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A while ago Examiner magazine published a great review of Black Diamond. If you haven’t read it, no worries, we will gladly share it with you!
Black Diamond by Jennifer Loiske is mind candy!
Examiner; September 15th 2014
Ready for a great YA mystery that is a fun ride and well written? Then, BLACK DIAMOND, part One of McLean Twins Series by Jennifer Loiske is the book for you.
BLACK DIAMOND opens with twelve-year-old Shannon McLean moving from the US, after her mother’s death, to the English countryside. She is to live with her father, Connor McLean, whom she hasn’t seen since she was a baby. A man of mystery, Shannon quickly finds he doesn’t want her around or her moving into, Greyman Hill, his huge manor. Her mere fact that she is there is an obligation to him.
Robert, a servant runs the house with an evil iron touch and makes everyone who works there his little puppets. Black Diamond rushes on taking the reader on a most unusual ride. As Shannon discovers she has a twin brother-Ian, the story takes on more of a magical and witchy quality. With Shannon and Ian engaging in all manner of magic and witchcraft.
As Shannon learns more about her family and herself. She discovers her dad can control her just by looking at her. She finds the walls are full of secret passages and she has undiscovered talents, like awakening ghosts. The reader is drawn into this world as every day is worse than the day before and Shannon wants to run away but discovers it’s impossible. If she wants to stay alive she has to do exactly as her dad says or else she will jeopardize her own life and the lives of the people around her. Shannon is an identifiable, strong protagonist that will keeps the reader cheering for her throughout the story.
The reader is taken on a suspenseful, emotional rollercoaster as Shannon struggles to find the magic inside her, while her father is slowly turning into a demon. She finds that just one carelessly spoken word from her could either save or destroy them both. (Huge decision for a 12 year old!) In the end she has to decide whether to save herself and her loved ones, or lose her dad to the darkness and evil that threaten to eat his soul.
Black Diamond will keep a YA interest as it moves at a fast, unpredictable, pace that can only be described as mind candy. This is an impressive, one of a kind book, perfect for any reader who loves mystery, suspense, and magic. Jennifer Loiske is an author who has the ability to capture her readers and entertain them from the first word to the last. I am a fan and cannot wait to see what Loiske has in store for us next.
Review can also be found here.
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Black Diamond has received over 30 fabulous reviews! Thank you to every reader who was kind enough to take the time and write a review. We’ve said this before, but a positive review really is the best way to thank the author!
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED this book, August 22, 2013
By Author Chantal Bellehumeur
The day after I received my signed copy of “Black Diamond” from the author, I made the time from to start reading the book. The next thing I knew, I was more than halfway done. I would have read the book in one sitting if I could of put my life on pause.
The beginning of the story briefly reminded me of my trip to England and I became very intrigued by the main character’s father, whom she was about to meet for the first time. Everything spiked my curiosity, from the moment Shannon stepped into her new home, followed by what she discovers about herself and her family, right up until the end. (Don’t want to divulge anything) Everything was very nicely written and did not require too much thinking. I could just sit back and get lost in the excellent story. I enjoyed the book from start to finish.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!, September 18, 2013
By MaryAnn “MaryAnn”
Black Diamond moves at a pace that can only be described as whirlwind. This is one impressive book. The storyline of this book is unlike anything else that I have ever read. Jennifer Loiske is an author who has the ability to move her readers. I truly cannot wait to see what Loiske has in store for us next.
Jennifer has presented a fresh idea with a delightfully independent and strong female protagonist that will keep you cheering for her throughout the story. The story line is decent as well. It kept me guessing until the end. It’s not all that predictable and the author keeps some semblance of suspense up until the very end. The descriptions in the story were very well written. The emotional rollercoaster that plays throughout this novel is one of a kind. Talent is evident in the ability to portray intense emotion without making the story seem cheesy or unrealistic. I am impressed by the ability of this young author, and cannot wait to see what she has in store for the future.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!!, September 2, 2013
By BookNerd1980 “Billie Jo” (Wagener Sc)
This was a great read and held my attention without a problem. I loved all the different aspects of the plot. The story was very easy to follow and all the characters were well developed. I really couldn’t’ stand the father in this story at all, you would think that he would have been more caring towards his daughter and it just bugged me that he was so cold. Great book for teen readers and would recommend to anyone.
4.0 out of 5 stars Grat read for young teens!!, August 17, 2013
By Kirsten – Book Lunatic
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review. Black Diamond is about one girl’s journey to finding her family she never knew she had and re-connecting with more than the past. Shannon loses her Mom, but finds out that she not only has a dad, but a twin brother too. I felt badly for Shannon, having to leave everything she knew to go someplace that was creepy as all get out. Not only that, but she keeps finding out weird things about herself and her Mom – her entire famly really. The story just keeps unfolding, and you find more and more. I liked that the ending was left open so that the author could continue the series if she chose to. This was an engaging read, I think it would be fantastic for younger readers.
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner!, May 30, 2014
By Linda “Dog lover” (Chebeague Island, ME)
I loved this book! Full of twists and turns, Ms. Loiske creates for the reader a world full of dark magic and peril but, at its heart, there is innocence. The heroine of this tale is Shannon, a young teen, who has just lost her mother and has been sent to England to the care of a father she has never met. Transported to an estate that is, to say the least, foreboding, she discovers she is not alone – no, she has a twin brother and here the story really begins.
Using breathtaking imagery, Ms. Loiske transports the reader to a world that is truly the heart of darkness, yet, above all, Shannon’s beguiling innocence and purity shine through.
If you are a fan of the occult and of witches and magic – both white and black – you will be in for the ride of your life with “Black Diamond”. While geared for the young adult reader, this is a book, like those of J.K. Rowling, that folks of all ages will enjoy. I can’t wait for the next installment!
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic and Witchcraft Garlore!, July 11, 2014
Black Diamond is an enthralling young adult story with a lot of magic, witches, demons and spells. The story takes place in a house located in an isolated forest in London. The author wrote some strong characters that move the tale along at a good pace. The story begins with the young protagonist, Shannon, losing her mother and sent to live with a father, Connor, a man she had never met before. At first, it was heart-wrench for poor Shannon, but things soon began to look up when she discovers she not only had a brother, but he was also her twin. The story took on more magical and witchy qualities after this, with Shannon and Ian engaging in all manner of magic and witchcraft. This is an excellent story for lovers of YA, particularly stories, such as Harry Potter, will find the story of Shannon and Ian very relatable.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great teen mystery that was a fun ride and well written, May 2, 2013
By brenda (LADERA RANCH, CA, United States)
Black Diamond is a story about good VS. evil. It serves a good message and perfect for a young reader who loves mystery, suspense, and magic. This book was one that you could just dive into. The writing was clear and easy to follow. This was a good escape and a compelling read. Even though I am far from being a YA, I really enjoyed the ride.
“She saw the house, and now that she knew its secret it didn’t look as scary as it did before. It should have, but it just didn’t. Yes, it was a damned house now, but it hadn’t always been like that. She allowed herself to admire its beautiful decorations, the marvelous garden and its castle-like towers. She could imagine her parents living there. Happily. Mom was pregnant and Dad was thrilled.”
5.0 out of 5 stars A great paranormal read for the MG/YA crowd, April 19, 2014
By D. W. Davis “Author” (Eastern NC United States)
Black Diamond introduces readers to two young characters, Shannon and Ian McLean, who face a seemingly indomitable challenge – Shannon with trepidation, and Ian with a cocky self-assurance, but both with courage. Jennifer Loiske weaves a story of loss. isolation, fear, companionship, and the power of love (among other amazing powers – both of good and evil) that will keep the reader engaged and enthralled, especially her target audience of young adult readers. Those of us who are no longer quite young adults will find the story filled with enough emotion and action to enjoy Black Diamond as much as the younger readers will.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the Mark!, July 17, 2014
By Jane Cowart
A great read for Middle Graders, Young Adults, and even those of us who have reached a ‘certain age’. The intrigue started immediately and action soon followed. I was drawn into the storyline and finished the book in one evening. For me the mark of a good book, but especially one for younger readers, is to entertain while giving the reader something to think about…Black Diamond does both. While it is easy to hate the father, Collin, because he sold his soul to a demon and is becoming more evil every day…you have to consider that he made the transaction as a trade for his wife’s and infant daughter’s lives. So, is he evil or the most loving man to ever walk the earth?
Ms. Loiske definitely created a book with depth of characters, plenty of action, and just the right amount of demons and magic. Well done. I’m looking forward to book 2.
5.0 out of 5 stars Witches, Warlocks, & Demons….oh my!!!, September 5, 2014
By Mz Mia
I am happy to say that Black Diamonds sucked me in from the very first page. Shannon lost her mother at the age of twelve and went to live with her father, Connor, who had sold his soul to a demon. She entered a home that was dark, dreary and filled with malicious spirits, who wanted to do her harm. She discovered she had a twin, Ian and together they battled evil. They won, but now they have to save their father! I cannot express how much I loved this story and I am looking forward to reading more of the trials and tribulations of Shannon & Ian. If your looking for a story filled with wonder and the magic of family then this is the book for you to read. I highly recommend it. Five stars to author, Jennifer Loiske!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars The shadowy areas between good and evil., July 24, 2014
By A. E. Drury “Ed Drury” (Portland, OR, United States)
I enjoyed this paranormal adventure tale featuring a young girl coming into her power and discovering secrets about her family. It features a very original plot, appealing characters, and wonderful suspense and mystery. The pages flew by as I couldn’t wait to uncover several of the puzzles and mysteries presented. If book one is any indication, this will be an adventure filled series filled with mysterious secrets and spell to keep readers following the twins, their father, and what maybe something of an extended family of witches, demons, and lost souls.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful start to a new series!, April 6, 2014
By Moongie “Moongie” (USA)
Shannon goes to England to meet her father Conner. She knows nothing about him and has been forced to move due to the death of her mother. What transpires from this point is a mesmerizing YA novel about a daughter and her estranged father. Magic and demons abound making for a great read!
A quote I enjoyed from this book, “You don’t care about the demons and their human slaves, or the fact that I’m more a prisoner than a guest in this house.”
Although it is listed as a YA novel, all ages would enjoy it. I’m pleased to have discovered this writer and look forward to future additions to this series!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Unfurling!, April 2, 2014
By The Sassy Pen
I could picture myself as a little girl in Shannon’s place, and actually imagined living in her unpredictable and magical world. Along with her twin brother Ian and a father who isn’t quite human, the main character, Shannon, is defiant but brave in this magical journey about a young girl who doesn’t realize she’s a white witch.
One day she’s a normal girl with an ordinary life and the next day her mother is gone and she’s jettisoned off to a father she doesn’t remember. A wealthy and mysterious father at that. Everything seems like a dream come true until she arrives at her father’s manor and the strangeness couldn’t get much stranger. The servants act bizarre and have tattoos that move when she looks at them. If that isn’t mysterious enough, she stumbles upon her twin brother Ian who helps her discover her true identity to harness their powers. Shannon unwittingly unleashes spells she didn’t know she could cast, and stumbles across new discoveries around every corner. Together they search for the answers to save their father from an evil pact that binds him to a cruel and unintended life. A truly magical read that any young woman will adore!
5.0 out of 5 stars A stable of dark horses, March 27, 2014
By M Sockel
The paranormal genre is awash with mediocrity. I won’t name specific books, but we all know which ones I mean. Fangs with no personality. Two dimensional characters who have no reason for their actions, and heroines who moan about the lack of a boyfriend for no other reason than that they are expected to have one.
All of this above is just one reason why you should read “Black Diamond”.
This book is both a clever and intricate paranormal-thriller, which blends the best of the genre with mystery and occult elements to create a super-slick action packed plot which twists and turns leaving the reader always wanting more.
Normally this would gain 4* from me, and I probably wouldn’t leave a review. However, the extra star is because of the wonderful subtext. Too many genre authors merely have the bad guys as being bad because they are bad and that is what they do. Not so here. The author perfectly understands the the role of the villain is an expression of our own inner beast, who would do things we may occasionally think about, but never enact.
The balance of innocence with the ideas of memory, identity, and where our real place in the world is is perfect as we follow Shannon McLean into a murky world of intrigue and peril, and all aspects of human nature are presented in such a way that humanity is truly reflected, including its darkness.
A gripping read from the first page, and guaranteed to keep you reading until the small.
Fans of Anne Rice and JK Rowling will love this.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and twisted….just the way I like it!, March 22, 2014
I don’t often pick up a witch book anymore for the simple fact that they all replicate Harry Potter to a certain extent. Black Diamond however, is a brilliantly fast paced, dark thriller. The fact that the author manages to keep it in the perspective of a twelve year old innocent girl the entire time is an incredible contrast to the rest of the book, giving it the perfect balance. You never know what is coming but you still hold out hope for the twins. I also loved the description of the moving tattoos…a very unique idea that definitely added to the dark themes. Miss Jennifer Loiske is most definitely an author I’m going to keep on my reading list.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great YA read!, March 6, 2014
By jodi vaughn
BLACK DIAMOND is the story of a young girl, Shannon, who is forced to live with a father she has never met. The danger begins when she discovers her mysterious father isn’t exactly what he seems. Shannon uncovers a mystical power of her own when she meets hers twin brother who continues to champion her throughout the story.
I was drawn into this story and couldn’t put it down. The plot is fast paced and the characters are engaging. Can’t wait to see what the author has next!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice adventure, December 4, 2013
By Greta Burroughs (South Carolina, USA)
I love Jennifer Loiske’s style of writing. She makes the reader feel as if he/she is there with the characters. I enjoyed this book and wish to read more of her work. Even though the story is a work of fiction, it is not so far-fetched that it is totally unreal. This is the type of fantasy I truly enjoy – good vs evil, magic and a few surprises along the way.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Imaginative, October 11, 2013
By Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait for the next one to come out. Jennifer has a very good imagination and
knows how to keep you hanging on the edge of your seat. I found that I had a hard time putting this book down. It leaves
you wanting for more. A very good read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, July 6, 2014
I loved this book! After I was done hiding under my blankets, and yelling at certain characters, I realized how quickly I was flipping pages and how many hours were passing; I just could not put the book down. I felt nervous for Shannon living in that spooky house, with a bunch of creeps! I loved the author’s ability to paint a scene in your mind, and pull you into the story from start to finish. I don’t want to give anything away, because I feel the book deserves to be a surprise. However, if there is one complaint I have, it’s that the book ended. I want a sequel!
5.0 out of 5 stars The characters are amazing, July 6, 2014
Black Diamond is grapping story. It had me from the very first page, with a vibrant description of teenage temper marbled with worry. The story is yet to begin, and you already want to know everything about Shannon McLean.
Shannon has just lost her mother, and her father has her traveling from the US to London. From her young point of view, he’s a heartless, indifferent man. Instead of meeting with her at the airport, he hires a bodyguard, Simon, to pick her up. He keeps her waiting in a hotel room for hours. When finally she arrives at Greyman Hill, his country estate, things don’t improve.
The big house doesn’t feel like a home. Her father Connor is distant. His valet, Robert is evil. Her only friends are Ian, her twin brother, and Lily, a maid her father imposes on her. I loved Ian character. He’s adorable, funny, unnerving, and creepy, all at once. As for, Lily, she reminded me at first of those little dinosaurs in Jurassic Park: all cute and purring, until they try to eat you up. But all demons are not evil, as Shannon will discover.
With Black Diamond, Jennifer Loiske managed to create original, attaching characters, and knit the familiar, oh-so-modern portrait of a recomposed family with a very good paranormal plot. Will Shannon manage to save her family from its demoniac side? Well, you’ll have to read to know…
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Here are some of the best reviews of Lucas by Jennifer Loiske! Reviews are the best way to thank the author, so if you like a book, please, leave a review!
I enjoyed reading Lucas as much as the first book in the series and can’t wait to read the next book in line. I am now addicted and I am sure that you will be too.
I wish I could say more, but I would just end up ruining the surprise. No fun keeping it all to myself, so start reading!!!
If you are a fan of vampire books you will love this series. The first two are both well done and a fun escape into the unknown.
“I found myself at the club again. It was becoming a bad habit and I should do something about it. People had started to notice me and that was bad. Soon they’d start talking, and it was only a matter of time before I’d find myself surrounded by unwanted company. Yeah, I had that kind of reaction wherever I went. Only a few had met a man with a tattoo like mine and even fewer were alive to talk about it, but word traveled and I hadn’t exactly hidden my legendary mark.”
I have left out the description of the actual story in this review, for fear of spoiling it for others, but I urge you to read this series, beginning with Club Number 5. You will not be disappointed.
The best compliment an author can have is a positive review from the reader. We wanted to share some of the best reviews of Jennifer Loiske’s books here as sometimes reviews gets lost, deleted or even attacked by the evil trolls, and that would truly be a shame. So, hopefully these wonderful reviews will help you when you’re looking for your next read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Two pints of blood and a packet of crisps please, November 4, 2012
I am a middle-aged man who has never read a book about teenagers and vampires. The wrong person to review such a book, you may think … or perhaps the best. I had no idea what to expect and took it all at face value. I do have some experience in the genre though. I was once a teenager myself and I have a teenage daughter the same age as the main character Samantha. I know how hormone-driven teenagers with big ideas and an inwardly-focussed approach to life, crave adventure and acceptance in any world other than that represented by their parents. Jennifer Loiske follows this theme and skilfully uses the vampire scenario as a vehicle to give a tired old subject vibrancy and bite. It could have been drugs, sex, alcohol or gangs. Jennifer chose vampires. Her subtle style (I stared at him, stunned, and tasted the word “friend” in my mouth) is easy to read and helps convey difficult emotions to the reader. The finest quality of any writer is to paint a clear picture in their readers’ minds. Jennifer does this. I thoroughly recommend her book to people of all ages.
5.0 out of 5 stars Club Number Five, January 6, 2013
This book was not what I was expecting, it was so much more. This book was amazing and filled with humor. I read this book in one sitting because I could not put it down. Samatha is obessed with fellow classmate Jonathan. She stalks him and then everything changes. She wakes up as a Vampire with no one to teach her the rules and way of Vampire life. Sam chases Jonathan around for answers suspecting he’s the one that changed her, but what happens when a stranger appears and seems to know more about her than what she expects. Does he hold the answers shes seeking? She learns who she can trust and the rules of Vampire life the hard way. This book Sams journey to learning who she is and how to deal with it. I highly reccomend this book if your looking for a good read and laugh. This book will not let you down. I look forward to the next book in the series, Jennifer Loiske has done an amazing job.
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun engaging read, September 16, 2012
Club Number Five by Jennifer Loiske was a fun read. What started out like a spoof with a ditzy-baby-teenager-vampire, that read like a YA high school girl has major crush on boy in class who ignores her, until… No spoilers here. The plot does get a little more serious by innuendo then dives in and you feel for Sam, the protagonist .
You’re let in just enough to form an attachment that carries parts that are somewhat redundant (trying to get into a club) but it’s tolerated because you want to know where the story is going and what’s going to happen, and Loiske holds the readers attention with just enough tension which kept me reading. Midway the action intensifies and the fearful dilemma Sam is in surfaces, which glued me to the story until it was over. The ending was a surprise and I didn’t see it coming, kudos for Loiske. There were other turns in the story, unexpected, with love interests, and mysterious happenings in the club, that Sam was warned against. The gory scenes are lightly done as are the death scenes, and it is in this underplay, the continued subtle descriptions that kept this a light fun read, at times oddly had me laughing out loud from Sam’s teen expressions and introspective thoughts. If you’re into vamp YA books, this is a read for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars CLUB NUMBER FIVE by Jennifer Loiske, November 1, 2012
My initial reaction on opening this book was “Does the world need another story about teenage vampires?” I was not convinced it would.
Samantha is just like any other 17 year-old adolescent as she discovers boys and one in particular, Jonathan, the hot guy every other girl in the school drools over.
Being a rebel Sam becomes besotted by Jonathan and stalks him one night as he goes to his mysterious club but the bouncer, understandably, won’t allow Sam admittance.
So she hangs around outside where she is attacked.
Sam’s only injury appears to be some small puncture marks on her neck and she immediately assumes she has been bitten by a vampire and blames Jonathan and his mysterious club where she unsuccessfully tries to enter several times.
Consumed by new-found deep emotions, and newly-acquired hormones, Sam lures her best friend Kate into her tangled web of bloodlust, which places Kate into mortal danger too.
Jennifer Loiske spectacularly describes the conflicts Sam faces within her new world as Sam defends her Vampire friends – sensitivity as Sam realises she is also a young woman with human desires too mixed with her duty to protect Kate and obligations to her family.
Sam eventually finds the man of her dreams…but sometimes dreams become nightmares.
I thoroughly commend this story to anyone as a compelling and highly entertaining read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique twist!, March 30, 2013
Wow! This kept me on the edge of my seat for as long as I was reading it! I loved the different twist to the vampire myth – and even the first person point of view of a girl going through `the change’ (and no, not THAT change!) Imagine being torn between two guys…one who granted you your new life, the other who would be your perfect match otherwise…
Cannot wait to read the next one in this series! Especially after that cliff-hanger!
5.0 out of 5 stars Can’t Wait for the Sequel!!, January 14, 2013
I bought this book because the title immediately piqued my curiosity; the cover art is unique and stands out above many others in this genre; and of course, because it’s a YA vampire novel, which I cannot resist. Even though the market is seemingly flooded with this particular subject matter, I believe there is plenty of room for more. Especially when the story is as well written and intriguing as Club Number Five.
The protagonist Samantha Green, easily captured the essence of a real teenager; she did not come across as too harsh and jaded for the age she is supposed to be. She seemed like a real girl, with real feelings who was forced to deal with a very unreal situation. I found Sam to be a character to which I could easily relate.
I love the references to other vampires in current pop culture, i.e. Twilight and The Vampire Diaries. It lends a certain authenticity to the character as a young adult well versed in modern vampire lore for her to compare her current circumstance to that of Stefan Salvatore and the Cullen family.
There are plenty of twists and turns and enough action to make this an engrossing and very enjoyable read. I won’t give away plot details or spoil it for other readers, just know that the bottom line is this: if you love Young Adult novels and vampires, you must read this book. I for one, cannot wait for the sequel!
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh My Gosh I Loved This Book!, April 5, 2014
I loved this book so much that I couldn’t stop reading it. I did not stop reading until I finished after midnight, and then I was like, “What the heck! You ended it?!” Her characters seriously sucked me in and took me along for a ride. Samantha, Johnathon, Kate and Dane. What a phenominal quartet. The chemistry between Sam and Johnathon initially had me glued to the story and then BAM, it switched, and Dane came into the picture. The electric sparks flew from there. Honestly, I love vampire novels but most of them are tired and worn out. Oh…not this one. Jennifer Loiske has a way of bringing her characters to life, and she does it with so much passion that you feel like you’re part of the story. I also read Black Diamond and loved it, which is more for a younger crowd but loved reading it. This one was right up my alley and will buying all of them in the series just as quick as she writes them! I’m definitely a fan. 🙂
5.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing vampire story!, March 13, 2014
I love vampire stories and the Twilight series killed it for me. Thanks Jennifer Loiske for penning a great vampire story, and for bringing me back into the fold. Club Number Five(Immortal Blood) is an entertaining, funny, first person narrative had me hooked from the beginning. The main character is kick ass and her confusion and desperation about what a vampire can do and cannot do is funny and engrossing.
As Samantha makes her journey through the vampire world, trying to find answers, she has some hard and nasty decisions to make. She also has to worry about the safety of her family and friends as she struggles to transform. A rather intriguing love triangle! The author leaves us with a twist at the end, with a cryptic clue for Samantha to work out.
I’m dying to know what happens next! An action packed book and a well deserved five stars!
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book, March 13, 2014
I thought I had read all the good vampire books out there, until I read Club Number Five. I have to say the story between Samantha, Jonathan and Dane the love triangle. Samantha got bite by a vampire she thought it was the mysterious Jonathan that she had been following for weeks, she has a big CRUSH on him and he doesn’t even notice her! Then at the club she follows him to she gets bite by a vampire. She tried to get his attention to ask him if it was him, she runs into his cousin Dane and he tells her his cousin is a jerk and doesn’t care about her. She finally corners Jonathan and he tells her he didn’t make her that he should ask his cousin. She then finally gets answers from Dane and he tries to protect her. She gets into trouble when they mark her with her tattoo telling everyone she has killed it drives her crazy and she threats all the vampires including the one she loves Dane and his cousin. She doesn’t mean it more so after her friend that she turns tells her she is in serious trouble for the threating all the vampires.
I really have to say it is a great book! A must read!
5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot wait to read the sequel!, February 23, 2014
“Club Number Five (Immortal Blood)” by Jennifer Loiske is a fast read surrounding a young girl, Samantha Green, who one day wakes up to find she is a vampire. Quite a surprise, Sam muddles her way through her new life, seeking answers that no one seems to want to answer. When she does get some answers, it’s not what she (or the reader) expected, and leads her on a journey.
I can say this is the first book that officially pissed me off in a good way. Why? It ended. Not only did it end, it concluded on such a hook that I kept flipping the page back and forth wondering if I missed something. Of course, no more words appeared on the next page, except the Acknowledgement. I wanted to scream at the author that she forgot something…namely the ending to that cliffhanger…but knowing there is another book published so I can read on, I think I can forgive her.
Don’t let the cliffhanger stop you! I have never experienced such a great hook, which by saying I’m still a bit miffed at the author is the highest possible compliment I can pay. I totally recommend this book to lovers of all things paranormal.
5.0 out of 5 stars A clever, skilfully written story., February 23, 2014
Samantha is an ordinary teenager besotted by a boy. When she awakens to find she’s been turned and is now a vampire, her entire life and view of life changes forever.
Ms Loiske skilfully brings two subjects together. One story is of a girl becoming a woman and linked with this, a woman who becomes an unknown entity trying to find answers, and her place in a new world.
The writing is captivating and the storyline, although, yet another vampire tale, is somehow new and crisp. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the lovely way in, which it was written…descriptive, personable, and with a touch of sadness. I hope to read more from this author. A great read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, February 17, 2014
I read this one cover-to-cover without putting it down. It was brilliant, a great new spin on the classic vampire tale. Samantha Green wakes up one morning turned to a vampire and hungry for blood, but still has her humanity, her love, her ethos entirely intact as she stumbles confused through the new realities of vampirism while still being an angst-ridden teenage girl with all the fury and passion that is oh, so natural. I loved it. You’ll love it! Move over, Laurell K. Hamilton. There’s a new sheriff in town!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very original take on a cliche topic, January 10, 2014
Teenage vampires. How refreshing right? Well, Club Number Five by Jennifer Loiske managed to go places I haven’t seen the genre go before. Perhaps it was the maturity of the characters. Teenagers aren’t all like Bella and Edward? Or at least imagine themselves so? This book is the first book in a promising series, but I will warn you it sets the hook for what looks like a pretty hard addiction to the rest of the books. I hope the author is prepared to write a lot of them, because books like these are rare and wonderful diversions from the normal sexy vamp fair yet just suggestive and adult enough to tempt adult readers of all ages. There are mysterious tattoos, references to vampire politics, and exotic settings ranging from Gothic chic to upscale hipster grunge. Now that I’m hooked, I can’t wait to read what happens next!
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book, August 22, 2013
Club Number 5 is the second book I read from author Jennifer Loiske, Black Diamond being the first. I had already taken a liking to Jennifer’s style of writing and knew that I would enjoy this book before even starting it. I was not disapointed, except when it ended because I did not want it to be over.
This book was a fun read. If you are fan of Twilight or True Blood you will surely love it too. I can see it being turned into a movie or mini-series if the story got into the hands of the right people.
5.0 out of 5 stars Club Number Five, July 28, 2013
Wow, Jennifer Loiske knows how to paint a scene! Club number Five is a fast paced, vividly written vampire story. As a reader, I started to care for the characters right away, especially Samantha and Kate. I worried for them, and cringed every time they were put into danger. I couldn’t help but keep reading. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good vampire story. I can’t wait for the sequel!
5.0 out of 5 stars CLUB NUMBER FIVE DESERVES FIVE STARS!!!, July 20, 2013
This story starts out as smooth as a pond on a warm summer day. The writer takes you right into the story…. I mean she grabs you and pulls you in. There is no turning back… For me there was no putting it down. I needed to read more. I felt like a silly school girl as Samantha describes her fascination with Jonathan.
I liked that there was not many gory scenes and the dialog was often really funny and clever which held my interest. I loved the real life emotion, the ongoing humor and the modern day references. The writing is so sharp that at times I had to re-read the sentence. Not because I didn’t understand it but because I thought it to be so clever.
“I had been bitten by a vampire, and if I let myself think a bit more, something in my gut told me that Jonathan was a vampire. He had to be. No one could be that good-looking and be human. Though the main question was, was I a vampire too?”
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all vampire fans!, April 25, 2013
What a discovery and twist on a very popular genre. Jennifer Loiske eloquently takes the reader into a world of danger, suspense and intense emotion. Switches between the dark and the light and brings a touch of Nordic fantasy to young adult audiences around the world.. watch this space… I can’t wait for the next one!
5.0 out of 5 stars Samantha’s complex infinity hunted…, March 24, 2013
Club Number 5 is the story of Samantha’s self-discovery as a neophyte vampire, the blood habits don’t quite grab me, but what did was the theme of a confused school girl pre-occupied, roaming with infatuation to get closer to her magic man. This theme accompanied me through the story. Sam’s issues of obsession, complex denial, and managing the persistent temptations abound with her responding with defiance, regret … a full range of emotion … that is until the physical needs contrast with the luxury of paranormal `realities’ for this wayward, sometime squeamish adolescent vampire. There always seems the consistent inconsistency, the need to enter the Club Number 5 and to determine the nature of her condemnation, or, should that be to learn more about how her infinity will be forever hunted? The creative tension of trying to grow as a person/vampire in the complicated, very personal circumstances had me believing this is a solid 5-Star read for Jennifer Loiske’s energized YA readership. GMB
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT Just Another Vampire Book!, August 10, 2014
I’ve read a handful of vampire books and thought I could predict how this story would proceed. I was wrong! This is a fresh take on the genre. The characters are in high school leading pretty ordinary lives until the main character Samantha Green wakes up as a vampire. The interesting twist here is that she doesn’t know how it happened. She’s worried this new state of being might interfere with her crush on Jonathan Blake, the senior class hottie. What follows is an interesting and refreshing storyline. This is part one of the series. Once you read this I think you’ll want to continue with the other books.
4.0 out of 5 stars curiosity or safety which to choose., September 14, 2012
A book with all the things you want:moody,hunky men, A foreboding house and a club that the main character can’t gain access to which makes her all the more determined, depsite being told it’s for her own good.
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, March 24, 2013
Good read with an interesting story line. I can’t wait for the next book to come out. Great afternoon read.
This series is suitable for mature young adult readers.
Part One of Immortal Blood Series
Samantha Green wanted nothing but to be normal, have a shallow life with smoking hot Jonathan Blake and an unforgettable senior year at Regents East High. But one morning she wakes up as a vampire. She has no idea who bit her or why. All she knows is she didn’t want it. Now her new life is full of secrets, deceit and fear, not to mention raw meatballs and red nectar that is definitely something else besides strawberry juice. Samantha tries to act normal. She pretends to like her mom’s chicken salad, goes to school and learns how to survive on her own, but what can she do when she finds herself inside of a devious conspiracy, strikingly fast hunters, secret clubs and mouthwateringly gorgeous boys and the only food she can catch is her best friend, Kate Walker’s, wrist?
Part Two of Immortal Blood Series.
Revenge. It can either destroy you or save you.
He was a ruthless killer who’d killed so many people he had forgotten their faces. She was still a newbie and knew squat about killing, but she was prepared to protect the ones she loved no matter what the cost. When his hands encircled her neck and his fangs pierced her soft flesh, he almost forgot his task. She didn’t. She knew what she had to do to stop him. Even if she had to pay for it with her life.
Part Three of Immortal Blood Series.
In the hands of a master vampire no one is safe…
Sometimes a girl has to do what a girl has to do. Even if it means siding with the devilish master vampire, who obviously has some anger management issues. But how far can you go before you lose yourself completely? Where is the line that you cannot cross? Can your enemies be turned into your friends? Can the hunted become the hunter? To survive, Samantha has to face the challenge of her life, but will she ever be safe again?
The fast-paced finale of the Immortal Blood Series that will keep you nailed to your couch until the very last page!
This series is suitable for age 12 and up readers.
Part One of McLean Twins Series
After her mom’s sudden death, twelve-year-old Shannon McLean has to move from the US to the English countryside to live with her mysterious father, Connor McLean, whom she hasn’t seen since she was a baby. Soon she discovers that he doesn’t want her around and her moving into his huge manor, Greyman Hill, is nothing more to him than a compulsory deal. But if he does not exactly give her a warm welcome, his servant Robert is most likely an incarnation of evil. He runs the house with an iron touch and makes everyone who works there his little puppets.
Weird things start to happen and the whole place scares the crap out of Shannon. Her dad can control her just by looking at her. The walls are full of secret passages and apparently she has the talent to awaken the ghosts in them. Every day is worse than the day before and she wants badly to run away but discovers it’s impossible. If she wants to stay alive she has to do exactly as her dad says or else she will not only jeopardize her own life but also the lives of the people around her.
While Shannon struggles to find the magic inside her, Connor is slowly turning into a demon. One carelessly spoken word from her could either save or destroy them both. In the end she has to decide whether to save herself and her loved ones, or lose her dad to the darkness and evil that threaten to eat his soul.