Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release Date: January 9, 2007
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Teen, Fantasy
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
From the back cover:
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.
Tattoo is a teen fantasy story based on ancient myths and legends. At the same time, it’s about four close friends who care very much about one another. Of course, it has the requisite cute boys, but mainly this is a book of fantasy and friendship.
The four girls are very unique and I liked each of them for different reasons. I liked Bailey’s intelligence and her insight into the situation. Annabelle might have been my favorite – she watches everyone around her. Zo is fiercely protective of her friends. Delia was the comic relief, and while sometimes amusing, her shallowness irked me.
Tattoo is a book that is very much on the surface. It never delves deeply into the storyline or the mythology. Therefore, it is generally more appropriate for teenagers, rather than adults who may be looking for more within the novel. Still, it’s an enjoyable little book that is easy to read. I enjoyed it for what it was and look forward to reading the sequel, Fate.