Review: Jenny Plague-Bringer (The Paranormals, #4) by J. L. Bryan

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jenny plague-bringerTitle: Jenny Plague-Bringer
Series: The Paranormals, #4
Author:
J. L. Bryan
Genre: YA Paranormal, Horror
Source: Purchased (ebook)

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Jenny has survived in seclusion for the past year, but her peace is about to be shattered by two new paranormals, each of them with unknown intentions, both of them searching for Jenny and Seth.

The nightmares of Jenny’s most recent past life in the 1930’s erupt into the present, and she will face enemies old and new. Jenny is more vulnerable than ever, because she can’t use her pox without risking the small life now growing inside her.

Jenny’s entire life has led up to the challenge she must now face, one that will endanger her life, her unborn child, and her own soul.

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A few months ago, I probably wouldn’t have thought I’d get through this series. Not because it’s not good, but because I’m TERRIBLE when it comes to reading series book — I’m excellent, however, at putting off reading anything past the first few books until I get to the point where I don’t remember anything that happened in the series and have to reread.

This series is one that started with a reread of the first story and then a month-long effort to get through the entire series to see it come full circle. And it really does come full circle by the end of this book! While I had major closure by the end of the last book, Alexander Death, this book brought even MORE closure, giving readers more about the characters we’ve come to love, as well as diving into their past lives which seem to mimic the situations they’ve gone through over the years.

I kind of loved Jenny in this book. I loved her in all of the previous books, but she really grew as a character in this book. To go through her entire life being known as someone who brings disease, to the point where she’s in hiding, I knew that she had to have some major character development by the end of this story. And I was so happy with where it all went. Jenny is strong, determined, and it’s great to see her not think of herself as a plague-bringer, but someone who has so many other qualities and reasons to change herself.

This book didn’t have the same bang that the rest of the series had, but it was still awesome. In the end, my favourites will always be the first two books in the series, but it’s still been a wonderful journey with these characters and all of the craziness they’ve gone through. Bryan built this amazing world and it’s been great to live in it for the last four books — I’m sad that I have to let go of Jenny, Seth, and maybe even Ashleigh. If you’re looking for a great horror series, this is it!

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Review: Alexander Death (The Paranormals, #3) by J. L. Bryan

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alexander deathTitle: 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)

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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…

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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!

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Review: The First Star to Fall (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #1.5) by Diana Peterfreund

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the first star to fallTitle: The First Star to Fall
Author:
Diana Peterfreund
Series:
For Darkness Shows the Stars, #1.5
Date(s) read
: August 21, 2013
Genre: YA Dystopia
Source: Purchased (eBook)

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Discover how it all began…

New Pacifica was designed to be a tropical paradise, a refuge for humanity filled with natural wonders and technological marvels. A place of perfect peace, where “war” was only a war out of ancient history–or so the privileged teenage aristocrat Persis Blake had always been taught.
But then comes the revolution and the death of a queen, and suddenly it’s no longer enough for Persis to trust the words of her parents, the lessons of her teachers, and the decrees of the men in power.

One terrible night, Persis witnesses the truth: there are those who will stop at nothing to destroy her world… but is there anyone who could save it?

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Being a huge fan of Diana Peterfreund’s book For Darkness Shows the Stars, I’ve been very intrigued to try more of her writing. Seeing as this story is part of that particular series, I thought I’d give it a try.

This story is very different from FDStS. This is one of those “before” stories and I think it’s to coincide more with the second book in the series, Across a Star-Swept Sea. It was a little difficult getting into it, after I had invested myself in the characters from the first book, but it was still a good read. In this story we meet Persis, who is a teenage aristo, on the cusp of a revolution.

One thing that holds me back from saying it was completely excellent is that it was slightly confusing. It took me a few pages to get into it – until the revolution part – and even then I wondered what was going on. It might be because this book contains none of the familiar characters I had met in previous books of the series, but I do have hopes that Persis’s full-length story pulls me in a little more.

I am very interested to continue on with her story in Across a Star-Swept Sea.

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