November 13, 2012

Review of Black City (Black City #1) by Elizabeth Richards with G!veaway

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 (Black City #1) by Elizabeth Richards Publication Date: November 13, 2012 Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons BYR

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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review. We were in no way paid for our opinions **

If you are looking for a book that will whisk you away to a world where you will find yourself completely immersed in, Black City by Elizabeth Richards is the one for you.  I devoured this book.  DEVOURED I tell you!  And trust me on this, once you start, you won’t be able to put it down.  I breathed it, lived it, craved it.  I would put it down, and peek at it from the corner of my eye…hearing it calling my name to come back and find out what happens next.  I had to listen!  Seriously, it was calling to me…how could I say no!

Not only was the writing and world building world class, the characters found in Black City were ones that you won’t forget.  From the moment you meet main characters, Natalie and Ash, you know that there is this chemistry that flows between them, and that something amazing is going to happen.  And of course, there are those laugh out loud moments, that really solidified the deal for me.

But of course it’s not all rainbows and unicorns and white puffy clouds during their first encounter.  Oh no dear readers.  Natalie chances upon Ash, who is a Haze dealer, giving a Haze addict her fix (Haze being an addictive drug made of a Darkling’s venom).  This little scene, by the way, ( though very short ) was hot.  Like whistle through your teeth and a quick fan of yourself sexy.  I think his bad boy demeanour had me already crushing on him.  Yes, I crush easily…

But as we progress through the story, we see not only this tough, brooding, dangerous side of Ash, but we see the endless romantic that I was hoping he would be.  We see the soft, sweet, unconditional loving guy that will make any girl swoon.  And I’m not talking about lost just for Natalie!  I’m also talking about his love that he has for his mother, his father…for his kind.  The emotional side that we witness when it comes to Ash and his mother is so touching and heartwarming.

We get to watch first hand as both Natalie and Ash brings down their boundaries regarding each other and watch this beautiful story unfold.  A glimpse into one of the most romantic love stories I’ve been privileged to read.  And with the highs, come the lows.  And the lows that we come across are emotionally charged, heart breaking, and has you even more addicted.

Author, Elizabeth Richards, does an amazing job driving home the loneliness that Ash feels being segregated from his own people.  To be forced to live among the humans, and face the ridicule and pain that he has to endure every day due to him being a mixed race.  She also does an amazing job describing the conflicts that go on in Natalie’s mind between the beliefs she has known from her mother, to the beliefs her father had and what he was fighting for, and the beliefs that come to light during her relationship with Ash.

Similar to an old tale we know and love, Romeo & Juliet, we have Natalie, whose mother is an all too important Emissary, and then we have Ash, a twin-blood; a half-human half-darkling whose very existence is threatened by Natalie’s mother and her boss, the head of the United Sentry States, Purian Rose.  A relationship between them would condemn them to death, but the heart wants what the heart wants.  And in this case, Natalie and Ash’s hearts are meant for each other.  And there’s a point in the story, where all of this comes to light, and you can’t help but awww and smile and grin and smirk and re-read the lines over and over again.  I’m not giving anything away…seriously it’s all there on the inside flap of the book.

You know how you have those books that you love, and there’s the one line that you will always remember and hold close to your heart?  There is such a line in Black City:

“So begins my heart, so begins our life, everlasting”

Romantic right?  Ash and Natalie hear a Darkling couple sing The Blood Vow to consummate their union, similar to that of wedding vows.   When I first read it, I, of course, sighed….went to my husband…gave him the book and pointed him to those very words and made him say them.  Yes, I’m odd.  It was just so romantic, I needed to hear it out loud.   Yes, he read them, and yes he gave me a weird look.  But I still walked away smiling.

Not only are Natalie and Ash unforgettable characters, but the evil in some of the characters are pretty prominent as well.  Sebastian, the power hungry body guard/ex-boyfriend who ends up being a big player in Black City.  And he is one guy that I loved to hate.  And don’t get me started on Gregory!  Ooooo he especially grinded my gears.  I wanted to wipe his smirk right off his face.  Even Natalie’s mother got a few “ugghhs” from me.  And let’s not forget the head honcho himself, Purian Rose.  The reason why all this animosity between both these races even exists!

A true sign of a well written book is when the reader can get emotionally involved with the story.  And I was totally that and more!  When I was talking to one of my Twitter buddies about this book, she said that ending was going to be so intense and even more amazing than it already is.  Oh My-lanta was it ever!  There were gasps and tears and “noooooo’s” and “yessssss’s”!  The ending comes at you at full speed and you better hang on!  I was not ready for it to end.  Near the end I would read a chapter, put it down, read a chapter, gasp at how quickly the pages were thinning, and finally just ran for the finish line.  Intense, powerful, passionate, deep, and any other adjective you can think of!

Amongst all the darkness, war, and death, a love so pure and genuine blossoms and it takes your breath away.  Do not hesitate in reading Black City by Elizabeth Richards.  You’ll be so happy that you read it, and you too, will be singing its praises from the rooftops.  And fraggin’ yah that it’s going to be a movie!!!

About the Author:

Elizabeth Richards is a YA author who loves books about supernatural boys, kissing and blood.

Elizabeth recently signed a three-book deal with Putnam, Penguin. BLACK CITY, Book #1 of the BLACK CITY trilogy will be published in North America in November 2012.

Connect with the Author: Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

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  1. Carl

    I’ve heard so many good things leading up to release day. I think it’s going to be really spectacular. Probably the book of the season, if not the whole year. Thanks.

  2. Grace Lo

    Dystopia, paranormal romance, and the amount of raving reviews it has? Le duh! It sounds so exciting, with apparently a new vampiric concept and a whole new world to explore!

  3. Natasha

    I want to read Black City because I have heard great things about it and it sounds amazing! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. This book has been on my radar for a while now, it sounds absolutely amazing & I am a sucker for a crush worthy hero ;)

    A fabulous review! thank-you so much for the opportunity to win a copy.

  5. miki

    i’ve read a lot of interesting review about this one so i would like to make my own opinion

    thank you a lot for teh giveaway

  6. Ana Death Duarte

    Dystopia, paranormal, wonderful romance, healers, and your enthusiasm in this review made want to read more than before this book that seems to be so great!
    Thanks for the chance to win it ^^

  7. Kristina Yeager

    I want to read Black City because I have heard nothing but great things about it. I have visited the author’s site and she seems like a author I would love. I can’t wait to get my hands on her work.

  8. I missed out on this book at ALA, and I am so excited to read it! So many people have said that it is great, and your review just makes me even more eager to get my hands on it. Thanks for the review and giveaway!!

  9. Dita Škarste

    Dystopia, paranormal, romance, etc. – is all I love in a book. According to reviews I`ve read, book is gonna be just great!
    Thanks! :)

  10. kimbacaffeinate

    I have been drooling over this since i featured it as a Wow. I love that you devoured it!!

  11. Aline Tobing

    The blurb sounds intriguing :))
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy, gals!

  12. Kristia

    Because I’ve heard so great things about it and I want to know about what everyone is talking about.
    Thnak you for the giveaway! :)

  13. Rose. P

    Why do I want to read this book? Well for one, its a paranormal romance dystopian. That’s like 3 of my favorite genres! This book just sounds like it could be different from the many other paranormal books that I’ve read and I’ve heard so many great things about it!
    Thanks for the chance!

  14. Diana Grace

    I’ve read a lot of good reviews about the book and I would love it so much if I too could read it.. I honestly have been looking forward to reading the book ever since I added it on my to-read list on Goodreads. This awesome giveaway of yours is one giveaway I would truly love to win! Thank you, :)

  15. Viki S.

    I’ve seen so many great reviews on all the blogs that it makes me want to check it out.
    Thank you.

  16. Sabina

    I have been wanting to read Black City for a while now. I’ve heard so many good things about it, plus the premise had me hooked when I first read it.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  17. Zemira

    Who doesn’t want to read a book about vampires set in future? It’s the perfect setting.

  18. Brooke

    I’ve heard great things and I love the mix of vampires and dystopian!

  19. kah_cherub

    I want to read it very bad because my dystopian fever is still going strong and I LOVE to lose myself in books, so this one sounds like a winner. :) thanks for the review and giveaway!

  20. Ashley

    OMG girl I love your review so freaking much!! I agree with everything you said. This book had it all! The tragedy, dispair, romance, heart-breaking, heart-warming, the crazy giggle moments, Romeo & Juliet vibe, political drama… freaking amazing!

    What you did with your husband is totally funny! But I know exactly where you’re coming from. This book did crazy things to me too! Sometimes when I’m reading a book, I just NEED to share the awesomeness of it with someone in real life.. but I don’t have any real life book friends so I just run around screaming “THIS BOOK IS AMAAAAAZING!!!” and my boyfriend/etc. is just like “…okaaaay..”

    I really, really, really hope that they make a movie!! And I’m dying for Elizabeth Richards to go on tour so I can stalk her and snag a signed copy! LOL!

  21. Chapter by Chapter

    LOL I love how crazy we are! Did you see I totally snuck you in that review. Ummmm yup! That just happened. If you get to meet her, I will die of envy! But be soooo happy for you <3

  22. Ashley

    OMG I saw that! You’re totally awesome lol!

    On Twitter Elizabeth said that the tour will probably be in February, which means I most likely won’t be able to go.. bummer!! I’ll still order a signed copy of Black City from one of the bookstores though!

  23. nadira alisha

    i’ve heard good reviews about it!! and the title sounds interesting especially for a dystopian genre book.

  24. sherry fundin

    i read your review and it piqued my curiosity. thanks for the giveaway.

  25. krsz

    Because it’s an interesting book that is on my to read list for a long time

  26. Joy F

    I enjoy YA books and this one looks good.

  27. Imel Cullen

    I want to read this book because I like the Genre, Dystopia and many reviews recomended this book

  28. corey

    t sounds interesting – thanks – can always use another winter read.

  29. Elizabeth

    I’ve been so excited to read this one because it sounds so interesting and all the great reviews I’ve been seeing. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  30. Lauren

    I’ve read some great reviews on this book so far. I’m also hooked on post apocalyptic books right now.

  31. Cyn

    Because it sounds like a crazy love story with an epic adventure all rolled into one book!

  32. Aly P

    Mostly because I love how the cover looks :D the great reiews that kept reading also help

  33. Filia Oktarina

    because i am interesting with the story. I read review and this sounds great. I like cover book too :)

  34. Spav

    Because it sounds like an awesome read and I really need one of those.

  35. Andreea

    Because I interviewed Elizabeth recently and she is an amazing person! And the description looks amazing. I need it ASAP. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  36. saarayy

    Because it seems like an amazing book! :)

  37. Erika

    It looks like such a unique story and I’ve heard so many positive things about it! Very excited to read it soon! Thanks!

  38. Vivien

    Ummm…everything about this book is bloody amazing!!! Cannot wait for Phoenix!

  39. Pragya

    I have heard only good things about it and I have waited so long for it.

  40. Gaby

    I feel in love just with the cover and even more so after reading the synopsis, plus there’s great reviews about it so I know this is a must read!

  41. Hikma

    Cos this one is just so amazing!!!!!

  42. I’ve read so many good reviews about Black City and it looks like an amazing read!

  43. Julie R

    It has gotten great reviews and sounds amazing!!

  44. leannessf

    It reminds me of The Immortal Rules and I loved that one! I also love anything dystopian/post-apocalyptic, so I think I will really enjoy this read!


  45. April Hays

    Because it has been on my wish list for a while and I have really wanted to read it. It just sounds awesome. Plus major cover love!Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win :)

  46. Megan S.

    I’m a SUCKER for a forbidden romance. See Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout.

  47. Cassi

    I want to read Black City because of all of the hype it’s been getting. I love to be in on the discussions. Thanks!

  48. Ann S

    I have heard so many good thins about this book. I keep reading great reviews. I am also excited that Black City will be a trilogy.

  49. nurmawati djuhawan

    i want to read BLACK CITY because the story is interesting…
    thx u for the chance…

  50. Christine

    I want to read this because I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it and it just sounds like a unique concept! :)

  51. Denise Z

    I have to admit that Black City has almost become an obsession LOL I first saw this incredible cover several months ago and searched everywhere for the book not realizing that it was not to be released until November. Of course it is not the wishlist and I am like a book junky needing a fix. It is my understanding Black City is going to have a taste of something different with characters I am going to love getting to know and I cannot wait :)

  52. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    After reading this: “A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war”. Nice!! A love story? yes. Post-apocalyptic world? yes. Awesome!! This story sounds sooo good!! I cannot wait to read it!

  53. Jesselle

    I’ve been reading lots of great reviews about this book. I want to read it! :) Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  54. Tanychy

    I’ve heard only great things about it. I cannot wait to read it :)

  55. Lynn K.

    Because it seems fabulous!

  56. Maly

    The story is very interesting.

  57. Yvonne L

    I’ve heard so many great things about this book. I read the first chapter a while ago on the authors website and I was immediately hooked! Plus the cover is gorgeous!

  58. I want to read Black City because it has an absolutely gorgeous cover (I am guilty of judging based on covers) and that synopsis looks really intriguing!

  59. I have heard so many wonderful things about this one, so I am very curious to see how it turns out! Plus, I love the unique idea of the book and the romance sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to pick it up! :D

    ~ Maida

  60. Maia

    I want to read Black City because I’ve heard so many cool things about it!

  61. dani

    heard good things about the book

  62. Holly B

    I’ve wanted to read this one since I first heard about it. It’s another of those that I just KNOW I’m going to like based on the blurb. Happy to see from your review that you loved it, that’s a good sign that I probably will too!! Thanks, as always, lovely ladies :)

  63. Nicole Torres

    I’ve heard so many great things about this book. The cover is just alluring and one of my favourites even though I have not yet read it! Been dying to read it since I heard about it weeks and weeks ago! The love connection is one I know I will be able to get into right away. A forbidden love always lures me in, thinking about what they’re risking. Just the romance is amazing. I’m just too excited! :)

  64. Lily B

    cause it looks really good and have heard a lot of awesome things about it, this book becomes more and more appealing every day

  65. Sarah O

    First I wanted to read it because I saw the cover and loved it, but I also got interested by the synopsis and I want to see what the author does with the idea of darklings. I`ve heard pretty great things about it.

  66. Veronika

    I’ve heard about this book amazing things! Can’t wait to read it! It sounds unique!

  67. Jan Bethel

    BLACK CITY. Whew! I have been seeing this book in a lot of blogs lately and this book is earning some high praises. I do NEED to read this book. First, there’s that beautiful cover and second, what a really interesting plot! I have been reading a lot of contemporary romance lately and this one is what I’m craving for now. And well, there’s the fact that you did a good review of it and now I want to read it more. Plus I have a thing for “Romeo and Juliet”ish stories.. If you know what I mean. hahaha! Anyway, great review and awesome giveaway! ;D

  68. Tiffany Sill

    I have heard nothing but good things about this book and I want to see for myself :)

  69. jacklin updegraft

    I’ve heard such good things about this book! It sounds like an amazing read!

  70. Jolene A

    The cover is gorgeous and I’ve heard so many great things about this book! It’s at the top of my wishlist! Thanks for the great gjveaway

  71. craftgirl83

    This sounds awesome. I love postapocalyptic settings, and if you add in a love story, it’s the perfect mix!

  72. Karina A.

    The cover immediately caught my eye when I first saw the book. It has an interesting blurb and I immediately want to read it. Hopefully I can read it soon!
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  73. Melinda M.

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book and the plot seems really interesting! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  74. Christy Maurer

    Ever since I first saw this cover, I’ve wanted to read this book! I love the concept behind the story as well. I will be reading this one even if I don’t win :) Winning it would just be a perk!

  75. Jaime Lester

    Honestly? Because it sounds amazing, the author seems like a really cool person, and I have heard some seriously fantastic things about it. And that cover is Awesome!

  76. Nikki O

    I can’t help myself when it comes to romance and some dystopianism! Such a fun combo! I want to know what happens! ARGH!! And, the cover is pretty darn nice! Thanks for the giveaway

  77. Alicia

    I’ve seen so many great reviews of this book, I kind of want to see what everyone is talking about!

  78. Aleksandra

    Because it sounds so amazing, and everyone says it is, that’s why :D

    Your review made me want to read it even more, so thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  79. Szappanbubi

    Love at first sight- because this cover…the story from the synopsis and other reviews it really fascinates me, I love these kind of words where anything could happen but you have to pay for it as well, like real life :)

  80. Inky

    THE COVER IS GORGEOUS, and I’ve heard AMAZING things about the story and the romance! PLUS!

  81. Holly Letson

    The cover is beautiful, and I keep hearing amazing reviews about this book.

  82. Merisha

    It sounds like a great read!!! Love the cover! heard good things about the book

  83. Lilian S

    because every review i read about this book said that this book is good

  84. Angela

    I read the blurb and immediately put it on my TBR list. Can’t wait to read it!!! I Dystopian novels and it just sounds so good! :) Thanks for the chance to win.

  85. Kristina Adaza

    I would like to read Elizabeth Richard’s Black City because I love distopians and I’m eager to find out more about Ash and Natalie.

  86. Kirsten W

    I LOVE dystopian fiction, and this one has such fantastic reviews. A definite must-read for me :)

  87. Lea Krnjeta

    I love dystopia and this one seems really interesting.Plus,the cover is Gorgeous and it seems it had a great male character

  88. Books Worth Remembering

    I would love to read Black City because it sounds amazing! I’ve heard many great things and it’s my favourite genre :)

  89. Anne C

    I’ve been seeing this book all over bloggers and it has quite literally aroused by curiosity. I would very much like a copy of this book.

  90. Leigh

    I’ve seen this book like a thousand times :D Thanks for the giveaway! Also, I have this event on my blog called OVEREXPOSED BOOK 2012, a book that has been talked about, featured, reviewed by almost every book blogger. You can vote your favorite YA book, and might win it! I thought you might be interested since you read YA. Black City is one of the options too!

    Little Book Star

  91. Karem

    I’ve heard so many great things about this book and to be honest, I would read it for the cover alone! Look how gorgeous it is! Can’t wait to get a copy :)

  92. Brooke Banks

    I want to read Black City because of the cover, the blurb and all the great things I’ve heard about it. It’s my kind of book and I’ve been dying to win a copy.

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