Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr

Many years ago, I walked into a Borders Outlet with my mom and confessed to one of the workers that I was starting to become obsessed with books about faeries. She told me how she enjoyed a book named Wicked Lovely that just came out, and then proceeded to totally convince me to buy it. I’ve been a Melissa Marr fan ever since that day, and I thank her and that wonderful Borders Outlet employee for helping flourish my love for books about fae. So, obviously, I couldn’t not read this book.

“I like knowing that my heart has found its home.”

Seven Black Diamonds is very reminiscent of Wicked Lovely, even though it’s set in a completely different fae world. Unlike Wicked Lovely, this book doesn’t have season courts, but has (my favorite) Seelie and Unseelie courts. Yet, in this world, these two courts, and the Hidden Throne – which is all fae not living in one of the other two courts, are somewhat combined with the Seelie King just being King Leith of Fire and Truth and the Unseelie Queen, the true leader, just being Queen Endellion of Blood and Rage. The Queen and King have five children in total, but only two together, which means one of those two are the only one worthy to be heir.

Right now that heir is Eilidh, but she wasn’t meant to be the heir. That was her older sister that went missing at birth’s place. A lot of fae do not accept or approve of Eilidh because she is scarred all over her body. Like, people legitimately call her Patches and it makes me so sad.

Meanwhile, the Queen is eradicating many human lives for punishment because of her missing daughter, and because humans vastly outnumber fae. The Queen refuses to let go of her vendetta.

She has a secret army of soldiers that she called Sleepers. These Sleepers are half fae and half human and live to do the Queen’s bidding. Not many people know about them, and even they do not know the truth behind themselves. The Seven Black Diamonds are the most important Sleeper group there is, but up until this point they have never been complete, since they’ve only have six members.

That is, until Lily Abernathy’s father make a decision that his very protected and sheltered daughter should be around more kids like her. AKA: Fae.

Lily is not only the star of this book, but will also become the most important member of the Seven Black Diamonds. Yes, she has been protected by her mob-boss father her whole life, but she is strong all on her own and won’t be a pawn for anyone or any court. She also constantly makes the reader reminisce about Wicked Lovely with her father’s set of rules.

Creed is the swoon-worthy famous fae musician of the group, and instantly got Lily’s attention.

Zephyr (Lord, help me with not giggling at these names) is the actual leader of the Seven Black Diamonds and faithfully will always serve the Queen of Blood and Rage.

AlKamy is a rock star and Zephyr’s love interest that can never be.

Violet is my second favorite Diamond and a force to be reckoned with. I loved her free-spirit, yet also her devotion.

Will is a politician’s kid who we don’t learn much about other than his boyfriend is also in the Seven Black Diamonds.

Roan is the boyfriend and is a future CEO that likes to stay out of the limelight of the other five that are famous in this world.

They explain it like, fae are so gorgeous and talented that they have to live in this world as actors and singers, or people would never believe they were regular humans. This is also probably another reason Lily was so protected growing up.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, but I can recognize that I am complete Fae trash and a sucker for any book that involves the Seelie and Unseelie courts. This book not only reminded me of Wicked Lovely, obviously, but also really reminded me of Vampire Academy for some reason. I will for sure be continuing on with this series, because, as started before, I’m Fae trash that cannot be stopped.

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