Saturday, February 27, 2016

Book Review: Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr

Release Date: March 1st, 2016
Read: December 22nd- 30th, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Series: Seven Black Diamonds, #1
Format: ARC, 400 pages
Source: McNally Robinson/ Two Thumbs Up Program

Description from GoodReads:

   Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal.

   Her guilt lies in her DNA. Lily is 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—a death that was the fault of reckless humans.

   Lily’s father has shielded her from the repercussions of her ancestry, 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.

   Mysterious, glamorous, and constantly at odds, 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.


   You are their future.
   I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Marissa Marr's books, I first started off by reading her Wicked Lovely series which unfortunately did not sit well with me. Fast forward a few years, I had won a bunch of Marr ARCs which included Made for You. One of her more recent novels, this novel fortunately did sit well with me. It actually became one of my all time favourite reads. So when Seven Black Diamonds was revealed I knew to give Marr another chance, especially where Faeries where concerned.
   The book started off slow and a bit confusing, the novel itself is written in the perspective of 4 different characters. So when you're just starting to be familar with each of the characters, it's definitely a jumble of mixed feelings. After you've grown accustomed to the characters, everything becomes fabulous, especially since the plot also speeds up a bit and the action begins to happen.
   The plot and characters of the novel are everything you'd want them to be, fae being terrifying as always, their powers being maleficent, you couldn't help but be intrigued with their politics. I was particularly intrigued with the Black Diamonds and the history behind the queen, hopefully we'll get to see more action on that front in the next few novels.
   Lilywhite was probably my favourite character in the novel, with her Crime Lord father, and her demeanour. It all had me excited whenever her name would appear at the beginning of the chapter. She didn't do anything she was "destined" to do, or just because she was told to do something from the queen. She stood tall, and was the strongest her, that she could be, and you admired her for it. Lilywhite was the perfect Black Diamond without even knowing it, she was perfection.
   Seven Black Diamonds was a novel that showed that even villains have their motives for the way the are, and that people will do everything in their power to protect the ones they love. Thrilling and magical, Seven Black Diamonds will cure any Faery or strong willed character craving you have.


Favourite Quotes:

"He left her there with tears on her cheeks and a lie still burning on her lips."

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Faeries, Fae, Crime Lords, Celebrities

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