Title: Black City
Author: Elizabeth Richards
Published November 13th 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
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.
I loved this book. It melds a post-war Dystopic society with paranormal creatures and a forbidden love. By combining the different elements of these popular YA genres BAM you have a surprisingly fresh new story. There were only a few moments towards the end where I felt like it got a little Hunger Games-y. One of my favorite things about this book was that the relationship between Ash and Natalie seemed really believable. It moved at a fast pace but it was not SO sudden that it was not convincing. The book as a whole seemed very well paced actually. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to anyone. Also... totally in love with Ash. :)