Sunday, December 7, 2008

Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Can a shopping trip change your life? Annabel, Delia, Zo and Bailey are in the mall looking for something to wear for the school dance. They stop at an accessory booth where they pick out respectively a barrette, a necklace, a crystal, and a set of temporary tattoos that Bailey is inexorably drawn to. Each girl chooses a tattoo, which will totally change their lives.

The girls soon realize these tattoos have given them powers, special powers. One can read minds, one can create fire, one gets visions of the future, and one can change things (transmogrification). They are impressed, especially Delia who just thinks of all the great clothes she can now create. On the other hand Bailey hears voices and has dreams that tell her something evil is coming, an ancient prophecy that could destroy the world. So--can these girls save the world from this coming evil, solve the mystery, make sure the high school dance remains safe, and maybe help Bailey get a date with Kane before the tattoos wear off and their powers disappear?

This light-hearted, witty story of friendship, mythology, adventure, and fashion, is simply a lot of fun. The way the girls relate to each other reminds me of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, with a supernatural subplot. I do hope there will be a sequel.

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