Title: Alexander Death
Series: The Paranormals, #3
Author: J. L. Bryan
Date(s) read: October 6 – 8, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal, Horror
Source: Gifted by Kelsey (ebook)
While Seth searches for Jenny, Dr. Heather Reynard of the CDC unravels Seth and Jenny’s secrets.
Alexander opens Jenny’s mind to her deep past, and to the full horrific extent of her powers.
Torn between her feelings for Alexander and Seth, and between her past lives and her present, Jenny must prepare to face her enemies, as well as the darkness within her…
I honestly don’t know why I put off reading the rest of this series past book one because now that I’m getting into the next books (and soon final book!) I am falling more and more in love with the series — and with J. L. Bryan! Seriously, the man has a mind on him and a crazy one at that! In my opinion, if you’re going to get into the Paranormals series, you have to be open to a lot of crazy things.
While the last book started off with Tommy, in this book we get a little bit of Seth’s backstory, which was pretty interesting. The real question for him growing up was whether or not he should tell anyone about his ability to heal. I will admit that I wasn’t sure about Seth in this book — nor was I really sure about Alexander, another paranormal who showed up partway through the last book and saved Jenny in the end. Let’s just say I had a niggling in my brain about both of them throughout this whole book! Who was the good guy? Who was the bad guy? It was nice that the mystery was there and that it took so long for me to figure out what was happening. It made for an exciting read!
And, since I’m speaking of characters, can I just say a little bit about Ashleigh? This girl is EVIL. Seriously. That word deserves to be in all capitals. Can someone throw her off a cliff already? If only she could be killed and STAY killed, but the thing with these paranormals (as we learned in book one) is that they don’t just die. I guess a girl can dream …
At any rate, I love the world that J. L. Bryan has set up. It’s interesting to note that even though the characters are younger in this book, they have been around FOREVER. They’ve lived so many lives, so many EXCITING lives, that their roots really go deep. It’s been nice to really get to understand those roots in the past few books. We don’t just get to know more about the characters’ past in their current life, but we get to delve a little deeper into their history over the past centuries. Cool.
I wouldn’t say this book was as exciting as the last two, but it was definitely up there and it really built the tension needed for the last book in the series — although I’m not too sure where that book will go since there’s not really a cliffhanger at the end of this one. I’m really not sure what to expect, but like I said before, I’m sure I can expect a crazy ending to the series!