Thursday, March 13, 2014

Book Review: Jenny Pox, by J.L. Bryan

Title: Jenny Pox 
Author: J.L. Bryan
Pages: 312
Format: Kindle Edition
Genre: Paranormal, Horror, New Adult
Star Rating: 3/5
Network: Shelfari | Goodreads |
Buy: Amazon

My Summary: Jenny Morton has something evil lurking inside her. She cannot touch another person for fear that doing so will spread the horrible "Jenny Pox," a pestilence which can kill or merely severely maim those with whom she comes into contact. She's lived her entire life unable to make skin-to-skin contact with another person, until she learns that there are other people in her home town in South Carolina who harbor the same types of secrets she does.

My Review:

I liked the story in this book and the ending "wowed" me. I'd expected something entirely different and cliche, but J.L. Bryan came up with an ending which not only left the story open to a sequel (or three) but kept me wanting to find out more about who Jenny and Seth (and Ashleigh) are.

It should be noted that this book isn't for teenagers. The book contains a lot of sex and drug use, some of which is clearly gratuitous. Concepts in this novel may be over the heads of some teenagers and I would recommend Jenny Pox only for people over the age of sixteen, as the disclaimer on the Amazon page indicates.

Serious readers may wish to note that the book contains many stylistic errors which detract from the reading of the novel. Not only is passive voice a problem, but the author uses too many "filter words" to describe the setting. It's clear that Bryan lacked confidence with this novel and could have done with a good third-party editor. 

In spite of its faults, however, the story was exceptional. Christians, Conservatives and Southerners should be warned of offensive content suggesting that they (we) are psychotic, deluded and bigoted. 

I would recommend this book!

You can read my full review of Jenny Pox on Hubpages.