Seven Black Diamonds, by Melissa Marr | Book Review #148


Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal. Her father’s “unconventional” business has meant a life of tightly held secrets, concealed weaponry, and a strict code. But Lily’s crime isn’t being the daughter of a powerful mob boss. Her guilt lies in the other half of her DNA—the part that can coax ancient rumors from stones and summon fire with a thought. Lily is part fae, which is a crime in her world. 

From the time before she was born, a war has been raging between humanity and fae. The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of both the Seelie and Unseelie courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir—a death that was the fault of reckless humans.

Lily’s father has shielded her from the repercussions of her ancestry…until she is sent to the prestigious St. Columba’s school, straight into the arms of the Black Diamonds.

Mysterious, glamorous, and bound together in their mission but constantly at odds, Zephyr, Creed, Will, Roan, Violet, and Alkamy are a Sleeper cell of fae, planted in the human world to help destroy it from within. With covers as rock stars and celebrity children, the Black Diamonds carry out the queen’s war against humanity. And unbeknownst to Lilywhite, she’s been chosen to join them.

Now more than ever, Lily’s heritage puts her in peril, and even the romantic attention of the fae singer Creed Morrison isn’t enough to keep Lily from wanting to run back to the safer world of organized crime.

Seven Black Diamonds is the first book in its duology? Trilogy? Series? Goodreads only has Seven Black Diamonds, and the next book, One Blood Ruby, on their site. And as you can see, Seven Black Diamonds is by Melissa Marr. Who a few years back was one of my favourite authors. To see her returning to Faery is awesome! – It’s been years since I’ve read one of her books. Seriously. Years. I think it’s safe to say that as far as Melissa Marr’s Fae/rie books go, I found Seven Black Diamonds to be pretty good.

Here’s what I liked about the book:

  • I liked that there were some twists and turns that I didn’t expect. I actually had a “What the F*ck!” moment. It’s been a long while since a book could make me do that.
  • I like that the main character Lily, could be as devious as she wanted to be. Lily could do some serious damage if she truly wanted to. And she’s more like her family than she initially thought she was.

Here’s what I didn’t like about the book:

  • The love triangle. It’s not all that obvious, it’s kind of really subtle. The love triangle is still there though and even though the focus of this book wasn’t the love triangle, I can tell that there’s going to be more focus on it in the next book.
  • I initially liked this one character, but then he’s just proven to be a dick (aka, rude as heck)? Like, Something happened, right, and then This Dude just busts into the scene expecting to be a hero and stuff. No bueno, mi amigo.

I had initially thought that Seven Black Diamonds would be an action packed book that would sweep me off my feet. And while Seven Black Diamonds didn’t manage to do that, there are some other saving graces that this book has.

The first being: Seven Black Diamonds is not a book in which the sole purpose is the love interest. To me, Seven Black Diamonds is about a girl (Lily) finding her place in her world. And as it appears that there’s more to Lily’s world than she first initially thought, Lily takes this news extremely well.

The second being: Lily is not a girl to content to let her life pass her by. Nor is Lily a girl who would let herself get into situations she’d rather not be in. Lily has great control over her actions, and as such, Lily is just badass in general.

The third: Lily, being the person/character that she is, is willing to be the bad guy if the purpose serves her well. Lily isn’t scared of a little danger. And even if she were to be terrified in the moment, she’ll face whatever dangers head on.

Seven Black Diamonds has multiple points of view, even though the main character is Lily. While the multiple POV’s irked me in the beginning, I grew accept that this whole book wouldn’t have been able to happen without those other views. Without those other views we wouldn’t have gotten to know the characters as well as we should. Therefore, if the view was only from Lily’s point of view, we would’ve missed out on quite a bit of the story plot.

If you like a book with a main character whose willing to play dirty, where the main plot of this book isn’t to get a boyfriend; or a love interest, then I definitely recommend Seven Black Diamonds to you. I found Seven Black Diamonds to be incredibly entertaining, and well worth the read. If you’ve read Melissa Marr’s other Fae/rie series called “Wicked Lovely” then I’d find that you would enjoy this book as well!

Thank you for reading my review on Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr!

Happy Reading!

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