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Tommy Nightmare (The Paranormals #2)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  1,759 Ratings  ·  175 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!
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
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
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
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
May 30, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at:

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
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
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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.

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
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
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
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, ...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
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!
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Jun 04, 2013 Jess rated it liked it
Shelves: zombies, kindle, horror
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
Oct 30, 2011 Loretta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves :Awesome: books :)
Recommended to Loretta by: Bookish brunette
Once again JL Bryan has wrote an amazingly told story continuing Jenny Pox. I was instantly drawn into Tommy Nightmare...taken hostage.. and did not return to my regular brain until Tommy Nightmare was complete.
Tommy -Nightmare- was given the name by the people closet to him. Although they did not love him. His foster parents and foster siblings gave him this name because. He literally would "Scare you to death"..
After some things take place. Tommy decides he has had enough. Leaving that life
Amanda Conley
Oct 05, 2016 Amanda Conley rated it really liked it
amazing can't wait to see what happens next.
Aug 02, 2016 Kristilyn rated it it was amazing
It had been quite some time since I read the first book in J. L. Bryan’s The Paranormals series but I *knew* I had to pick it up this month — the month for horror everything! — and read it again before I continued on with the series. The only thing I could remember was that there was plenty of WTFery going on — something that pretty much had me furrowing my brow for a good portion of the story.

Naturally, I fell back in love with the story after a reread and immediately had to dive into the next
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 ...more
Jan 24, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 06, 2012 Meaganr rated it liked it
Jenny's touch infects. Seth's touch heals. Jenny's touch spreads love. And now we meet Tommy who's touch spreads fear.
Growing up in the house of an abusive, cultist foster family, Tommy's life has been somewhat of a waking nightmare itself, so it seems only fitting that his touch spreads fear. One night, he tries to help his foster father's dad and accidentally give him a heart attack with his touch. Let's just say, his foster father was not very forgiving. Many years later, when we see Tommy a
Dec 12, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, paranormal, 2012-read
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
This review contains spoilers for book 1. Just so you know.

I loved book 1 in this series. I thought it was dark and creepy and that it perfectly captured the casual alienation that people can unwittingly be subjected to. I'll admit that Jenny's ... let's call them 'issues'... Jenny's issues made her alienation less casual and more of a necessity. It doesn't make it any easier for her to bear, however. Maybe it even makes it worse because she knows that she'll never have a normal life as long as
Craig Hansen
May 13, 2011 Craig Hansen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mari Stroud
Jan 06, 2013 Mari Stroud rated it it was amazing
I've mentioned before how completely blown away I was by Jenny Pox, so I had high expectations heading in to Tommy Nightmare. Happily, it measured up. Tommy is genuinely terrifying in moments, moving in others, and juuuust complicated enough that I mourned every time he made an evil decision. I'm not willing to count him out of the game just yet.

While Bryan has introduced a fun new villain in Tommy, that doesn't mean he's short-changing the girls. Jenny is every bit as real and amazing as she w
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
May 04, 2012 Michelle (Much Loved Books) rated it really liked it
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
Apr 07, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it
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
Dec 15, 2011 LRC added it
This, along with ALL the reviews posted on my Goodreads account, was originally posted on my blog, The Violet Hour.

As the second installment of The Paranormals series, TOMMY NIGHTMARE was a dark, engrossing read that I started and finished in one day. It had been a few months since I read book one, JENNY POX, but that didn't matter. I eased into the book with Bryan's memorable style of writing and was swept into this powerful world.

I felt so bad for Tommy. He was a foster kid living in a too-sma
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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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