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.
Kudos to you, Elizabeth Richards. Ginger Scott created a drama I didn’t hate in writing her debut–Waiting on the Sidelines, and Elizabeth Richards has created a paranormal romance that I loved with her debut.
I’m not normally a fan of paranormal romance. Rather, I don’t like what it’s become. It’s no longer creative stories and modern spins on age-old legends. It’s buff, sparkly vampires, unoriginal zombs, oh-so-infuriating werewolves and assorted beasts. Yawn. Sorry, but that’s not my thing.
I mean–I don’t hate paranormal romance. Up until this point, Cassandra Clare has been pretty much keeping me going–with the help of a few other authors along the way.
Do I dare say it? Yeah. Elizabeth Richards could really grow to keep up my faith in paranormal romance stories along with Cassandra Clare. I was really impressed with this book and the creativity and cuteness of this story. The second heart thing? WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT.
The story only got better from there, and I really loved reading from both Ash and Natalie’s point of view. Both of their characters were well-written and fun. Ash? Forget it.
And the two of them?
That pretty much sums it up.
Seriously though, I was really impressed with both Elizabeth Richard’s characters and plot. It was interesting to see the prejudice against Ash, and the concept of twin bloods of kind of cool to me as well. Not necessarily the most original plot at times, but far from unoriginal–and I liked it a lot. Ash was a good guy, and I could really see that in him and in the actions he took.
And Natalie? I liked her character. Her longing for a life that her status and the adults above her didn’t want her to have. Her willingness to listen to Ash and not be a naive brat, but still have the ability to stand up for herself.
I loved this book and I can not wait for WINGS to come out. I still have to get my hands on a copy on PHOENIX… -_- 4.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 374
Series: Black City