Jenny Pox (Jenny Pox Series #1)

Jenny Pox (Jenny Pox Series #1)

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by J. L. Bryan
     
 

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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, and now she expects to graduate high school and retreat into a lonely, quiet life in her father’s ramshackle house on the edge of town.

Her life is about to change. As she finds her first love, she also discovers…  See more details below

Overview

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, and now she expects to graduate high school and retreat into a lonely, quiet life in her father’s ramshackle house on the edge of town.

Her life is about to change. As she finds her first love, she also discovers she is not the only person in her small town with a supernatural touch, and her new enemy is a popular girl with a more sinister power than Jenny’s.

Jenny doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but the horror within her has urges of its own...it wants to infect, to bring suffering, and to kill, and Jenny may be helpless to stop it.

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Not recommended for readers under eighteen.
BONUS: Includes an excerpt of Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel.


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"This book has it all: teenage angst, sex, drugs, hiding an evil agenda disguised as a religious quest, evil cheerleaders." -Heather, Bewitched Bookworms

"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

"This is one of the best novels of the year I've read so far, and I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it." -Darkeva's Dark Delights

"JL Bryan has written a book that runs the gamut from young adult romance to revenge thriller to horror novel to grand fantasy epic love story, and doesn't miss on any fronts. I was, quite simply, blown away." -John Hartness, Author of Hard Day's Knight

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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Editorial Reviews

http://www.bewitchedbookworms.com/2010/10/review-jenny-pox-by-jl-bryan.html - Bewitched Bookworms
I am so glad I started reading Jenny Pox. This book has it all: teenage angst, sex, drugs, hiding an evil agenda disguised as a religious quest, evil cheerleaders....

This is definitely one book where I would desperately love to see a sequel. We give it 5 out of 5 books!
http://readingonthedarkside.blogspot.com/2010/09/review-jenny-pox-by-jl-bryan.html - Christine Trum
Jenny Pox tells a powerful and intense story of an outsider who has to struggle to live with her horrible power...Another thing that makes Jenny Pox such a great book are the complex, compelling and realistic characters. Jenny, the ultimate outsider who longs for company and physical contact yet thinks this might be forever denied for her. It´s amazing how she puts up with all the anger, hate and harassment she has to deal with because of Ashleigh.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/124810508 - Amanda Hocking
It's like Stephen King's "Carrie" meets Alyson Noel's "Evermore," but it's not like that either, and it's much better than "Evermore." I'd even go so far as to say it's better than "Carrie." It's Mean Girls, and YA, and romance, but it's much more than the sum of it's parts. It tells a story that feels real and honest without falling into the cliches of any of the genres. It does the things you WISH would happen in other books.
Christine Trum
Jenny Pox tells a powerful and intense story of an outsider who has to struggle to live with her horrible power...Another thing that makes Jenny Pox such a great book are the complex, compelling and realistic characters. Jenny, the ultimate outsider who longs for company and physical contact yet thinks this might be forever denied for her. It´s amazing how she puts up with all the anger, hate and harassment she has to deal with because of Ashleigh.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011823893
Publisher:
JL Bryan
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Series:
Jenny Pox Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,140,320
File size:
258 KB

Meet 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 lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina.

His website is www.jlbryanbooks.com

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Jenny Pox 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 313 reviews.
mbcrandell More than 1 year ago
The author delivers a good solid plot without giving anything away too early in the storyline. As the plot unfolds, the reader is drawn into the story more deeply. I pretty much read straight through until the book was finished. The story has a good solid ending so the reader will come away a bit richer for having read the book. The author did an excellent job and I'm looking forward to reading more of the same from them. The book is definitely a tale you're not going to want to miss out on.
Bumblestripe More than 1 year ago
Jenny Pox is about a girl who keeps herself bound from others by always wearing gloves and long sleeves to avoid contact. I liked how she went from hating herself, to becoming 100% confident in herself. If you are sensitive to your race our racist people I would not read this book, or just skip some chapters. I am african/native-american so i had some scenes where i had to close the book, walk away, and come back later. Other than that one problem, the book was very well written, but i wouldn't recommend to anyone under the age of 13.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Jenny Pox opens with an intense and disturbing scene that introduces us to Jenny as a toddler, playing with a dangerous snake. It is soon evident that Jenny is no normal little girl when she inadvertently kills the snake in her fear. When she runs into the house to show her father her now-dead "toy", it is quickly established how much of an outsider Jenny is, even in her own house. In order to comfort her, her father has to don his "cuddle suit" just to be able to hold her. That inability to touch another living creature sets the tone of the story from the very beginning. Jenny has grown up with certain rules that normal little girls don't have. She can never touch anyone without risking their lives, and she can tell no one about her power. She has been bullied her entire life, with no friends and no life apart from her father and her beloved pottery. When she meets Seth, the one person with whom she can share her secret, her life changes irrevocably. He understands, because he has a secret power of his own, one that no one in his life knows about. The only problem is that he already has a girlfriend, Ashleigh, who is controlling, manipulative, judgemental, and completely self-centered. Those traits, combined with a power of her own, make her the biggest threat to everyone around her. From the moment I began this book, I was enthralled! The writing quality was exceptional, drawing you in from the very beginning and making you feel as if you were in Fallen Oaks with the characters. Jenny Pox has a little bit of everything in it: teenage drama, dysfunctional families, bigotry, religious struggle, sex, drugs, and even some rock 'n roll. The unexpected twists and turns throughout the story kept it fresh and exciting. I was enchanted with the development of the characters as the story progressed. The minor characters were just as well-developed as the main characters of Seth, Jenny, and Ashleigh. In fact, one of my favorites was Jenny's father. Despite his obvious shortcomings, the love and acceptance he had for his daughter was beautiful. Jenny was the most relatable; her personal story evoking some strong emotions of sympathy from the reader. Seth was equally engaging as a character, as he struggled between choosing Jenny from his heart or Ashleigh because of family expectation. Ashleigh was perfectly fleshed out as the evil nemesis, a combination of seductress and sorceress. Everything came together at the end, but it did leave me with some unanswered questions. I am truly hoping that this means that there will be a sequel, more of Jenny, Seth, and Ashleigh. I literally couldn't put this book down!
Aliengirl More than 1 year ago
The writing is amazing and quickly draws you in. All of the main characters are well-developed with complex personalities. Although the main characters are teenagers, I wouldn't classify this as one of the "teen paranormal/sci-fi" trying to capitalize on the Twilight madness. I haven't been a teenager for many, many years and I throughly enjoyed this book. I borrowed this book from one of my Nook friends. In doing so, I somehow missed out on the subtitle (The Paranormals, Book 1). I try to avoid getting sucked into Series books but it's too late for that now. Not only did I buy this book after borrowing it, I also bought the sequel - Tommy Nightmare. I'm really happy that the sequel picks up right where this one left off so you don't have to guess what's going on. I highly recommend both Jenny Pox and Tommy Nightmare (which I'm still in the process of reading).
StaceyWallaceBenefiel More than 1 year ago
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 YA 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book nonstop from cover to cover. I just couldn't put it down. Great read that held my attention the entire time. Highly encourage others to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my top favorites. I don't recommend it to teens and younger due to sexual contents but looking forward to the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I can totally see this as a movie. I felt for the main character and I HATED the villain. Plus, it was super gross which I happen to like. The last hundred or so pages are by far the best of the book. Seriously, read this book!
Erlessard More than 1 year ago
I wish the grammar with Jenny Pox was as polished as it was with the other two books of the series.  There’s more telling than showing, particularly in the first half of the novel.  I’m not a huge fan of Jenny’s character, but the overall story is captivating.  There was not one instance while reading this book that I thought to put it down.  Jenny Pox my least favorite of the series, but it is still a great debut novel.  This is one of those books that I was constantly shocked that the author “went there” and then giddy because he did.  I’m fairly certain some of the scenes in this book would of been toned down if JL Bryan was published by the Big 6, so in that way, I’m happy he went the self-published route. Ashleigh is my favorite character in this book.  Despite being introduced as a mean girl, she’s a villain you can’t help but to love.  (It was like she touched me through the parchment and suddenly I was like “Ashleigh, I’m gonna go get a sex change so we can make some babies.”  Midway though the operation, this feeling strangely faded away, and then I was like “Awkward.”) Seth, on the other hand, I can’t get into.  I don’t understand why he falls for Jenny so suddenly, especially considering his relationship with Ashleigh.  Granted, he probably has the best excuse ever for cheating. I would categorize this book as high YA or NA, due to some pretty graphic scenes.  If you get offended easily, this might not be the book for you.  There’s violence, death, and sex.  If you’re looking for a different sort of paranormal romance, then Jenny Pox might be for you. (B)
Sarah Rogers More than 1 year ago
I was really liking this book until it ot the sex scenes. Its gets way to inappropriate for my taste. its actually disgusting. I don't recomend it.
ShawneePoling73 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a matter of hours. It was different than anything I've read. Justice is served and I loved every minute of it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story of a life of hiding
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.. it was a real page turner.. i felt so close to the characters. Very well written.. would highly recommend.
t_barber1 More than 1 year ago
Though I really liked this book, my major problem with it is that it took the whole book for you to figure out some of what was going on.  It made for a great explosive ending, but maybe could have used a few hints or teases along the way.  I couldn't put this one down and will be recommending it!  I'm definitely looking forward to reading more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it in a matter of hours. I could not put it down! It's so realistic too. The antagonists aren't completely bad and the protagonists are not perfect. Just as it should be! I will warn that it is not the best for readers under 15. Well, unless you have read "smut" before. I am 16 myself so it is notvas though i'm an adult who doesn't believe people younger aren't mature enough. It is your life so read what you want to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were amazingly written, dialog not so much but you never get bored with and the ending is so unexpected I really recommend it. Have fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jenny Pox was an incredible, heart warming, scary, sad and happy story.... J.L. Bryan has an excellent story telling ability, making you fall in love and be afraid all at the same time! Excellent read for those who enjoy a great paranormal story....
Ivana_Reads More than 1 year ago
I wish this could be one of those raving reviews that made me all itchy to read Jenny Pox in first place, but I wasn't all that thrilled about it. I was completely prepared to have my mind blown off. I mean, a book with a great premise, a Carrie-touch to it, and fairly good writing. I loved Jenny, and the entire cast was well developed. It was chilling at moments and laugh-out-loud funny on other parts. So what went wrong? First to clarify the Carrie part. You have a girl with some supernatural ability who is a social pariah for obvious reasons. She gets her chance at love and acceptance, until it's rudely taken away from her. She endures the torture long enough until she explodes. What's there not to like? I would have loved and adored it if it were heavily combed through and tightened. Everything I said above still stands, but it was what the author does in between the fantastic scenes. The book is too short on action to justify its length, which means there are so many fillers that my enthusiasm completely withered down and I found myself reaching for something else to read. It killed the pacing, and sorry to say it, but I was bored. The antagonist Ashleigh was given much more credit and space than Jenny. Ashleigh is a fantastic, intelligent villain who conquers the world with a soft touch and sweet words. She freaked me out more than Jenny with her gift (or curse). Also, she is in full command of her ability, while Jenny has to suppress hers. Obviously, it's the charmers that you should stay clear of, not the pox-people. Ashleigh was more developed in terms of motivation, and therefore more memorable. I also could have done without the numerous scenes that involve Jenny, Seth and pot. Not being a prude here, I just feel that scenes like that have done nothing for the story except provide the platform for more chit chat and whiling away some time. One more thing that I liked was the setting; well-described lower middle class (almost) trailer park surroundings. It enhanced the atmosphere of desolation, added more dimension to the world building and more contrast between Jenny and other characters. Final verdict: I really think this would go from "good" to "fantastic" if a certain amount of pages was cut out. If you don't mind the slow pacing and you're looking for a dark and gritty YA paranormal, by all means, give this book a chance. I'll still try to get my hands on the second in the series, that's for sure.
-_-Alexis-_- More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing, start to finish never a dull moment, surprises around ever corner, I loved the way JL Bryan captured how teenage girls think and feel so astoundingly! When I had to put this book down, it was all I could think about wondering when I could sneak in a few more chapters, what was going to happen next, How Jenny was going to deal with the constant bullying and lack of friends, why she had this power to begin with, could she ever find someone to love her for who she was?...I could keep going! Needless to say I CAN'T WAIT TILL THE SECOND BOOK COMES OUT!!
Phyllis_377 9 months ago
Though totally inappropriate, this book appears to be written for the pre-teen or teen market. However, there is nothing in this book to recommend it to that group. I would actually highly recommend they not read it. It glamorizes teen sex, teen pot use, ridicules abstinence, adult authority and religion. To top that off the mass murder in the end with the justification of revenge and escape were just too much. Just about every moral value was discarded in a plot that could have been handled so much more effectively. Would not recommend this book even to an adult.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. No joke. It's top notch. I love books with a little sex in them. It adds to how great they are. This book went above and beyond my expectations of it, and i was blown away. I don't care who you are, you'll love it.
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