Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr

Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr is the combination of ethereal fae powers, tumultuous romance, and a bloodthirsty faery queen that will have longtime fans and new readers alike at the edge of their seats. Melissa Marr’s newest series explores the precarious space between two worlds—and the people who must thrive there.

Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal—she’s half human, half fae, and since the time before she was born her very blood has been illegal. A war has been raging between humans and faeries and the Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of the fae courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir due to the actions of reckless humans. Lily’s father has always shielded her from the truth, 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.

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MINI MONDAY: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

I’ll be honest here – the cover of this one caught my eye, and I picked it up on a whim because I couldn’t get over how gorgeous the cover was. Beyond the beauty of this cover, the story itself also sounded intriguing – Debutante by day; Murderess by night. Except Aileana Cameron is hardly your typical debutante, even during the day. Whispered about behind her back, accused of murdering her own mother a year ealier, Aileana is just short of a social pariah. But with hordes of faeries threatening the city, and with a beautiful, immortal faery warrior by her side, Aileana hardly cares. Action-packed, emotionally taut and brilliantly written, The Falconer is definitely worth a read!

Edinburgh, 1844. Beautiful Aileana Cameron only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. In fact, she’s spent the year since her mother died developing her ability to sense the presence of sithichean, a faery race bent on slaughtering humans. She has a secret mission: to destroy the faery who murdered her mother. But when she learns she’s a Falconer, the last in a line of female warriors and the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity, her quest for revenge gets a whole lot more complicated. Now in paperback, this electrifying thriller-the first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy-blends romance and action with steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.

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