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…
Jenny Pox and its sequel, Tommy Nightmare, are two of my favorite paranormal books that I’ve ever read (click the titles for the reviews by Pushy and me). And the final book in The Paranormals trilogy, Alexander Death, has just made the top of my list for favorite book.
Jenny Morton as lived a hard life, one where she has to avoid all human and animal contact or risk infecting those unlucky enough to brush against her with a plague-like pox that can kill. In the first book, Jenny Pox, she finds that there is one person she can touch without the risk of killing them. Jenny’s opposite is Seth, who has the power to heal with just one touch. But he is the boyfriend of Ashleigh, the girl who has made her entire life a living hell, and she ramps up her campaign of evil to take down Jenny when Seth leaves Ashleigh for the outcast.
At the end of Jenny Pox, Jenny and Seth learn that there are more Paranormals out there than just the two of them and Ashleigh and that they have been reincarnating in the bodies of humans over countless millennia. In Tommy Nightmare, they learn that the other Paranormals always try to find one another when Tommy comes looking for his opposite. While Ashleigh spreads love with her touch, Tommy instills fear and hate with his, and he can’t wait to meet up with Ashleigh. But when he can’t find her, he takes aim at Jenny and Seth to get revenge for the missed opportunities. While finding a way to team up with Ashleigh, employing the powers of another Paranormal named Esmeralda, they set off to rip apart Jenny and Seth. Just when it looks like they’ve succeeded, Esmerelda’s opposite, Alexander swoops in and rescues Jenny from the middle of a huge riot at the end of Tommy Nightmare.
In the beginning of Alexander Death, Jenny is grateful to Alexander for saving her from the crush of people that tried to rip her apart. While she didn’t want to infect anyone, she couldn’t help but feel bad about anyone that was harmed because of the powers that have plagued her forever. While Jenny has few memories of Alexander and their past lives together, he remembers every single incarnation. And he offers to help Jenny remember and bring her back from the pathetic mess that she is now to her former glory.
While Alexander brings Jenny to his estate in Mexico, he treats her with respect and ultimately helps her get all of her past lives memories back. Alexander longs for the companionship that Jenny has given him throughout the incarnations, but he also wants the power that comes from just having her near brings. But does Jenny like what she was so many times before and what she then becomes when she remembers? I won’t spoil that here, but she ultimately has some very hard decisions to make when Homeland Security, Mexico’s version of the same entity, and the CDC bring out the full court press to find her.
While Dr. Heather Reynard tries to figure out the mystery behind Jenny’s disease spreading ability and subsequently Seth’s ability to heal, Ashleigh inhabits Esmeralda’s body and is up to her old political power plays while keeping Tommy on a very short leash. Throughout the book, Seth doesn’t give up looking for Jenny, who has seemingly vanished without a trace. But if you have enough money, anything is possible and are willing to do some of the detective work yourself as Seth soon finds out.
Ultimately in this book, Jenny finally comes to terms with who she is, what her powers are, and what she’s been in the past, and how it has affected those around her. And she finally owns the situation, making what she finally wants out of it, not what others want her to do. Alexander Death is an excellent series ender, full of deceipt, subterfuge, and danger. Each of the books in the trilogy are truly solid.
JL Bryan did a fantastic job with this series, and in the end, an even better way of proving that just because you’ve always taken one path, doesn’t mean that you can’t make a new one that will make you happier and lighter. And Jenny and the man she chose in the end will definitely be happier with those choices, blazing a new trail. I give this one a five out of five.
And don’t forget to pick up your Kindle copy of Jenny Pox from Amazon, free for a limited time!
And check back here this Monday, October 17 for the kickoff of JL Bryan’s The Paranormals book tour from Kismet Book Touring.
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