Tommy Nightmare

Posted 2 May 2011 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Tommy NightmareTommy Nightmare by J.L. Bryan
Series: The Paranormals #2
Published by J.L. Bryan on 2011-03-20
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 276
Source: author | eBook
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From the back cover...

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From the back cover...

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...

My Review

Anyone who follows me knows that I am an avid J.L. Bryan fan, and that certainly hasn’t changed with this book,  In Jenny Pox, the story ends with a unexpected twist that only just begins to explain Jenny and her strange gift, leading straight into Tommy Nightmare.  This books begins immediately following the conclusion of the first, so there is no missing time or vagueness before getting into the story.  I hesitate tp talk too much about the actual plot for fear of spoilers, but I will say that the entire concept of it is very unique and enthralling.  Many of the characters from the first are back for the second, with the addition of three new characters with extraordinary gifts.

The point of view switched from character to character throughout the story with ease and it added so much to the story.  All of them were very well-developed with just enough of their backstories created to explain them as the kind of people they were in the framework of the story.  I like Bryan’s characters because none of them are purely good or evil.  Some are basically good people who do questionable things.  Others are clearly not so good, but do good things, at least in the moment.  It makes for interesting characters that really keep the story moving and engrossing.

I absolutely loved the first book, and questioned whether or not it was going to be possible to top that.  Tommy Nightmare took the story to the next level.  I forsee an epic battle in the next installment, due out in the fall of 2011.  I like a story that brings me into it so much that I dream about it!!

My Recommendation

If you haven’t read Jenny Pox, then I would definately suggest reading it first because much of this great story would be lost.  But I trully recommend both of these books.  I personally can’t wait for the next Jenny Pox book!

About J.L. Bryan

J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of stories.

He is the author of The Paranormals series of horror novels (Jenny Pox, Tommy Nightmare, and Alexander Death) the Songs of Magic series for younger readers (Fairy Metal Thunder, Fairy Blues, and Fairystruck…so far) and other books. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina, their son, and some dogs and cats.

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