Black City by Elizabeth Richards
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
wow...that was some end to the book!
That was my review when I read this book back in December of 2012. I read the book in two days and just loved how it ended.
I recommended this book but sadly was not able to make the book club meeting. I was really looking forward to discussing the book but was hosting the Mercer County Girls Book Club that night.
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.
I liked the fact that Ash and Natalie were from two very different worlds. Not only economically but species (race?). With their different backgrounds it helped that the story moved between both of their points of view. Like my review above, that really added to the ending of the novel.
I'm going to say this might be a spoiler so be warned but the one thing I didn't like:
Natalie's heart was taken from a Darkling. Since the hearts are important to the bond between Darkling pairs is it really fair to the girl who originally had Natalie's heart? We meet her in this book and I mean she would have been Ash's mate, had she still had the heart. Even with his feelings for Natalie, they can't deny the bond. Ash's own mother left her husband when she met her Darkling heart mate.
It didn't bother me enough not to keep reading the series. Things have gotten really interesting in Book 2 and I can't wait for Book 3!