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Tattoo (Tattoo #1)

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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
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Published December 24th 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Allison The main character has a crush on another, and there's some drama behind the scenes with a messed-up love triangle, but not really. If you're only…moreThe main character has a crush on another, and there's some drama behind the scenes with a messed-up love triangle, but not really. If you're only reason for reading this book is the romance, I would not recommend it.(less)
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Anne
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow.
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
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Bex
Mar 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Krystle
Sep 19, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Whatchyareading
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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Princess Bookie
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
Abigail
Jul 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm just laughing at me and the books I put on my list when I was in high school. *sigh*  I also DNF this book. The writing sucked so much I wanted to poke my eyeballs out. Also the characters were all so cliche. I gave up on this book probably 50 pages in.  Don't read it.  I gave it 1 star on Goodreads.
Faye
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
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Adele
Apr 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jenny
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.
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Kirsti
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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oliviasbooks
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
Lorena
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Holly
Jan 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sue Wargo
Mar 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel
Jul 26, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Melanie
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, yabrc
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.
Michelle Boyea
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
While this book wasn't as fantastic as others that Jennifer has written, it was still a great book! I loved the mythology woven into it!
Lynndell
Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes features four friends on an adventure together. Delia, Annabelle and Zo are friends with the main character, Bailey. Bailey has a crush on Kane Lawson, which is portrayed honestly and in an awkwardly cute way. We've all had similar crush experiences;). The four friends are shopping at the mall and purchase fun accessories to match their personalities. Bailey chooses temporary tattoos because she can't decide on anything else. The tattoo set contains four temporary ...more
Maxine
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: work-related
There was one point where I was saddened by the gullibility factor, (view spoiler).

Also, (view spoiler)

But otherwise, this book was a fun read. I liked the friendship between the girls, and I liked the mythology mix-in. ...Not sure if I'd offer it to my little middle
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Angela
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From mystical prophecy to cutting edge chokers, Tattoo is a great book for those who love magic and fairies; things like that... I thought the beginning was a great start, however it leaves you confused and puzzled, which is good if you like something that will make you want to read more, but not in taste of those who want the facts completely in hand. I loved the adventurous vibe each page, and there weren't too many clichés... I felt like some of the dialogue, though may have been needed for s ...more
Erin
Barnes's tale (published when she was still a teen herself or in her v. early 20s, iirc), still has an authentically teen feel--although, is hanging out at the mall still a thing?

It's a light, fun urban fantasy romance with good female friendships and yet...I was super not in the mood and I can't tell if it's me or the book.
No, David! No!
I am a big JLB fan. This was probably my least favorite of her books. I thought it was alright, but I didn't love the basis (the celtic magic). I still liked the characters. I could tell that this was one of her earlier books. I think she is much stronger in the more recent books.
Joy Landers
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
funny tale of coming of age with a twist. Bailey learns she isn't just another teen with ordinary problems. and she isn't crazy when she starts to hear voices. interesting take on mythology and the teenage years
Shelby
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so different then I thought it would be, but I really liked it.
Nolan
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Karin
Jan 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
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 necklace. Finally, Bailey started to look f ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Karin Perry for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Krystianna
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sara
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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