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Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I'm a Jennifer who goes mostly by Jen, an Oklahoma girl who's also lived in Connecticut and England, and a writer who has a not-so-secret double life as a cognitive scientist. I love pop culture, mythology, science, superheroes, Joss Whedon, guacamole, television targeted at teenagers, and any... show more



I'm a Jennifer who goes mostly by Jen, an Oklahoma girl who's also lived in Connecticut and England, and a writer who has a not-so-secret double life as a cognitive scientist. I love pop culture, mythology, science, superheroes, Joss Whedon, guacamole, television targeted at teenagers, and any song that I know the lyrics to. I have no sense of direction, but can read a book and shower at the same time. As is probably obvious, I do not particularly excel at writing my own bios.I started writing professionally when I was a teenager and completed my first four published novels while I was in college. Since then, I've split my time between various graduate programs and writing books. In May 2012, I graduated from Yale University with a PhD in Developmental Psychology, which basically means I spent a lot of time thinking about the way the mind works and designing and running experiments that probe the way that young children and non-human primates view the world. My background in the psychological sciences has a habit of working its way into the books I write, sometimes in unexpected ways. As a reader, I love strong female characters, books that blend emotional depth with sarcasm and humor, and supernatural stories that feel real. I'm a sucker for romance and search out authors who can write action sequences and violence without pulling their punches.

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 Leah's Bookish Obsession
Leah's Bookish Obsession rated it 3 months ago
Book Title: The Fixer Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes Series: The Fixer #1 Genre: YA, Mystery Setting: Washington DC Source: Kindle eBook (Library) ⇝Add to Goodreads⇜ ⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜ Plot: 4/5 Main Characters: 4/5 Secondary Characters: 4/5 The Feels: 3.5/5 Addi...
 Leah's Bookish Obsession
Leah's Bookish Obsession rated it 4 months ago
Book Title: Bad Blood Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes Series: The Naturals #4 Genre: Older YA, Mystery, Thriller Setting: Gaither, Oklahoma Source: eBook (Library) ⇝Add to Goodreads⇜ ⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜ Plot: 5+/5 Main Characters: 5/5 Secondary Characters: 5/5 Th...
Familiar Diversions
Familiar Diversions rated it 5 months ago
(Whoops, the character I kept calling "Derek" is actually named Dean. I think I fixed all the instances.) The Naturals is YA Criminal Minds with some of the usual “secret school for special teens” mixed in. I read an ARC copy I picked up at a conference several years ago (yes, I'm terrible about r...
 Leah's Bookish Obsession
Leah's Bookish Obsession rated it 7 months ago
♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪ ♫Cold Water by Theory of a Deadman --This song speaks of the dynamic between Cassie, Dean, Lia, Sloan and Michael, and how they are there for each other. Holding each other up. I picked the version of this song by TOAD over Justin Bieber & Co. because TOAD is one o...
 Leah's Bookish Obsession
Leah's Bookish Obsession rated it 10 months ago
Book Title: Killer Instinct Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes Series: The Naturals #2 Genre: YA, Mystery, Splash of Romance Source: Kindle E-Book (Library) ⇝Add to Goodreads⇜ ♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪ Monster You Made by Pop Evil --For Dean…the backstory between Dean and his ...
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