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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, the "Jenny pox." 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.

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

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"This tale highlights both the inspiring strengths and the abhorrent cruelties of human nature, forcing us to run through the full gamut of emotional responses and refusing to let us return to reality until everything Mr. Bryan wants us to experience has been felt, seen, and fully absorbed." -Jenny, Supernatural Snark

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

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

Not recommended for readers under eighteen.

BONUS: Includes an excerpt of Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel.


Editorial Reviews

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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: 572 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146096523X
  • 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: #3,116 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
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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72 of 77 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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41 of 44 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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26 of 27 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good but a little predictable
Good but a little predictable. But at the same time a page turner. Wanted to know what was going to happen.
Published 2 days ago by tam
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book
I enjoyed the book, although I was sort of disappointed at the very end. It seemed to be a completely different tone than the rest of the book. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Susan Harrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. Made you think and cheer for the ...
Loved it. Made you think and cheer for the lovers to survive. Showed the power of love. The ending leaves the reader wanting to know what happens to the couple and how they and... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars On the Fence
I saw this book advertised for free on FreeBooksy.com and there was just something about the cover of Jenny Pox that made me want to read it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Amicgood
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An interesting concept.
Published 15 days ago by mgreber
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy cause it's free read because it's good
I was happily surprised by this book. I've read some really bad free books but this isn't one of them. I quickly got sucked into the book and couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Leanna
4.0 out of 5 stars Gory, fun read
I liked the story but wonder what form of Baptist faith was in this book. It's an entertaining read, a bit gory, but the ending was good (even if predictable.)
Published 21 days ago by Jinga Belle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I really liked it but it made me sad. Can't wait to read the sequels.
Published 22 days ago by Jim Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great storyline, looking forward to reading the rest of the Paranormals series.
Published 22 days ago by Rachael Crosby
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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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