Monday, January 29, 2007

Monday Morning Tours

Hi everyone, and apologies up front for not posting on Friday. I was in the middle of returning from Tampa and packing for writer's night and between finding clean clothes and working, simply ran out of time to blog.

It's GCC tour time and today's tour is Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

I absolutely love the premise of this book! Check it out:

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.

And the reviews are great:

"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." -Booklist

"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

For those of you who love smart women - check out this author bio:

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.

For more information, visit Jennifer at her website or her blog!


Tori Lennox said...

Sounds like a fun book! I'll have to check it out. :)

Kim Stagliano said...

I love this premise! And as the mother of three girls with autism (and a fiction writer) I'd love to talk to Miss Barnes about her work.

Wendy Roberts said...

Wow, this is book sounds awesome!

Jana DeLeon said...

I will definitely be picking this one up. I think the premise absolutely rocks!

kim - you should check out her website and perhaps send her an email.

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