"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."
Black City by Elizabeth Richards was a fast-paced novel that combines YA's hottest trends; vamps and crappy futures a.k.a dystopian!
I love dystopian. I honestly do not think there will ever be enough ways to describe a scary and crap future ran by evil governments and in Black City's case, Darklings, but only if they are good and believable. And while Black City was a little more fantastical, therefore not that believable, it was very very good!
I really enjoyed this novel and cannot wait for it's sequel Phoenix!
Though once again this novel was a case of instalust (real word, look it up!) I did find myself buying Ash's and Natalie's romance a lot more than most love at first bite .. . . err, sight, stories. This is entirely because of Richard's writing and her terrific way of creating such intriguing characters. Though Ash, who is a 'nipper' is def one of those tortured bad boys in the lieu of Jace from TMI (don't care for those kind of characters) his tortured broodiness WAS believable, so I wasn't annoyed by him, at least not that much. His struggles with his emotions, with who is, who he wants to be and who he can't help but be, truly makes you feel for him and connect with him. His conflictions were raw and touching and he has been through and does some serious dark things to stay a live.
I also really liked Natalie. She was a strong character who could hold her own and I enjoyed that about her. Though her romance with Ash and the 'mystery' were a little predictable, I couldn't help but enjoy being inside her head. I also liked her mother who was in one word; evil. She was a fantastic character! But my favorite character was probably Rose. That man was evil, with a capital E! He oozed hidden craziness and he was just plain wicked! Fantastic character because of fantastic writing!
The writing in this book was terrific, especially in regards to the characters and the construction and descriptions of the world and society. I loved the prose and how authentic everything felt even though a lot of it was so fantastical. In the end I really enjoyed Black City and cannot wait for it's sequel, Phoenix!
I give it 4 Hearts of 5!!
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If you like Immortal Rules and the film Priest, this book is similar to these!
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