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I heart books, yoga, tea, cardamom cookies, the color pink, board games, theatre, twirly dresses, and bells chiming the hour. I’m frighteningly enthusiastic.

I use GR to keep track of what I read and to recommend books that I really love.

NOTE: I love bloggers, booksellers, librarians, and passionate readers of all kinds! But I don't provide review copies of my books directly. If you're interested, you can contact my publisher, Penguin Teen, by following the instructions here:

I do not send swag to countries where the series is not currently being published, due to the prohibitive cost of international postage. Sorry! (You can find a list of countries where it IS being published here: http://www.jessic

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Jessica Spotswood Hi, Amanda! I'm so glad you're excited for PETTICOATS & PISTOLS. Me too! I've been editing the first drafts of all the stories, and they are…moreHi, Amanda! I'm so glad you're excited for PETTICOATS & PISTOLS. Me too! I've been editing the first drafts of all the stories, and they are AMAZING and only going to get more so! It's such an incredible group of authors! I'm not sure if we'll be able to share entire stories early, but I bet we'll get to reveal some snippets or at least share some of the premises next year! (less)
Jessica Spotswood First I have to determine what kind of writer's block it is. There's the nagging sense that something isn't working, which is usually bc I've made a…moreFirst I have to determine what kind of writer's block it is. There's the nagging sense that something isn't working, which is usually bc I've made a wrong turn in the story, and I have to go back to the last place where it felt right and make a different choice. Then there's the fear of suck, when my inner editor is overwhelming me. When that happens, I turn on the program Write or Die, which starts to eat my words if I don't keep writing. It's very motivational!(less)
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“Reading is the perfect escape from whatever ails you.”
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Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

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Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of "them." The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked--and given the ultimate choice. Die...or become one of the monsters.

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Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend--a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

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Goodreads Summary-Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

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Goodreads summary-Love can never die.

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?

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In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.
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Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.

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Illuminate is an exciting saga of a teen’s first taste of independence, her experience in the lap of luxury, and her discovery she may possess strength greater than she ever knew.
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Goodreads Summary-Every ghost has a story to tell.

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Tansy soon finds that through the lens of her camera, she can become part of a surreal black-and-white world where her life is intertwined with that of mysterious, troubled Henry, who lived in the same house and died decades earlier. It seems their lives are linked by fate and the artifacts she found, but as Tansy begins spending more and more time in the past, her present world starts to fade away. Tansy must untangle herself from Henry's dangerous reality—before she loses touch with her own life forever.
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The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff by Brenna Yovanoff

Goodreads Summary-Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped—and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible.

Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie’s whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way.
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The most tragic love story in history . . .
Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.
"These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume."
"--Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare
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Miranda Thank you so much for accepting my friend request!

Eugenia (Genie In A Book) Dear Jessica,

Thank you so much for accepting my friend request :)
I am very much looking forward to reading and discovering more of your work.

Best wishes for more books in the future,

message 13: by Lucinda

Lucinda Dear Jessica,
I would like to thank you for being my friend here on GoodReads.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x

message 12: by Jessica

Jessica Rachael wrote: "Thanks for adding me I absolutely adored Born Wicked and can't wait for the rest! (If you so wish check out my review here"

Thanks for reading, Rachel, and for taking the time to review it!

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Jessica Kristy wrote: "Thanks for adding me as a friend! I'm in the middle of Born Wicked and I love it so far!"

Thanks so much, Kristy!

message 10: by Rachael

Rachael Thanks for adding me I absolutely adored Born Wicked and can't wait for the rest! (If you so wish check out my review here

Kristy  Marie Thanks for adding me as a friend! I'm in the middle of Born Wicked and I love it so far!

Jessica Raafia wrote: "Thanx for adding me, I love Born Wicked, Cant wait for more!!! :)"

Thank you, Raafia! :-D

Raafia Thanx for adding me, I love Born Wicked, Cant wait for more!!! :)

Jessica Ali wrote: "Thank you for being friends with me. I really LOVED BORN WICKED and I can't wait for more!"

Yay, I'm so glad! Thank you!

message 5: by Ali

Ali Thank you for being friends with me. I really LOVED BORN WICKED and I can't wait for more!

message 4: by Lily

Lily Jessica wrote: "Lily wrote: "Thank you for adding my friendship absolutly love your book Born Wicked. Any time you wanna talk about books am here. Are you going to make a 2 book? :)"

Hi Lily! Yes, book2 in the ..."


Jessica Lily wrote: "Thank you for adding my friendship absolutly love your book Born Wicked. Any time you wanna talk about books am here. Are you going to make a 2 book? :)"

Hi Lily! Yes, book2 in the Cahill WItch Chronicles will be out next February!

message 2: by Lily (last edited Feb 23, 2012 06:22PM)

Lily Thank you for adding my friendship absolutly love your book Born Wicked. Any time you wanna talk about books am here. Are you going to make a 2 book? :)

Sangr1a Thanks for your friendship, Jessica! :)

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