Published by HarperCollins on March 1st 2016
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This riveting fantasy marks Melissa Marr’s return to the world of faery courts that made her Wicked Lovely series an international phenomenon.
Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal—she’s half human, half fae, and since the time before she was born, a war has been raging between humans and faeries. The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of the fae courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir due to the actions of reckless humans.
Lily’s father has always shielded her, but when she’s sent to the prestigious St. Columba’s school, she’s delivered straight into the arms of a fae sleeper cell—the Black Diamonds. The Diamonds are planted in the human world as the sons and daughters of the most influential families and tasked with destroying it from within. Against her will, Lilywhite’s been chosen to join them...and even the romantic attention of the fae rock singer Creed Morrison isn’t enough to keep Lily from wanting to run back to the familiar world she knows.
Melissa Marr returns to faery in a dramatic story of the precarious space between two worlds and the people who must thrive there. The combination of ethereal fae powers, tumultuous romance, and a bloodthirsty faery queen will have longtime fans and new readers at the edge of their seats.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a book about faeries and that’s because I’m really picky when it comes to them. Melissa Marr has always been one of my go-to authors for these types of books and Seven Black Diamonds just proved that she’s on that list for a very good reason.
- Characters: I’m all about the boys but I can’t help but love a book with a strong female lead and that’s exactly what Lily is. She takes control, she knows what she wants, and she doesn’t let others get in her way. Yeah there are some boys in her life but they definitely are not in charge when it comes to Lily. I have to say that it’s a little weird that she didn’t have much of a soft side (she was definitely a badass) but I didn’t really have a problem with that. Speaking of the boys in Lily’s life, let’s start with Creed. Not only is he fae (totally enough to grab my attention), he’s also a rock star. Melissa Marr managed to combine two of my favorite things so I definitely loved Creed. There was also Zephyr (not another love interest) who was the leader and had quite a few secrets. There’s a good mix of people in the group called the Black Diamonds and I really liked that. I don’t want to forget the other main character in Seven Black Diamonds, Eilidh (not a clue how to pronounce that one). She is the daughter of the Fae queen and her side of the story shows the Fae world. While she is the queen’s daughter, she isn’t necessarily all for what her mother is planning and that’s kinda where her story intersects with Lily’s.
- Fae powers: I’m not going to say a lot about this aspect but I was totally intrigued by it. Everyone in the Black Diamonds had a different ability that related to an element or two. I loved seeing how they used them and I look forward to seeing how they might come in handy in the future books.
- Romantic tension: I’ve always thought Melissa Marr did a great job with romantic tension and Seven Black Diamonds is no exception. I don’t even know where I would start with this one. Lily and Creed are only one of the couples that have some tension between them (as well as secrets.) I love that as I’ve grown older, I’ve been able to stick with Marr’s books and they almost seem to have grown with me.
- I don’t even know how to label this one so I’m just gonna go for it. There is a lot of info being shared in Seven Black Diamonds and it could be a bit much at times. I get that it’s the start of a series and readers need to know these things but it was just overwhelming sometimes. It also took away from the story and made it seem like there wasn’t a lot going on, plot wise.
- POV: Just be warned that there are quite a few points of view and it can be a little confusing at first. I got used to it pretty quickly but it did take me by surprise.
Overall, I definitely think Seven Black Diamonds is a promising start to this new series from Melissa Marr. While it had it’s flaws, I look forward to seeing what happens next.
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