Black City (Black City #1)
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.
This book was interesting, I somehow completely missed what this book was about when I looked into it or perhaps I got this book confused with another book? I am actually not sure how this happened. I don’t often read books involving anything like Vampires which is was a darkling is essentially, they drink blood are stronger than humans so that’s kind of part of the reason why I was confused about it..
The book over all wasn’t bad, I probably would have enjoyed it more if ‘Darklings’ had been a little more original. If there had been more background to them, if their story was a little more in the for front. This novel is a love story and that’s the main plot, everything else seemed secondary to me and at times forgotten about? I wish there had been more world building, more details.
The conflict between Darklings, half-blood Darklings and Humans reminded me a lot of Hitler and his conflict with the Jews. The segregation of the darklings, their treatment and living conditions were absolutely terrible and I totally would have been on team “Humans for Unity” if I lived in the Black City. I wish they had gone a little more into detail as to what the ‘wrath’ does, how it actually started.
This was not my favorite book and at times I felt I had to push myself to keep moving forward through it and I don’t know if I wasn’t just feeling it because I was so busy with holidays or if I really just wasn’t feeling it. The love story was pretty lack luster to me and moved too fast, or at least I felt it moved extremely fast, there were a couple details involved that I was kind of not sure how I felt about.
The story was pretty simple to understand and follow however, though the time line was not clear, I am not sure how much timed passed from the beginning of the novel to the end of the novel. I am pretty sure my lack of enjoyment was my own fault as I have admitted before I do not care for vampireish books (Unless you count Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice and the Historian by Elizabeth Kostova)
If you enjoyed Twilight or books similar you would probably enjoy this book (and I would assume the series) Though Natalie is more independent than Bella Swan and Ash is less…creepy (Sorry but watching someone sleep all night is more than a little weird) Anyways it wasn’t terrible! So give it a shot if you’re interested in books like this (There are some science fiction elements that were interesting, they just didn’t go into enough detail for me otherwise this would have most likely gotten a higher rating from me )