Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Black City by Elizabeth Richards

Black City by Elizabeth Richards
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: G.P. Putnam Sons

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-old 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.  - Goodreads.com

I had heard such amazing things about this book.  Everywhere I turned, bloggers were giving it glowing reviews, so I really anticipated that I would love this book and probably add another glowing review to the hoard.  Strangely though, I wasn't as knocked out by this book as other bloggers apparently are.  Don't get me wrong! I did like it, but it just didn't live up to the hype I'd seen.  That's the only problem with pre-conceived notions...it tends to ruin your own experience.

I liked the characters... I thought Natalie was a little reckless though.  Her mother is like the big dog of their society... so I wasn't sure I bought the idea that she could sneak out so well and not be seen.  In a world where everyone is watched so carefully, and her mother being who she is, I just figured Natalie would be watched a lot more closely and never allowed to sneak out the way she did.  I also thought she took some pretty unnecessary risks throughout the story that weren't just risky but stupid.  I did, however, like that she didn't allow her mother's prejudices to be her own.  She made up her own mind.

Ash was your typical tall, dark, handsome Darkling character.  I liked him too, but I also had somewhat of a problem with him.  I didn't like how quickly he started to waver when he met another Darkling girl like himself.  I wanted to say, you either love Natalie or you don't.  If you love her, you shouldn't even be entertaining this thought.  But I overlooked it and went with it.

The story was definitely unique and the best thing about the book.  This was definitely one of the most interesting takes on vampires that I've read.  And the fact that it was placed into a dystopian setting made it even more interesting to me.

Bottom line, I did enjoy the book and I probably will read the sequel, but I want to see some deeper characterization next time.  I also want to see Natalie's choices become a little bit more thoughtful.  The writing, however, was very good.  The author painted a good picture and there were some really great moments of suspense.


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