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Thursday, 23 August 2012

Review + Giveaway: Black City by Elizabeth Richards.

Black City (Black City, #1)
Title: Black City
Author: Elizabeth Richards
Series: Black City
Book #: 1
Pages: 373
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 4.09
T.B.Published: Nov. 13th, 2012

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.

Taschima's POV:

To put it in the simplest terms Black City is like Legend only mixed with vampires. This is not a bad thing; Legend is great, and so is Black City! It has some of the things Legend has, only heightened- ex. love becomes forbidden love. Corrupt government? Check. People being oppressed? Check. Two main characters, one from the government the other a normal person? Check. Adding to this delight Black City manages to have a plot that is original and not monotonous. Black City is that typical book you can't put down, it enthralls you with it's very complicated dark world,it makes your heart beat just a little bit faster. I bet If you were a half-darkling this book would kick start your heart right up.

It is a hot day in Black City (I can only imagine) when Natalie, the Emmisary's daughter (fancy term for a high ranking government official), and her remaining family move to the crappiest place in the world, Black City, from Centrum (a "better" city than Black City). On top of that she now has to attend public school along with the rest of the work boots (not so fancy term for people who actually have to work for a living). How will she ever survive?
"It's your bew identity bracelet. Do you like it?" I ask.
Martha nods slighly, not saying anything. She must be overwhelmed; it's a very expensive gift. She slips it on.

Some context on the quote, Martha is Natalie's maid and she is a Darkling (Darklings who live on the human side of the wall are made to use bracelets with their info on them). I thought this quote described Natalie great at the beginning of the novel. Natalie pissed me off at first. She was such a spoiled brat. It was hard to root for her, but then she grows up. It's so amazing, she went from someone who I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole to a brave self sufficient heroine that doesn't need to be rescued. I respect her, I like her.
"I place a hand against the wall and slip my other hand between her thighs, gently easing her legs apart. Touching her doesn't turn me on, but I groan like it does, knowing she'll enjoy that. They all do, even the guys -it's why they come to me instead of the Haze dens."

Ash is a Haze dealer, and a half-Darkling. You can say he got the "short" end of the stick in life (though in fact he is really tall). He is an outcast, abondoned by his mother at a young age. It's clear that he has issues.But It is very hard NOT to like Ash, he is so conflicted. You just want to hug him, and help him. He is the one who drew me to the story beginning on Chapter 1.

The story evolves around these two characters with a backdrop of war, corruption, and danger. It's a very dark world, but then again which dystopian world isn't?

The characters, the world building, the intense connection between the characters, the customs of Black City and the Darklings, all of this and more is what I loved about this book. It was just a very good read.

Some things were hard for me to swallow, like how can the vampires (who are stronger, faster, PREDATORS) be oppressed by the humans? I would have liked some more information on the old war. What happened, and how? Were the humans always privy to the existence of this other race? How did they exactly beat the vampires and made them live in guettos? I have no idea! I missed that history lesson.

Another thing that bothered me was the romance, at first. Because the characters show this instant connection to each other without really knowing anything about each other. They meet, they dislike/are sttracted to each other, and on the next page they are bound together. This was something that bothered me, BUT it was completely addrssed and insta-love was succesfully avoided. And even though I could smell the twist to the romance a mile away I still enjoyed it (maybe I like being proved right).

But if you can look past the non existent/much needed history lesson you will really enjoy this novel. I liked the writing, I loved Ash, and I liked Natalie, as well as the rest of the characters. It's a very easy story to get sunk into, and I enjoyed every single page.

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70 comments:

  1. What a lovely giveaway! I'm so excited for the release that I've got a countdown timer ticking on my phone.

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  2. This book is one I have been wanting, when I tried for an ARC, they had none left, or as they said, they met the quouta for this book.
    I enjoyed your review. Really well done, makes me want to read it even more.
    Come by my blog, I have a few giveaways, latest is a giveaway hop.
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  3. I absolutely LOVED Legend, and so I am sure I will love this one as well. The characters really make a book for me so this one sounds good!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. I really liked Legend so I definitely want to give this book a try. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  5. Wonderful review! Black City sounds like such an intriguing and unique tale and I love the cover of it as well! You've definitely made me much more excited about this book than I was before! :D

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  6. LOVE the cover and it looks so interesting. Can't wait to read it.

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  7. This book sounds amazing! I really can't wait to read it!

    Enna P.

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  8. the second quote is intriguing :D it makes me curious what the deal is with the person pretending.

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  9. Great review! I'm dying to read Black City. I can't wait till it comes out.

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  10. looks great
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  11. I loved Legend, so I think I'll like this one, too, although insta-love is one of my huge peeves. Ash sounds like a fabulous character, though! I can't wait to meet him. :)

    Thanks for the review & giveaway!

    Sophia
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  12. This book looks so awesome. I have it on my wishlist for a while now!

    thanks for the great review ;)

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  13. Great review!! I'm definitely looking forward to reading Black City as soon as it comes out!

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  14. Awesome review! I'm definitely looking forward to reading Black City as soon as it comes out!

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  15. I've been aching to get my hands on a copy of this since Penguin put out a teaser. Your enthusiasm is making it that much more desirable!

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  16. I've been wanting to read this for a while now. The cover of this book is beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. I'm glad you enjoyed the book! I'm really looking forward to reading it, now. :)

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  18. This one sounds really great! i'd love to win this one for my granddaughter who is an avid reader. Thanks for the chance.

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  19. Nice review!!! So glad you enjoyed this dystopian!!! CANNOT WAIT!!

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  20. Awesome review!!! I already wanted this book, but you make it sound so much more amazing that I'd already thought. lol Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  21. I think that I'm super excited for this book and it needs to be out already!!!

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  22. I am so excited for this one! I like that you compared it to Legend, with vampires, because I LOVED Legend. Thanks for the giveaway! :)
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  23. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!! I absolutely love the cover for this book. Very striking! Can't wait for more from this author.

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  24. Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to read this one.

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  25. I can't wait to read this book! Thank you!

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  27. I like the slang ("work boots") but I also don't understand how the vampires could be oppressed by humans. I don't understand that in most vampire books, actually...

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  28. This sounds like a really interesting new outlook on dystopian tomorrow. I cannot wait to check it out. that was a catching review.

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  29. This book looks REALLY GOOD. And I've heard tons of good thing about it!

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  30. Thanks for the review. I would love to win this one.

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  31. I am so excited for it. The description is very good!

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  32. Sounds amazing! I've heard so many good things about his book!

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  33. I've been hesitant to read Black City for a while. Even though there have been many positive reviews of Black City, I was creeped out by the first chapter. It was so strange and awkward. Now, I kind of understand what made me put down the sampler of the book and can't wait to read Black City.

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  34. This book looks sooo good, I am way excited for when I get my hands on it! Thanks for doing this giveaway :)

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  35. I remember seeing this book a bit ago and had forgiven about. Thanks for reminding me of it.

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  36. Ive been wanting to read this book for awhile! I loved Legend, so i will most likely like this book too. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  37. I have been wanting to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. I'm looking forward to this book...Thanks for the giveaway!

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  39. lovely giveaway and the book sounds wonderful

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  40. wow, u have read some great books. i cant wait to read this one. thanks for giveaway

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  41. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  42. awesome review. i have been dying to read this book. each teaser or review i see of this book makes me want to read it more.
    thanks for this giveaway

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  43. This book sounds amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. This book is on my TBR List! Thanks so much for the chance!

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  45. Loved your review - really let me know what to expect, and I definitely want to read it.

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  46. I feel like I've been waiting for this book forever : ) Thanks for your awesome review!! I cannot wait until I can read it!!

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  47. I love the cover for Black City :) IT'S SO PRETTY!

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  48. Cannot wait for this book. Thanks for the awesome review <3

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  49. This book sounds awesome! I cannot wait to read it!

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  50. Black City looks really amazing. The cover is so awesome!

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  51. I really want to read this!!!! :)

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  52. Black City is one of my most anticipated reads. Thanks so much for giving us the chance to win it!

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  53. I am really looking forward to reading this one! It sounds so amazon and the cover is awesome.

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  54. Very cool! Thanks for your review!

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  55. I have been wanting to read this for months now, was a really good review too. Thanks for the giveaway

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  56. Black City sounds awesome! :) Thanks for the contest!

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  57. This books sounds interesting! Thanks for the giveaway. =)

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  58. *waves* Hi :D
    Black City is one of THE books I've been drooling to read, so thank you very much for such a sweet giveaway <3

    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.
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  59. dying to read this book! thanks for the giveaway :)

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  60. I really want to read this book! XD
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  61. I think its awesome! Thanks so much

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  62. Oh this book sounds nothing short of amazing. I can't wait to read this!

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  63. Thank you so much for this giveway! At first I had no idea what this book was about but your review covered everything I would've liked to know! I loved Legend, so maybe I'll love this as well! (Even though I do have a slight eversion to Insta- Love) xD

    You can contact me at foreverfree50@gmail.com. :D

    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

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  64. This review makes me think it'd be a book that I'd love to read! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  65. Can't wait to read this!

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  66. Thanks so much for this fantastical giveaway! You rock! New follower.

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  67. I am a newish follower, thank you for the giveaway....if I were a blogger I would post more but since I am not then I did all the other stuff :)

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