify playlist is sooo good—the one for Mexican Gothic and the one for Velvet Was the Night! 5mo
underground_bks @kamoorephoto now I‘ve finished it, I want to see a film adaptation! 5mo
underground_bks @Soubhiville I‘ll read anything by SMG at this point! 5mo
underground_bks @Leftcoastzen you know I always got you with the cat pics! 5mo
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litenthusiast
Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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This book is a reminder of Monroe-Garcia‘s remarkable ability to paint a picture of the backdrop for her books and transport the reader into the story. I loved this book; it reminded me of television shows like Veronica Mars & Broadchurch. The book was fast-paced, mysterious and has historical events that surround the fictional narrative. Thank you to #NetGalley & Random House for providing this arc in exchange for an honest review.

BekaReid if it's like Veronica Mars & Broadchurch, it's gonna be a must read for me! 6mo
litenthusiast @BekaReid You will love it! 6mo
BekaReid @litenthusiast and stacked! 😉 6mo
DrexEdit @BekaReid Yeah, totally for me too! 😄 Sign me up! 6mo
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rachelsbrittain
Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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A really wonderfully written historical noir thriller set in 70s Mexico City that just wasn't quite for me. I picked this one up more for my love of Moreno-Garcia than an interest in the story. I think people who really love thrillers / historical intrigue will love this, and I wish I could've too. Writing is as gorgeous as always.

3 stars / ⭐⭐⭐

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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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rachelsbrittain
Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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My Friday night reads

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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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"He didn't like beating people."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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LatinaSleuths
Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I‘m reading this ARC of Silvia-Moreno-Garcia‘s Velvet Was The Night. Her character development is so so so good! The story is told in 2 povs and is set in 1970s Mexico City. There is political/revolution intrigue. I‘m not to the end yet but I‘m so invested in the outcome.

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Zoes_Human
Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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It's 1971 and a gang known as the Hawks are brutalizing journalists and protesters. Meanwhile, Maite is simply trying to live her life of work, romance stories, and music, but her next pet-sitting gig takes her down a dangerous and unexpected path. A fast-paced historical mystery full of complex and human characters. Both light and gritty at the same time. The mystery isn't terribly hard to work out, but it certainly was fun getting there.

Reggie She‘s on my I‘ll read anything they write list. 7mo
Zoes_Human @Reggie Me too! The strange thing is that more often than not, I wouldn't be interested in the books she writes if it was anyone else, but there's just something about her writing! 7mo
Zoes_Human @Reggie Me too! strangely enough, most of her books I probably wouldn‘t read if it was any other author, but there‘s just something about the way she writes. 7mo
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