Eighteen-year-old Jenny Morton has a horrific secret: her touch spreads a deadly supernatural plague, the "Jenny pox." She lives by a single rule: Never touch anyone. A lifetime of avoiding any physical contact with others has made her isolated and painfully lonely in her small rural town.
Then she meets the one boy she can touch, and her life begins to change. Jenny feels herself falling for him, but first Jenny must learn to use the deadly pox inside her to confront her new enemy, a girl who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all. (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
“Jenny Pox” is a fascinating original new series. I will provide an almost-spoiler/warning: this series tends towards horror, which I did not realize and caught me off guard. Since some people are very horror-averse, I will risk the reader’s wrath in order to give the warning. That aside, I loved the book. Jenny is believable and down to Earth. Her painful manner of living is practical without being overly melodramatic. At risk of spoilers, I will not say too much more, but that you will be guessing up until the very end.
In this book, Bryan sets the stage for the remaining books in the series, but without detriment to the book as stand-alone. If you don’t mind graphic violence (remember she spreads a plague) or sexual content, I would definitely recommend the book.
Warning: Contains graphic violence and sexual content.
Rating: 4 stars!
Who Should Read it? Fans of fantasy in a contemporary setting or horror.
Want to read the whole series? I will update these with links when I write reviews for them.