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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cover Reveal + Giveaway- Black City by Elizabeth Richards

Today, I have a great cover reveal and giveaway for you! It's of Black City by Elizabeth Richards, which will be published by Penguin on November 13, 2012! Here's the summary, followed by the author's bio:

A dark and tender postapocalyptic 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.

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. She lives in Buckinghamshire, England and can be found online at www.theredpenofdoom.wordpress.com

OK so you want the cover? Here it is:

Isn't it gorgeous?! You have the opportunity to win a copy here! This copy has been donated through the generosity of Penguin. All you have to do is comment on this post by Thursday, March 8 at 9pm EST. It is an INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY FOR A PHYSICAL ARC so ANYONE can enter!

Galley winners from each of the cover reveal blogs will also get a chance to win one of 5 exclusive and personalized drawings of the main characters— Ash and Natalie— drawn and autographed by the author. See below for a sample drawing. The finished drawing will be more polished and each one will be just a bit different, so each winner will receive an original and unique image. Winners of the drawings will be chosen blindly and randomly by the author.

That's not all though. I've also got the first chapter for you guys (link courtesy of The Story Siren because I suck at making these sorts of things; I was gonna copy and paste- not good). Enjoy!

How cool is that? So go ahead and enter below, and if you don't have a blogger profile with an email address that I can easily see, please include your email address in your comment. Good luck to all!


  1. Oh, that's a GORGEOUS cover!! I love the exploding rose and the explosion of colour on the black city background. Awesome!

  2. The cover is so beautiful!!! Thank you for the giveaway.

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  3. 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!

  4. Beautiful cover and a first chapter that got me hooked. I NEED that book!

    Thildeespensen@live dot dk

  5. I LOVE the fluttering petals and the summary sounds really good! :)


  6. OMG!! such a cool giveaway and the book is gonna be freaking awesome!! I loved the cover and that first chapter, damn! I need more!!

    My email is gaby_sama@hotmail.com

  7. Oooh this book sounds really good, hadn't heard of it before

    Rebecca191 at aol.com

  8. Gorgeous cover. I loved the first chapter, and feel like I need to read it now!

  9. So excited to read this, and such a gorgeous cover!!


  10. The cover is gorgeous, and I cannot wait to read the book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. I need more chapters!! Love the cover.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  12. I am so in love with that cover! Thanks for the giveaway!

    ashleylovesbooksblog [at] gmail [dot] com

  13. Thanks for chance! I'd love to win, it sounds like a great book!

  14. Love the cover and the book sounds awesome.


  15. Thanks for the giveaway, the cover is lovely!
    lilcrickit at gmail dot com

  16. The cover looks amazing (and the drawing too)! I'd really love to win an ARC. Thanks for the chance.


  17. i am in love with this cover and cannot wait to read the book : ) thanks for the giveaway!!

    ame1184 at gmail dot com

  18. a super giveaway
    e-mail: lulu_mirela90@yahoo.com

  19. That cover is so awesome! Great giveaway. Thanks for a chance to win!



  20. Thanks for the giveaway! Great cover.


  21. I love this cover, it's really different from most YA covers I've seen :D I also loved the 1st chapter, super excited for this book!


  22. It's such a extravagant and lovely cover.

    treechanie@hotmail.com :)

  23. Great cover! Adding this to my pile!

    e-mail: mrbookwonder@gmail.com

  24. I love the cover! I really, really want to win.. I would love to read the book. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  25. I think the cover is great!! I'm happy that covers seem to be steering away from the typical pretty-girl-pretty-dress theme, but it reminds me of this other book cover. I can't think of it right now (and I'll probably spend the rest of the day trying to figure it out), but I think I prefer this one.

    Love the synopsis--paranormal Romeo and Juliet heh ;)

  26. The cover is beautiful, I didn't expect it to be YA at first.



  27. That's such a beautiful cover! Thank you so much for the giveaway. :)

    sauvadeavelle @ yahoo.com

  28. All of you guys doing the cover reveal made me so excited for this book ! seriously ! I wasn't sold on the synopsis at first but I read the 1st chapter and now I'm curious and intrigued : the MC sounds so mysterious. I want to read the rest now ;-) vampires and oppressed society ? I can't wait


  29. Thank you so much for the chance!! I would love love love to read this one!! :)

    Shortie Says

  30. I am so anxious and excited about this book right now that I could burst. I want to push through time, just to have it faster. Ahh the cover is just gorgeous.
    thanks for the chance to win it.

  31. The cover is awesome! I am super excited about this book now.

    thanks for the giveaway


  32. The cover is so pretty! I just love the shattered flower effect!!


  33. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!


  34. 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 me wanting more! I need to have a cooopy!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    I forgot my email in the last comment:

  35. One of my favorite YA covers this year! I am definitely looking forward to grab a copy! I hope I win! *prays*


  36. 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!


  37. I love the cover. I hope I win!


  38. Yay! I love this cover :D And it seems like such an amazing book. <3 Thank you so much for the chance to win it :D I really, really want it :)
    Love, Carina ~ carina-olsen@hotmail.com

  39. oh wow! intense cover! and sound slike my kinda book!!!


  40. I so want to read this novel. The cover is gorgeous, the blurb is appealing and I can't wait!
    Thank you for this giveaway!


  41. This cover is beautiful, thankyou for the giveaway.

  42. I've seen this book in different blogs and am really interested to read it! Thank you so much for the giveaway!