Monday, December 24, 2012

Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Bailey Morgan isn't the type of girl who shows a lot of skin, but somehow, she ends up in a dressing room at the mall with her friend Delia applying a temporary tattoo to her lower back. Never one to suffer fashion doubt, trendsetter Delia knows exactly where she wants her own tattoo: on her stomach, right where her shirt ends—can you say "midriff"? Annabelle, the quiet one, chooses the back of her neck, and tomboy Zo plasters hers on the top of her foot. The tattoos will last for three days, and Delia's sure that with them, the four friends will absolutely kill at the school dance.

Unfortunately, killing is just what someone has in mind, and Bailey, Delia, Annabelle, and Zo are in for the battle of their lives. Along with her tattoo, each girl receives a gift—a supernatural power to help them in their fight. As Bailey's increasingly frightening dreams reveal the nature of their enemy, it becomes clear to the girls that it's up to them to save the world. And if they can get Delia to stop using her newfound power to turn gum wrappers into Prada pumps, they might actually stand a chance.

Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the first of a two-part story and had a great premise, and some amazing mixtures of cultural references with strong ties to the fey. The book follows four average friends as they are thrust into the magical world of the Sidhe. A typical visit to the mall ends with the girls applying temporary tattoos and gaining ancient magical powers, changing their lives forever. The main character, Bailey didn’t leave much of an impression with me and through her voice the book seemed a little juvenile in tone, so I had a hard time connecting to the characters. But I did enjoy the story despite it’s slow pace. I would have liked to see a little more action and danger, the antagonist was surprisingly easy to defeat and the four friends manage to save the world. I have heard good things about the second book: Fate, so I am looking forward to starting that one soon.

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