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REVIEW: Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan

JENNY POX takes on the challenge of making a heroine out of a young girl gifted with supernatural powers of a solely destructive nature. Fitting nicely into the paranormal romance/paranormal suspense genre, the only drawback is a potential parental concern.

Although focused on high-school-age main characters, the book will not fit the tastes of all parents of children 17 and under. The sexual content of the novel, while not the main focus, gets explicit enough that parents will need to exercise personal judgement on whether their children are old enough to read the book. Some parents may not mind it; others might want their younger children to wait for a while. The novel also contains some rough language.

Parental concerns aside, the story told is quite compelling. Byran shows off skill at character building and development, and his work on allowing the plot to flow from the characters is notable.

The edition I read, however, did display some formatting problems in the Kindle edition, though more recent purchasers may find these problems have been dealt with; but since Amazon doesn’t permit version-updating, those with the older edition, like me, will be stuck with the formatting glitches.

The good, however, definitely outweighs the bad; the scale of the story ramps up in gradual, believable steps so that by the time the action breaks out and grows to dramatic proportions, the reader has bought into the fates of the characters and has achieved buy-in to the premise.

About the only time when the storyline itself goes off the rails is when, for one brief passage late in the book, an unforeshadowed, unexpected spiritual element (reincarnation concepts) is introduced into the narrative out of left field. It doesn’t damage the book as a whole, but might catch some readers off guard.

The good news is that a sequel has already been released; TOMMY NIGHTMARE has been out for a few weeks now and the action basically picks up where JENNY POX left off.

Special kudos should be awarded to Bryan, however, for telling a story in the YA paranormal romance-suspense genre that has a clear beginning, middle and an end, despite being part of a series. More authors in this genre would do well to crib that lesson from Bryan’s bag of tricks. Well done!

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