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Tattoo (Tattoo #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,940 Ratings  ·  236 Reviews
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 on ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Apr 01, 2012 Anne rated it it was ok
If I hadn't already read (and liked) the second book, Fate, there is no way I would have picked it up after reading this. Tattoo wasn't awful, but the plot wasn't good enough this time to make me overlook the glaringly juvenile tone of the book.
It was also too short to flesh out any of the characters, so what you're left with is four stereotypes. The Tough Girl, the Intellectual Girl, the Beautiful Girl, and the Ordinary Girl...who naturally can't really be ordinary, because she's secretly
May 18, 2010 Bex rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Barnes's (Golden) book about four friends who get special powers from their temporary tattoos has some fun moments, despite the far-out premise. Even 15-year-old narrator Bailey acknowledges the surreal situation when she considers explaining what's going on to her mother: "An evil fairy princess who doubles as one of the three Fates is sucking out the souls of innocent people, and my friends and I have been imbued with the powers to stop her, but we only have the powers for like another twelve ...more
Sep 19, 2009 Krystle rated it it was ok
When you read this book, you’ll either love it or hate it, but you’ll probably love it more if you were a teenager or on the younger end.

The tone, writing, and voice of this book was very juvenile. I know that since it’s being told from the pov of the main protagonist I should allow for some leeway, and I did but there comes a point when you step past that boundary. It quickly became obnoxious and grating. Not to mention when Bailey came to some of her puzzle solving conclusions it’s like “Hell
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Oct 18, 2009 Princess Bookie rated it liked it
My Thoughts: This book was a fun quick read. We start off by getting to know all the girls. I will admit I had a hard time following at first. Mainly because the girls seemed so much alike I had trouble keeping them straight. We don't get too much detail surrounding each girl so I had to remember who was who. Once the story unfolded though, it came together. The girls became individuals. They go and end up buying tattoos that are supposed to be "temporary" right before a big dance they are looki ...more
Tattoo is the first of a two-part story. It introduces four friends, Bailey (the main character), Delia, Annabelle, and Zo. Bailey narrates the story, for the most part, and we read the majority of the plot through her voice. Delia is a “fashion goddess,” flirty and a cheerleader. Annabelle is the quiet one of the group, practical and smart. Zo is a tomboy and Bailey’s “other half.”

One day at the mall, Bailey buys a set of 4 temporary tattoos (there’s more to the story than that, but this is the
Feels like the "travelling pants" as fairy-induced world-savers ... Hmm. I've almost reached the middle. The four girls are very different from each other, That might be nice - but maybe they are too obviously stereotypical: The sensible genius (professor's daughter), the cute and misbehaving tomboy (motherless), the big-breasted and confident girly-girl (mall-addict and fashion-expert) and the normal girl-next-door (narrator, unsure, secretly in love, fiercely loved by her friends). The plot is ...more
I started reading this book today and was able to finish it too (since I'm making up for the time that I've been too busy on school and my desktop crashing plus the fact that my to-read books are piled mountain-high, but of course there is an exaggeration to that, just 270 books and counting.)

So, I think I stumbled on this book on my first weeks of the second semester (in my school) and thought that this might be a cool story with somehow the likes of Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely and somehow I w
Jacob Proffitt
Okay, so the setup is completely unbelievable. And the plot is driven more by sensibility than sense. I still enjoyed the book because the four friends at its heart are so charming.

Bailey, as viewpoint character, is kind of transparent. i.e. she's the most bland—a compromise or middle-of-the-road personality. This is a good thing, though, because the friends need that central bridge to tie them together. The others all complement each other through their differences. The main thing the author ha
Sep 09, 2009 Jenny rated it liked it
Four girls. Four temporary tattoos. Four magic temporary tattoos. And a powerful evil being out to ruin the school dance.

Tattoo, for me, read like a less emotional Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants sprinkled with fairy dust. Four friends - the fashion forward one, the brilliant one, the tomboy, and the oh-so-average narrator - decide on a whim to wear the pretty green swirly temporary tattoos given to them by a crazy lady in the mall to their school's dance. But these tattoos give them powers.
Apr 20, 2009 Adele rated it liked it
I picked this up after an increasingly common, depressing yet good YA novel that populate the genre. I needed something that was light and not a complete waste of space - I picked exceedingly well. Not only that but it is also my first official faerie book and I really liked it!

The concept is fun, plonk a temporary tattoo on your skin and develop a telekinetic power. The pace is speedy without sacrificing character development, meaningful without resorting to trite high school nonsense and hilar
Dec 21, 2011 Lorena rated it really liked it
Tattoo is the story of a group of friends that find themselves with temporary tattoos that change their lives. The friends find themselves with some pretty interesting changes, setting people on fire, reading minds, seeing into the future and the ability to turn trash into fashion!
I almost forgot, Bailey also starts hearing voices proclaiming the coming of a great evil force. They girls must save the world from being destroyed with their new found powers.

I liked this book a lot. The girls were w
Jul 30, 2009 Holly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Fairy Tale
You know a story is good when they can make a completely out-there topic seem believable. Tattoo did just that.

While out shopping with her friends, Bailey happens upon four temporary tattoos that end up having strange powers. While it sounds completely strange in a summary, I swear it becomes completely realistic. Everything is well thought out and there really isnt anything that can be improved upon. The writing is comical and most definitely in a teen's voice. Most everything thay was said was
Jul 26, 2009 Rachel rated it did not like it
This was too too slow for me. Most of the time, if a book is interesting and I want to find out what is next I will take and read it everywhere. Not this book. I only read it at my lunch time which veries from 30 to a hour.

It is about 4 girls who save the world from becoming unbalanced between good and evil. They get their powers from temporary tattoos, one has vision of the future, another can read minds, another can change objects into something else and the main one is apparently has a blood
Sue Wargo
May 08, 2012 Sue Wargo rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Three teen friends spend an average day at the mall shopping and find this tiny shop with interesting fake tattoos. But what might have been a typical teen scenario turns into an unwitting quest to right an ancient wrong. BY applying the tattoos, the three friends inherit different powers that send them into another world. It's a cute blend of girl friendship and girl power. I think with a focus on the supernatural that is prevalent in so many books today, my teen readers will like this book. So ...more
Feb 08, 2016 Nolan rated it liked it
It's been a while since I virtually browsed the braille stacks at the National Library Service, and I figured the young-adult section would have something that elicits a smile--something fun and light.

It was author name recognition that initially drew me to this. She has a solid YA following, and I figured there were probably good reasons for that.

I didn't merely read this book, I enjoyed it. It focuses on four 15-year-olds who hit the mall, pine for the eye candy hot guy, and save the world in
Sep 30, 2015 Melanie rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Tattoo was a unique story. Very unique. I liked how the characters interacted with each other (they were all close friends and knew each other well). And also, the "powers" they got from the temporary tattoos were interesting.
Jul 18, 2014 Courtney rated it did not like it
Not gonna lie, this was not entirely my cup of tea. Now, to be fair, one of the main reasons was because it felt very juvenile to me. I know that it is YA, but I feel like I have read a lot of YA that did not feel quite as young to me.

Secondly, not a lot happened. A few premonitions, a lot of gossip about hot guys and giggling over morphing outfits and maybe 20 pages of action.

Of course, I am a glutton for punishment, so I am going to read on and find out what happens in book 2. I just hope th
Sep 28, 2011 Tara rated it really liked it
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Kami Dodson-Perry
This is the second series that I have read by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. The 1st one is Raised by Wolves and I was not sure what to expect since it was so different from that story line.

I liked it. I love the 4 main characters and their relationships with each other. I could feel the friendship, love, loyalty, & trust within the writing of the characters.

Annabelle, Bailey, Zo & Delia are all beautiful & different from one another which actually adds to their friendships & the complime
Feb 03, 2012 Kirsti rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Tweens
Recommended to Kirsti by: Goodreads
Bailey, Zo, Annabelle and Delia are the best of friends, despite their obvious personality differences. They spend their days doing what most fifteen year old girls do, talking about school, boys and shopping. Until one day, while shopping at the mall (for the perfect nail polish color, I might add) They stop and a strange cart and buy items of protection, and Bailey buys a set of tattoos that give the girls powers. She of course, is descended from fairies, and somehow gets prophecies sent to he ...more
Jenny Delandro
Nov 03, 2010 Jenny Delandro rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Feb 01, 2010 Arya rated it really liked it
Bailey is very normal. She is not drop-dead gorgeous, she is not ugly. She has friends, but she is not on the A-list. She gets ok grades, and fits in (a little). Tipical teenager. . . until she puts on a temporary tatoo. Her three close friends also stick on some ink and are inserted into a fantasy adventure between humankind and Death itself (well, more on that when you read the book. . .she is not actually. . .NO I will not give it away).

Gaining powers these four friends race to save the worl
Aug 09, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it
Oh boy, oh boy...I have a feeling that this will be one of those books that I am ashamed to tell people I loved, lol. Why would I be ashamed, you ask? Mostly, because this book is incredibly cheesy. You have the 4 stereotypical friends (the nerd, the tomboy, the fashionista and the average one), the mythological creatures coming to life, and the harrowing ordeal to save the world. And yet...

I found this book to be easy to read, enjoyable, exciting and actually, pretty funny. The protective natur
Jul 14, 2011 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-5-stars
Plot: 3 Stars
I loved the idea of tattoos giving the girls certain powers. I especially enjoyed Delia's power of transmogrification (changing objects into different objects) because I had never heard of that specific power before. The author did a great job at weaving the sidhe and the fates together with the story of the four friends -- Bailey, Zo, Annabelle, and Delia. I just felt some of the high school aspects were a bit cliched at times. But the unique twist the author put on the paranormal
May 24, 2011 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, own-it
Tattoo is the first of a two-part story. It introduces four friends, Bailey (the main character), Delia, Annabelle, and Zo. Bailey narrates the story, for the most part, and we read the majority of the plot through her voice. Delia is a “fashion goddess,” flirty and a cheerleader. Annabelle is the quiet one of the group, practical and smart. Zo is a tomboy and Bailey’s “other half.”

One day at the mall, Bailey buys a set of 4 temporary tattoos (there’s more to the story than that, but this is the
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Bailey, Zo, Annabelle, and Delia were at the mall for one of their routine shopping trips when Delia decided they needed a special accessory for the big dance. Stopping at a little booth in the middle of the mall seemed like the perfect place for each girl to find the perfect item. Delia, the shopping guru, chose a choker style necklace first. Annabelle found a pretty barrette, and Zo found a beautiful crystal that could be slid onto a chain for a nice
May 22, 2013 Krystianna rated it really liked it
Tattoo is about a girl named Bailey and her three friends. One day while at the mall, a lady stops them at a kiosk and gives each of them a different accessory. When it's Bailey's turn, the lady tells her that she can actually pick which accessory she wants. Bailey ends up accidentally knocking over a drawer, and decides on the choice of temporary tattoos. While the girls go dress shopping, they each decide to put their tattoos on. Each girl decides on a different place. Even though they don't k ...more
Apr 29, 2008 Kelly rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Four friends, Delia, Zo, Annabelle, and Bailey, are shopping at the mall when they encounter a booth where a mysterious woman sells small fashion accessories. Everyone selects something, and Bailey chooses a set of blue and green temporary tattoos that will be perfect for the school dance in three days. There are four -- enough for everyone.

But as soon as the tattoos are applied, Bailey hears voices warning her and she faints inside of the clothing stall.

Quickly it becomes apparent that the tatt
Apr 21, 2011 Brenda rated it liked it
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Jun 14, 2011 Olivia rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I would really have liked to give this book 4.5 stars, but since GoodReads only lets you do whole stars, I'll just have to settle for four.

This book was not what I expected it to be. I'm not even sure what I expected, but it wasn't this. Defiantly not magic Sidhe, and faeries, and even a sprinkle of Greek Mythology. This book was different.

Bailey and her three best friends, Delia, Zo, and A-belle, have always been best buddies. On their weekly trip to the mall, Delia, the fashion diva, convinces
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a "practice book" and which none ...more
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