Monday, September 24, 2012

Black City by Elizabeth Richards

Genre:  YA Paranormal Dystopian
Black City Series, Book 1
Expected publication date:  November 13, 2012

Description (taken from Elizabeth Richards' website):
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.

Elizabeth Richards is an excellent story teller.  She can keep the reader captivated and wanting to know what happens despite the questions that come up.  However, I'm a little torn with this book.  I just don't know if it worked for me.

Boy meets girl.  And they hate each other despite the odd things happening when they're around each other.  And with the snap of a finger, their hatred becomes infatuation, and they're in love.  That's how it felt for me as I followed Ash's and Natalie's relationship.  It felt kind of cheesy.  But I quickly got over it.

Darklings, what an interesting concept.  They seem like vampires but a little bit different.  We actually don't get any background or detail as to how they came along.  And this really bugged me.  I mean, we have a whole race of people that are being segregated and tormented, and I don't really understand anything about them.  This is where I really got hung up with the story.

Black City is a quick read that I think readers who are looking for a good love story and interesting dystopian world will enjoy.  However, if you're looking for a lot of paranormal explanations, you're not going to find it here.

Thanks goes to Grace from Books of Love for setting up this ARC Tour.

Challenges:  Debut Author Challenge and Young Adult Reading Challenge

1 comment:

  1. Nice review. I’m always looking for a good read. Dystopian sometimes works for me, sometimes not. But this book sounds like I should indeed check it out. Thanks for posting!


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