Release Date: November 13th 2012
Series: Black City #1
Genres: Death & Dying, Dystopia, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
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 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
So I drew BLACK CITY as my first
forced TBR Jar read after realizing my books had turned into decorations, and I was pretty excited because I remember the hype around it when it first came out. Anyways, this will be short because I’ve since read other books and everyone that knows me knows that I have the worst memory.
✔ Good pacing: I never really felt bored with this one, there was always something happening and although there was unnecessary drama, it made for quick reading.
✔ Twists: I actually didn’t predict some of the twists in this book, so they were a pleasant surprise.
✔ The backbone of the story is great, the world building and concept are quite interesting.
✗ THE ANGST: Oh my gosh, the angst.
✗ Romance: Incredibly cheesy, drama packed insta-love. I couldn’t get behind the romance, at all. The characters made the most idiotic decisions, especially when it came to romance. Every other line had me going:
✗ Religious Undertones (?) I don’t know if it was just me but it seemed like this book referenced various aspects of religion in a backhanded way. For example, there was was a part about crucifixion and rising from the dead that really rubbed me the wrong way.
☛ Despite its flaws, BLACK CITY still that entertainment value that makes for a fun read IF your tolerance for eye-rolling moments are high.
☛ I will not be continuing with the series.