Thursday, November 1, 2012

Review: Black City by Elizabeth Richards + Giveaway

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 (goodreads).

 ARC copy provided by the publisher! Merci beaucoup!

Debut author Elizabeth Richards STUNS with her heart breaking tale of true love. 

Natalie is the daughter of a business-only Emissary and Ash is the son of a human and a darkling. His kind is hated, but somehow he and Natalie find each other as they fight to understand what dangers await Natalie and why his heart responds to her. 

I LOVED this book. Okay, I LOVED IT. I have always been a sucker for forbidden love and Natalie and Ash are the ultimate Romeo and Juliet. The story is so multi-dimensional and it is a roller coaster ride of emotions. I'm pretty sure I almost cried at the climax of the novel. This book also isn't afraid to make you squirm, there are some gruesome deaths that made me inwardly cringe but I appreciate and author who isn't afraid to go against the safe and innocent. 

Natalie and Ash are soo heartbreaking and amazing together. I love them to pieces and I can't wait to read more about them in the sequel. Natalie is so naive and really stand-offish at the beginning of the novel and Ash is just plain jaded. They grow so much together and they are strong characters by themselves as well. The secondary characters are great too because they are all 3-dimensional. The ones you want to hate, you can't because you understand their desperation and core emotions. 

Richards also took a lot of time to develop her world, it's obvious that she truly treasured it because it seemed so real. Two worlds divided by one huge wall, and both sides of the wall are intriguing and FEEL real. 

In short, this is a great book and Elizabeth Richards just proved herself to be an author you want to keep on your radar! 

The lovely people at Putnam were gracious enough to give me and ARC of this book and now I'm going to give it away to one lucky winner! This giveaway will last 7 days and it is only open to U.S residents. Fill out the rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

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  1. oh wow you are making Black City more appealing! I also love forbidden romances IF they are done really well and the resolution is actually believable and not too cheesy. Also, I can never say no to 3D characters right??

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. Thanks for the great giveaway! I want to read this one because of the forbidden love story. Romeo and Juliet? Count me in!

  3. Why wouldn't I want to read this book is more like it. The gorgeous cover and synopsis is what really drew me in. Also FORBIDDEN ROMANCE FTW

  4. The cover. . . The summary. . . The romance...
    You want me to pick a reason??? Not possible!
    This book looks like pure awesomeness!!!

  5. I've been wanting to read this book for MONTHS! Something about romance and post-apocalyptic just calls to my little book lover's soul. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I have wanted to read this from the moment I heard about it. I looks like the type of book that I love.

  7. I have wanted to read this book for months. I have seen nothing but positive reviews for it and it looks freaking awesome!

  8. Thanks for the chance to win! I've really been wanting to read this one!


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