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TATTOO by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

TATTOO

By Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Jan. 9th, 2007
ISBN: 0-385-73347-X
Publisher: Delacorte

Just like any other Friday night, close friends Bailey, Delia, Zo and Annabelle are hanging out at the mall, but when the girls apply temporary tattoos of strange symbols, the evening quickly becomes anything but ordinary. The tattoos give each teen a supernatural power, ranging from transmogrification to pyrokinesis. Although initially psyched with their powers, which they humorously put to use, the girls quickly realize, by way of Bailey’s ability to channel mysterious voices and visions, that they have become entangled in a dangerous struggle between three ancient fairies who threaten civilization. The girls slowly uncover the well-developed fairy world, which closely mirrors the myth of the Three Fates, through the Internet and the help of a linguist, adding a realistic dimension to the plot. While Bailey’s character is in a state of realistic development and flux, her three friends are tightly typecast as the brain, the flirt and the tomboy, which makes for predictable actions and dialogue. Fantastical, but with a reality check. (Fiction. YA)