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One Blood Ruby

(Seven Black Diamonds #2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,203 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Who can end the war between humans and the fae?

Now that Lilywhite Abernathy is the heir to the Hidden Lands, everything is about to change.

The Queen of Blood and Rage wants Lily to help broker peace with the human world, but Lily knows that harmony won’t come easily. After decades of waging war on the humans, who cost the queen her firstborn daughter, the fae are strugglin
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by HarperCollins
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Jessica On her website is says, sequel /conclusion. So its a duelogy and not a series .

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Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Fae or fae-bloods were attacking humans at an ever-increasing rate. Her father was on his way to see her. The police had been at her door, and Hector was arrested. This didn’t feel like the peace she’d bartered for, and Lily wasn’t sure what to do about any of it.”

This was a YA fantasy sequel about fae.

I liked Lily in this story, although she did come across a bit darker than in the first book.
This book was so good. One Blood Ruby was such a good sequel and now I'm sad because there are no more - but I'm still hopeful that Melissa Marr will write one more book for this series. If not I will have to find a way to cope with her decision.

I loved everything about every character. I'm pretty sure I have a tie on who was my favorite because Lily and Eilidh were just different to me in this book. Lily was a little bit more darker than she was in the first book and I loved everything about th
Saruuh Kelsey
3.5 stars

I liked this, but I wouldn't go much further than liked. There were elements I loved - Creed and Lily, Roan and Will, seeing more of Erik, and Lily's dad - but the rest was flat compared to the dark, exciting Seven Black Diamonds.

I'm left with so many unanswered questions. What happened to the fae world, and did Lily ever become queen? Was Eilidh meant to be queen, since the land chose her? What the hell HAPPENED to Eilidh? Did she and Torquil ever get to be together after that ending?
Heather Kay
My review of Seven Black Diamonds was filled with less love and more of what I found either annoying or humorous. So, like that review, I'm going to start off by saying I will always cherish Melissa Marr and any book she writes.

In Diamonds, however, it was difficult because it reminded me of Wicked Lovely, but Wicked Lovely was a series of five books and had enough wiggle room to build relationships and resolve conflicts. In a two book series, it's limited, especially with how complex Marr's fa
Bitchin' Reads
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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*Source* Publisher via Edelweiss
*Genre* Young Adult, Paranormal
*Rating* 3.5

*MY Thoughts*

One Blood Ruby is the second installment in author Melissa Marr's Seven Black Diamonds duology. So, here is where we stand. Lily Abernathy, now LilyDark, has become the heir apparent to the Hidden Lands. She has become a voice for peace between the fae, and humans who have been at war over something that happened years before. But, there are still those who want to continue the war, and are doing everything t
K.A. Wiggins
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice entry in signature Melissa Marr style - complex fantasy court politics and interpersonal intrigue, relationship drama alongside world-changing stakes, solid and engaging characters and romances, appealingly weird and dangerous faeries... Wraps things up nicely for the series (not sure if this is a duology or just a tidy ending to book 2.) It does seem to suffer from too large a cast with not enough length to hold them all - bouncing between viewpoints and characters makes it hard to emotion ...more
Jessica Robbins
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
For complete review check out my blog at https://booksaplentybookreviews.blogs... ...more
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was so strange, but in the best way possible. I cannot put my finger on what made me give it five stars, but I got really attached to it for no particular reason.

This is the second book in the duo, the first being Seven Black Diamonds. Part of what made me love this book was defintley the plot. Its an unique mixture of the "humans and fae are at war (which is usually set in a fantasy, distopian world)" and "there are magical creatures hidden in a modern day world". And Melissa Marr has
Nicole Field
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Maybe it's because I had high expectations regarding this novel because it was the last book in this duology, or maybe it's cause I still love Wicked Lovely so much, but this one just didn't quite measure up to me.

Although I had looked forward to more interactions between Will and Roan (and got them!) I found that overall I just didn't feel the connection to this set of characters that I have to other books by this author.

Lilydark is the new heir to the faerie throne in the Hidden Lands, with
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The sequel was so gripping and compelling and I couldn't stop!! Such a great plot and I loved learning even more about the Diamonds and their families! Plus I love learning more about the Fae world and those characters. This book was hands down better then the first! ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The perfect continuation to Seven Black Diamonds. I absolutely loved it and hope the author decides to continue this series!
Amanda  Dana
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I love Marr, but this book was confusing and riddled with grammatical errors. Might be time for a new editor.
Kelly Sierra
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Alright, I'm just going to stop now. I wasn't into the first book, but thought maybe the second book could turn me around, and it just didn't.

2 stars
I was REALLY looking forward to starting One Blood Ruby by Melissa Marr after I had read the first book in the series. I enjoyed Seven Black Diamonds that much! I liked the multiple POVs, the Fae living in the human world, the modern setting, really all of it. So why was One Blood Ruby not as good as I was hoping?!

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 w
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprises and heartbreak.

After finishing the first book, I was put-off because I felt like I didn't know who the characters were. There was definitely more development in this book, but I'm really upset that the characters still feel a bit distant. I wish there had been more emphasis on understanding the characters, if there was a way that could work with the rapid plot developments and changes.

I feel like there is still a lot of unresolved arcs that came fairly close to completion but are still
Carly O'Connell
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Not my favorite of Marr's work. Not actively bad, but nothing special either. I do enjoy how she writes romance, as dramatic and cheesy as all those declarations of love are, they warm my heart. But I kind of felt like my favorite character got fridged - killed for the sake of character development of her male lover.
In this second book of the Seven Black Diamonds series, Lily has accepted her role as heir to the Seelie and Unseelie thrones in exchange for peace and an end to thr war between hum
Cecily Kyle
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: wheel-a-thon-iv
Really really not my genre and it took me a bit to remember the first installment of the series. I just really wasn't in the mood for this type of book so I was happy when I finished it. I did like it overall it just wasn't anything outstanding.
Okay Read!!
Sabrina Roy
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books
I personally think the book should have had a sequel and then the ending wouldn't have felt so rushed. But I liked that you got to see more of other characters. Laughs were had, tears were cried. it was a good book overall though. 3.5 stars compared to the last one which was a full 4 stars. ...more
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, romcom, fantasy, fae
See my full review and much more on my blog KissinBlueKaren

Lily is really coming into her own in this story. She is no longer known as Lilywhite, now she is Lilydark. She is claiming her throne, but she is facing some dark opposition. First, she demand peace between humans and Fae. Then she finds herself thwarted at every attempt to secure that peace. Also, she kind of looses herself in this story, but it is all for a good cause. She begins to call on the Hidden Lands Fae to help her, but ar
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sloppy. So sloppy. What kind of ending was that? It's entirely too predictable.

The book picks off from when the first book ended. And it gets more confusing because 1) it's been a while since you read the first book, and the introduction doesn't really recap what happened before 2) it's. so. damn. vague. Like ALL these characters are so one dimensional.

The author writes
about the protagonist, LilyDark (stupid name for a heroine, btw) and how she's supposed to be the heir of the fae throne. What
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Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Typically I don't enjoy YA, but the core plot of this series is solid. My only real objection, and I think that's where the YA bit comes in, is that it seems that each character got 10 pages to think deeply about how much they love their chosen partner. So the plot will tick along nice and solid... screeching halt to talk about how wonderful being with ___ is... here comes the plot again, oh and now we need to pause to let the next person have profound thoughts about romance. Oy.

I wish the book
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it

Unfortunately, this was a disappointment for me. I really enjoyed the first book in this duology, and had high expectations for the conclusion that it just did not meet. For one, the plot felt like a setup for a crazy ending that never really hit for me. It was very slow-moving, and I got distracted frequently while reading. I have a hard time rating sequels so low, and if this wasn't the second book to a story I really liked, the rating might've been even lower...idk.
I certainly didn't hat
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-hc, ya
Melissa Marr writes some of my favorite fae books. I really enjoyed Seven Black Diamonds and this was a good follow-up, but I hope there is another book because the ending was a little weak. Most of it was tied up too easily and then there was no closure for a couple of the characters' plot lines. ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Drama... This book had so much drama and it was so incredibly wonderful. I love a good fae story, they are my favorite type of supernatural, and I have read plenty of fae stories and Seven Black Diamonds duology is among my favorites.

One Blood Ruby is the second book in the duology and it did not disappoint. Things pick up closely after the events in the first book, Seven Black Diamonds. Lily is the new heir to the Hidden Lands and her coronation is coming up, Lily's friends, the Diamonds, are s
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fey
What the hell happened to this story?

Seriously, this book had so much potential. The characters were strong...the events were interesting...but they are jam-packed, shaken up, and slammed into this tiny book. I feel like I was reading a 2nd draft instead of anything ready to be published.

One Blood Ruby should have been twice as big. There were multiple opportunities that were lost and a lot of confusion, especially as we sped toward the climax. Then, there were lots of events that were disjoint
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fae
I wanted to LOVE this book. I really did. My library took 3 years to finally buy it, and I'm SO glad I had enough self control to wait bc if I had spent money on this, I'd be thoroughly pissed off.

The whole book was great! Although I'm not convinced that Will and Violet's POVs were necessary, it was still a good read. Until the end.

Marr spent the whole first book making a big deal about the war and fae-bloods being illegal and hinting towards a coming peace. Then she spent the majority of this b
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Melissa Marr is a former university literature instructor who writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens, the Graveminder for adults, and her debut picturebook Bunny Roo, I Love You.

Her books have been translated into twenty-eight languages and been bestsellers internationally as well as domestically (NY Times, Los Angeles Times, USA T

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