In Black City, humans and Darklings are segregated by a high wall after tensions between the two races simmer after the end of the war. Ash is a twin-blood, half-human and half-Darkling, who lives with his father on the human side of the wall. Natalie is a human Sentry and the daughter of the Emissary, a representative for their state under the country's leader. Ash and Natalie should hate each other, avoid each other, or even want to kill each other, but they find themselves inexplicably drawn together and falling in love.
Black City by Elizabeth Richards has promising opening chapters. I've always been a sucker for a vampire story, so I was most interested in the Darklings. Setting the story in a dystopian world was also an intriguing choice. I enjoyed the first one hundred pages well enough. They had a Legend by Marie Lu meets The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black with a dash of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling thrown in the mix. Not incredibly original or anything, but still plenty interesting.
Unfortunately, I couldn't really get all that invested in any of the characters, especially Natalie - we spend quite a bit of time with her and she quickly began to grate on my nerves. However, my biggest issue with this book is the forbidden instalove. If done well, it doesn't bother me all that much, but in this case it completely took over the story (imagine Romeo and Juliet multiplied by Twilight). I don't do this often when I'm as far into a book as I was here, but I gave up on page 175 which is nearly half way through the novel. It started to go downhill around page 100, but I kept torturing myself thinking it would have to get better, but it never did - I probably came out of with eye strain from all of the eye rolling I did over the course of those 75 pages. For a book that began with such promise, everything that it had going for it went downhill very, very quickly.
I read this book from June 5 - 9, 2015 and my review is also on Goodreads.