I read pretty much any chance I get. I mostly read YA books but some adult ones as well. To me all books are precious gems and are meant to be treasured.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review: Jenny Pox by J. L. Bryan

Series: The Paranormals #1
Release Date: Nov. 9, 2010
Publisher: J. L. Bryan
Reading Level: Recommended for readers 16 and older
Pages: 292
Type: E~book
Source: the author
Author Information:

Jenny has a secret. Her touch spreads a supernatural plague. She devotes her life to avoiding contact with people, until her senior year of high school, when she meets the one boy she can touch, and she falls in love.

But there's a problem-- he's under the spell of his devious girlfriend Ashleigh, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all. Now Jenny must learn to use the deadly "Jenny Pox" she's fought her entire life to hide, or be destroyed by Ashleigh's ruthless plans

-- Goodreads Description

This book pulled me in right from the beginning. It starts off by describing a girl, who is no older then a toddler, playing with a deadly rattle snake. Yes you read that right a rattle snake. But get this, the little girl, crawling around on the ground to find the funny rattle noise, is more dangerous then a venomous snake. Her touch causes blisters and pustules to break out over the skin. So she grows up not being able to touch anyone. Even her father has to cover himself head to toe in order to hold his daughter.

Jenny tries her best to go through life avoiding people, so not to infect her plague on them. So she seems a bit weird sitting all alone at school, never talking to anyone or going near people. That makes her the perfect target for Ashleigh and her gang of witches (Replace the w with a capital B). Jenny and Ashleigh get into a fight, Ashleigh comes away with some gross blisters on her face and Jenny with a new nickname "Jenny Pox." From then on Jenny and Ashleigh are enemies, and things between them become even worse when Jenny and Ashleigh’s boy toy Seth fall in love.

Seth ends up being the one person Jenny can touch and not infect. This is because Seth has the power of healing in his touch. As Jenny's and Seth relationship grows, Jenny's world begins to brighten. At the same time Ashleigh's plans for them and the town begin to darken. Its an epic mixture of drama, suspense, and love.

My heart has a special place for Jenny. I am an affectionate person myself, and couldn't imagine how it felt to grow up not being able to touch anyone. Also how she stays such a sweet girl, and doesn't become a bitter person is beyond me. Yes, she gets mad and angry at times, especially when it comes to Ashleigh, but she never attacks anyone or use her gift one them. (Well except for that one time with Ashleigh) And yes I said gift and not curse because though her power is gross and gruesome she has to have it for a reason.

Seth! all I want to say about him is he is super sweet and super sexy.

Ashleigh on the other hand.... I have never hated a fictional character more in my life. I am a very sweet person at heart, and don't like hurting anyone, but Ashleigh made my blood boil. J. L. Bryan defiantly created a top villain. What makes hating Ashleigh even easier is her touch spreads love. How ironic is that? The one that has no love in her heart spreads it to others.

This was a really great read, and it defiantly brought out emotions in me. Those are the books I love the most, the ones that effect you on a chemical and physical level.

Overall Rating = A+

This book is a part of a trilogy. The other two books are available now, and the reviews will be up soon.

While Fallen Oak recovers from the Jenny pox, someone new is hunting Jenny.

Like Jenny, Ashleigh Goodling belonged to a pair of opposites with powers that mirror each other.

Now Jenny and Seth must face the opposite of love...

-- Goodreads Description

While Seth searches for Jenny, Dr. Heather Reynard of the CDC unravels Seth and Jenny's secrets.

Alexander opens Jenny's mind to her deep past, and to the full horrific extent of her powers.

Torn between her feelings for Alexander and Seth, and between her past lives and her present, Jenny must prepare to face her enemies in the final, catastrophic battle.

-- Goodreads Description


  1. great review. loved the cover and the synopsis as well. Ive been eyeing this book lately. and its good to hear from you that it is a good book. Thank you.

    by the way, if you have time feel free to check out my review for AWAKE AT DAWN by CC HUNTER. cheers!
    Lalaine @ ficbookreviews

  2. "Ashleigh on the other hand.... I have never hated a fictional character more in my life."

    YES!!!!I actually wrote JL and told him that I hated Ashleigh with a passion I've never before achieved while reading, and that I meant that in the best possible way:) I wanted to throttle her the entire time for manipulating everyone the way she did. I'm just about to start book 3 in this series and I can't wait to see how things end up!

  3. Yay!! I'm sooo freaking glad you loved it!!! This makes me happy! :)

    Ashleigh was totally a b*tch. Ugh, but so well written that you hate her- but not the story!