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Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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May 30, 2007

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Read in June, 2007

Really thinking about it, had I been younger, possibly back in 5th grade, or even younger, this book would have gotten an A. It's really geared towards a younger audience, but without making them feel talked down to. A few years from now my neice might really enjoy this book.

The biggest problem for me was that it just wasn't adult enough. Barnes did use some adult language, but most of the time descriptions were brief, the plot was hurried, the humor more junior high MTVish (but not rude) along with the characters, who were also only slightly developed and cliched. But I don't feel that any of that would be a problem for younger readers. It actually reminded me a lot of the books (at least in writing style) I used to read back in elementary school.

Outside of the writing itself, I found the story really interesting but not entirely developed. I would have preferred it to go more in depth so I could become more involved, but it never did so I never did. It was a unique storyline, taking old Celtic myths and putting them into a modern setting, acknowledging the entire time how weird it is. The characters (and Barnes as well) were not afraid to poke fun at the whole fairy thing.

If you're looking for a very easy and fun read, then try out Tattoo. Just don't expect a lot of work.
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