Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan: Review

Jenney Pox
By J.L.Byran
Published July 24th by Create Space
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Synopsis borrowed from Goodreads:

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.

Not recommended for readers under sixteen due to mature content.


Tommy Nightmare, the sequel to Jenny Pox, is now available.

Darkfallen's thoughts:

First I want to say that I already wrote this review once...but apparently Goodreads ate it or something so here I am trying to write it again. I apologize now if I seem jumbled and not quite with it since I read this book almost a month ago...

I had been dying to get my hands on this book for SOOOOO long. SO when I received a copy to review for J.L Bryan's blog tour I couldn't have been more excited! However I am said to say that it just didn't quite live up to my expectations:(

Was it because my anticipation to read this book left my expectations too high? Is it possible that I built this book up so much in my head that it was doomed to let me down? Possibly. Still it doesn't make me any less sad about it.

In the beginning when you meet Jenny you can't help but feel sorry for her. You want nothing more than to take her in your arms and hug her to death, although that's the problem isn't it? That hug could & will literally kill you. So she spends her life hiding under layer after layer of clothes trying to protect the people around her. Never knowing the touch of another human being.

That is until Seth anyways...

As it turns out Seth has the ability to give life, whereas Jenny takes it, leaving them polar opposites, and ultimately causing Seth to be the only person that can touch Jenny without dying. Falling in love with Seth would be so easy except for the fact that Seth's evil girl friend keeps getting in the way.

Sounds great right?! Well for me it just fell flat here and there. But mostly it was a little too off the wall for me. YES I know this a paranormal book, and that it is FICTION, but you can't tell me for a second that some part of you doesn't keep your eyes peeled for sparkly vampires in the woods, or wish for the vampires of Morganville to come knocking on your window at night. It wasn't the story, or even the plot, it was the dialogue in spots that just felt off. Also this story is told from different POV's and I have to admit when the evil Ashleigh took the stage I found myself not liking the book at all, even bored at times. So while I did enjoy this book to some extent a part of me thinks that had this not been given to me for review I might not have finished it. You have no idea how much it pains me to say that, or to write this whole review for that matter.

But don't take my word for. There are so many good reviews out there, you should try it for yourself. I have a feeling I'm just the odd ball here.

One other thing that I think needs to be mentioned is this book, in my opinion, is a little to adult in places. So beware that there are slightly graphic sex scenes and drug use beyond your typical pot smoking that might be a little more than you would want your teenager to read. This all coming from a 28 year old who when she was a teen NONE of the stuff in this book would have shocked me, but it sure as hell would have pissed my mom off. So I feel that if you have a sheltered teen this book will be too much for them. If you have a rebel teen (like I was) this book might give them way to many ideas...if you know what I'm saying.

Until next time...


  1. Very nice review! I read this book a while ago and I agree that it doesn't quite live up to one's expectations. I don't know about you, but I was a little peeved at how much and how fast Jenny's character changed. I was glad that she grew some confidence and finally stood up for herself, but she went from being shy to naughty/badass too quickly for my taste.
    I look forward to reading more of your reviews!
    -Shanon @ Escaping With Fiction

  2. Thanks! And I'm glad to here I'm not alone here;)

    As for Jennys apparent mood disorder I totally agree. I mean how does a girl go from being a complete loner, albeit not by choice, to the super confident girl. One minute she's never been kissed, the next she's losing her virginity and taking on the whole town. It just seemed a little forced in my opinion.

  3. Wow, I got this for free in e-book. Was wondering what it was about thanks for the review even if it didn't live up to expectations.