Jenny Pox (The Paranormals, Book 1)

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Jenny was born with a curse—-she infects anyone she touches with a lethal supernatural plague. She’s spent her life avoiding contact with everyone, but her life is about to change. As she finds her first love, she also discovers another girl in her small town has a supernatural touch more sinister than Jenny's.

Jenny doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but the horror within her has urges of its own... More
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About JL Bryan

J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic period literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina and assorted pets.


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Review by: Victoria Zigler on Aug. 7, 2018 :
This was a weird and kind of creepy story. I didn't think it was totally amazing, but I did really enjoy it, and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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Review by: LorreF on July 25, 2016 :
WOW! I loved this book!

I discovered J.L. Bryan through Inferno Park that I got as a freebie on Amazon and I loved it so much I wanted to read more of this author.
Jenny Pox has everything I loved about Inferno Park... an amazing story full of suspence and unexpected twists that drew me in and captivating charachters that I can't help but love (or hate in Ashleigh's case).

Again, WOW!
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Review by: chucklesthescot on Oct. 29, 2014 :
So lets start as always with the good. Jenny is a decent MC and you feel sympathy for her situation. She can maim and kill by touching people so she keeps distant from everyone at school to protect them from her curse. One day she gets bullied and touches a girl in front of witnesses who see the ugly welts she causes, earning her the nickname Jenny Pox. Jenny struggles to hug her dad or even befriend a dog in case she kills by accident. I liked her and I liked the 'pox' storyline, which was a bit different but I thought having the cliche story of the MC being bullied by the beautiful school uberbitch did spoil the plot, turning something new into something we'd seen a hundred times before. It's something that does get on my nerves in YA books. And the bitches were just evil in this case with no redeeming qualities.

I finally started to lose interest when the inevitable romance element was being introduced. I know that teen romance is going to feature heavily in most YA/NA paranormal after the success of Twilight, but I'm just getting a bit bored by that type of book all the time. Jenny needs a friend so having someone who has a similar type of ability was good, but seriously, guys and girls can be friends without a love element! It might be nice to see that for a change! Seth, as a character was a bit bland and boring, even when he is playing hero for Jenny and I never really felt a chemistry or anything between them. The romance felt there for the sake of it instead of natural. Most of the other characters I just didn't like.

I have read in reviews on Goodreads that graphic sex and drug taking are also in the book but to be honest, I didn't really get that far into the story so I can't comment. This book was marketed to me as being YA, it is highly listed on Goodreads as YA yet I just noticed as I write this review that it carries an 18 restriction-so I guess it isn't meant to be YA at all. Huh. It just wasn't going to be my kind of book anyway.
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Review by: candi davenport on July 26, 2013 :
I really liked it first until the author started demonizing Christianity. That made me sad. Also, one sex sceen was uncalled for. Would have been a good story other than that.
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Review by: Jay Dee on Feb. 20, 2013 :
Highly enjoyed this. I had trouble putting it down! Looking forward to reading the others in the series.
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Review by: Maureen McCormick on Feb. 3, 2013 :
What can I say - this is an EXCELLENT book! Even though it's under "Young Adult," all ages can appreciate this absorbing story. I'm 51 and loved it.

I will order the succeeding books to see where the adventure continues.
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Review by: Auttie on July 18, 2012 :
i found this book to be surprisingly good. it got confusing and grusum at times but it is a good read. but if you are not a fan of graphic things, dont get it.
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Review by: Books4Tomorrow Reviews on May 12, 2012 :
I’ll come straight out and say it. This book blew me away. The first time I came across it on Amazon’s free downloads, I read the blurb and wasn’t impressed. Needles to say, I didn’t even bother downloading it. A few weeks later, one of my colleagues at work raved about this book and pretty much begged me to download it. Begrudgingly I did, and because said colleague and I share the same taste in certain genres of books, I started reading it right away.

The first thing that impressed me about “Jenny Pox” is how remarkably well author J.L. Bryan portrays his characters – each shaped with a true-to-life personality. The two main female leads are at complete opposite ends of the spectrum – one perfectly good and the other perfectly evil. It’s been a long while since I came across an antagonist whom I hated as passionately as I did this one.

But let me backtrack a little here. This book has three main characters, each with an extraordinary paranormal power and all of them with different back stories. My first impression when I read the blurb was that this was going to be another standard YA novel with loads of teenage angst and soppy romance. Four chapters into the book I could already tell that this was not going to be the case at all.

Jenny is a fantastic character! I loved her right from the start. Her “power” is such an inimitable and unusual one. She spent most of her life fearing and hiding it, but once she takes control of it, she kicks some serious butt. Ashleigh, on the other hand, is the complete opposite of Jenny. She’s rich, popular, shockingly manipulative, and has a power I think most of us would kill to have. Yet, she uses hers for evil. She is one of those antagonists you just love to hate. J.L. Bryan did an outstanding job pitting these two girls’ strengths and weaknesses against each other, whilst at the same time making it easy for the reader to root for one and despise the other.

Of course Seth also needs a mention here. At first I didn’t know what to make of his character – should I love him or hate him? Another few chapters into the book, I decided I definitely like him; especially after I came to that part in the book about his one-of-a-kind power and how he uses it to save lives. Not only that, he’s also really nice, handsome, caring, rich, nice, handsome…..oh sorry, got carried away.

“The Paranormals” is an addictive new series which I will be enthusiastically raving about for months to come! I already got books two and three in this series long before I was half way through the first. Take my word for it. Once you’ve read the first book in this superhot new series, you won’t be able to resist reading anything written by J.L. Bryan.
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Review by: Amanda R. on Feb. 2, 2012 :
This book was GREAT! I enjoyed Jenny and Seth's story. It had good and evil (Ashley), gore and action. The characters were great. Some of the scenes were a little more YA than I thought they would be but that only added to the story. Definitely will re-read this book in the future.
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