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Tommy Nightmare (The Paranormals #2)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  1,340 ratings  ·  148 reviews
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...


Alexander Death, the third book in the Paranormals series, is now available. The fourth book, Jenny Plague-Bringer, will be available in the fall of...more
ebook, 284 pages
Published March 20th 2011 by Smashwords Edition
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Jenny has a deadly touch. It's not a pretty death either. It consists of boils, puss, and all that good stuff. Now we meet Tommy - his touch induces nightmares. Your worst nightmares. So in other words, the touch of fear. Fear, considered human's strongest and oldest emotion, is an incredibly fascinating notion especially when used as a tool, so I knew I was in for a good time!

We meet Tommy right away. We get the story of his heartbreaking past, and how his life is about to intertwine with Jenny...more
Stacey Benefiel
Apr 13, 2011 Stacey Benefiel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jenny Pox fans, people who like horror, people who like paranormal romance, people who like to read
I really enjoyed this second book in the Jenny Pox series. The concept is so original. It's like a history-contemporary-horror-YA-paranormal-thriller-romance. While I loved Jenny Pox, I think this book is even stronger. The transitions between the different characters POV's are effortless in this one. Looking forward to the next book in the series already!
Brandi Salazar
After reading Jenny Pox, I just had to check out Tommy Nightmare. Initially I thought this story would be following Tommy with, hopefully, some side chapters to update me on Jenny and Seth's path. It started out that way, and I was instantly hooked to Tommy's story. He starts out as a child in foster care under the guardianship of a horrible, deeply religious man who abuses the children, and even his wife.

The story then took multiple side-roads, introducing new characters ranging from CDC inves...more
After finishing Jenny Pox, I was hooked and needed to read the next installment in this very unique and compelling series. I would also love to say right from the beginning that I loved this one even more than the first book.

In the first pages we get introduced to a new character Tommy who has the gift/curse of giving people nightmares and fear when he touches them. We first see how Tommy's life was when he was 12 and lived with a foster family. ... I had tears in my eyes already after the first...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I can't say this wasn't as good as Jenny Pox, but it definitely wasn't as engaging. For me, anyway. It's interesting to note, however, that I'm nearly halfway through the third and these books really flow pretty seamlessly from one to the next. I love the refreshing effect of contemporary YA written by a man. That may sound sexist and anti-feminist, but I really do admire the way men write, especially their characterization. Most of the YA I read by female authors is so contrived and one-track,...more
**WARNING: Review contains minor spoilers for the first book in the series, Jenny Pox.**

The first book in the Paranormals series, Jenny Pox, was one of my favorite reads of 2011. It was something completely original and fresh. I became completely absorbed in the world that J.L. Bryan had created and was extremely impressed with his writing style and plotting. Tommy Nightmare is a very worthy sequel to Jenny Pox. It continues with the terrifying, thought-provoking writing and complex worldbuildin...more
A few months ago I read and reviewed Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan and I thought it was great. So when Mr Bryan asked me if I’d like to do a review for the second book in the series, Tommy Nightmare, I jumped at the chance! I think I actually nearly bit his hand off in my rush to grab myself a copy. I hope I didn’t leave any teeth marks! *grins*

You know how it is when you really enjoyed the first book in a series and when you read the second it can sometimes be a bit of a let-down? You’ve experienced...more
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Tommy Nightmare returns us to a world that causes anxiety and dread to curl up and make themselves at home in our guts, any brief moment of happiness overshadowed by a tangible sense of unease as we know Mr. Bryan has no qualms with putting his characters through physical and emotional turmoil. We plunge forward, blowing through pages held tightly with knuckles gone white from strain, fearing what's in store next might just be...more
If you’ve read the first book, Jenny Pox, you’ll love Tommy Nightmare. Bryan brings back key characters from the first book and adds to the mix a handful of exciting new characters with their own unique talents to amp up the suspense.

Although Tommy Nightmare doesn’t pick up at the exact point where Jenny Pox left off, it does continue the story of what happened at Fallen Oak after Jenny murdered nearly half the town’s people. It was great to meet up again with Jenny and Seth and in a way, also w...more
I wanted to give Tommy Nightmare only 4 stars, but I usually try to star my reviews based on what I felt as I read them, and this one is just as hard to put down as Jenny Pox. It's not as good IMHO because Jenny had that certain Mean Girls elements, like the skinny, creepy, abused girl stealing her perfect, big-breasted archenemy's boyfriend. In Tommy, I feel like most of that cute, YA romance part is lost. And in return, we get flashbacks and more flashbacks, that while interesting, they start...more
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Smashtastic Synopsis: Tommy Nightmare opens up with 12 year old Tommy in foster care. We learn that life is not good for Tommy. He is beaten by his religious wackadoo foster father and none of his foster brothers want anything to do with him because of the extreme fear he makes them all feel. A terrible incident occurs and Tommy finds a way out of his hellish home.

One Pushy Fox
I know we've made no secret of our love for JL Bryan and his book, Jenny Pox, here at the Bookworms, but I can say, without a doubt, that this sequel was FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!!! Personally, I went from being unsure as to how Mr. Bryan was going to turn his amazing, what I considered to be a stand-alone, book into a series, but I'll tell you something. Mr. Bryan is CLEARLY smarter than I am because not only did he live up to the wonderment that was Jenny Pox, he truly surpassed it.

My full review w...more
Allison Janezic
This was a wonderful continuation to the Jenny Pox book. It starts out telling the story of Tommy who grows up in a abusive religious foster home run by a ruthless man, his wife. Tommy realizes he has a power that makes people see their darkest fears and he is able to control them by giving them nightmares. Eventually he crosses paths with Jenny and Seth from the first book and finds himself aligning with her greatest enemy. It also lets us see just how Jenny, Seth, Ashleigh and Tommy know each...more
This series is so excellent!

Tommy Nightmare picks up where Jenny Pox left off and introduces a new character with a new "power".

This series has a mix of everything and I think a lot of people will enjoy it. I highly recommend this series for anyone who wants to read something original and gripping.

*There are zombies in this for all you zombie folk too!
Maegan Provan
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Why did I wait so long to pick it up? I loved "Jenny Pox" and this is a great follow-up.
"JP" ended on such a tough note, I never dared to imagine that Bryan would actually go there, and then he did, and then he added this brilliant mythology that no one saw coming yet which totally fits...
Anyway, "Tommy Nightmare" picks up where the first book ended but it introduces a few new characters, among other name-giver Tommy, who can inject fear and nightmares with his touch. We learn a lot more about T...more
I liked this though not nearly as much as the first novel in this series. The writing was similar to the first and gave a lot of detail almost to much. We are still in the same small town with many of the same characters from the first book, which makes it familiar. The introduction of Tommy is handled well and you get an immediate feel for what he is going to be capable of. This book did not grab me at any time during my reading for some reason.

Tommy is a foster kid and lives on a farm with a s...more
Yeah, so I am WAY behind on this series. I read Jenny Pox eons ago…. well, not quite that long ago, but long enough. Then I was gifted the audio version and listened to it. That experience was just as mesmerizing. So what’s taken me so long to pick up the rest of the series? I have absolutely no idea. *sigh*

Tommy Nightmare picked up pretty much where Jenny Pox left off…. eventually. First readers had to take a little side trip and get introduced to Tommy. In the beginning I wasn’t sure if I was...more
Michelle (Purr More, Censor Less)
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Karen Fowler
As the second book in the JENNY POX series, I found this novel, TOMMY NIGHTMARE to be all that I expected and then some. As with the first book, the unusual plot and otherworldly characters drive the story on at a good pace. This book picks up where JENNY POX left off, and without giving away any spoilers, I'll just say that Jenny has to deal with a few things, including the fact that her secret may be exposed and a set of new dangers crops up.

More characters like Jenny with special "talents" s...more
Joey Butcher
In Tommy Nightmare, we discover that Jenny, Seth and Ashleigh aren’t the only people with powers. In fact, there are quite a few more people. When we’re introduced to Tommy in the first chapter of the book, he’s an innocent foster child, unaware of his abilities when an awful accident occurs. As traumatizing as this is for Tommy, J.L. Bryan makes this scene and many others just as cringing as he did in Jenny Pox. Growing older, Tommy sees a T.V. interview of Ashleigh Goodling, Jenny’s arch enemy...more
Emma (BelleBooks)
Tommy Nightmare is the second book in the Paranormals series by J.L. Bryan, the book picks up right where we left Jenny and Seth after the unbelievable ending of Jenny Pox.

This time around we are also introduced to a couple of new characters, Tommy. His touch conjures fear in the other person's mind and Esmeralda who can talk with the dead.
We see these two characters first meet as young children, now years later after seeing Ashleigh on tv Tommy feels an unexplainable urge to find her. After dis...more
It has been almost a year since I read the awesome first novel of the Paranormals series, "Jenny Pox." I was surprised by the well-crafted horror, the maliciously wonderful villain, and the original story, and I couldn't wait to read the next one. I put it on hold for awhile, but I'm glad I've finally gotten around to "Tommy Nightmare."

I just wish I could give it the same amount of praise as "Jenny Pox," despite the fact that we now have a guy who makes zombies, which is always a plus in my book...more
I fell in love with Jenny Pox. I loved her story. The first few chapters of this book are spent introducing us to Tommy and his special ability to spread fear. We learn of his horrible childhood and his troubled youth. We follow him on his quest to find Ashleigh Goodling his opposite and Esmerelda the death talker. He finds both despite Ashleigh being dead. Then the three of them hatch a plan to take down Jenny and Seth. We also meet briefly Alexander Death.
What I loved:
Jenny is even more troubl...more
I loved the first book in J.L. Bryan's The Paranormals Series, Jenny Pox. With a unique storyline and fabulous characters, most especially Jenny who is incredibly easy to like and empathise with, I was completely enthralled.

With Tommy Nightmare, J.L. Bryan has taken a bunch of characters I loved, and hated, in the first book and put them back into the mix as well as introducing more characters into the story, increasing the paranormal aspect of the book and creating a more obvious connection bet...more
Krisha’s Thoughts
Brief synopsis: Tommy Nightmare is book #2 in The Paranormals series by JL Bryan. Right from the start we are introduced to a young Tommy.
We quickly understand that he has had a crappy childhood and also has powers like our three main characters from Jenny Pox. As you can tell by his name, he creates horrific nightmares just by his touch. It takes a chapter or two to find out where he falls in with the aftermath of the Fallen Oaks incident. From there, we see pov’s from both ne...more
In this second book of The Paranormals Trilogy, we meet Tommy. He is another person like Jenny, Seth, and Ashleigh. His touch brings about fear. He can kill or simply mess up a person's mind for a short period of time. Tommy is as pathetic as Jenny but he has a harder heart so he went straight into the villian column quick. As of the end of the last book, we find out a little about what Jenny, Seth, and Ashleigh are. It's just enough to start us with the understanding that they are not fully hum...more
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
Tommy Nightmare is another book that I have had for a while and only just got around to reading, and I really wish I had read it sooner. In the first few pages we areintroducedto Tommy and how he got his nickname 'TommyNightmare'. His touch alone can bring nightmares to others, sometimes even killing them from fright. Tommy has beenentrusted to Mr and Mrs Tanner by the stae of Oklahoma, but after Mr Tanners father dies for fright Tommy steals money and runs away.

I found myself really enjoying To...more
Ashley - The Bookish Brunette
One thing is absolutely clear to me... J.L. Bryan does NOT mess around. He can have me shuddering in terror and disbelief within seconds of beginning one his books! Win.

Tommy 'Nightmare' earned his name through the unfortunate event, that when he touches someone they are suddenly overcome with fear... Tommy lives with his foster family of three brother (who don't go anywhere near him) and Mr. & Mrs. Tanner.

Mr. Tanner is a cruel, hateful, cold-hearted man (if you can call him that... I, howev...more
Craig Hansen
TOMMY NIGHTMARE is the second book in the JENNY POX series and proves to be a quicker, more action-packed read than the first installment. The "new villain," the nightmare-inducing Tommy, has a more empathetic background than did Ashley Goodling from the first book, and is painted in subtler tones.

The action picks up logically where the first book left off, with Jenny "Mittens" Morton and boyfriend Seth dealing with the aftermath of the climactic conclusion of the first novel, in which Jenny rea...more
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J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in the metro Atlanta sprawl with his wife Christina, where he spends most of his day serving the toddler and animal community inside his house. He is the author of the Paranormals series and the Songs of Magic...more
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