April 8, 2014

[Review] Black City by Elizabeth Richards

Title: Black City (Black City #1)
Author: Elizabeth Richards
Publisher: Putnam
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Paranormal
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Source: Gifted

A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-old Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

Black City was a slow starter for me, I will admit. It took until about 6 chapters in, or 6 POVs in, for me to finally get into it and not want to put it down. I honestly didn’t know what type of book I was getting myself into. I thought that it was a dystopian and that’s it. This is not only dystopian but it also has to do with Darkling’s, a form of vampire.

Natalie and Ash are drawn to each other, not knowing why. Natalie is the Emissary’s daughter and Ash is a twin-blood, half human and half Darkling. Their attraction is forbidden by law. They soon find out why they are drawn to each other and they will stop at nothing to be together, even if it is in secret.

This was different than what I normally read. I’m not really big into the whole vampire thing anymore, but this was a refreshing change, because not all the Darkling’s are alike. There are different breeds, which makes this that much more interesting.

The characters were likable and some were not. You knew right from the start who you were going to like and not like. Beetle was a great character, he was Ash’s supporting friend. He could be pushy at times, but most of the time he was just a likable supporter. Same goes for Day, Natalie’s friend. She is the type that works hard to make a better life for herself, but also is fun and a great friend.

Natalie and Ash are the typical ‘wrong side of the tracks’ type of couple. Natalie is used to living the great life as the Emissary’s daughter, while Ash lives day to day trying to get by and make ends meet to help him and his dad out.

I am hooked on this story. I can’t wait to get Phoenix and continue this great story.


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