Since this is a blog about writing, I'm also going to include reviews of things that I've read. I've been a reading fool lately. Pretty much since I got a smartphone (HTC Rhyme FTW!) with a Kindle App. My mom, dad and sis all have Kindles (two originals and a Fire), but I opted to get a phone instead. I'm enjoying this app immensely! The only thing I use more on my phone is Facebook. And Texting. Anyhoo, this book. This crazy, messed up, wonderfully addicting book. I read for about three hours straight on Tuesday evening after DWTS: Results, and forced myself to go to bed. The next day was when the book really started to piss me off. But to know why, you'll have to read my Goodreads.com review. If you like that review, feel free to friend me and follow me. I'm hoping to have a Goodreads Author page by the time "Sugar and Spies" comes out. **************************************************** Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book infuriated me. And enthralled me. I was completely mesmerized by so many different things in this book that I recommended it to three different people before I even finished.
First up, I have to say, Ashleigh as the main villain infuriated me the most (that's what villains are supposed to do, right?). As a Christian and a conservative (well, libertarian, but I digress), people like her make me so angry. She was manipulative, vindictive, creepy, condescending, two-faced *goes to find a thesaurus* vicious, vile, offensive, pernicious. You get the idea. She was genius at working things through to work out in her own favor, from manipulating her principal's words on the Abstinance is Power agenda, to getting the entire town to turn on Jenny and Seth. What scared me about her is how much power she was able to hold in her perfectly manicured claws. There was nothing forgiving about her. She was probably the perfect villain, joining the ranks of Mandy Moore's character in "Saved" and Amanda Bynes' character in "Easy A." People like Ashleigh Goodling (ironic last name) give real Christians who love God and people more than Napoleonic agendas (Ashleigh even sympathized with Napoleon while studying!) a bad name!
That said, this seems like a cautionary tale of what happens when you allow other people to do your thinking for you. Granted, the people of Fallen Oak were under Ashleigh's spell, so they couldn't do much about it, but in the real world, we're able to think for ourselves, educate ourselves, make our own decisions. I'm seriously looking forward to reading book two to see where life takes Jenny and Seth!
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