Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Black City by Elizabeth Richards [Review]

Black City (Black City, #1)3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Black City by Elizabeth Richards
Series: Black City #1
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release: November 13, 2012
Hardcover: 374 Pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.

Shannon's Thoughts:
I was really excited to read this book.  I don't know if that made my expectations higher, but I'm not sure this book lived up to them.  Parts of this book were done really well.  But other parts weren't so great.  I liked the premise actually.  I'm fairly ambivalent about the vampire genre, but I thought there were some unique elements here.  I really liked that there are different breeds of vampires and the separation of Darklings from humans.  I liked that Ash was a half-breed and trying to find his place among humans.  I actually liked Ash and enjoyed the chapters that he narrates.  I found him to have the most personality of everyone.

But a lot of the book veered into the predictable and cliche territory.  I found myself rolling my eyes a few times.  (Blood Mate?  Really?  Sigh.)  And some stuff is SO over the top.  There is also so much going on and so many lies, subterfuge, double crossing and secrets that I had a hard time staying connected to the story.  I think a few storylines should have been removed for a cleaner plot.  The supporting characters were fine, but I didn't really connect to Natalie.  I didn't get a strong sense of her personality at all.

If you love vampires and vampire/human relationships, then I think you would really enjoy this book.  But if you are frustrated at all by it, then be warned:  this book is full of it!

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Black City
2. Phoenix

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