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.
So this was a really cool book. I like the whole concept of exploring the theme of segregation and the issues that arise with it, especially when it is a supernatural setting. I don’t consider this to be a spoiler since you pretty much figure it out in the first chapter but darklings are essentially vampires. But what makes this book different and so much better than most vampire books is that these darklings vary and have different species within their race. Not too much details is given about the different species, more of a small description but it is very cool that the author created such a unique and interesting world around her creatures. Everyone knows that vampires are dead and their heart doesn’t beat but what is interesting in this book is that the darklings have beating hearts, two in fact while the half bloods (half human and half darkling) don’t have a beating heart; it was very zombie like. I won’t go into too much detail about the hearts but it is a very cool concept that the author explains in the book and plays a huge role. I really liked both Ash and Natalie and I loved the romance in the book. Natalie was a bit of a spoiled brat in the beginning of the book and genuinely didn’t realize she was being a snob. However, her character developed and she evolved more. The one thing that bothered me was that Ash struggled a lot with indecision about his love life; this was probably the only criticism about the book. I would have liked there to be more action since there was barely any and I can only hope that the next book delivers on that front. I would definitely recommend this book.
The next book is called Phoenix and comes out June 4, 2013.