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Jenny Pox (The Paranormals, Book 1)

Jenny Pox  - J.L. Bryan Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/WriterRating: 5 out of 5 ControllersReview Source: PurchasedReviewer: HeatherJenny Pox is a story about a girl born with poisonous skin, so deadly that she killed her mother, the doctor, and many nurses when she was born. She lives her life in the hot & humid climate of South Carolina where she is forced to cover up her skin, and she can’t touch anything alive for fear she would also kill it. If she walks in bare feet she kills the grass, she touches a rattle snake and it dies, and when she touches a person they appear to die of the plague. Seth comes from the right family, went to all the good schools, and even plays football. He’s like to be a physical therapist so he can help people, but he has a secret of his own, and a haunted past. Seth heals people with a single touch, and he can even save lives. But his greatest gift is that he is the only one that can survive Jenny’s deadly touch, the only one who could ever truly love her, and understand what she has gone through. Ashleigh is the popular girl, the one who always gets her way, and that everyone loves. The problem is, is that there is absolutely no reason to love the deceptive, conniving, two-faced (insert nasty word here). In fact, there is only one person immune to her wiles -Jenny- who is also the only one who can undo the spell she places over everyone. The story starts off with a very, very young Jenny, and then flows into various ages. This is, I believe, to show us the torture she faced on a daily basis, and to show us how cruel Ashleigh is. Yes, she is cruel, evil, and every other descriptive word that falls under the sun. She was extremely well written for a villain to the point of feeling the fear leap through the page when she was talking, thinking, or just nearby. I felt every character was well developed, but Ashleigh sticks out to me as exceptional work. If you don’t believe me, go read it for yourself, and you’ll find yourself cringing in terror too! But she isn’t our main girl, Jenny really is. Jenny “Mittens” as Ashleigh calls her, and thus the majority of the town. She is a girl with a deadly secret just trying to survive, or contemplating on whether or not to commit suicide depending on how horrible the day has been. Her father, a semi-functioning alcoholic, is the only man alive that knows just how deadly she can be. One day Jenny is out for a run with her dog when he gets hit by a car. She forgot her gloves so she can’t touch him, and she knows she doesn’t have much time. Seth just happens to drive by, and stop. Not knowing about his gift, Jenny yells and cusses at him as he works his magical touch. Images of killing Seth for torturing her dog during his final moments pop into her head until she realizes he has healed him. Not just healed, he has even regrown his missing limb. From this day forth a bond forms between Jenny and Seth, but there is one problem…Seth is Ashleigh’s boyfriend. That’s all I’m giving you folks! I loved, loved, loved this story. I loved it so much that I was up until 3 AM just to finish it because I couldn’t put it down. The author did a wonderful job at capturing my attention. There were also a lot of surprising moments, twists, and turns that I never ever saw coming. If you have never ever been to South Carolina then never fear because the description in this book fits it to a T. I should know, I’ve lived here for five years now, and I know what grows here, how the weather feels, and all of that lovely, and not so lovely (hello humidity!), stuff is. I will point out that although there are teenagers in this story, that this story is geared more toward new adult and adult audiences. There is a lot of descriptive sexual scenes (well written too!), violence, drugs, underage alcohol use, etc. While this is all normal teenage behavior (it was for me at least) I just felt I should mention it so that readers would know, and parents too.