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Tommy Nightmare

(The Paranormals #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,960 ratings  ·  184 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 JL Bryan
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Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
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
Mar 07, 2011 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! ...more
Brandi Salazar
Dec 22, 2011 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 08, 2011 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
Joanie Lunsford
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The mesmerizing battle of the dueling powers continues in Tommy Nightmare. But another battle surfaces within. Triggered by love, one battles to hang on to the humanistic qualities embraced and the newcomer, for the first time, sees a choice for a different path than the one that has been traveled.

J.L. Bryan additional characters turn up the intrigue. The more the merrier. But maybe in some instances, not so much. Time will tell.
**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 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
Feb 28, 2011 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 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 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 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, wa ...more
One Pushy Fox
Apr 18, 2011 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 19, 2012 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!
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, horror, paranormal, ya
I definitely like book 2 better, but am still interested in the series. I hope to start book 3 sooner than later.

In trying to decide what to say - there isn't much I can say without spoilers....and there is a lot I want to write!

Giving it a shot anyway:

This one picks up with a little boy in foster care, whose fellow foster-kids call 'Tommy Nightmare'. Really, the situation they are in is a nightmare, but Tommy causes deep fear in people. Not just fear - but their darkest nightmares. One night,
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Yeah, so the title was rather misleading. This book is NOT about Tommy.

It simply continued Jenny's story, delved into some over-long Greek mutant flashbacks, slapped on some new character and strange unconvincing opposites, plastered on some new powers (cos they're spirits in some void fighting some endless war...or something) and made me get it for 2 dollars 99...or something...

So, why the heck do I feel like reading part 3?

Must be cos part one started so well, an I'm hoping against hope there
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another page-turning book from JL Bryan with an insight on some interesting Greek historical/mythical events that happened in the way distant past to our old and some new friends that have arrived on the scene to assist/hinder Jenny and Seth from the first Paranormals book. You certainly have to keep your wits about you with this book with other Paranormals appearing left, right and centre and old ones returning from the first book and jumping in and out of host bodies without permission.
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Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Alexander spreads fear. He’s Ashley’s opposite. Fallen oak is now being inspected because Jenny killed 200 people with her decease. She’s still with Seth and they both think Ashley is dead. Her spirit isn’t though. Alexander feels like he has to somehow contact her so he finds someone from his childhood and he accidentally gets Ashley into her body. Now Ashley is manipulating Alexander into getting rid of Jenny.
Vrinda Pendred
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Slightly mixed feelings about this one. Love the opening. Love seeing that crazy finale from book one start to get addressed. LOVE the dream memories Jenny has. Love the twist regarding these. The plotting along the way felt a bit eh. The Darcy stuff got annoying. But the ENDING...! I was hoping for crazy, something up there with the end of book one. I got it, and I'm so excited to read book three! ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy the historical references and terminology associated with them in this book. I always love a good reason to look up a new word or research the history involved in it.
This book had more depth than the first. The characters seemed much less one dimensional. I will definitely continue on to the third.
Victoria Zigler
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great continuation of the series, and I love how the plot and characters are developing. Like with the first book, I really enjoyed it, but didn't find it totally amazing. The ending was a bit too sudden for my liking though. ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
2nd book, 2nd place

Of course this wasn't as good as the first book. But I liked the new twists and turns this book took and now I'm intrigued to learn more about the new characters.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
It's a 3.5 star from me.

I have a so so feel for this one. I mean im not really feeling it.I enjoyed the first half until ashleigh showed up. Damn...that women.

All those puzzle is coming together. Everything is making sense now.

The ending is my favourite. I cant wait for the next one!
Y.k. Greene
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great bit of nasty from Ashleigh, even dead that girl just can't let the evil quit. ...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
Sep 30, 2011 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
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-ebook
an interesting bridge to the third book. leaves a lot of loose ends to keep you wanting more and see where things are going to end. here's to looking forward to what comes next.
at the same time, I feel like it climaxed and the fizzled out to start building up to the next book.
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
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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

Other books in the series

The Paranormals (4 books)
  • Jenny Pox (The Paranormals, #1)
  • Alexander Death (The Paranormals, #3)
  • Jenny Plague-Bringer (The Paranormals, #4)

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