Cover Reveal – BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards + Giveaway!

Thanks to the lovely people at Penguin, I’m participating in the reveal of the gorgeous cover for Elizabeth Richard’s debut BLACK CITY! Here’s a little bit about the must-read debut hitting stores this Fall.

Deep in the heartland of the United Sentry States are the burning ruins of the Black City, a melting pot simmering with hostility as humans and Darklings struggle to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of a brutal and bloody war. A wall now divides the city separating the two races. Trapped on the wrong side of the wall is sixteen-year-old hustler Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling who’ll do whatever it takes to survive, including selling his addictive venom ‘Haze’ to help support his dying mother.

Then there’s Natalie Buchanan, the daughter of the Sentry Emissary, who feels imprisoned by her life of privilege and fame. When their paths cross, they instantly detest each other but Ash is shocked when his once still heart starts to beat. Bonded by a mysterious connection, 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. Then Haze users start dying all over the city and Ash discovers the terrible truth behind his and Natalie’s mystical connection. Suddenly, city walls and the threat of execution become the least of their problems.

In the tradition of Suzanne Collins and James Dashner, Black City is a riveting young adult novel set in a post-apocalyptic world with a tender love story at its heart. Interwoven with thought-provoking themes, Black City is filled with plot twists that ratchet up the tension and will keep readers turning the pages.

Add to Goodreads.

And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for – the gorgeous cover (right after the page break)!

Elizabeth  Richards

Elizabeth Richards is an award-winning journalist and debut author, who spent her early career writing for videogame publications such as CUBE, P2 and GamesTM,and now works as a website editor. Previously, she ran a successful lifestyle website aimed at teenage girls. She won the Jane Hayward Young Journalist of the Year award for her feature on girls in the games industry, and was named ‘Editor’s Choice’ in the industry trade magazine, MCV.

Find Elizabeth on Goodreads | Twitter | Blog

Penguin has also decided to share with you all the first chapter of BLACK CITY. Tell me what you think in the comments!

So, what do you think? Isn’t it ‘shattering’?? And now, thanks to Penguin Books for Young Readers, I have a pretty ARC for one lucky international winner! And that’s not all! The winner of the ARC will also be included in a drawing for an illustration of the main characters drawn and signed by the author herself!! Isn’t that awesome?

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Agnieszka Nashi

    February 29, 2012

    Both cover and the first chapter (not to mention the premise!) make me excited! I can't wait to read it. :)

    Agnieszka @ Nook of Books

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    February 29, 2012

    I'm very excited for this book! The cover look amazing, and I really want to read this book. =)

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    February 29, 2012

    I think the cover is very good, quite unusual, I liked the first chapter as well. The scene is set.

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    February 29, 2012

    This one sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    February 29, 2012

    Love the cover!! Love it!! And Oh Ash! Cannot wait to read more!! Thank you! :)

    Shortie Says

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    Lynsey Newton

    February 29, 2012

    The cover is gorgeous and I'm so intrigued by this book, I love dystopian novels anyway ;) Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    A Backwards Story

    February 29, 2012

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! I haven't heard of this before today, but I already want to read this so, so badly! *Crosses fingers*

    I adore this cover. I like the way it's a flower, but it's shattering, which makes it so unique! Plus, I love the addition of a city, which adds the dystopian flare!

    Also, I LOVE your blog design. I decided to follow you based on that. In the words of Little Orphan Annie, I think I'm gonna like it here! :)

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    Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    February 29, 2012

    This sounds exciting. I had not heard of this book until this morning! The cover is really pretty. My favorite part is the cityscape on the bottom. I mean, my eyes are of course drawn to the color in the middle, but it is the dark city along the bottom that I love the best.

    Sounds great. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the opportunity. ;)

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    Simply Kayla

    February 29, 2012

    I haven't heard of this book before but the COVER is beautiful!!! It sounds like it would be an amazing read.

    Thank you for the giveaway!!!

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    February 29, 2012

    That first chapter really intrigued me–really good! And I like the exploding flower on the cover. Pretty.

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    February 29, 2012

    Thanks for the giveaway, this sounds really awesome. I love post-apocalyptic and anything that name drops Suzanne Collins and James Dashner in the synopsis intrigues me.

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    February 29, 2012

    I am in love with the cover, and the first chapter sold me. I added it to my tbr list.

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    Sharmaine Chan

    February 29, 2012

    This is my first time hearing this book and wow, off to my TBR list in goodreads! It's so dystopian with a twist! I can't wait to read it! Plus THE COVER IS AMAZING! It has edge and impact! Wow. I'm speechless… Ok, so I didn't read the first chapter because I don't want to be spoiled and I need to do my script for school. But I absolutely CANNOT WAIT for this book!

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    February 29, 2012

    The first chapter sure does grab your attention and make you want more! Thanks for the chance to read this.

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    February 29, 2012

    This is the first I've heard of this book, but that awesome cover and first chapter won me over. I've already added it to my TBR pile!

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    Marg @ Clockwork Reverie

    February 29, 2012

    Beautiful cover and intriguing synopsis. I'm definitely excited for this book.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Keisha B.

    February 29, 2012

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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    Momo (Books Over Boys)

    February 29, 2012

    I lurve it! I love the contrast in the colors! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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    ashelynn hetland

    February 29, 2012

    that is so GORGEOUS!

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    February 29, 2012

    I love how different the cover is from so many of the YA novels lately. It's so pretty!! This book sounds really good too. I am looking forward to it.
    Book Loving Mom

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    Little Miss Becky : )

    February 29, 2012

    This definitely sounds amazing–and that!!

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    February 29, 2012

    That cover is absolutely fantastic!

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    February 29, 2012

    Love the cover. Although it doesn't have much on it's just so.. Beautiful. And then we have the first chapter that made me decide. I NEED that book

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    February 29, 2012

    I'm really excited for Black City, the cover is just okay though… :)

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    February 29, 2012

    Yes I'm so excited, I found out about it a couple months ago when searching for upcoming books. Elizabeth seems so sweet and I can't wait to read it in November. As for the cover, I like it more than I did a couple hours ago. It's simple…but I almost wish it was a little more complicated. IF that makes sense. Love the colors and font though!

    Thanks for this post. :)

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    February 29, 2012

    I LOVE the fluttering petals!!!

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    magan bagan

    February 29, 2012

    Can't wait to read this! The cover is gorgeous :)

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    February 29, 2012

    I love this cover. It's so beautiful!

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    Gaby Pendragon

    February 29, 2012

    Excited about this is definitely an understatement! I definitely want this book! And the cover is great, it's simple yet the colors and the image speak to the readers!

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    Krystal Larson

    February 29, 2012

    The cover looks super interesting

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    February 29, 2012

    The cover is fantastic!!! The 1st chapter excerpt was very good and I definitely must read this.

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    Nicola (pocketfullofbooks)

    February 29, 2012

    The cover is awesome! The book sounds great :)

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    February 29, 2012

    Black City sounds AmAzInG! The cover is very striking– it proves that you don't always need people on the front cover to make a lasting impression.

    I can't wait to get my hands on this book– I want to read it and tell my students about it (I teach).

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Mia at The Muses Circle

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    February 29, 2012

    I love the colors and the action in the cover picture. Really attention grabbing! Makes me want to read it. It definitely makes me more excited to read it.

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    February 29, 2012

    Love the cover!

    great giveaway
    follow via gfc

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    Aspen Firefly

    February 29, 2012

    So excited! The cover is beautiful!

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    Chapter by Chapter

    February 29, 2012

    I love this cover, and this book sounds like it's going to be AMAZING!

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    Julia :)

    February 29, 2012

    LOVE that cover! It's a shattering rose right? So badass. :D

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    Jenna D.

    February 29, 2012

    I'm excited. I especially love that heart shattering cover! I know it's a rose, but it darn near breaks your heart, doesn't it? :) Look out below, people in that unfortunate town!!!

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    February 29, 2012

    I love the cover, it's amazing! So eye-catching and striking. And after reading the first chapter, I am so excited to read the rest. It sounds like a great book

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    February 29, 2012

    SQUEE! His heart flutters?!! That's basically adorable! AHH! This book sounds SO EFFIN' GOOD! And the cover is amazing! Super excited for this one!

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    February 29, 2012

    The first time I saw the cover I thought it was very powerful. The image of something so delicate and fragile exploding and shattering like that is very vivid. The cover alone would inspire me to buy this book!

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    February 29, 2012

    Very excited, and the cover is amazing!!

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    Sarah Cruzツ

    February 29, 2012

    The cover its beautiful, I love it :) I excited about the book, another book to my wishlist!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Candace @ Lovey Dovey Books

    February 29, 2012

    The cover is lovely and different from many covers out there. It doesn't give readers an inkling of what the story is about.

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    February 29, 2012

    This is the first time I've heard about this book and it sounds amazing :) and the cover is fabulous.

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    Jill The OWL

    February 29, 2012

    Love this cover!!! Very striking.

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    February 29, 2012

    The cover is beautiful and I'm looking forward to reading this book :D

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    February 29, 2012

    It's FANTASTIC!!!!! Love it :)

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    February 29, 2012

    I love the cover, looks super exciting, but the “city” is a bit too spaced out.

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    Karen Senoo

    February 29, 2012

    I loved the cover! It's really intriguing. Can't wait to read it ^^


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    February 29, 2012

    I am very excited for the release of this book. The cover is what initially grabbed my attention when I loaded this page. I love it! It's so outstanding. I think it's going to be voted to the top of many Best Cover of 2012 lists, don't you? It's also got me wondering about its significance to the story. I really look forward to reading it. Thank for hosting this cover reveal and giveaway:)

    Sarah Bibi Setar (Rafflecopter name)


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    February 29, 2012

    OMG!!!!! how exciting!!! as if i needed any more books to be waiting for but this one looks awesome!!!! and the cover is shattering!!!!! awesome!!


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    March 1, 2012

    It is a very unique cover, and it's a nice change from the recent trend in wilting girls in ballgowns. :-)

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    Forever Lost in Books

    March 1, 2012

    I really love the cover!

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    March 1, 2012

    Book sounds AWESOME and the cover is beautiful!

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    March 1, 2012

    I haven't heard of this book yet, but it sounds great! Love the cover as well!

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    March 1, 2012

    I am! I think it is stunning and unique.

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    March 1, 2012

    I can't wait till this comes out!!! The cover is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love how it's black with that pop or reds and pinks in the middle! <3

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    Valerie StuckInBooks

    March 1, 2012

    The cover is amazing. So different and so interesting. Can't wait to read it.


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    Vy (Vy's Blog)

    March 1, 2012

    The cover is so pretty! It's also really dramatic. :)

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    March 1, 2012

    Sounds like a very interesting book! One that I will definitely read! I hate to admit it but I judge books by their cover, and it's the reason I read the synopsis. Gorgeous!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Michelle @ Book Briefs

    March 1, 2012

    I love the cover! The shattering effect is so cool!

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    March 1, 2012

    This sounds like an interested book, plus what a lovely cover!

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    Young Adult Book Reviews

    March 1, 2012

    This sounds like a good book. I am going to put it on my TBR list.

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    Shae Carcar

    March 1, 2012

    The cover looks so beautiful and tragic at the same time! It's definitely piqued my interests! Thank you for the giveaway!

    Shae @ Understanding Shae's Story

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    Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess

    March 1, 2012

    LOVED it! and the cover is great!!

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    Arianne Cruz

    March 1, 2012

    the cover is great, but it doesn't get my attention as much as other covers.. but after reading the blurb, i want the book :)

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    Jasmine Rose

    March 1, 2012

    The cover just makes me more excited to read it! I may have to get a poster of the cover or something.

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    March 1, 2012

    I'm sooooo excited for Black City! :D And that chapter…oh my goodness! I seriously can't wait to read this book! It's already got me hooked! I love the cover, I like the city skyline especially, and that it looks like all the buildings are black in the dark, and the shredded rose makes it all look rather ominous…duh duh dun. :)

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    March 1, 2012

    I am excited and the cover is awesome..can't wait to read this!

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    March 1, 2012

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    March 1, 2012

    I found myself drawn in by the chapter & I just LOVE the cover.


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    Krazzyme(Young Readers)

    March 1, 2012

    THE COVER IS NICE! I'm so happy it's not dark :)

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    March 1, 2012

    Damn, the first chapter made me really excited about this book! And the cover is just stunning. I love it.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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    March 1, 2012

    i am in love with the amazing cover and i cannot wait to read the whole book!!
    thanks for the giveaway : )

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    Julie W

    March 1, 2012

    I am very excited about this release because the book sounds SO awesome!! I love the cover because the colors just pop out at you and grab your attention:)

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    Katie @ BlookGirl

    March 1, 2012

    I am so incredibly excited about this book. At first, I didn't think this was my type of book… until I read the first chapter! Holy frijoles, what a way to start a book! :-)

    I also love the cover, and had I seen it first in a store, I would definitely have picked it up.

    Thank you and Penguin for a fabulous giveaway! Good luck to all the entrants! :-)

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    Lilly Bear ♡

    March 1, 2012

    Major cover love! It's gorgeous. Seems like it will tie in well with the book, too, which I love. I absolutely despise it when a book has some random cover that has absolutely nothing to do with the actual story (Ok, you caught me, I'm a cover snob!). This book is definitely going to be nestled softly into my TBR pile! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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    Kelly Grant

    March 1, 2012

    This sounds like an awesome read and the cover is awesome

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    March 1, 2012

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    love the cover

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    Mimi Valentine

    March 1, 2012

    Ohgoshohgoshohgosh, I am SO EXCITED to get my hands on this book — it sounds like such a cool read! :) And I'm officially in love with that cover too! Whoever designed it must be some sort of genius! <3

    Thanks so much for the amazing giveaway!! :)

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    March 1, 2012

    This sounds so good, I can't wait! When I first saw the cover this morning, I really liked it, but as I've traveled the blogosphere and seen it over and over, I'm starting to love it, and getting even more excited to read it! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    March 2, 2012

    The cover is the reason I looked at the book! PRETTY!!!

  85. Reply


    March 2, 2012

    The cover is beautiful & the book sounds really interesting!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    March 2, 2012

    I think the cover is pretty freaking awesome! But the summary is really what sold me!

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    April X

    March 2, 2012

    SO EXCITED. I love the first chapter. And the cover is stunning!

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    March 2, 2012

    I love the cover it's very beautiful and unique.

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    Megan Conway

    March 2, 2012

    Love the concept of this story and the cover is amazing. I'll put it on my possibly-to-buy list ;)

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    March 2, 2012

    M hooked from just that little bit. I'll definitely be reading this one.

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    March 2, 2012

    Yes is an understatement and the cover looks beautiful, need i say more?

  92. Reply

    Randa Krbagh

    March 2, 2012

    I love the cover! It says a lot! :)

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    Martina Koleva

    March 2, 2012

    I really liked the cover and the first chapter. I would love to get a chance to read the book. Thanks for the great giveaway and for making it international!

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    Chi Kittie

    March 2, 2012

    Yes, I am very excited to be able to read this new book. It sounds like it will be a very awesome read and the cover is so beautiful. I love the colors that were chosen. :)

    – Beckie

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    pointy star

    March 2, 2012

    Cover looks AWESOME! Summary sounds AMAZING~ Can't wait for its release! :)

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    March 3, 2012

    Great cover! Looking forward to the book.

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    March 3, 2012

    Exploding rose! Of course, the cover is amazing!

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    Liz. R

    March 3, 2012

    The cover is awesome! So eye-catching, I love it! And the first chapter was amazing too, can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway :).

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    Jessica T.

    March 3, 2012

    I'm so excited to read this! Love the cover and the first chapter! :)

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    Liza (Reading with ABC)

    March 3, 2012

    I think the cover is beautiful and unusual!

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    Denise Z

    March 3, 2012

    I think Black City sounds like an awesome read and I really love the cover. I like that you have to look at it to see what it really is and the design is eye catching. Thank you for the lovely opportunity to win a copy of what sounds like a really good read :)

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    Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog)

    March 4, 2012

    The cover is gorgeous

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    March 4, 2012

    Wow. The first chapter sounds good. I love the cover. It looks great! I added it to my goodreads TBR pile as well. Guess I'll have to wait for November to come :P

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    books first love

    March 4, 2012

    Are you kidding, boy I am excited. Anxious isn't a good word for how I feel. The cover is gorgeous, I love it.
    thanks for the chance to win it.

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    March 4, 2012

    This cover is so incredibly gorgeous and the summary just adds to that. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this. :)

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    Maji Bookshelf

    March 4, 2012

    The synopsis sounds realllyy intriguing! and the cover is just amazing! I love the effect of the petals, and the city from behind!


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    Ana Death Duarte

    March 4, 2012

    The cover is amazing, but it must be even more beautiful when we get that on paper ^^

    “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.” – this excerpt already bought me! *me needs it!*

    Ana Death Duarte

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    Angela (The Little Blue Pig)

    March 4, 2012

    I think the cover is just gorgeous and I cannot wait to have it sitting on my shelves!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!


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    March 4, 2012

    Cover is amazing and lovely=)

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    Azza El Masri

    March 4, 2012

    The synopsis of THE BLACK CITY is incredibly enticing, it caught my attention on the spot which is weird because I've been taking a step back from all things dystopian-related. As for the cover, I simply love it. I like the contrast between edgy (with the explosion of petals) and soft (with the roses). It matches with the synopsis, which is really fantastic. :D

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    March 4, 2012

    I'm super excited for Black City and I love the cover!

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    Kali S

    March 4, 2012

    The cover! The first chapter! I want more. I frigging LOVE the cover. I am so excited for this book!!

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    Gisele Alv

    March 4, 2012

    The cover is beautiful, for me the shattered rose represents how everything they knew about life was lost, the beauty of the time, and all the wonderfulness of love! My gosh the excerpt leave wanting more! I need to have a cooopy!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Lauren M

    March 5, 2012

    Is that an exploding flower? That's seriously cool. Love the cover and the synopsis! Can't wait for Black City to come out. :)

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    March 5, 2012

    I am! It's a beautiful cover. I really like the shattering flower.

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    March 6, 2012

    Totally in love with this cover. I love the bursting flower. It's defintely differently from other book covers. I am super excited for this one. Thanks for the giveaway!


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    Nicole@The More the Merrier

    March 6, 2012

    That is one amazing cover, I love it!! I'm really liking the sound of Black City it sounds intense.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  119. Reply

    Amanda B.

    March 6, 2012

    I'd never heard of this one before today, but I love the cover!

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    March 6, 2012

    I'm excited to read this and the cover is fabulous!

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    March 7, 2012

    To be honest i dont like the cover. The cover alone wouldnt entice me to pick up the book at all; in fact it looks corny. :(

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    March 7, 2012

    I think the cover is awesome! I'm really excited the book looks interesting.

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    -Mystery Rose

    March 8, 2012

    I had not heard of this book until I read this post, but now I cannot wait! I am in LOVE with that cover!!

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    March 10, 2012

    This cover is so amazing. It's unlike any other I've seen before. I am totally in love with it! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  125. Reply


    March 10, 2012

    I really like the cover..
    never heard about this book before, but after I've read, I become excited..

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    March 11, 2012

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love that cover.

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    Kristilyn (Reading in Winter)

    March 11, 2012

    The cover is gorgeous — beyond gorgeous! I love all the red. I can't wait to read this one!

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    March 11, 2012

    Love the look of the cover and the book sounds good too.

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    March 13, 2012

    That's possibly one of the most gorgeous covers of the year!

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    Stephanie Verhaegen

    March 13, 2012

    The cover is gorgeous! So unique!

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    March 14, 2012

    I absolutely love the cover! Simply beautiful!