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Black City (Black City #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  6,423 ratings  ·  966 reviews
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-old Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fal...more
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
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November 2012
4th out of 67 books — 132 voters
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Emily May
I think I've permanently damaged my eyeballs from rolling them so much.

It seems like I can't get into anything lately, I've read so many new releases to about chapter five and then I have to give up. The only good thing about this book is that my expectations were low as they now are with every book marketed as a dystopia - which, to be honest, this just isn't a dystopia in any sense of the word. For one, it's mostly a love story, but I'm not too upset about that because I received fair warning...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I have had several people approach me and say that this was one of the best ARCs they had read all year. So this has been high on my radar.

Black City by Elizabeth Richards may seem like an amalgam of familiar territory. We have vampires. We have a dystopian society. We have lovers on two different sides of a war. Sure, we start with the expected, and then Richards completely turns everything on its head. All I will say is that we have alternating perspectives of Natalie, the daughter of an Emiss...more
curious little beastie
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You know what I hate? I hate when I'm reading a book, and all I feel the whole time is anger, frustration and disappointment.

That's what I felt with Black City.

As you can see, this is yet another DNF review. Let me tell you why I disliked this book so much: the romance. You know how bad the romance was? It made me overlook everything else in the book; the world building, the other characters, the plot, all of it. The romance wa...more
Despite the insta-love, despite all those eyeball rolling romantic moments, I actually enjoyed the book.

A drawing of Ash and Natalie by the author herself

I am Bastet
The trend isn't over yet?

Not sure how I feel about this one. Right now I'm quite conflicted, because what was good was very good, but what was bad was also very bad.



My first thought post this book.. is a) i want to marry Ash
but then I think harder so b) WHY did I not read this as soon as I got it ! Rookie error Belinda, Rookie, Rookie error.

This book was amazing. It was a whole lot of loving and more.

The Characters
Ash: He is like the epitome of any leading man you could ever want in your life. He knows when to be a smart ass, irresistible and cocky.. but knows when to be caring, kind and compassionate to other...more
Feb 29, 2012 Giselle marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc, own
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The dystopian trend seems to be getting a bit old. All the books have a similar feel to them and the stories are becoming less unique. That is not at all the case with Black City. Elizabeth Richards has created a world all her own with fantastic history, unbelievable creatures, and a bleak setting that manages to stand out against all others.

Black City is a place in ruins. Ash still rains down from bombs that were set off a year ago. Buildings crumble daily and no new ones are built to replace t...more
Ta§chima Cullen
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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 mo...more
Hmmm what do I say about this? In the very very beginning I thought I was going to like this a lot, it had some very interesting qualities. Bad Vampire boy, goody goody girl, jealous girlfriend and jealous ex-boyfriend, drugs, vampires,(who are called unaffectionately " nipper" ( I didn't get the joke for about 4 chapters) all different breeds of them, and laws that were out of control, not unlike communist Russia in the 1940's , it seemed like it was going to be my kind of book. But it wasn't....more
Umm … what a weird book. Vampires. Dystopian. Religious motifs. Obvious parallels to the Berlin Wall, segregation, racial tensions, and even ethnic cleansing. It’s a lot to take in, but Black City sort of works because I really didn’t expect much more than just a conventional mishmash of vampire and dystopian tropes based on a run of the mill Romeo and Juliet premise, but in fact Elizabeth Richards has really written something that’s actually a bit more complicated.

Part of it though is Richards...more
Beatriz  Lins
What a disappointment. Ridiculous world-building, shallow characters, stupid ending, and the romance is cheesy, melodramatic and unrealistic. This book couldn't have been worse for me :(
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Wendy Darling
Some good stuff, and some very underdeveloped/not so good stuff. Short review to come...maybe.
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Sometimes, I really do hate myself for not reading the synopsis from time to time. Black City was one of these disappointments. I went in deeming that this was an action packed thriller/dystopian, while there was some action, this was more based around romance --forbidden love. I'm not trying to imply anything else apart from that I was expecting something...more
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Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)

Ash is a twin-blood Darkling, a half human creature that drinks blood to survive. In the Black City, Darklings are relentlessly hunted and persecuted, most of which are kept behind a massive wall splitting the Darklings from the humans.
Natalie is the daughter of the Sentry, one of the most powerful women in the city and working to remove the Darklings permanently.
Ash and Natalie meet one night briefly, and to Ash's shock, his normally dead-silent chest starts to thrum with a heartbeat.

Wow. I...more
Komal Mikaelson
So I ended up DNFing this.

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The book was just one HUGE cliche!
The characters, the plot...It just wasn't gripping enough.
The start was promising enough but as the story progressed, the plot had dwindled to a sappy, cheesy, too-much-hackneyed love story.

The character were so bland and predictable, it was annoying. All they ever were did was get into petty fights over Friendship Vs Relationship. And pout. And bitch. Really?

So, if you wanna fry your brain with a no-apparent-plot, petty c...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: When I first started this one, I wasn’t sure what was going on. It was somewhat hard to understand all the terms but it clicked pretty fast.

We are introduced to Ash who is a half darkling and Natalie who is the Emissary’s daughter. In this world, the Emissary is powerful. Any kind of romance is forbidden between humans and darklings.

Natalie meets Ash and is drawn to him. The chemistry is there from the get go even though they dislike each other. She also ends up attending his schoo...more
Germany in World War 2…but with vampires
The whole entire book could be summarized as just that: Events from World War 2, Germany and the Holocaust—but with vampires thrown in for good measure. The connection between this book and actual historical events is really stunning. In the end, I felt more like I was reading a history textbook than a paranormal romance novel. Why? Well there are some pretty obvious connections right from the start, like how the Darklings and were forced to live in the “g...more
Casey Ann

Imagine a wall keeping you separate from another race of beings? Never meeting them never will know them. But what if you do meet one of them and fall in love? Fall in love with a Darkling one that can drink your blood, have wings purple eyes and all sorts of unnatural things.

I first opened the book and was sucked in. Why? Because it was straight into the action and had such an awesome scene. Elizabeth Richards isn't afraid to be gruesome, A big dystopian, bloody, gory, sexy, hellish Romeo and J...more
Main points:
1. The world building was too complex and a lot to take in. I can't picture out the different Darklings since each type has different features and physical appearance.
2. There was no clear explanation of the history, the government, the pre-war or a map of their world. Aside from the United Sentry States, and a few others mentioned that I have forgotten, what else are there? How did Purian Rose got his position? Who put him there? Is it monarchy? Or...what? For how long is his term?...more
Stephanie ♥Loves Adrian Ivashkov♥
I won this awesome advance uncorrected galley in a giveaway with some other books. Black City was the one I was truly excited for. The summary sounded really promising and of course the cover is amazing. It even got a spot in one of my Cover Crazy memes.
When I started this book I saw it was writting in 2 POV's: Ash and Natalie's. I do like it when books are writting in different POV's because this way we can see the different views of the characters. I enjoyed Ash's more than Natalie's for some...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Where to begin with this review? First I have to say a huge thank you to Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read and review this ARC. I have to say what Princess Bookie is doing is something GREAT! Without her group I would not have even heard about this book and that my friend is TRAGIC! I have to say I have only read a few Dystopian books but this one right here is EPIC and a MUST READ because you will not be disappointed!

In Black City we are introduced to a new world where Humans a...more
In short: Black City by Elizabeth Richards may cause a serious eyeroll sprain.

This is one of those situation where the book just wasn't for me and thus my criticisms will be very subjective and specific to my personal tastes and not necessarily reflective of the general opinion. So let's start with the positive: Black City has an interesting premise that, while not completely original, at least presented something intriguing to draw you into the story right away. I won't deny that Black City def...more
Review originally posted on my blog

My feelings on Black City by Elizabeth Richards are a little hard to explain. Black City is an interesting dystopian kind of book, but with a vampire population (although they’re called darklings rather than vampires).

And I loved the first hundred pages or so of Black City. There was political scandal, romance, intrigue, and I loved learning about the world Elizabeth Richards built. New worlds are some of my favourite th...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
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 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...more
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Black City, Elizabeth Richards' electrifying debut, combines segregation and a faulty government into one fantastic novel.

One of Black City's strong points was the plot and the concept. Easily enough, you could say that it was a a cross between a vampire story an a dystopian story. The fact that Elizabeth manipulated the usually overdone vampire tale into a totally different topic concerning Darklings who came across as ruthl...more
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Rating: 3.5

La guerra è finita da un anno e Black City è una città in rovina.
La gente vive nella miseria e nella paura, e i Darklings (vampiri) sono stati segregati in un ghetto che si trova al di là di un muro che divide la città.
Ash è uno spacciatore di Haze (il veleno emanato dai canini di un vampiro), è un twin-blood, nato da padre umano e madre Darklings, ed è uno dei pochi della sua specie rimasti in città, nonché ultimo twin-bl...more
"The people of the city seem to have taken you into their hearts. I hear they call you the Black Phoenix? The 'boy who rose from the ashes."

Now...why does this sound so familiar?! (Hint: a certain young lady who was the 'girl on fire'. Seems like people are becoming awfully fond of setting themselves on fire to start rebellions!)

A great story, dipped in imagination with plenty of details to help immerse you in Elizabeth Richard's tantalisingly dark and twisted dystopian world.

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

Her debut novel, BLACK CITY (Book #1 of the BLACK CITY trilogy) was published in November 20...more
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“She may have your heart, but that's not the reason I love her," I say. "It's not just a physical connection. It's something deeper. You may be my Blood Mate, but she's my Soul Mate. That's just as powerful.” 20 likes
“She's not worth it. You said so yourself, you don't even know if you have feelings for her—"
"Then why does my fragging heart feel like it's been ripped out of my chest?.”
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