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 strange temporary tattoo to the center of her 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. 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 and her friends 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 a gum wrapper into Prada pumps, they might actually stand a chance.
This is a nice young adult adventure that even readers who aren’t that into fantasy will enjoy. There aren’t many scary parts so younger readers would like this as well. The girls’ seemingly normal afternoon at the mall turns supernatural when Bailey selects the temporary tattoos from a mysterious woman’s booth. As soon as she puts hers on, she gets chills and hears voices chanting. Later she realizes she can conjure fire. Her friends develop powers as well, each one attuned to the girl’s personality.
The chanting voices in Bailey’s dreams warn her that something evil is coming. She and her friends must use their new powers to restore balance, but the power only lasts as long as the tattoos do.
There’s a slight touch of fairy lore here, which is intertwined into the plot but not overdone. The characters are likable and there are enough surprises to keep you reading. It’s also fun to imagine what you would turn your gum wrappers into, if you had Delia’s powers.
All in all, this is a light, fun fantasy adventure.
4 out of 5 stars – fun read