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Black City by Elizabeth Richards

June 12th, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

Black City by Elizabeth Richards

Source: Picked up at NCIBA

Publication date: November 13, 2012

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Series: Black City #1

Rating: ★★★½☆

Summary from 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.

I’ve had this one sitting on my shelf for awhile but I was a bit burned out on the whole vampire thing so I put it aside.  I finally picked it up and read it in 2 days.  I did not love it but it was better than I was expecting.

What I really liked about the story was it wasn’t just your typical vampire story.  Richards built a fascinating world in which darklings (vampires) live openly but instead of being creatures to be feared and cowered from they are discriminated against.  These darklings are downtrodden and it’s horrible seeing how they are forced to live.  I also really liked that Ash isn’t an obvious hero.  Despite being best friends with an activist who is fighting for equal rights for darklings, Ash doesn’t see why he should risk himself for a “pointless” cause.  We get to see the journey as he finds a reason to fight not just for himself but for others around him.  Natalie also does a lot of growing throughout the story which is a good thing because she annoyed the bleep out of me in the beginning.  At one point she actually believes her “servant” is overcome with appreciation when Natalie gives her an expensive bracelet that states this servant is Natalie’s property.  Seriously?!  She did win me over by the end of the book though.

What I didn’t care for as much was though I was fascinated by the world Richards built I wanted more back story.  I didn’t get how darklings were so much stronger than humans and had all these extra abilities but they were enslaved and shipped to concentration camps by humans.  Were there just a lot less of them?  When things got so bad for the darklings why didn’t the darklings just force their way en masse back into the cities?

The romance also lacked somewhat.  I thought it was building up nice and slow with some initial attraction, then a gradual growing respect and then BAM! all of a sudden they are pledging their love and devotion to each other.  I was like woah?! What just happened?  I know something was coming but talked about being rushed.

Despite these things I did enjoy the book and can’t wait to pick up Phoenix.

Posted in 3 Star Books, 4 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

2 Responses

  1. Elin Foshaug

    This book sound like a book I will love:) Thanks for sharing:) Definitely read this one time in the future.

  2. Bookworm1858

    I had similar feelings to you-I liked the book well enough (and plan to read the sequel) but I wasn’t in love and I read it a lot slower than I usually do.

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