Sunday, December 2, 2012

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

Title: Black City
Series: Black City, #1
Author: Elizabeth Richards
Category: Paranormal/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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.

My Review: 

Black City, what can I say about this book? Well, I loved it! It wasn't what I expected at all!! I had a very different idea or concept before I started reading, but by the second chapter I could tell it wasn't what I originally thought it would be. And that was good, because even though I had a few small things I didn't like about the book, how it turned out left me amazed and wanting more.

When I read the blurb, I thought it was going to be another book about vampires, but they are called Darklings instant, but even though Darklings have characteristics like Vampires, they are not.  They are very different, and it gives the story a unique twist. A twist I really loved.


Black City, ravaged by war and distrust by its own people.  It is now just a blacken skeleton. A ghost of what is used to be.

For Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, surviving and living in Black City isn't easy. And he knows it never will be. Not with what he is, what he represents. Not for someone like him, not for someone whose heart doesn't beat. But he tries to live, tries to find meaning in his dull life.

For Natalie Buchanan, the daughter of the Emissary, Black City is the last place she wants to be. Moving there, she feels like she has lost everything. Her friends, her life, her freedom. And being a human in a city that is half occupied with Darklings, and other ‘creatures’ she feels it would be best for her to leave Black City and never look back.
When these two unexpectedly met, something happens neither one is ready for. Something that shouldn't happen.  Ash’s heart starts to beat, and a strange but powerful connection binds the two.

They do something, go against their law, that could get them both killed. They fall in love. But then they fall into something bigger, something more sinister then either of the two can imagine. 


Let me just say the opening paragraph of Black City is amazing. It was what instantly pulled me right in and had me wanting to devour this book.  It was such a different book then what I have been reading lately.  I've been in a more contemporary mood lately, so Black City was like a shock to my system, electrifying me.  Bringing me into the dark, bleak and creepy world of Black City.

Black City is a very interesting world, but I was a bit confused at parts in the book. When the war was mentioned, I did get lost. But even though I was confused at parts, it didn't stop me from reading. I was totally engrossed with it.  And I do hope that more is explained later on, about the war, the Darklings and what happened.  

Along with being confused, I also felt that the love, or attraction of Ash and Natalie was a bit rushed. Yes, at first they couldn't stand each other, didn't even like being in the same room. That felt natural, it made me believe, even when strange things begin happening to both of them that their relationship would progress normally, more realistically. But it was like they hated each other to ‘BAM’ they loved each other.  But I had to keep in mind their connection, and it did help. Though do I wish their love felt more real. At the end of the book, it did start to feel more real, more believable.

Now, even though I am mentioning things that bothered me, this book was amazing! A dark, gothic ride I was so glad I got on!! Ash and Natalie are interesting characters. Ash, I really liked, he is this dark character who I just felt sad for and routed for from the very beginning.

Being a half-blood, his life has always been hard, and he survives as best as he can. Doing what he can to keep him and his human father alive. He is a bit arrogant, but I loved that side of him. As the story progresses, he does grow and you get to understand him more. I enjoyed that, seeing Ash grow and showing me just how strong he is.

Now Natalie, I did like her character but at times, I don’t know, I just couldn't stand her.  I believe the reason for that is her attitude. She comes off a bit spoiled, but she does care about others.  And just like Ash, she does show some character growth in the book, some I am really proud of.

As Ash and Natalie grow closer, they being to stumble upon things that neither one of them expected or are prepared for, but when they do, they show such love and strength, it brought tears to my eyes.  So much happened at the ending, that I was left reeling.
Black City also switched POV between Ash and Natalie, and I really enjoyed it. I feel Elizabeth did a good job showing both characters.  

Black City, to me, is a unique and different dystopian book then what I have been reading lately. I was definitely brought into the world that Elizabeth created. With the creatures she invented, the interesting plot, pleasing twists, good pacing, simple detail, and fascinating characters, I feel in love with this book. And I cannot wait for the next one, especially with the way Black City ended!!


  1. I completely agree w/your review. Black City drew me in right from the start and I like how different it was from other vampire books. I do admit some parts could've used more explaining & detail, but I'm sure more will come with the next novels in the series. Great review!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading it :D And Black City really does draw you in! I love when a book does that. I also agree, some of the detail could of been better and I was a bit confused at times. But I will definitely keep read the next books!

      Thank you!!!

  2. The moment I saw the cover I knew I was going to have to read this book and now I know my superficial tendencies will pay off. I am really hoping to make time for this one soon but I have been a super slacker when it comes to my review books so I am making myself read them first. Totes fab review!

    1. Same here!!! You must definitely get to it, and I can't wait to here your thoughts on it! Thanks for stopping by girl :D

  3. Great review Magen! Happy you enjoyed this one too! I love the world and the characters. I really liked the alternating pov too! I'm so excited for book two now after that ending! I'm dying to know what will happen next!


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