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Black City

(Black City #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  10,949 ratings  ·  1,297 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
shady boots
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 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
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
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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 weir
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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody.
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Feb 28, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
1.7 stars, this book and its male and female leads remind me often of Legend by Marie Lu, and I'm not saying it in a good way.

So, in what way Black City is similar with Legend? Let's do a check list.

(1) Vague and poorly constructed dyspotian world:


Dystopia, you said?

We never know what is going on with the rest of the world or why this fictional world had become what it is today. We only see the events that happen within one city, we only know t
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Jun 16, 2013 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
Feb 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Why was this book ever published?
It was terrible, it was absolutely horrific.
Honestly, it was just eye-rolling, tacky-romance, flimsy-character, terrible-writing, terrible. Like, who even authorized this book?

First of all, it was like insta-romance. "Omg, a DARKLING! Must resist!"

I couldn't even FINISH it. What I read sums up to this:

Ash: I don't deserve to be loved. I am super broody and really hostile and a total jerk. But I've got my reasons.

Natalie: This boy intrigues me. What is this feeli
Beatriz  Lins
Mar 16, 2012 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 :( ...more
Nov 25, 2012 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
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, pett
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 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 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. :) ...more
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Oct 05, 2013 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 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
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Black City by Elizabeth Richards
Book One of the Black City series
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Goodreads giveaway

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
Jul 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-5-stars

Okay, this is the first one star book on my shelves. Technically, it's a 1.5 star book but still.


I had such high expectations for this book. I mean, my friend recommended it to me and even lent me her copy. She was raving about it and I had already started it before so I thought "Okay, sure, let's try this out."

WARNING: There are major spoilers ahead that I will try to block off as best as I can

At first, I was in love with it.

It had a really good beginning, but once we got past
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
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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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