Review: Black City

Review: Black CityBlack City by Elizabeth Richards
Series: Black City #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR on November 13th 2012
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/Dystopian
Format: ARC
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
"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."


You know, there aren’t many books that can get me hooked by the first page. With Black City, it is inevitable.
The plot of the book is what got me. The world building, with the time that they are living in really created a nice picture in my head. Once emerged in the story, I did not want to leave. (Confession: I read this story at my desk…at work!) When I have to put my work stuff aside, just to finish a book cause I can not stop thinking about it means, I’ve got it BAD. Let me tell you that Ms. Richards sure knows how to throw one over the reader. Some of the plot twist left me gasping,”NO!” I’m still feeling the book hangover today as I write this.
The characters of the book are awesome. Natalie and Ash are facing some hard times in a harsh world. I really love how well both these characters grew along with reader. It gave the reader a front row seat to an awesome reading adventure.

The love interest is what you want it to be. Hot and forbidden, this love sky rockets sky high. The way it grows is so freaking exciting! Watching these two fight with every single chapter and then gets closer, exposing secrets, its get better and exciting as the ending gets closer…

Take it from me when  I say Black City is an phenomenal book! Flat-out entertaining, Black City ignites the YA world with brilliance. The maddening love with the witty world building, once in the book you won’t want to come out. Black City is awesome!

I give it 5 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny says:

    I was sold at “hot and forbidden” love. That’s my kind of romance right there! I have this one in my TBR pile, I’m really excited to give it a try Savy!

  2. Carmen B. says:

    I read excerpts from it and since then (which was February) I have been in agony waiting for this one! I just know I’m going to love it. Glad that you already do :) Great review, good to hear that the world building and romance will live up to my expectations ;)

  3. Katie says:

    I adored this book so I’m glad to hear that you did too. I thought the world was awesome, the story was intriguing, and the love story was so steamy! I can’t wait for the next book. Great review!

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