Title: Black City [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Elizabeth Richards
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons BYR
Release Date: November 13, 2012
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: A unique mix of dystopian and paranormal that captured me right from the very beginning.
About the Book: 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-olds 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 getting a lot of hype and buildup and I’m happy to say, it lived up to it. Elizabeth mixes a dystopian society with a vampire world so brilliantly, I was loving this right from the start! She does an excellent job of describing her world and adding just the right amount of detail so you can really picture it all in your mind.
Natalie and Ash are great characters too. They’re both a bit naive, but also very strong and determined. Their relationship is definitely different and I didn’t know if I liked it very much at first, but by the end, I really loved it. At first, it’s simply their connection that draws them together and I couldn’t see the realness of their feelings for each other. Yes, there’s the attraction, but where was the depth and love?! But, thankfully, after the mystery of their connection is revealed they both begin to question the realness of their love and whether or not they should be together.
More than the love though, it was the dystopian aspect of the book that I loved. You think that vampires are blood-thirsty, evil creatures, but you don’t know how evil the human mind can be. The ruling society is hiding some pretty crazy things in their subtle war against the Darklings and as things start to unravel, you see just how twisted they are. I really felt bad for the Darklings in Black City. Plagued by a deadly virus that only affects vampires, forced to live behind a menacing wall, struggling for equality against a ruthless society – they really couldn’t catch a break. There are some pretty dastardly villans in this book, the Emissary and Natalie’s ex-boyfriend Sebastian being the imminent threats.
A Black City grabs you from start to finish and leaves you wanting more. Truly engrossing and fast-paced, once you start this book, you won’t be able to stop!