Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes {Review}

30 August 2011
Title: Tattoo
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: Tattoo #1
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Date: January 9th 2007
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780385733472
Source: bought
Purchase: Tattoo

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

At first I had a hard time getting into the book, the main group of characters were too "high-school" for me. I kept reading and soon got sucked into the story.
The girls, Bailey, Zo, Annabelle, and Delia are at the mall when the story starts; they happen upon this little kiosk and meet this mysterious (weird) woman who picks out accessories for the girls. Bailey happens upon a set of 4 temporary tattoos. The girls are at the mall mainly to get outfits for a school dance that is happening on Monday ( it's Friday). This is where I had trouble getting into the book. I had to put it down and walk away, I have a hard time reading books that have characters that are really shallow, and Delia comes off as majorly shallow and vapid.
The book soon begins to redeem itself, when the girls apply the tattoos and Bailey starts hearing voices, and seeing things. Things progress and all the girls learn that they have gained powers from the tattoos. They soon learn that they must stop an ancient "evil" from stealing the souls of their classmates and other humans. I say "evil" because in the end you find out the truth. I had a hard time following along at certain points in the book, but once I paused, re-read a few sentences I caught up quickly and was able to follow along with the story.
If you are wanting a light read and like mythology (think Fates) then this is a great book to have!

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