Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr
Published: March 1st 2016 by HarperCollins
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.
“In the next moment, a scream began and ended. One of the queen’s various blades sliced across the girl’s throat. Between one breath and the next, she was dead.”
This book started off on the fast track and had me pulled in from the very first page. After awhile though it started to slow down, but the book still held my interest. I wouldn’t go out to say that this was an amazing story about the fae, that I have never read before, but it also wasn’t just a cookie cutter fae novel either. For the most part I really enjoyed Lily’s story and how she managed to deal with everything that was thrown at her. She was a very strong independent character, that lives by her family’s “commandments”. At times though, I felt like they were used a little too much, not every situation called for a rule. I liked the fact that Lily kept to her principles, but also started new rules for the Black Diamonds.
“Black Diamonds Commandment #1,” Creed whispered. “We’re in this together.”
One aspect that was a little hard to get used to in the beginning was the many points of view the story was told in. It was like we would get a little aspect of who a character was and then they would disappear for a little while. With all the different POV’s it was hard to figure out how they were all related, but after Lily starts to go to Columba’s it wasn’t as hectic.
“One of us can set fires to idiots, and one of us sings pretty songs. Guess which is more useful?”
As much as I enjoyed this story, I wish there was more to it. With so many characters, the story could really go in any direction. As much as it focused on Lily, Creed (for an extent that it relates to Lily), Zeph, and the Queen of Blood and Rage, the book hardly gave any justice to the other characters. Mainly Roan and Will, who are mentioned and was briefly around the group, but for the most part are not essential to the story. If they were never written in, you wouldn’t even notice it. Except you would have to change the title to Five Black Diamonds.
This book kind of ended with most things wrapped up pretty nicely. There are still some questions left, but for the most part if Marr doesn’t want to continue this storyline, she doesn’t have to. Considering that there will be a second book, if you did not enjoy this one as much you won’t have to read the second book.
I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars.