Book Review: Velvet Was The Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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This was my book rec for Geminis for the month of August . To view the rest of my New Release Book Recs for August (based on your sun sign) scroll to the bottom!


Maite knows big love is out there; she’s read about it in all her favorite comic books. But the pieces of romance she’s found IRL are just so… boring! She goes from her job to her home to her mother’s house and back again, always imagining that something unusual might whisk her into a whirlwind of intrigue. When her neighbor, Leonora, asks that she cat-sit for a long weekend, Maite agrees simply because she has nothing better to do. But when Leonora doesn’t return as planned, Maite uncovers a lot more excitement than she was prepared to handle. If only a dashing young man were to come to her aid. Or maybe even three?

“She had peered into the soul, the life, of another human being, and she had cut out a part of them and they’d never know it.”

– Maite, Velvet Was The Night

🐈🐈🐈 Three Stars (As rated in Leonora’s cat)

I both loved this book and I didn’t. I wanted it to end and I didn’t. Before I say anything else let me make it clear that I am a SMG Stan for life! The woman can write and well. I would read a grocery list if it had her signature at the bottom. For whatever reason, however, this story just didn’t have me very gripped. I did finish it, though, so it deserves at least 3 stars for that. Also, the narration was seriously top notch and I really knew these characters by the end. So def go the audiobook route if you’re able and maybe don’t expect this book to change your life. To sum up: While I honestly relate to and agree with a lot of the criticisms about this book I’m also not honestly able to say I didn’t like it. I guess whatever spell Moreno-Garcia has on me is there for the long haul (Not that I’m complaining?) because I’ll probably buy every book she ever writes.

“In the end, you either fight or lie down to be trampled.”

– Elvis, Velvet Was The Night

book at a glance

🥀 Flawed Characters
🔎 Mystery/ Thriller
👁️ Multiple POV
🍃 Easy Reading

Read this book because: you have often longed for your life to be more like a movie or can relate to a starry-eyed Latina getting herself into a real big mess.

Content warnings: violence, organized crime, state sanctioned violence, corrupt government, kidnapping, sexual content, medical stuff, gun violence

Velvet Was the Night Audiobook Cover
Audiobook review for Velvet Was The Night

While I love SMG’s writing style to no end, I am honestly not sure I would have finished this one if the narration wasn’t so enchanting to listen to. Some books are just so much better when read aloud!

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Image Description: A flat lay featuring the book Velvet Was The Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia amid a bottle of green nail polish, a green mug of coffee, a green sweater, a DSLR camera and rosebuds that have been strewn about.

about the author

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of a number of critically acclaimed novels, including Gods of Jade and Shadow (Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, Ignyte Award), Mexican Gothic (Locus Award, British Fantasy Award, Pacific Northwest Book Award, Aurora Award, Goodreads Award), and others.

She has edited several anthologies, including She Walks in Shadows (World Fantasy Award winner, published in the USA as Cthulhu’s Daughters). Silvia is the publisher of Innsmouth Free Press. She co-edited the horror magazine The Dark with Sean Wallace from 2017 to 2020. She’s a columnist for The Washington Post. (Borrowed from the author’s personal website)

about the narrator

Gisela Chípe

Gisela Chipe was born in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. She can speak in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. She moved to the United States at the age of eight to study voice, cello, chamber music, and theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. She’s best known for her roles in Hollywood films and television shows Graduate (TV Series) (pre-production), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series) 2020 and upcoming movies The Unholy 2021.

Other books narrated by Gisela Chípe: The Actual Star, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, The Soul of A Woman, Treasure of the World, & It Is Wood, It Is Stone

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Wishing you all a joyous December!


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My name is Sarah and I can't imagine my life without books. Actually, I can and it's terrible. I'm also into climbing, video games and bothering the nearest cat.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Velvet Was The Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

  1. Ah I can’t wait to start reading some of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s books, it seems like everyone gets addicted! I think I’ll read Mexican Gothic first because I’ve heard so many rave reviews, but Velvet Was the Night sounds intriguing so I’ll definitely check it out as well 📚❤️ X x x


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