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Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher & Pages: Random House, 260 pages
Audience: Young Adult
Blurb: Four friends. Four tattoos. One ancient evil.
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 strange temporary tattoo to the centre of 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. Annabelle, the quiet friend, 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.
Highlight: Great character development.
Caution: The book leaves me with some unanswered questions.
Highlight: Love the plot.
Reviewed by Ashleigh
*Please note that this review is in the old format.*
TITLE: Inside Your Head
AUTHOR: L. J. Bennington
GENRE: Low Culture Fantasy
SYNOPSIS: When Ariana's secret admirer gives her a “magic charm” for Valentine's Day, saying it will grant her the one thing she wants most, she wishes to get into the mind of her dreamy actor crush, Bryant. She's known him for years but his hot/cold behavior has always left her confused and frustrated. All she wants is one date with him, and she thinks that if she knows his mind, his wants, and what attracts him to a girl, she could get that date.
She never expected the charm to work, but when it does, she finds that she not only knows what Bryant is thinking, she knows exactly what's on all her friends and family members' minds – every moment of every day. Their thoughts are surprisingly raunchy - especially in the case of her best friend, Parker.
Everyone she knows has a huge secret that she would rather not have known. Nobody in her life is as they seemed. She also now has to accept the fact that real magic exists, and using it can have dangerous consequences. Things couldn't get any worse!
Now Ariana has to find a way to restore her life, at school and at home. She also has a choice to make. Will she exploit her new mind reading talent to snag the boy she's wanted since she was twelve years old...or will she take a chance on her secret admirer – someone she could never imagine would win her heart?
One thing is for sure, Ariana is set for an adventure that will teach her the true meaning of magic, friendship, honesty, family, and love.