Thursday, September 22, 2011

Alexander Death by JL Bryan The Paranormals Series

Alexander Death The Paranormals, Book Three
by JL Bryan
www.jlbryanbooks.com
Sept 2011
Pages 252
ARC being reviewed
Thank you JL Bryan

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 in the final, catastrophic battle...
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SPOILERS IF YOU HAVE NOT READ JENNY POX AND TOMMY NIGHTMARE DO NOT READ REVIEW BUY BOOKS!!!!!!!
ALSO I'D LIKE TO CAUTION THAT THIS IS FOR OLDER YA READERS DEFINITELY NOT FOR YOUNGER READERS

JL Bryan is a master storyteller and if you don't believe me, then read any of his stories and see for yourself. I'm writing today about the third book in his series, The Paranormals, Alexander Death. If you're up on the story thus far, you will not be disappointed with Alexander Death. It is fast paced and filled with so much energy and character that it is legendary. The characters have powers like none I've seen in YA.

Jenny, tortured throughout two novels is now coming into her own. Jenny Morton, has been through way more than any single character that I've read about in my reading history! She's been tormented by Ashleigh Goodling all her life. She's been unable to touch people because she can give people a deadly disease, "Jenny Pox", her classmates have nicknamed it. She can't even hug her dad or pet the dog. She craved human touch and finally found it with her opposite, Seth. But after the town attacked them and Jenny unleashed herself, after her father was scared of her and after Seth betrayed her trust and she's in danger, the sexy stranger that claims to know her better than anyone and saves her seems like a great idea. So off to Mexico she goes with Alexander, El Brujo. Like the other Paranormals, Ashleigh, Seth, Esmerelda, Tommy and Jenny, Alexander also has his own kind of power. It's an interesting power and Jenny's power enhances it.

But Alexander claims he wants to be with Jenny because they've been together through many lifetimes. He seems to remember all of them, while Jenny has no memory of the lives they've shared. Alexander treats her like no one has ever treated her. She has a servant who becomes her first real friend, Kisa, and her own room.  She goes shopping and buys her own clothes and is actually able to save herself and Kisa from two thugs using her power, for good instead of evil for the first time that she can remember.  And Alexander treats her with respect, he throws her a party and shows her what her power can do.  He treats her like the goddess he says she is.

But, is he really as good as he appears to be?  JL Bryan leads you to think so.  We never really know more than Jenny knows about Alexander.  We know what Seth is doing to try to find her and we know that she isn't safe going back to the United States.  But JL Bryan keeps what's about to happen a closely guarded secret until its thrust upon you and you're left wide open trying to deal with your emotions and the situation, just like Jenny.  Who to believe?  Who to trust?  There is an underlying darkness, but there's always been that.  And what about the Mayans?  And the snakes?  And the zombies?
And the drugs?  And is the CDC and Homeland Security still poking around the Fallen Oak "chemical plant" disaster?

 As I said this is such a fast paced novel I read it in one night.  I sat there and drank in every word and the cautious person in me was saying, "Jenny, don't open the basement door."  While the one that wanted her to finally have some fun and get some revenge was saying, "Go for it!"  I vascillated throughout the entire book.  

And then I got to the last twenty pages and I kept thinking, "No way he can pull it all off in this amount of pages."  And I kept reading and watching the page numbers go down and kept thinking, "No way he can finish this story in this amount of pages."  I was worried about info dump or a neat and tidy bow or something like that.  But the more I said "no way" the better the story got.  That final battle, it was legendary!  I've read some kick ass fight scenes this year and I've read some great fight scenes in this series, the one in Jenny Pox at the end is not to be missed!  But this one, this one has got to be right up there with Buffy when they blow up Sunnydale High at graduation minus the mayor turning into a giant snake.  It is monumental!

By the time I got down to the last few cool down tie up loose end pages, I was so pumped full of adrenaline I was bouncing up and down on the bed.  I felt like jumping on the bed, but the ceiling fan gets in the way.   As it was I used the f-word on Twitter!  That is how great this finale is to this series!
You will not stop to eat or drink or even pee.  You will glare at humans and animals that dare to interrupt you and you will kick yourself if you don't hurry up and read this series.  The real origins of the Paranormals comes out in this book so you need to make sure you've got all three because once you've read the first one, you'll never want to wait for the second one and definitely not for Alexander Death.

I loved every minute of this book.  Every question was answered everything was completed, but not tied up with a bow.  There were a few extras thrown in that I didn't expect and I loved the ending.  Read it!  Enjoy it!  Tell me how much you loved it!

Heather


4 comments:

  1. Bah!! I still need to read the first two books - they sound so great!

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  2. Okay, I skimmed your review because I plan on reading this one this weekend and I cannot wait! So glad to know you loved it so much, I just can't get enough of this series:) Can't wait to chat with you about it when I finish Heather!

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  3. I definitely have this series on my wishlist. Thank you for sharing today.

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  4. Thanks for the comments! You will definitely want to read this series. The final book is such a rush ...well you could tell I liked it, I'm sure.

    I appreciate you stopping by!

    Heather

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