Bookish Feels: Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr

Another faery story by Marr? Yes, please!

The Book: 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.

Melissa Marr returns to faery in a dramatic story of the precarious space between two worlds and the people who must thrive there. (from Goodreads)

My Feels: I loved The Wicked Lovely series, Marr's first tales of the faery realm, so I was so stoked to hear about this one so I pre-ordered it. It's oh so pretty!

The first thing I noticed while reading? This world is very different from Aislinn's and made me miss Seth. Marr does make up with it with a whole new cast though. But when I was reading, I was unaware that this was a part of dualogy, so the number of characters tripped me up a bit. That being said, this is not as plot-driven as Wicked Lovely, but character-driven. Marr brought the characters to life in an interesting world all in their very own unique circumstances. 

The two stars of the cast based on the blurb are Lilywhite and Will, but I felt myself more drawn to the complex position Zephyr and Alkamy were in. If you like complicated relationships, this is for you. 

If you love fae books, this is for you. However, if you're new to it all, I highly recommend Wicked Lovely prior to reading this as it'll help ease you into this world.