4 feather #bookreview of CLUB NUMBER FIVE by Jennifer Loiske

CLUB NUMBER FIVE by Jennifer Loiske

Publisher: Rogue House (September 2, 2012)

Pages: 212

GENERE: Young Adult/Paranormal & Urban


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?


Ever since I featured a Chapter Excerpt from this book on my blog, I’ve been dying to read it, but other books kept getting pushed to the top of my TBR list.  Club Number Five is one of hundreds of young-teen-meets-vampires books that became popular after the Twilight and The Vampire Diaries sagas.  Not saying there’s anything wrong with that.  These types of books have a huge following, and are not just for teens.  I’ve never read/seen Twilight, but I got hooked on The Vampire Diaries.  Unfortunately, so many of these copy-cat books follow the same typical storyline.  Not this one.  This story starts with Samantha waking up, knowing she’s been bitten.  But who bit her?  She didn’t even know vampires existed.  She’d been stalking the hunky boy (Jonathan Blake) from her class (aren’t they always hunky?) when she was attacked by an unknown assailant.  As she tries to figure out what being a vampire entails, finding our who her maker is, and dodging her best friend Kate, she’s also putting herself in danger from the Hunters. As Sam comes to terms with being turned (kicking & screaming the whole way), understanding her true predatory nature, she also finds out a shocking truth about Kate and her family.
Of course, there can’t be a true vampire story without a love triangle.  In this case it’s between Sam, Jonathan, and Dane, who are cousins.  Between the two of them, I was rooting for Jonathan.  But as the story progressed, I could see more merit with Dane.  Since this story ended with a cliffhanger, which I’m not fond of, the bottle could stop on either one of them, or neither.  I say that, because even though the story ends abruptly, Loiske did give us three chapters of the next book.  A nice ploy, and now I have to read that one, when I have time. 
The writing is pretty straightforward and simple, told in first person thru Samantha’s eyes.  Some people don’t like First Person, but I feel that POV really helps the reader connect with the character.  The secondary characters are just as well-written and developed.  It’s a fast-paced read, with plenty of action and intrigue.  I did think sometimes Sam came off as a little spoiled, but then, how would I feel if I were turned against my will?  I also thought it odd when Sam and Dane were arguing in her bedroom, her parents didn’t hear them.  Especially since there was throwing and smashing of items.  And maybe that’s something that could’ve been developed better.  Her family is more like a shadow family, just in the background.  We really don’t get to know who they are, how they’re reacting to their daughter just up and disappearing.  Maybe that comes out in a later book, when the story isn’t written in first person.
My only complaint about the book, other than the cliffhanger, was the overuse of words like ‘flashed,’ ‘growled,’ ‘hissed,’ etc. 
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend this staring series for people who love the Twilight saga.  This book is suitable for young adults, but I’m not sure if that changes as the series progresses.  I give my 4 feathers.



About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbysaharafoley Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaharaFoley Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saharafoley/ Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SaharaFoley/posts Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Foley/e/B00J9ST32U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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6 Responses to 4 feather #bookreview of CLUB NUMBER FIVE by Jennifer Loiske

  1. Nice review. Interesting reading.

  2. Thank you for the great review!

  3. Reblogged this on AUTHOR JENNIFER LOISKE and commented:
    Wow! What a great way to wake up! Check out this great review of Club Number Five by Sahara Foley!

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