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Barnes crosses Greek gods with faeries in her addition to the teens-with-special-powers-and-destinies genre. In this companion novel to Tattoo, Bailey, aka the Fate of Life (single-handedly responsible for weaving the lives of the entire world), is back and joined once more by best friends Delia, Annabelle and Zo. With the help of mysterious pendants (Bailey's friends have lost the powers they possessed in the first book), they must help Bailey face the Reckoning, when she must choose between her world and the Otherworld. Barnes has her mythical realms covered with the Otherworld, also known as Faerie, Olympus, Avalon, and the Beyond, where Bailey spends her nights while her less-mythic friends dream. Bailey's upbeat narration adds flair to this story of girl power and friendship, though her Otherworldly trips (which are, unfortunately, italicized) cover large swaths of the book and can feel like a disruption. Readers who hang tight to the friendship arc, though, will find this story pulpy but fun. Ages 12–up. (Mar.)
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About the Author

Jennifer Lynn Barnes earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s from Cambridge University. Fate is her sixth novel for young adults. You can visit her online at www.jenniferlynnbarnes.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385735375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385735377
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a Jennifer who goes mostly by Jen, an Oklahoma girl who's also lived in Connecticut and England, and a writer who has a not-so-secret double life as a cognitive scientist. I love pop culture, mythology, science, superheroes, Joss Whedon, guacamole, television targeted at teenagers, and any song that I know the lyrics to. I have no sense of direction, but can read a book and shower at the same time. As is probably obvious, I do not particularly excel at writing my own bios.

I started writing professionally when I was a teenager and completed my first four published novels while I was in college. Since then, I've split my time between various graduate programs and writing books. In May 2012, I graduated from Yale University with a PhD in Developmental Psychology, which basically means I spent a lot of time thinking about the way the mind works and designing and running experiments that probe the way that young children and non-human primates view the world. My background in the psychological sciences has a habit of working its way into the books I write, sometimes in unexpected ways.

As a reader, I love strong female characters, books that blend emotional depth with sarcasm and humor, and supernatural stories that feel real. I'm a sucker for romance and search out authors who can write action sequences and violence without pulling their punches.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on May 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Senior year of high school is supposed to be about making memories with your friends and having the time of your life. So why does Bailey feel that her world is about to come crashing down?

Her three best friends are excited about life after high school, while every time she thinks about the future, her stomach becomes tied with knots.

Could it be that Bailey doesn't really have a choice when it comes to her future? While she lives the life of the average high school girl, her life is far from normal. She's part of the three fates that weave and control the destiny of the world. The Sidhe world has rules that Bailey doesn't understand. She suspects something's about to happen when she's brought into the Sidhe world for the first time.

When the truth comes out, will it forever change Bailey's view of the world?

Jennifer Lynn Barnes starts this sequel of TATTOO two years later. She perfectly blends normal everyday life in high school with a supernatural world. Plus, the powers of friendship shine through in this novel and will resonate with readers - particularly those ending their own high school careers.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mei on November 7, 2010
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Synopsis
Set two years after the events in Tattoo, Bailey and her friends are getting ready to graduate from high school and move on with their lives. Unfortunately, Bailey is not ready to move on, or away from her friends. Plus, everything is complicated by her work as a Fate and the quickly approaching Reckoning. Can she find a balance in her life?

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This novel was at least as enjoyable as the first novel. I really enjoyed the fact that Bailey's friends would get mad at her for "moping" as many teen novels really focus on the angsty side of life. The new characters were interesting, though I found some of the references to Greek and Roman mythology to be a bit confusing and muddled in this installment.

My Recommendation
This book is great for tweens, there are no questionable elements like sex, drugs, or rock'n'roll. 3/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Eberhardt on June 24, 2012
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I picked up this book a long time ago, not realizing that it was a sequel to Tattoo. I honestly picked it up because of the pretty cover. I didn't read it right after finishing Tattoo, so I honestly didn't remember what had happened in the previous story.

I'm not sure if that lapse in between stories contributed to my inability of get into this story. I honestly almost gave up on this book a couple of times. I felt like it had a hard time getting past the Sidhe background. It was long and drawn out. The action was reserved for the last little bit of the book. It really wasn't enough to make the book really worthwhile to seek out.

I did like how the ending turned out. The Sidhe were trying to make Bailey play by their rules, when they didn't really apply to her. She something entirely different, so she should be an exception to the rules. I also enjoyed how the Sidhe represented different gods/goddesses throughout history. I enjoy when a book can take different views from different cultures and wrap them into one story that makes sense.

I would probably pass on this book unless you enjoy other books by Barnes, or have all ready read Tattoo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tez Miller on May 10, 2009
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The fate of life lies in the weaving hands of a part-Sidhe teen in Jennifer Lynn Barnes's FATE.

When we last met her in TATTOO, a supposedly temporary tattoo awakened Bailey Morgan's Sidhe blood. Now in her dreams she travels to Nexus, and meets with two ancestors who help train her powers. Together they are the three Fates, but the Otherworld is starting to bleed into Bailey's human life.

The main theme here is choice, and if you actually have one. Though Celtic mythology is commonly associated with Sidhe, the author's decision to add Greek mythology to the mix pays off. Bailey is a rare find in fiction - a character whom is not only extremely relatable, but also rather likeable, and her friends are the best friends a girl could have. Not to mention the mother who regularly bakes cookies, so obviously Zo understands the importance of our favourite foodstuffs. It's so refreshing to read teen characters who aren't obsessed with popularity, designer brands and multiple suitors. Though it lacks the shocks and surprises I require to declare something a five-star read, this is a solid quality four-star occasion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NICOLE S on March 18, 2012
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This was a good read. Although, the other words for all the Greek characters tells me that there is a lot to be learned about Greek Mythology. It was a happy ending. 2nd book in a two-series that I read first, so now going backwards. Oh well. So again a good book for more teenage girls youth and the meaning of a really good friendship.
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