Seven Black Diamonds was not what I hoped for…
Book Review: Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr
Title & Author: Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Series: The Seven Diamonds #1
How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher
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.”
Something Sorta Wicked This Way Comes
Seven Black Diamonds is my first Melissa Marr book! She is known for her popular Wicked Lovely series, which also tackles the world of the fae.
I should start off by saying that having read almost the entire works of authors like Holly Black and Juliet Marllier, I have a very set taste in books about faeries or the fae world.
That being said, Seven Black Diamonds was a bit of a disappointment.
Things started off well: the book alternates between several different points of view. I certainly enjoyed some more than others, but I ultimately found each distinct and interesting (at first).
I enjoyed the concept: two worlds, a human and a fae one. One has a reigning Queen of Blood and Rage (she’s as pleasant as her title) and the other has half human/half fae sleeper agents who have some hidden secrets of their own.
Like I said, I jumped into the story and felt my way around the world with relative ease. The trouble came about halfway through the book. With roughly 7-8 (I forget) main/side characters, there are a lot of opportunities for coupling up.
And couple up they did. Seven Black Diamonds descended from a fantasy book with romance to a romance book with a side of fantasy, which was infinitely less entertaining.
From about 70 percent on, I skimmed reading until the end. I had no true investment in what took place, the twists or the finale.
I so wished the faery side of the fantasy had been developed more and that the story wasn’t a showcase for dramatic romances and tensions.
Seven Black Diamonds is a faery-based fantasy story gone away with its romance, when the world created should have stood apart. If you’re looking for a dark faery-type fantasy, I recommend anything by Holly Black, especially The Darkest Part of the Forest. I would advise taking a pass on Seven Black Diamonds.