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Four friends. Four tattoos. One ancient evil.
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.
What Critics Are Saying:
"Imagine the gang from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series with magic tattoos that give them each different powers... Spunky, fun-loving, and sometimes cranky teen-girl friendships and realistic dialogue propel this character-driven, fast-paced read."
"This chick-lit fantasy, similar to though not as dark as Neal Shusterman's fairy-tale retellings, is a fast-paced, fun read for Buffy and Charmed fans." -School Library Journal
"Fantastical, but with a reality check." -Kirkus
“In the end, readers will get a few good laughs from these sassy heroines.” –Publisher’s Weekly
"Jennifer Lynn Barnes' Tattoo is a page-turning thrill ride that incorporates Greek mythology with the supernatural adventures of four likable, wisecracking friends. Fun, entertaining, and a total reading pleasure." -Melissa de la Cruz, author of BLUE BLOODS
“I haven't met a greater group of friends since THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS… TATTOO is a unique story that is sure to satisfy any reader -- fantasy lover or not.” –Teensreadtoo.com
Here are Jen's answers to my standard GCC questions!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL "WRITING DAY"?
My typical writing day usually starts about midnight- later on the
weekends. I try to write for a couple of hours most nights, and
usually end up going to bed between two and four in the morning. I
don't outline, and I tend to write in chapter-long chunks, so once I
start writing, I usually don't stop until I've finished at least one
chapter and reached what feels like a good stopping point. There is
often sugar and caffeine involved.
DO YOU RECALL THE KERNEL OF INSPIRATION FOR THIS BOOK?
For this book, I knew I wanted to write about four best friends who
acquire supernatural powers; I just wasn't sure how to give them the
powers, until one day, when I found this awesome temporary tattoo. It
was sparkly and this unearthly blue-green color, and just looking at
it, I couldn't help but think that it looked distinctly like it could
have magical powers. My brain connected the dots between this thought
and my characters, and the premise for Tattoo- four best friends get
psychic powers from temporary tattoos- was born.
PICK A CHARACTER IN THE BOOK AND TELL US WHAT TRAIT YOU SHARE (OR
COME CLOSEST TO SHARING) WITH THAT CHARACTER.
I share a few traits with my narrator in this one. One of the biggest
is my slight tendency towards being a teeny tiny bit accident prone.
Bailey tends to think of herself as klutzy, but I tend to view her
more as occasionally cursed by very, very bad luck. She's also really
loyal to her friends, which is something else I'd like to think the
two of us have in common.
IF YOU WERE STUCK ON A DESERT ISLAND, WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A MAGICAL
TRUNK THAT GAVE YOU LIMITLESS BOOKS TO READ, OR A LIMITLESS SUPPLY OF
PAPER ON WHICH TO WRITE?
The paper. If I go too long without writing, I start to get a little
twitchy, and as much as I live and breathe reading, going completely
without writing would be harder.
BEER OR WINE?
Neither. I have noticed that this is an even stranger answer in
England, where I'm currently living, than it was in the US.
CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?
Vanilla, though I'd take white chocolate over either.
WHAT'S YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK?
I tend to have favorite authors more than favorite books, and there's
no way for me to pick just one, but S.E. Hinton, Roald Dahl, Madeleine
L'engle, Meg Cabot, and Sarah Dessen all rank pretty high on my list.
A Native Oklahoman, Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a recent graduate of Yale University, where she studied cognitive science (the study of the brain and thought). Jennifer is a 2006-2007 Fulbright Scholar in the United Kingdom, where she is currently doing autism research at Cambridge University. She wrote her first book, Golden, when she was a teenager and wrote several others- including Tattoo- while still in college. Her next book, Platinum, will be released in September of 2007.
Visit Jen online at her website or her blog!