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Tommy Nightmare (The Paranormals #2)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,707 Ratings  ·  172 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
ebook, 284 pages
Published March 20th 2011 by Smashwords Edition
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May 24, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own, adult, horror
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
Stacey Benefiel
Apr 13, 2011 Stacey Benefiel rated it it was amazing
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!
Jul 11, 2011 Danny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: july-2011
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
Brandi Salazar
Dec 22, 2011 Brandi Salazar rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 08, 2014 Marisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
In this fantastic sequel to “Jenny Pox” we meet Tommy whose touch creates fear the same way that Jenny’s induces the plague. Specifically, Tommy’s touch shows your worst nightmares that reduce most people he interacts with to a pile of mush. Unlike Jenny, Tommy embraces his power creating a fantastic villain. Tommy easily could have been portrayed as a completely unfeeling, harsh character, but instead we learn his heartbreaking past and how/why it will intertwine with Jenny’s. I still hated him ...more
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
**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
Apr 10, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
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
May 30, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it
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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
Jul 16, 2013 Books rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2013
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
Jan 05, 2012 Johi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-paranormal
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.

Alexia Purdy
Freaking amazing once more! J.L. Bryan knows how to write a paranormal story with gruesome realism and twists that makes me want to keep reading on and on and on. With the introduction of Tommy, a terrifying paranormal who's power I would never want to experience, this book continues the story of Jenny Morton, who has her own deadly powers. Discovering she's not the only one out there is starting to make life difficult, especially since Seth, her boyfriend with supernatural powers of his own, wa ...more
One Pushy Fox
Apr 21, 2011 One Pushy Fox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
Mar 14, 2016 Amanda added it
This book starts off with real life issues...bullying, not fitting in, etc...and adds in a twist. Jenny is unable to touch anyone without harming them. After spending most of her school years alone, she finds someone with an opposite power to hers...a teen boy who has the power to heal. At the same time, other supernatural forces are at work and soon, things get to the point where the town Jenny lives in is destroyed and she is on the run. After causing so much destruction, her life and the life ...more
Sep 21, 2015 Becky rated it it was amazing
This is a continuation of Jenny Pox, and it leaves off from where the last story ended. It begins with Tommy's story, but Bryan doesn't forget that he killed off an entire town of people in his last book. One thing we learn in this book is that each character is drawn to the other like a magnet and each pair of magnets is like a polar with one side being the ying to the other's yang. Which is where we get such epic villains. Bryan is terrific at writing villains and its part of what I really enj ...more
Allison Janezic
Feb 19, 2014 Allison Janezic rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 18, 2015 Susanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even Better than Jenny Pox

This book has made me constantly ask question after question. To me the end was a complete surprise. I completely thought Alexander was there for a different reason.

I can't believe Seth screwed himself so badly. How could Jenny and Seth, even more so, not have figured out out! I kept going he would, but he didn't at all.

And even in death Ashleigh is an evil hell bitch.

Tommy, I am unsure about. He looked for her, tried to kill for her, feel in love with someone else, an
Dec 29, 2012 Stefanie rated it really liked it
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!
Aug 28, 2015 Nereid rated it really liked it
Now that we know the main characters all have gifts that set them apart from the rest of the world, Tommy seemed to have more in common with Jenny than the rest yet he aligned himself with Ashleigh who is his opposite. At times I felt sorry for Tommy as Ashleigh seems to be the real villain who manipulates everyone for her amusement and to further her end game. This books explores the characters more and I liked Esmeralda who seemed naive and totally unprepared for what Ashleigh had in store for ...more
Maegan Provan
Oct 16, 2014 Maegan Provan rated it really liked it
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Feb 12, 2014 Sonatajessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 06, 2015 Denise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-goal
'Tommy Nightmare' was as intriguing as book one, 'Jenny Pox'. The storyline took off and added more action, creativity and suspense. The way it unfolded held a lot of the same creepy characters with the same evil needs and selfish wants but added some new characters with unusual traits. Jenny is such a compassionate character who is also the plague bringer. There is the plague bringer, the dead speaker, the fear giver, the love charmer, the healer and the dead riser. Very cool beings. I look for ...more
Jan 02, 2016 Lbousson rated it it was amazing
Book #2 in Jenny Pox Series (AKA The Paranormals.)

!!!NOTE: There are strong graphic situations in this story. This book is not intended for younger readers (author has suggested those younger than 18.) I suggest any reader who is sensitive to such situations to skip this book and read something else.!!!

Tommy Nightmare continues the saga for Jenny and Seth. In this story, Seth is searching for Jenny, and Dr. Reynard begins to discover the reasons for Jenny's condition. This journey has gotten dar
Sep 06, 2014 Shirley rated it really liked it
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
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Karen Fowler
Jun 29, 2011 Karen Fowler rated it really liked it
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
Joey Butcher
Sep 14, 2011 Joey Butcher rated it really liked it
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)
Oct 29, 2011 Emma (BelleBooks) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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
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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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