*REVIEW* Black City

Synopsis: 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.

Omigosh, I love, love, LOVE this book! The synopsis alone was more than enough for me to want to get my grubby little hands on it so I jumped at the chance to get on the tour at Around the World Tours. And let me tell you... once I started reading this one, I did NOT want to put it down! It's got romance, mystery, evil political agendas, warring factions, you name it. This is one you will not want to miss!

Black City introduces us to Ash and Natalie, two individuals leading VERY different lives. Natalie is the daughter of the most powerful woman in the city, the emissary, who is fighting to instill the values of Purian Rose, a dictatorial leader who wants to ensure that segregation between Darklings and Humans becomes a lasting and permanent way of life. Ash is a twin-blood, a half-blood Darkling living with his human father while secretly desiring to meet his Darkling kin on the other side of the boundary wall. Tensions between the races are at an all-time high and the threat of another war is never quite forgotten.

A chance encounter under a bridge leads to Ash and Natalie's lives becoming entangled as the two fall inexplicably in love. The young lovers know that nothing but danger lies ahead as it is a capital offense to date outside one's race, but they can't seem to help themselves, especially once they realize that they've bonded and that it's due to Natalie that Ash's long-dormant heart is now beating in time with hers. Shocking revelations come to light that have the lovers questioning everything: Are they meant to be together or did a cruel and shocking twist of fate force them into feelings that they cannot control?

In addition to figuring out their confusing feelings for one another, Natalie and Ash are thrust into a world of mystery as questions begin to arise about the Golden Haze, a drug that is killing human teenagers at an alarming rate. Coupled with that fact that more and more Darklings are sucumbing to the Wrath, a killer disease that literally eats away at their flesh, it seems that no one is truly safe. Who is to blame for the death plaguing both sides of the wall? Could there ever be peace or is another war inevitable? And will none of these questions matter as Natalie deals with a stalker intent on scaring her, or possibly doing more harm than that? You're going to have to wait to find this all out!

You've GOT to grab this one when it releases on November 13, 2012. It's just SO GOOD. It's entertaining, fast-paced, I LOVE the switching of POV's between Natalie and Ash! It's the type of book that keeps you frantically flipping the pages and if you're like me, you'll end up super bummed to have to wait to find out what happens when book two is released. ARGHHHH, slow release schedules can be brutal when a book is that freakin' good. I want to know what happens NOWWWW.

Okay, whine over. But seriously, scoop this one up for yourself when it comes out this fall and you'll know exactly how I feel! Way to go, Elizabeth Richards. You've got me hooked! :)

Expected publication: November 13, 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
*thanks to Around the World Tours!*

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