Monday, March 25, 2013

Book Review: Black City (Black City #1) by: Elizabeth Richards

Release Date: November 13, 2012 from Penguin
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"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."

My Thoughts:

If The Hunger Games met up with some vampires, it would result in this book. So naturally I enjoyed this book immensely. I know a lot of people are going to hate me for this next statement, but Black City was a book along the lines of The Immortal Rules only I thought it was better *hides*. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Julie Kagawa and her Iron Fey books, but I just could not get into The Immortal Rules as much as I wanted to. I love a good dystopian and I am a paranormal addict, so when Black City combined the two I just fell in love.

Ash is our hero and one I think a lot of people can relate to. He feels like he doesn’t belong which is something everyone feels at some point during their life. But for Ash, it holds a bit truer. Ash is a twin blood, meaning he is part Darkling (vampire) and part human. He doesn’t really have a place in the world. He is also the kind of person who knows things are not right in the world but feels like there is no point in speaking up because he alone can’t make a difference. Ash isn’t willing to die for a cause, but then he meets Natalie and suddenly he knows that there is something worth dying for.

Natalie is a character that I struggled to like in the beginning. By the end of the book I absolutely loved her, but initially it was tough. She is a Sentry who has lived a life of luxury, she has never had to work or think for herself and it shows. Her life has not been easy and she has dealt with loss and tragedy, but at the same time she is spoiled. I was glad to see her character grow into a truly strong and determined person.

The world Elizabeth created really is fantastic and scary. It is not necessarily somewhere I would want to live but it is an awesome world to read about. The creatures are scary but so are the humans. The plot has twists and turns and you never know who you can really trust. It was a world that was very easy to get lost in.

With all of that being said, there were some issues I had with Black City. Firstly, the relationship between Ash and Natalie was quick. I would not call it insta-love but it has insta-love tendencies. They go from hating each other to madly and deeply in love with each other very quickly. I will admit that there is a reason for this, but still. Also the two of them seemed to fight a lot. But these fights never seemed to be over things of major importance and then they forgave each other rather quickly. I don’t know why, but it bugged me a bit. If you are going to fight, make it a good fight and then work to makes things okay again! Sorry doesn’t always cut it in my opinion. Lastly, there was an attempt at a love triangle but I just didn’t see it and I do not like a forced love triangle.

All in all, Black City was an enjoyable read. It took all the elements of dystopians that I love and combined them with the paranormal to make a great world. And with that ending, I am dying to get my hands on Phoenix.


  1. Hunger Games meets Vampires? AWESOME!!! I so have to read this one!!
    Great review, my Darling! =D

  2. I loved this world too, and their relationship was so well written. Totally can't wait for the next one.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. Ahhhhh! You have me SUPER excited to read this one! I love that you struggled to like Natalie in the beginning but ended up loving her - I adore characters who grow... and grow on you! Little worried about the forced love triangle, but I'm definitely giving this one a read! Awesome review, lovey!! xoxo

  4. This sounds good!! Ash sounds like a really awesome MC, but I love that you didn't like Natalie in the beginning, LOL! Sometimes it's better to start out that way, don't you agree? Also, I love the idea of The Hunger Games + Vampires!! Fab review, Teresa! (:

    Megan@The Book Babe

  5. I've really been intrigued about this book, but just haven't picked it up for some reason. It does sound good, and I'm glad you liked it despite some issues.
    Great review!

  6. "The Hunger Games met up with some vampires" I loved that!! I'm glad you enjoyed this book as much as I did!! I also struggled with Natalie at first, too. But by the end, she grew on me!

    Now, you hit everything on the head with this book! I also felt Ash's and Nat's relationship was too quick, it made it feel unreal.. I agree with you on that whole front!!

    Anyways, great review!!!! Can't wait to read Phoenix either!!!

    1. Magen is it really a surprise that we had issues with the same things lol

  7. *sigh* I have this one just waiting on my shelf and I just need a push to pick it up. I really do like the idea behind the story and I do like the sound of the romance, and characters but the relationship...that sucks! I know exactly what you mean by that. And not just triangles, but any type of forced romance, especially between main characters just doesn't sit well with me.

    I'm still keeping an open mind and I'll pick it up, and hopefully I'll still be able to enjoy it like you did, despite the issues. :D

    Fabulous review, lovely! :)

    ~ Maida <3

    1. It's a good read despite my issues. I think you'll enjoy it!


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