Book Review: Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr

Seven Black Diamonds
Author: Melissa Marr
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Released: March 1st 2016
Review Source: HarperCollins


This riveting fantasy marks Melissa Marr’s return to the world of faery courts that made her Wicked Lovely series an international phenomenon.

Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal—she’s 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 due to the actions of reckless humans.

Lily’s father has always shielded her, 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. 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.

Melissa Marr returns to faery in a dramatic story of the precarious space between two worlds and the people who must thrive there. The combination of ethereal fae powers, tumultuous romance, and a bloodthirsty faery queen will have longtime fans and new readers at the edge of their seats.

In a world of human vs fae, it's not ideal to be half-fae and half-human. Something our main character is. Luckily, Lily is a smartass and badass. This comes in handy as she likes to make her own decisions. Lily doesn't want to join the Black Diamonds, those working for the queen, nor wants to kill humans. Yes, she doesn't care what people think. She is also a great keeper at secrets. She has powers and no one knows. She is a tough cookie to break. She is compassionate as well, so don't think she's mad. Overall, she is a great character.

Seven Black Diamond is an interesting story with a world full of craziness. There is so much to read about and learn. Yes, the concept was interesting but for me, it wasn't executed well. There were so many things explained and so many characters to keep up. There were so many confusion parts and I really didn't get to enjoy the world. The only person that I really cared for was Lily. Her POVs kept me alive and moving. The others, not so much. I even started to skimmed through them. This may be good for many of you but I was overwhelmed with the information.


  1. I can't wait to read this one! I can see how Melissa's writing can be overwhelming! There's usually a lot of characters to get to know and it's hard to keep up at times. Glad to see you still liked it on some level though!! Nice review!

    1. Thanks Jess! The main character is amazing!


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