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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.
Review: *This review contains one spoiler, sort of.*
I’ve always loved tattoos (I have one of my own) and I have a bit of an obsession with magic (I write fantasy), so I’ve always imagined how awesome it would be if getting a tattoo meant getting magical powers too. Jennifer Lynn Barnes creates a scenario where that does happen, and I absolutely love her for it.
Bailey Morgan, main character. Written in first person, the story is told through her perspective. She’s a klutz, she’s adorably awkward, and I can totally relate to her character. No, I’m not a klutz, but what I mean when I say I can relate is that the author has created a character that I can find even something little to relate to. In fact, the author has done that with all of her characters.
The four main characters are Bailey, Annabelle, Delia, and Zo. Bailey is a klutz. Annabelle is an intellectual. Delia is a stereotypical female teenager: boy crazy and obsessed with fashion. Zo, short for Zoe-Claire, is the anti-Delia: she hates shopping, hates fashion, and really dislikes boys. Together the balance each other out, which bodes well for them considering what they have to throughout the book.
The story is definitely a unique and intriguing one, and I really liked it. Unfortunately though, this wasn’t a book that grabbed my attention and had me hooked the whole way through – that being said, it has been one of my favourite books so I’ve read it a lot, so maybe that’s why I didn’t find it enthralling this time around.
Another downside is that the book created questions and didn’t answer them. SPOILER ALERT: Bailey Morgan becomes one of the Three Fates. Now, according to the book, the Three Fates are supposed to be immortal, except Bailey Morgan is human: she’s been raised as a human and will likely want to live her life as a human, not to mention she has human parents. So is she actually immortal? Or when she dies, will someone replace her as one of the three fates? Not that everyone will have these questions, but still. I wish I had answers.
Star Rating: 4 STARS
Available in: Paperback, Audiobook