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BLACK DIAMOND (McLean Twins Book 1) by [Loiske, Jennifer]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in McLean Twins (3 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2040 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rogue House; 1 edition (20 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3Y92S8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #526,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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A dead mother, a demonic father, servants with terrible powers and equally terrible secrets and a twin she never knew existed: Welcome to the world that Shannon McLean suddenly finds herself a part of when she goes to London to live with the dad she never knew before her mom died.
Jennifer Loiske's "Black Diamond" is a great read and there are some passages in it so skillfully written that they can make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Scary witches and demons aside, this is a book that also speaks powerfully to the meaning of love within a family and the treasure that is hope.
Shannon is a young girl on the verge of becoming a woman. That's a transition that should take years but in her case the process is hurried along by the fact that her life, and the life of her twin brother, are in serious danger. She must learn what she is and do it quickly or forfeit not only her life but also the life of that brother she has only just discovered. She makes the transition because of the love she shares with her newly found brother and her hope that life can be better. She is courageous, innocent and - yeah - sometimes a little stubborn and those attributes blend nicely together in her character making her an appealing heroine.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think that you will too.
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The latest novel from Jennifer Loiske is a pacey, thrilling race through the adventures of Shannon and Ian, in a old English country house as they fight to beat evil and triumph over darkness.

Forced to move from the States to England, to live with her father after her mother's death, Shannon finds that shortly after arriving at her new home strange things start to happen and mysteries deepen. Amidst revelations of secrets and lies, Shannon finds that as time passes by more questions need to be answered, and more fights need to be fought in order to triumph over evil.

A great read for young adults, I'd highly recommend Black Diamond to teens looking for something a bit different; mysteries, secrets, lies and discoveries make for a thrilling adventure in the perfect setting. I hope to read more from the McLean Twins soon!!
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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.
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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.
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