Seven Black Diamonds: Review

Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins
Series: SBD #1
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Source: Library

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.

I really wanted to love this one, because the synopsis sounded really cool with the idea that Fae sleeper cells were existing within the human world. 

Sadly, the book's execution failed to live up to my expectations, which weren't overly high. 

Lilywhite Abernathy is a very speshul snowflake. While most Fae only have 1-2 affinities, Lilywhite has FOUR. I learned all of that within the first 50 pages so of course, I knew she was going to be special. 

I'm sorry, but I really hate the trope that a MC has to be super special. Also, I got really tired of hearing how she was Nick Abernathy's daughter in almost every chapter. We get it, your father is one of the most powerful man on the planet. Please stop reminding everyone. It's annoying. 

The love triangle was also really stupid because she only wanted one guy, not both. It was just ridiculous for a certain character to keep trying to be with her just because the Queen said they would be married all those years ago. 

That's another thing I don't understand. The Queen started the war because humans supposedly killed her baby but then towards the end she reveals that she knew she was alive the entire time. WTF? So why would she still continue killing humans? It literally made no sense. Plot hole, anyone? 

The characters were all 'meh.' I never got attached to any of them because the POVs were all over the place and I never got a chance to really know them. They were mostly shallow and flat, with little development. 

The worst part of the book was that I guessed the "big reveal" not even halfway into the book. It was so glaringly obvious. I like to be at least a little surprised when there is something major to be had. 

World building wise, that was also lacking. Apparently since the war began, continents and countries became unlivable, so humans were forced to move to other parts of the world, but it wasn't really explained. I would have liked to have known more, and to have read a better visual of the world. 

As I trudged through towards the end, everything wrapped up a little too nicely for my taste. Lilywhite just stood up to the most feared Queen and demanded things and the Queen basically said ok. But before that, she had no issues killing people for standing up to her and she also beat her favored son. But since it's Lilywhite, the snowflake, everything was all good in the hood. 

Considering this is probably going to be a trilogy, I will not be eager to read these as soon as they come out. I am curious about how things will end, but I'm not expecting greatness. 


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