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Jenny Pox (The Paranormals, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

JL Bryan
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Book Description

Eighteen-year-old Jenny Morton has a horrific secret: her touch spreads a deadly supernatural plague. She lives by a single rule: Never touch anyone. A lifetime of avoiding any physical contact with others has made her isolated and painfully lonely in her small rural town, a community where a supernatural darkness seethes beneath the surface.

Then Jenny meets the one boy she can touch, and her life begins to change...but first Jenny must learn to use the deadly pox inside her to confront her lifelong enemy, a girl who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all.

Not recommended for readers under eighteen.

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Winner of a Red Adept Indie Award: #1 in Horror for 2010.

Selected by Geeks of Doom for Top 10 Urban Fantasy and Horror Books of 2010.

Chosen by the Bewitched Bookworms as one of the top books of 2010.


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"Wonderfully disturbing and darkly romantic, the Jenny Pox series is a journey into a unique and vividly imaginative mythology. Drawn in by the compelling characterization, I was wowed the deeper I fell into this surprising world, every turn an unexpected one. Filled with humor, horror, romance, reality and fantasy, the Jenny Pox series is a gritty and stylish must-read for fans of the paranormal genre." -Samantha Young, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Smokeless Fire

"This book has it all: teenage angst, sex, drugs, evil cheerleaders." -Heather, Bewitched Bookworms

About the Author

J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of stories.

He is the author of The Paranormals series (Jenny Pox, Tommy Nightmare, Alexander Death) and other books. Fairy Metal Thunder is the first book in his new Songs of Magic series. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina, his baby son John, and some dogs and cats.

Twitter: @jlbryanbooks

Product Details

  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: www.jlbryanbooks.com; 1 edition (July 22, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X9775G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,132 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
By PMBL
Format:Kindle Edition
The three main characters in this story are Jenny, Seth, and Ashleigh. Each wields a different supernatural power. At first they don't know this about each other but soon they discover each other's secret. Jenny and Seth just want a normal life, but Ashleigh has other plans. Their lives are intertwined more than they realize and eventually Ashleigh's evil intentions are discovered. Jenny and Seth are the only ones who can stop her.

Jenny is the shy loner -- by necessity. She cannot touch anyone without giving them a disgusting pox or even, ya know...killing them. She has to cover her bare skin even in the summer and wear gloves at all times, hence the cruel "Jenny Mittens" nickname her classmates give her. The first couple of chapters set the stage for how Jenny has grown up living a lonely life, never able to touch or be touched without deadly consequences. I did kind of wonder how she could get through grade school unsupervised without being touched (except for the one incident between her and Ashleigh) and her power being discovered, but I decided to go with the flow and assume she was able to do this.

Seth has the opposite power to Jenny. He can heal with his touch. Their powers seem to cancel each other out and he is the only person Jenny can touch. Seth starts out as a bit of a jerk but you soon realize he is not quite himself because of Ashleigh. He turns out to be stand-up guy. Seth actually likes Jenny, and Ashleigh is none too happy about it.

Ashleigh's power is to make people feel love...love for her or love for each other. She is like an evil and selfish cupid. People become her puppets and she uses this power for her own selfish reasons regardless of the consequences to that person.
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't wait as long as I did to read this amazing book! January 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
All sorts of people recommended this book to me-friends, writers, book bloggers, people on Goodreads. I have no idea what took me so long to finally get to it, because it is just the kind of book I like. I couldn't read Jenny Pox fast enough!
This book is a lot of different things, not just another paranormal/supernatural romance. There are plenty of grusome images and vivid descriptions to delight a horror lover, plenty of high school antics and cliqueishness for people who like contemporary. There's Southern charm, rednecks, Jesus freaks, old money, mythology, religion, difficult parent/child relationships and yes, a very sweet romance.
The writing was descriptive without being annoyingly so. The dialogue was natural for both teens and people from the South. The characters well-defined.
I just really dug this book and will be first in line for the sequel!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Paranormals January 2, 2012
Format:Paperback
Great story. At first, I thought this was X-Men without pictures & with boring character powers. Then I thought it was totally a YA novel, with all the boring details about tedious things tweens would want to read about (like the haunted house tours, which were way too long & which should have been edited out). But when the protagonist (finally) learned to harness her power, and discovered the relationship among herself & her powers and those of the other main characters, the story gained momentum. At 75% through, the book gets gripping. Ending totally surprising. This would've been five stars except for the atrocious grammar errors (then/than mistakes, etc), which are most definitely not the result of poor proofreading but of bad writing (lack of professionalism on part of author). Also, the extreme length - at least 40% could've been edited out with no loss of character development or plot - kept this book to three stars. If a reader can skim/skip passages/pages/chapters & not miss anything of importance, then those things can be left out. Still, the story was good enough that I'd read (skim, if I had to) the next book in this series .
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed March 26, 2011
By Lasciel
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this book. Inexpensive, young adult fiction with a female lead? However, I was surprised and impressed. As I read I kept expecting it to go wrong somewhere, but it never did. While the triangle of the evil, pretty popular girl and good but clueless handsome male lead with a female loser/outcast is common enough, it never felt old here, and it felt like a very fresh take on that sort of thing. More like that typical dynamic was just window dressing for another, deeper dynamic.

While some readers are put off by the sex and drug use in the book, I found the sex scenes relatively tame in the book. I've read smuttier stuff in classic literature. I can't recall there being a single case of graphic female-male penetrative sex in this book. There's mostly instances of nudity, kissing, etc. As for drug use... some of the teenagers smoke pot. There is an incidence of cocaine use, but not by the main characters, and it is in no way portrayed as a good or cool thing to do.

While I don't really see why this book should be marketed specifically as young adult (other than containing teenagers as main cast) it seems perfectly appropriate for a younger teen to read. The facts are, if your teen isn't homeschooled and very sheltered, they encounter kids everyday who smoke marijuana. Who have sex. Keeping them away from this book won't keep them away from mentions of drug use or hearing about explicit sex. I say this is as a college freshman-I can well remember hearing way, way more than I wanted to about people's relationships at high school and even in middle school. Perhaps this book will seem shocking to 40-year old parents out there, but to someone fresh from the perils of high school it's nothing out of the ordinary.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Jenny Pox was a fun read, fantasy
Jenny Pox was a fun read, fantasy, thriller and rolled into one. I live in Atlanta as well as the writer. I look forward to reading the rest of his series.
Published 2 days ago by Lori Warden
5.0 out of 5 stars Jenny Pox now what?
It was very thrilling and exciting,could not wait to turn the page to see what would happen next.
Published 4 days ago by Carol A.
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Really enjoyed this story. Original idea. Story builds to not breathing state, then flings you over a cliff. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jesi
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable.
I enjoyed the book. The story flowed nicely. Interesting read.
Published 7 days ago by Kimberly Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
This was a good book. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves to read. I am looking forward to the next book.
Published 10 days ago by pumapoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Original premise, great promise
Excellent, well-written story with unique premise and strong characters. I haven't hated a villain like Ashleigh in a long time! Read more
Published 11 days ago by LizLong07
5.0 out of 5 stars Paranormals
This book had me intrigued and I was not disappointed. I'm left wanting more and ready to read the next book. It takes place in a small town, high school kids. Read more
Published 13 days ago by k7333
5.0 out of 5 stars read or listen both good
started reading then downloaded the audio it is a great read or listen to in the car
Published 15 days ago by J D B
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazzy
I could not stop reading and was always anxious to find out what would happen next. Definitely a kept me full of suspense
Published 26 days ago by MASA
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 1 month ago by kayla arp
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J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of stories. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, his son, and some dogs and cats.

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