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Black City (Black City #1)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  9,892 Ratings  ·  1,227 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
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
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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
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 was just so bad that it drained my interest in the book more and more a
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Aug 15, 2012 Christina (Ensconced in Lit) rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 28, 2012 Soumi rated it really liked it
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

Nenia *The Flagrant Liberal* Campbell

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One of the chief complaints about the YA genre - especially the books being targeted and marketed toward young women - is that they are becoming increasingly derivative, and seem to focus only on the romance. BLACK CITY is a perfect example of that: it's a book that can be neatly summed up by asking "what happens when you smush together DIVERGENT and TWILIGHT?"

I haven't given a one-star rating in a while, and to be honest - it feels weird.
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
Oct 06, 2012 Morgan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody.
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Feb 28, 2012 Giselle marked it as to-read
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Feb 05, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc
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
Feb 29, 2012 Taschima rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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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
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Jun 16, 2013 Kat (Lost in Neverland) rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of ridiculous paranormal YA romance and don't mind plagarism

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
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
Nov 25, 2012 Mitch rated it liked it
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
Beatriz  Lins
Mar 16, 2012 Beatriz Lins rated it it was ok
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 :(
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
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
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?
Casey Ann Books
Jun 25, 2012 Casey Ann Books rated it it was amazing

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
Jun 01, 2013 Elena rated it liked it
Black City was a quick and enjoyable read! I wasn't mindblown or anything, but I'm definitely going to continue with this series. :)
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Laura W
Oct 05, 2013 Laura W rated it it was amazing
OH MY COOKIES. This book was f***ing amazing. There are no words to describe it. I basically only have one complaint about the book but it is a teensy itsy bitsy thing that doesn't even compete with this book's overall awesomeness.

So let's get the nastiness out of the way shall we? My one grievance about this book was the occasional total immaturity both Ash and Natalie displayed in some scenes. They acted like children with no maturity whatsoever. I could be missing something that the author wa
Stephanie (Bookfever.♥)
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
Princess Bookie
Feb 29, 2012 Princess Bookie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2012
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
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
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
BookOwl BookOwl
I don't know how to really express my feelings for this book, it's just so hard. Evidently from my ★★★★★ rating it's pretty obvious I really enjoyed this book. It was just soooo damn different than what I expected.

Those first twenty pages I thought, "Oh no here we go again." but the more I read the more I found it difficult to stop.
There were a dew jaw-dropping moments that usually doesn't happen to me, I was totally captivated; this book was like fragging haze to my system and I couldn't get
Pilar ☽
Let me start off by saying that the world Elizabeth Richards created was dipped in imagination, that's what I liked most about the book. It kinda of reminds me of a future version of World War II with the Nazis and Jews but with exotic Darklings and Humans.

To be honest, I was expecting less cheesy and boring romance and more... Action. The romance made me overlook everything else in the book, for example; the plot, the characters and the world building. Natalie and Ash's relationship was so ann
Nessy Dimitrova
In a city where humans and Darklings...

D A R K L I N G S...

I`m sold!
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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
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