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One Blood Ruby (Seven Black Diamonds) Hardcover – February 28, 2017
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“Marr’s writing is still lush and beautiful... A must for faerie fans who are already hooked on Marr and her captivating worlds.” (Booklist)
PRAISE FOR SEVEN BLACK DIAMONDS: “Replete with action, the supernatural, diverse characters, and young love, this urban fantasy is sure to be extremely popular among fans of modern faery tales.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“A compelling world of magic, power, and regret.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Fans of Marr’s Wicked Lovely books will appreciate her melding of ancient faerie lore with complex contemporary characters.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Once again, Marr has built an urban fantasy world that readers will find irresistible.” (School Library Journal)
“Marr’s trademark use of suspense and romance will make this irresistible for her legions of fans.” (Booklist)
About the Author
Melissa Marr is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not traveling, Melissa can be found in Phoenix or online at www.melissamarrbooks.com.
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The book picks up pretty much right where it left off. Lilywhite, now Lilydark, is about to be named the heir to the Hidden Throne. However she has some stipulations, namely that she would like to live in both worlds, stop the war, offer protections to humans, etc. She is surprised when her grandparents (the current queen and king) agree. However the Fae and some humans are opposed to this and will stop at nothing to prevent Lilywhite from taking the throne.
So the blurb makes One Blood Ruby sound like a really exciting read….and it is, BUT it is also rushed. There was action and adventure, intrigue and mystery at every turn of the page. However when I reached the last few chapters, I felt unsatisfied. I found myself questioning what I had just read. There was a lot of lead up to the coronation and announce of Lilywhite as heir, and then only a few chapters after it to wrap things up. BUT the climax of the story happened and then it just ended. Very unsatisfying!!
Lilydark is still coming into her powers. She seems to have full control of them now and is struggling to accept her new role as heir and princess of the Hidden Throne. My only complaint about Lily was her relationship with Creed. There’s some serious instalove there, and it felt forced to me.
Eilidh was the shining star of this book. In the first book of the series, she is timid and almost afraid to live outside of her little bubble. But her new engagement to Torquil, her new relationship with her brother Rhys, and her involvement in protecting Lily give her a newfound confidence. Not to mention the fact that in her first chapter she is torturing someone, becoming her mother’s daughter. She’s a bit terrifying.
Overall I didn’t love One Blood Ruby, but I didn’t hate it either. It was just okay for me. I did listen to the audio and I loved the multiple POV. The narrator did a fantastic job of bringing all the characters to life with different inflections and tones. I binged the book in just a few days thanks to her. If you enjoyed the first book of the series, I think you will enjoy this one. My personal opinion is that the story should have continued for at least one more book so as not to feel so rushed. But that’s just my two cents 😉
***I received an eARC of this book via Edelweiss but also purchased and listened to the Audible copy. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.***
Author: Melissa Marr
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Seven Black Diamonds, book two
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
I borrowed this book through my local library and reviewed it.
Melissa Marr is one of my favorite authors, and I've made no secret of that. She won my heart way back in high school with her debut fantasy novel, Wicked Lovely. Ever since, I've been an unapologetic, die-hard Melissa Marr fan. Initially, I didn't even know that Seven Black Diamonds had a sequel, and I was so happy when I discovered that that was indeed the case. I was so happy when I realized that Seven Black Diamonds was a brand-new series in the same world. One Blood Ruby picks up where Seven Black Diamonds left off, and what a sequel it is! I always, always get nervous over sequels, but I shouldn't have worried. Marr packs character development, twists and turns, dangerous secrets, political intrigue, and heart-pounding action in her powerful sequel--I can't wait for more! I don't want to say too much about the plot, because I don't want to give anything away for my readers who haven't read it yet.
One Blood Ruby picks up where Seven Black Diamonds left off, leaving all of the members of the now defunct terrorist sleeper cell to deal with the violent, bloody aftermath of the events of the previous book. All of them reeling from their own choices and their leader's, the Diamonds must band together now more than ever, as more attacks on the humans continue. Unable to trust anyone but one another, they must find the culprit behind these secretive attacks, or risk destruction of both of their shared worlds...
I really, really enjoyed this sequel, so much so that I'm really hoping there's another! This sequel was pretty much perfect, and I loved it. I'm always worried that a sequel is going to be 'meh', in comparison to the original, but I shouldn't have worried in the first place. Melissa Marr hasn't disappointed me so far, and hopefully she never will! This book has everything you want in a sequel: twists and turns, hefty political intrigue and secret pacts, more character development, thrills and chills, and a killer ending! The bottom line: A meaty, satisfying sequel to Seven Black Diamonds, I loved One Blood Ruby, and I hope there's more to this fun, dark new series! Next on deck: A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl!