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Reviewed by Ivy
Author: Jeffery Cook & Katherine Perkins
Publisher & Pages: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 197 pages
Audience: Young Adult
Blurb: Lots of girls play Fairy Princess when they're little. Megan O'Reilly had no idea the real thing was like playing chess, guitar, and hockey all at once. Megan had known for a long time that she wasn't an entirely typical girl. But living with ADHD—and her mother's obsessions—was a very different thing from finding out she wasn't entirely human. Somewhere out there, in a completely different world, her father needs help. There's a conflict, revolving around Faerie seasonal rituals, that could have consequences for humanity—and if Megan's getting the terminology straight, it sounds like her family aren't even supposed to be the good guys. As she's further and further swept up in trying to save her father, Megan may be getting too good at not being human.
Highlight: Great imagination and use of descriptions for a fantasy world.
Caution: Large sections of exposition dialogue that’ll pierce your head and give you amnesia.
Highlight: Fast paced action to keep the story and characters moving.
Caution: The beginning reads faster than your brain can process.
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.