Seven Black Diamonds #1. Author: Melissa Mar.
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.(Good reads summary.)
A plethora of problems. Writing style: repetitive, dull, love interest is recognizable in the first half-paragraph of meeting him, weird adjectival use, etc. Main Character: Well, she’s gorgeous, (it’s genetic in fae!) powerful, (hardly anyone has so many powers, why me?) arrogant, and all the boys are fighting over her. These are traits that could be acceptable, but only when handled the right way. Carefully. Lightly. With checks and balances. Plot: Fairy sleeper cells sound interesting, and there’s a deadly feud between fairies and humans. But it would be boring to spend too much time on that, so instead we’ll focus on the doomed love-triangle around the mc.
Sexual content: Light kissing. Mention that faery marriage is usually not permanent. Actor wears dress that is mostly transparent, except for “wide red straps covering strategic places”. Mention that in the past a rockstar had been “caught on the beach wearing nothing more than ink, jewelry, and a smile”. Faery hiding as a rockstar “flirted, slept around like the spoiled Hollywood child he was supposed to be, and publicly admitted to choosing dates that matched his clothing.” Girl mentions having embarrassingly intimate dreams about her betrothed – she later finds out he can influence dreams through his fae power, and they deliberately dream together. Faery speaks of being ordered by his queen to “bed human woman” to create halflings.
Language: 5 F-words
Violence: Five people murdered/executed, throats cut. A subway station full of people is drowned (deliberately). One swordfight: two people stabbed, several burned.
Love Triangle: Yes.