Title: Tommy Nightmare
Series: The Paranormals, #2
Author: J. L. Bryan
Date(s) read: October 2 – 3, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal, Horror
Source: Gifted by Kelsey (ebook)
While Fallen Oak recovers from the Jenny pox, someone new is hunting Jenny.
Like Jenny, Ashleigh Goodling belonged to a pair of opposites with powers that mirror each other.
Now Jenny and Seth must face the opposite of love…
It had been quite some time since I read the first book in J. L. Bryan’s The Paranormals series but I *knew* I had to pick it up this month — the month for horror everything! — and read it again before I continued on with the series. The only thing I could remember was that there was plenty of WTFery going on — something that pretty much had me furrowing my brow for a good portion of the story.
Naturally, I fell back in love with the story after a reread and immediately had to dive into the next story in the series! Big thanks to Kelsey from Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookcase who gifted this one to me!
Tommy Nightmare starts off right where Jenny Pox leaves off. Well, kind of. I have to admit that when the story started off with a new character, I wondered if we would get to see any of the characters in the first book again, or if this book would be just about the new guy. Frankly, though, after the first chapter I didn’t care where the story would go because I was so into the new character’s story that I just wanted more! Tommy comes from quite the household and has QUITE the power — he’s in the same realm as Jenny, Seth, and Ashleigh, but he’s definitely a guy you don’t want to be shaking hands with. In a word, he was terrifying.
One thing I love about J. L. Bryan’s writing is his characterization. His characters are all so completely different and so well presented that it’s easy to find which ones you should be siding with and which ones you’d prefer to throw under a bus. I will say that there were some definite instances that had my stomach crawling and that was mainly a personal thing as I was quite pregnant while reading the story and let’s just say, the person in the story who’s pregnant isn’t so keen on it. That was hard to read, but definitely fitting to the character. There were also lots of flashbacks, which were a great way to really get to know the characters. Seeing as they’re all connected and spirits from the past, it’s interesting to see how they interacted in other lives.
I also liked how not only we get new characters in this book, but it takes a whole new turn after Jenny Pox‘s romantic slant. Now, we’re dealing with the aftermath of what happened in the last book, which means the big guns have been called in. I liked that the Center for Disease Control was a part of the story and that there’s still a whole mystery around Jenny’s character. Even though the reader knows what’s going on with her, and her history, it’s a different pill to swallow for the people who lost someone in the last book. “Plague” just isn’t something you hear too much of these days.
I have fallen completely head over heals for this series and can’t wait to continue on reading it — especially after a bit of a cliffhanger AND a new face! In fact, I had to make sure I took a break to write this review before diving into the next book, Alexander Death, so I wouldn’t forget anything. As I write this review, I’m planning on spending the next few days reading this series, being completely immersed in J. L. Bryan’s mind. While there is plenty of crazy and creepy going on in there, I have to say, it’s quite enjoyable!
This book is perfect if you love paranormal and horror — but be warned! It’s definitely for an 18+ crowd! If you fit that criteria, I would highly recommend this series!