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Black City ➱ Black City Read ➹ Author Elizabeth Richards – Thomashillier.co.uk A dark and tender post apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody warIn a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer A dark and tender post apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody warIn 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 strongWhen 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.


About the Author: Elizabeth Richards

NOTE TO REVIEWERS If you would like a review copy of BLACK CITY, PHOENIX or WINGS, please contact Penguin s marketing department at YRmarketing usnguingroup Happy reading Elizabeth Richards is a YA author who loves books about supernatural boys, kissing and bloodHer debut novel, BLACK CITY Book of the BLACK CITY trilogy was published in November and was selected as one of Penguin s Fall Breathless Reads Her second novel, PHOENIX, was released in June , and the last novel in the series, WINGS, is out in June Film rights optioned by Screen Gems officialelizabethrichards.



10 thoughts on “Black City

  1. Emily May Emily May says:

    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 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 of it in the GR description I just had my fingers crossed that it wouldn t be another annoying, cliche, insta love story apparently, this doesn t actually work For another, it sof a dark fantasy urban fantasy than a dystopia the world reminded me somewhat of Ixion in Burn Bright with the only hints of the latter being in the similarities between this world and Cold War Berlin where the city is split by a wall that separates humans and darklings vampires, basically Apart from this rather intriguing world, everything else from the characters to the plot to the love story were lacking in originality I think I even recognise some scenes from popular series like Harry Potter and TwilightYou don t want to be seen with her sort, she s one of the Rise kids, he says to Natalie I ll set you up with the right type of people to know I can make my own mind up about who the right type of people are, Natalie snaps I m already getting a pretty good idea of who I want to avoid I seen this before And the love story makes me cringe, it s so typical So cheesy So annoying The guy s an asshole whoor less tells Natalie that he s glad her father s dead and she s all but he s soooo hot Give me a break, would ya I was reading this on my laptop in Adobe Digital Editions when my housemate came walking in and started reading the page I was on over my shoulder She then began reading it out loud in a breathy voice and putting emphasis on certain words well, how I wish I had recorded it and could put audio files in this review What had been slowly gettingandannoying to me finally hit breaking point when she voiced some of these ridiculous lines out loud After hearing this spoken I decided I d had enough He s changed out of his school uniform and is now wearing dark trousers, leather work boots and a fitted black shirt that accentuates every inch of his powerful, muscular, frame He looks at me, into me, like he can see every secret I have, every rush of my blood My pulse races with fear and a muchunexpected, disturbing emotion desire I turn away, horrified at my body s reaction to him It s sick and irrational He s a darkling, a predator that would gladly rip my throat out, given the slightest provocation Then why are my cheeks burning so red I m just hot from the fire, that s all.Oh gawwwwddd Really Does everyone else have this problem that they can t tell the difference between genuine heat and horniness Is no one else nauseated already by this same old no, no, I mustn t, it s wrong while the heroines are simultaneously fanning themselves with desire I m done with this silliness


  2. shady boots shady boots says:

    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 bookanda 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 bookandas I read Also, the FUCKING MADE UP SWEAR WORD Fragg Are you KIDDING ME It sounds ridiculous.The book is told from the points of views of our two protagonists, Natalie and Ash Ash is a twin blood Darkling coughvampirecough and Natalie is a Sentry, a human, and the daughter of the Emissary I ll break down each of these two s chapters for you Ash s POV first half of the book I hate that Sentry girl Grr Bitch stole my jacket But my non working heart flutters and beats when I see her and when she s around But she s just a fragging Sentry Who gives a fragg about her.Natalie s POV first half That Darkling boy, I can t get him out of my mind But he s a Darkling I shouldn t feel these feelings But oh, his muscles No But I like his jacket, I ll keep it It smells good.Ash s POV second half so forth I love her She s my Blood Mate Nothing will ever tear us apart Natalie, Natalie, Natalie But Evangeline is so hot No, Natalie s my girlfriend And my Blood Mate, my one true love Natalie Natalie Natalie Evangeline NO Natalie Natalie s POV second half so forth Oh Ash, I love you so much He s my one true love I love him, and I don t care if what we have is forbidden He s my Blood Mate and we ll never be apart, ever Ash Ash Ash Ash Ash He ll never hurt me, and he loves me too Oh Ash Ash Ash Ash.Yeah.Literally every paragraph in either of these two s chapters are about how hot and in love they are for each other And they just say the most cheesiest things _ I lost interest in anything else about the book not only because the romance is bad, but because it s ALL THERE IS TO THE BOOK It s so heavily based on the romance that I found it hard to focus on anything else because I m constantly attacked by cheesy sentences left right and center The author also took the whole electric touch thing to a whole nother level There was one scene where they were making out and it was described as them feeling likemultiple zaps and shit Why the fuck do all these characters in PNR dystomance books like it when they feel zaps of electrity anyway e_e That shit hurts I wanna know who first started this ridiculous but annoyingly popular trend It needs to die, and I know most of you agree with me on this.And don t even get me started on the fucking cheating Oh my god, this guy Ash actually cheats on Natalie We re treated to a steamy, detailed make out scene of him with the Other Girl character, Evangeline, from his POV And he was enjoying it And he didn t even try to fight it Natalie barged in a few minutes later, but could you imagine what would ve happened if she didn t I doubted it would have ended with just making out, because Ash really did get into it I was so disgusted I know some pretty asshole guys from other YA books, but none of them ever actually straight up cheat on the girl.The author tried to pull out the only thinking about the heroine while kissing another chick card, too, with Ash going all Only one name rang in my mind Natalie. _ Nice try, Ash The H on your name should be changed into another S, is what I think.I stopped the book not long after that, because I just couldn t be bothered to continue I mean, why should I The romance was horrible and it clearly dominated the whole book, so much so that it made me not pay attention at all to the plot or the world building.Gah, I m still so mad right now This book definitely falls on the category of worst romances I ve ever read Cheesy crappy insta love, and to top it all off the guy cheats on the girl How worse can it get I don t wanna stay around to find out No thanks.I know a lot of you are fans of this book, and you know, to each their own, but I personally just hated it for its ridiculous romance So much so that it made me overlook everything else If you guys still wanna give it a go, be my guest Maybe the romance won t get to you as much as it did me.Edit Yeah, as you can see, I repeat myself a lot in this review_ I guess I was just so angry lol And it s just further proof of how infuriating and unbearable the romance in this book is


  3. Christina (Ensconced in Lit) Christina (Ensconced in Lit) says:

    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 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 Emissary, who is trying to keep Darklings segregated from Black City, and Ash, a Darkling, who sells Haze, a drug, to keep his family fed These two unlikely kids seem to have a Romeo and Juliet kind of romance and then everything goes out the window You must read this book That s all I m going to say I don t want to give away any of the marvelous twists this book reveals, and I read the book from cover to cover in a day The characters are terrific, and I love the dark setting of Black City This isn t a perfect book, but it is an extremely compelling one I know Richards is only going to get better and better with each installment.Overall, one of the most intriguing and pulse pounding dystopian books I ve read this year


  4. Soumi Soumi says:

    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 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


  5. Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell says:

    Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestOne 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 Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestOne 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 weird It s been so long since I read a book that I thought was bad, that I forgot what the actual experience was like The incredulity The frustration The boredom What really annoyed me was how much I wanted to like BLACK CITY in the first place, because vampires are awesome, and a dystopian society involving vampires should also be awesome, because vampires and oppression Plus, that cover That s a cover to take home to mama.The problem starts with the world building The author employs a lot of really clunky terminology, like Darklings for vampires, twin bloods for half breeds, Sight for vampiric thralls, and the v gene fora special gene that lets you sense vampires, I guess There s also different classes of vampires, with different colored hair and eyes, and some have wings, and then there s this degenerative necrosis inducing disease that only affects vampires that s called Wrath, which makes their skin rot away Got all that But wait, there sThey call the trance like state humans go into Haze , which is confusing because Haze can also be sold in a bottle in drug form, and sometimes it is especially potent, which is called Golden Haze And then there s these creatures called Bastets which appear to be shape shifter leopards who have venom in their teeth Trackers hunt the Darklings after curfew, protecting the Sentry, or the ruling government class, from Workboots the poor and the Legion vampire revolutionaries Violating the various laws that are in place to fraternize with a Darkling makes you a race traitor The world all of this terms are used in isn t much clearer I think it s supposed to be an alternate version of our world, except for some reason all of the states in the U.S have been split into nine megastates with lame names like Emerald State , but it s never really explained Also, why are we a fascist, cultish dictatorship with a fascist, cultish leader What happened I never voted for this guy By the end of the book, I mostly had a handle on all the terminology, although I was still eying the world skeptically what happened to the rest of the world This is exactly what happened in DIVERGENT Future Chicago went to heck in a hand basket, but was that an isolated incident A reality TV show that the rest of the world just watched in amusement while shaking their head and going, Oh, Chicago, you silly little cinnamon rolls, what will you think of next Also, why are the vampires allowing this to happen in the first place They have literal opium dens for the Haze users If their strength and their wings failed them, it wouldn t take much effort to just get all the humans hooked on Haze for a hostile takeover But I might still have been able to enjoy the book in spite of all these plot holes and vocabulary words if it weren t for the two main characters Ash and Natalie Ash is a twin blood half breed and Natalie is a Sentry ruling class Twin bloods don t have beating hearts for some reason they re vestigial, I guess , but when Natalie touches him on accident his heart actually starts beating because, and I kid you not, she s his soul mate, and your heart only beats as a twin blood once you find the One.


  6. I am Bastet I am Bastet says:

    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.


  7. Belle Belle says:

    SOME SPOILERS WTF DID I JUST READ.HOLY SHIT.My first thought post this book. is a i want to marry Ashbut 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 andThe Characters AshHe 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 SOME SPOILERS WTF DID I JUST READ.HOLY SHIT.My first thought post this book. is a i want to marry Ashbut 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 andThe Characters AshHe 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 others His vulnerability about not feeling like he belonged to either Darkling or human side His feelings of abandonment by his mother, his vulnerability, his love for Natalie, his joy and confusion over his heart beating Man, where do they make boys like him. if anyone knows SIGN ME UP view spoiler Although I won t lie when he kissed Evangeline I mean yeah i get he was confused and trying to sort his feelings out I was seriously going to bitchslap him through the pages Glad, he made the right decision and sorted his shit out hide spoiler NatalieHer character definitely grew on me I was a bit hesitant at first because I could tell how conflicted she was when seeing the torturing and oppression of the Darklings, but at the same time did nothing However, as the book grew, her strength grew and consequently my love for her character definitely grew She became the kick ass heroine I knew she could be The way she gave Ash her complete heart was so admirable, and how she cared for Sebastian even though he wronged her Damn woman you are too nice for your own good SebastianWhen his character first got introduced I was like. oh no here comes the love triangle But boy was I pleasantly surprised that it didnt end up that way In fact for the majority of the story he is public enemy number one Sure at times I thought he had some good qualities sometimes. but. view spoiler After the attempted rape. no redemption can come out of his character for me I mean I was going to give you a last chance, but seriously it s a hell no from me DIE DIE DIE hide spoiler Beetle Day Yeah LOVE these characters I won t lie both of them at times got under my skin What with Beetle being a nincompoop over hazing otherwise known as drugs in this world and with Day being a stubborn cow Although I wont lie I am pretty stubborn so it is like a pot calling the kettle black But when they got their crap together i love the two of them They are a match made in heaven, and supporting characters great friends to both the leadsEvangalineNow I won t lie to you and say I didnt want to kick her ass to Timbuktu throughout the majority of the book Simply because no one steals my man except Natalie But then as I write this, guilty, nagging thoughts are rising from the back of my mind. of sympathy I mean wouldn t it just suck a lot to watch someone you love with some one else view spoiler I mean how sad would it be, to realise the one person you are meant to be with has already found a blood mate and is in love with someone else because she has your heart That would kill me How unfair would you think life is And the fact that she is a carrier so won t really be able to find someone else to love. damn BUT that spoiler being said, Im glad Ash tried to make her realise that the heart blood bond was purely superficial whereas the love he shares with Natalie runs deeper. they are soulmates Hopefully she will find happiness in another character hide spoiler I hope she gets what she deserves next book.The Backstory Wow, what an amazing back drop this book was cast in I mean the world of this book. is intriguing, mysterious, completely realistic for a make believe world and makes you feel like you are within the pages of this book living in this fantasy Although of course I wouldnt be that keen to live there if I was a darkling I wont lie, I was a bit uncertain with the whole the vampires Darklings are the outcasts and rejects, while the humans are the power race That seemed pretty unrealistic, but after reasons were given it started to makesense to me The way Richards has really thought out and given us such a supreme knowledge of the world in which her characters live in only further enhances the storyline of this book I can not wait to read the next book in this series.The Plot I won t lie, I love anything to do with civil rights movements and this book was no different Sure it was in a made up world where vampires roamed but it really connected with me due to the messages it sent out The way in which humans oppressed, murdered and treated the Darklings like dirt was intriguing to read The wristbands that they had to wear reminds me of the Jews in World War 2 or the passbooks in the Civil Rights movement in America It really reflects real life this book I loved the rebellious spirit of the citizens who refused to watch the hangings, and all those who rose up against the injustices I loved how ignorance soon turned into awareness and action in this book THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING i give it a solid 5 5 Can t gush about it s awesomeness enough Read read read this book


  8. Morgan Morgan says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Review ofBlack City , written by Elizabeth Richards.Won from a giveaway via Goodreads.comExpected Publication 11 13 12My Overall Rating One StarCover Rating 4 Stars gorgeous, though slightly similar to theTwilightcover theme, if you know what I mean.What I knew about this book before beginning it 1 Vampires Or, Darklings, as they re called in this book 2 Dystopia setting, of course.3 Romance Duh It s YA with vampires in a dystopian setting.4 The main character s name is Ash Review ofBlack City , written by Elizabeth Richards.Won from a giveaway via Goodreads.comExpected Publication 11 13 12My Overall Rating One StarCover Rating 4 Stars gorgeous, though slightly similar to theTwilightcover theme, if you know what I mean.What I knew about this book before beginning it 1 Vampires Or, Darklings, as they re called in this book 2 Dystopia setting, of course.3 Romance Duh It s YA with vampires in a dystopian setting.4 The main character s name is Ash While not terribly original considering he s a vampire and that s a slightly vampire y name it s not as terrible as it could be.5 Two narrators Review Alright I have a lot to say, and most of it isn t all that great at all Granted, there are some good things but the majority of it sigh.Okay, let s get started with the good stuff 1 I actually started to genuinely enjoy this book within the last 10 chapters or so Things wereactuallyhappening I was surprised by a couple of things But then view spoiler Ash came back from the dead cause ohmyGodhe sJesusnow hide spoiler and I went back to rolling my eyes and waiting for the fragging book to be over with.2 I also liked some of the world building Black City was an interesting enough place, with the Wall and the Legion and the Rise, etc, etc 3 Evangeline Yeah, I liked her Her part in the story was genuinely interesting.Other than these couple of things, there just wasn t anything about this book that I loved or evenliked,really.Onto the bad stuff 1 This story was painfully unoriginal I mean, there was a load of stuff that was similar to either Harry PotterGregory stretches out a hand to Natalie I m Gregory Thompson, he says My father works for the Department of Subspecies Management, sorts out the Synth O Blood shipments to the Legion, that sort of thing Ever heard of him Natalie smiles politely The name doesn t ring a bell He looks disappointed Well, it s an honor to have you here I ll happily show you around the school Day s doing that, but thanks, she says dismissively Waaiiit for iiiitYou don t want to be seen withhersort, she s one of the Rise kids, he says to Natalie I ll set you up with the right type of people to know Day s cheeks burn red I can make my own mind up about who the right type of people are, Natalie snaps I m already getting a pretty good idea of who I want to avoid or Twilight for obvious reasons or some other vampire YA dystopian cliche.2 The characters My God, there wasn t a single character that I even remotely liked Not one Seriously Not even Evangeline Yes, she was interesting, but I still didn t like her Natalie was annoying, Ash was annoying, Day overreacted about everything so did everyone, really , and Beetle was lame And a druggie And pathetically in love with Day.Also, there was absolutely NO character development aside from Natalie being all Miss Priss I m So Rich in, like, the second chapter to being all omgiloveeveryoneequallyexceptformymother.3 The use of the word fragging and theitalics that were everywhereFragg Seriously Nobody says that Ever Also, don t even get me started on those italics There were completely unnecessary The story was told in the first person We were able to read their thoughts They didn t need to be italicized randomly, whenever you felt like it, Elizabeth Graaaahhhh Okay, moving on.4 The romance Oh, the romance First off, they met within the first chapter or so Boring Also, there was electricity when they touched How original Guess what else Their hearts fluttered tugged jumped skydived blah blah blah Natalie had a heart condition, for God s sake Hon, if you are on heart meds and you re supposed to tell your doctor if you re heart if being all janked up, why thehellwould you think your heart tugging is not a reason for concern GRAH.5 Poor pacing Nothing big really happened until the last few chapters.That s about all I can say, without going into extreme detail, but I think you get the point Overall, the book was unoriginal, cliched, and aside from a few scenes toward the end justbad .At one point, I just stopped reading it for a week because I couldn t bring myself to read it.Please don t go out and read it It s just not worth it


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  10. Katie Katie says:

    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 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 them People live in the rubble but fear speaking out to get better living conditions In the middle of it all is a walled enclosure where all the Darklings are forced to live However, things may not be that way for long The Darklings are unhappy with their restrictions and they are ready to fight Black City is a city on the brink of war.Ash is a twin blood He is half human, half Darkling He lives outside the Darkling enclosure but he does not feel accepted He is lonely and sad and it causes him to do some stupid things However, it is easy to tell that he is a good guy at heart Readers will definitely fall for this dark and lonely guy Natalie is also alone but that is because of her station She is the Emissary s daughter and most people are afraid she could get them in trouble Even though she is lonely she is friendly and caring and very easy to like She s smart, brave, and loyal What s not to like Beethe and Day are also fabulous Beethe is hilarious He s kind of a druggie but he s a sweetheart and he s trying to change his ways Day is smart sometimes too smart , kind, yet she can be hard headed She makes some mistakes but she learns from them.Elizabeth Richards really knows how to create a terrifying villain Sebastian, Gregory, Natalie s mom, and Purian Rose are all completely evil Natalie s mom is manipulative and sick Sebastian tries to hide his dark side but it definitely does not work Gregory doesn t try to hide his prejudice and nastiness Purian Rose is by far the worst though He is the leader of church and state He hides his evilness by saying it s His mighty s will He is cruel and sick I both dread and look forward to readingabout him.The plot focuses quite a bit on the forbidden romance between Ash and Natalie but that is definitely not all that is going on although that part was great Because of Ash, Natalie discovers a lot about Darklings and a lot about her family Ash discovers that people can t be judged based on their parents There is also quite a bit of mystery that will have readers hooked Overall, Black City is a favorite of mine that I must recommend Dystopian fans HAVE to read this one And romance fans because it is one steamy romance Really everyone should just read it


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