Author: Elizabeth Richards
UK release date: Has no UK publisher yet! :(
US release date: November 12th 2012
Summary: A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war. 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
Review: Imagine a wall keeping you separate from another race of beings? Never meeting them never will know them. But what if you do meet one of them and fall in love? Fall in love with a Darkling one that can drink your blood, have wings purple eyes and all sorts of unnatural things.
I first opened the book and was sucked in. Why? Because it was straight into the action and had such an awesome scene. Elizabeth Richards isn't afraid to be gruesome, A big dystopian, bloody, gory, sexy, hellish Romeo and Juliet is one way of describing this epic novel
So let's start with how epic this plot is! So original hints of relation to world war 2. You may think BORING but NOOO far from it. Emotional scenes, the book is such a page turner. Imagine your heart doesn't beat. But imagine meeting someone and your heart starts beating for the first time.....
I've never read so much sexual tension in a book it's so tremendous. Elizabeth has a Knack for making horrible things into something so beautiful. Like I said previously their are some relations to world war two e.g. concentration camps for "The Darklings" having to live in ghettos and wear wrist bands to show they are Darklings. I found this whole concept fascinating! From all the YA I've read this defiantly works. Love has never been more amazing in YA when reading this novel.
Soon as you think you've seen it all Elizabeth smacks you in the face with something new. Every time I think about certain characters such as Sebastian I keep thinking of the songs that would suit them! I don't usually do this but this book brought it out for me and for Seb "No churches in the wild" by Jay-Z and Kanye west suited very well go listen.
I love the two leads relationship. Ash and Natalie. I found their love/hate relationship addictive. I loved the fact it switched between the two characters. I never got tired of reading the scenes between these characters! Elizabeth takes you to a place that challenges your imagination wit forbidden love and screams at you through the page.....literally.
I love how she describe the surroundings. You literally felt like you where there breathing in the black Ash as the characters do. It was almost like watching a movie. I think this story is a lovely new take of what it means to love someone, first love, first experiences and not following the rules.
This book is one of those books that gives me goose bumps. I can feel it! The Darklings are going to take over the YA world. And I can't "fragging" wait.