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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Black City (Black City #1) by Elizabeth Richards

Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.
  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.

This week I'm spotlighting the next buddy read I'm taking part in beginning this Saturday on David Estes Fans and YA Book Lovers Unite!  It's called Black City by Elizabeth Richards and it sounds like this dystopian/ post-apocalyptic vampire YA romance has some potential.  I've heard quite a few good things about it as well by many fellow readers.  Based on the jacket summary and these two snippets, I'm getting a Legend by Marie Lu meets The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black vibe and that could be very interesting indeed.  And, I manged to get this new at Ollie's Bargain Outlet for $1.99 - you can't beat that!

Book Beginning: 

An air-raid siren wails in the distance, alerting Black City citizens to lock their doors and turn out the lights.  They don't want to be out in the dark alone.  They might meet something dangerous.  Something like me.

I head under the canal bridge and wait for the girl, taking a packet of Sentry-regulation smokes from my back pocket and sparking up.  The nicotine courses through my veins, making them throb with adrenaline; the sensation is almost like a pulse...almost.


"Aren't you going to introduce us?" Beetle asks Day.

She lets out an exasperated sigh.  "Natalie, this freak of nature is Matthias."

"Beetle.  No one calls me Matthias," he corrects her.

Day turns to me.  "And this charmer is Ash."

"Nice coat," I say.  "I had a jacket just like that, before some Sentry brat stole it."

"Maybe she didn't steal it?  Maybe she found it under a bridge after some lowlife dreg left it behind?"  Natalie replies.  "Of course, she could just hand it to the Sentry guard.  I'm sure they'd be very interested to find its real owner."

I narrow my eyes at her.  Just you dare.


  1. I remember when this came out, but I don't think I ever picked it up (am I the only one who forgets what she read before blogging?). I do like the sound of it though.

    1. This didn't even sound familiar when I bought it...but it did sound good.

  2. I've never really been into dystopian but this actually sounds really good!

  3. Dystopian with vampires, fab. Added to my list, thank you for sharing

    Please take a peek at mine

    1. I've always enjoyed a good vampire story and hopefully this take will deliver.

  4. Sounds good, I hope you're enjoying it. Have a great weekend.

  5. That Natalie seems pretty tough. Enjoy your buddy read.

    here's my Friday quotes

  6. The beginning gave me the shivers. Not a place I'd want to be at all! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    1. It did me - but in the best way. I have high hopes for this one!

  7. These two passages make me very curious about this book. I forgot to post The Friday 56 on my blog. I'll have to try to remember next week.
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

    1. Oh, yes. I'm really looking forward to checking this one out. Thanks for sharing.

  8. At first it sounded like a historical story, with air raids, but then the idea that it is 'something' not a someone made it seem dystopia or fantasy. I'm curious about the main character for sure!

    1. It's definitely fantasy/ paranormal. Thanks for visiting!

  9. This sounds interesting although I haven't read either of the books that it reminds you of! The cover is great though and well done for finding it so cheaply! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by :) I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  10. I just can't help myself at Ollies...they have good stuff cheap. :) Thanks - I hope you do too!

  11. Intense beginning, and I like the combative introduction in the 56! Sounds good!
    Happy weekend!

  12. I want to know more! This is a great beginning.

  13. This sounds like a very interesting read. :)

  14. I like everything about this one. I'm big on dystopians too!

    My 56 -

  15. Hey Lauren,
    Great Book Beginning! Sounds like an interesting vampire book :D I hope you enjoy it!
    Have a great day,
    Amy x

  16. This sounds really interesting. I haven't heard of it before, though.
    Thanks for sharing.

  17. The banter in this prose sounds utterly engrossing to say the least; I do hope you are enjoying it!

    Claudia @ My Soul Called Life

  18. Ohh great pick I have the complete Black City trilogy and I want to read it soon now after reading your Book Beginnings and 56 it looks and sounds right up my alley. Thanks for stopping by my blog!:)


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