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.
This book was a lot of fun to read. I really liked the whole concept of a sleeper cell of fae within our celebrities waiting to carry out orders to destroy all the humans and the outsider forced to join them. I enjoyed the Wicked Lovely series and with Melissa Marr returning to the fae world, I’m not sure why I put off reading this for so long.
Lilywhite Abernathy was raised away from the fae world by her crime boss father so it allowed the reader to be introduced into the world along with her. I enjoyed seeing her get thrown into the world and fight against what she was being told she had to do. I liked her interacting with the other teens who were members of the Seven Black Diamonds, who’d been raised knowing who they were. All of them had very strong personalities and there were things I liked about them all.
There was a lot of setting up the world and introducing the characters in this book. It did have times of feeling like a typical first book in a series but it still did a good job at keeping me entertained throughout. It didn’t really feel slow and it wasn’t too predictable, which I appreciated. It was one of those books where describing it too much makes me feel two seconds from giving something away.
Overall, I was entertained and will definitely be picking up the sequel.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.