Saturday, May 11, 2013

Supernatural Saturday Review: Black City

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.
[from Goodreads]
Rating:  2.5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience:  Paranormal fans
High point:  The neat idea to mix dystopian and paranormal
Low point:  The execution of the mix of dystopian and paranormal
Reader maturity: 15+

I had high hopes for Black City. As a combination paranormal-dystopian, it sounded fresh and exciting.

While the idea was certainly fresh, the writing was not. Natalie's mother and Ash were caricatures of the evil parent and brooding boyfriend. There was also a surly ex and obligatory best friend. Aside from the cliches, oft repeated descriptions (e.g. "black bustle dress") and childish main character, I liked the premise. A dictatorship masquerading as a democracy that wipes out 50% of the population as a means to control public opinion? There was so much potential with the endlessly burning buildings, oppressive regime, government secrets and taboo lab experiments, but Black City fell short.

If you'd like another opinion, you can find the Goodreads reviews here.

Title:  Black City
Author:  Elizabeth Richards
Genre:   YA Paranormal & Dystopian
Year:   2012

Book Source: Won an ARC from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

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