November 3, 2012

Black City by Elizabeth Richards


Publisher's Summary: 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-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.

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My take: Wow! This book rocked!!! I pretty much knew the moment I picked up this book that it would be one of the darkest books I’ve read in a while, and I was right. I wouldn’t say that it’s as dark as it is scary, but this book takes place in a horribly dark world. A lot of people have characterized this book as a vampire book, but the creatures in Black City are called Darklings. And, in my opinion, Darkling is a much better word for them because they are a different type of creature altogether.

The twist in Black City is purely epic! I was completely shocked, stunned, and left sitting in utter disbelief. Get the picture? The twist is easily the best (or at least one of the best!) story twists I have ever read. Not only was I was caught totally off guard by it, but it brought about many different new complications to the story, which made Black City even more amazing that it already was.

Both Natalie and Ash are great characters. They are from two completely different worlds and their lives collide, literally, in the very first scene of the book. Black City alternates between the POV’s of Ash and Natalie, and it was the perfect balance that kept me entertained from the very beginning to the very last page.

Black City ends in an awesome cliffhanger but, at the same time, it gives you a little taste of where the story is headed so you’re not left completely out in the dark. I can hardly wait to see what other people think of this one.


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7 comments:

TeresaMaryRose said...

I am so so so excited to read this book! I heave heard such great things about it. Great review!

Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

Jessica@a GREAT read said...

Great review!! Reviews are trickling in on this one! I guess I was rejected for a review copy because I did email the publicist or someone like that. Oh well. Can't wait though! Just got to get through another week and then Monday and then it's release day and then I just have to wait for the book to ship! Haha. Always waiting...

Great review! I really look forward to reading this myself!

manda-rae said...

Hmm... I guess everyone's loving this book more than I did. I actually found it a little too predictable, and that's what drove me to not liking it as much as I wanted to. But I do think there are going to be plenty more people who love it more than I did.

Anna @ Literary Exploration said...

LOVED this book :D I'm so glad you enjoyed this one!!!! It was such a great story! Great review :)

Anna
Literary Exploration

Amy said...

This sounds so good!! There is so much hype surrounding this book that I am almost afraid of it, but knowing that you loved it makes me a little less scared. Great review!

Elodie said...

I'm dying to read this one !! I really have to order a copy !! Thanks for the great review Mindy !!

Mariz Denver said...

You must read this book. That's all I'm going to say. I don't want to give away any of the marvelous twists this book reveals, and I read the book from cover to cover in a day. The characters are terrific, and I love the dark setting of Black City. This isn't a perfect book, but it is an extremely compelling one. I know Richards is only going to get better and better with each installment.

Mariz
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