Richards’ debut is refreshingly different with its combination of romance, vampires and political intrigue. Though certain parts of the novel drag a bit, as a whole Black City is romantic, exciting and not to be missed. Certain situations are not appropriate for younger readers.
After the war, the Darklings were separated from the world by huge walls. Half-Darkling Ash Fisher feels as if he belongs nowhere. Living with his human father, Ash is banned from various aspects of human society — even dating is illegal. Though she knows the consequences, Natalie Buchannan cannot deny the connection that she feels to Ash. Ash and Natalie could be happy together, but for one problem: If caught, the only punishment is death. (PUTNAM, Nov., 384 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780399159435, HC, 15 & Up)