My reading, as I have stated before, has been a bit of drudgery since the beginning of the year (with the exception of ACOMAF). Let me preface this review by saying I love Melissa Marr's writing style and many of her books. It was hard for me when the Wicked Lovely series ended. I read some of her adult books, The Arrivals and Graveminder, but the world she creates within the Fae realm, in my opinion, is more her forte. That being said, this review will probably be a little biased.
The book starts out with Lilywhite Abernathy, the daughter of a major crime lord, being sent to a prestigious boarding school. Not only is she unaware of her real purpose in life, she ends up meeting a group of six other half fae/human hybrids that have known of her their whole existence. These "Seven Black Diamonds" have been exclusively groomed to do the Fae Queen of Blood and Rage's bidding, but little do they know how special they really are.
First, I'm glad Lily isn't an "I'm tough because I say I am" kind of girl. I get sick of that internal insistence in most female protagonist's flow of consciousness. She does tend to stick to her family rules though, and repeats them often enough that the reader is aware of why she's making certain decisions. She may have a delicate name, but she's no flower.
The story opens with her meeting a cute singer, Creed Morrison, at her elaborate birthday party. Although she's glimpsed him in magazines and followed his exploits in the tabloids, they seem comfortable around each other. Her father's insistence of her getting to know other fae blood, such as herself, starts the chain of events once he sends her to boarding school in a different part of the country.