Poison Ink

 
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Poison Ink
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July 08, 2008
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0385734832
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SAMMI, TQ, CARYN, Letty, and Katsuko are floaters. None of them fits in with any particular group at Covington High School—except each other. One night, to cement their bond, the girls decide to get matching, unique tattoos. But when Sammi backs out at the last minute, everything changes. Faster than you can say “airbrush,” Sammi is an outcast, and soon, her friends are behaving like total strangers. When they attack Sammi for trying to break up a brawl, Sammi spies something horrible on her friends’ backs: the original tattoo has grown tendrils, snaking and curling over the girls’ entire bodies. What has that creepy tattoo artist done to her friends? And what—if anything—can Sammi do to get them back? This deliciously creepy psychological thriller is the perfect summer read.

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Poison Ink by Christopher Golden
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Sometimes friendships are more than skin deep.


In Poison Ink by Christopher Golden, we meet Sammi Holland. Sammi has no interest in the poseur crap most kids her age are into, and neither do her best friends. Caryn, Letty, Katsuko, TQ and Sammi have been oddballs all their lives. Once they find each other they form a bond that goes deeper than sisterhood.


A seemingly innocent suggestion that the girls should get matching tattoos to represent their friendship feels like a good idea to Sammi, at first. While exhilarated at the thought of doing something so forbidden, she soon begins to doubt her decision. Sammis doubt only grows stronger when she meets Dante, the tattoo artist who agrees to give the underage girls the tattoo. Four of the girls go through with the tattoo, but when its Sammis turn, she runs from the shop.


Suddenly, everything changes. Sammis friends are no longer the sweet, funny and cool girls they once were. Theyve turned into vicious, rebellious, dangerous strangers and Sammi unexpectedly becomes the focus of their violence.


Worst of all, Sammi believes she knows what has caused the transformation...poison ink.


If you like your roller coaster rides on the scary side, this one is for you. It definitely falls under the psychological thriller category and though the story is fully resolved, youll long for a sequel. Highly recommended!


 

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Poison Ink is a killer thriller, certain to please fans of the suspense genre. This novel offers twists and turns at every corner, piercing as deep as the spoke-like tattoo which changes the lives of five girls forever.

When Sammi balks at getting the tattoo the others select, she doesn't expect her friends to react as strongly as they do. Their actions and words leave her hurt and confused. Though her friends cast her aside, Sammi never turns her back on them, even when they start to act out and grow increasingly cruel and violent. Sammi knows something is terribly wrong, and she's determined to figure out how to stop it before they destroy themselves.

Each of the main characters are different in both appearance and attitude, making it easy to picture them and distinguish between them. Their differences are what drew them together in the first place: they didn't fit into any of the established cliques at school, so they drifted together, a group of floaters, then became close friends. How they react to the tragedies in this book prove that that bond is unbreakable, even though they themselves will never be the same.

Once again, Christopher Golden has created a pageturner that will keep readers up at night. (It might also inspire them to seek tattoo removal!) Poison Ink is filled with horrors both familiar (fighting with your best friends, getting crushed by your crush) and imaginative. With an action-packed climax, Poison Ink proves to be indelible, and will remain etched in the minds of readers.

I can't wait to get this book into the hands of teens and adults alike and introduce a new generation to Golden's works.

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Witchcraft, tattoos, and betrayal.
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Reader reviewed by Kayla (Midnight Twilight)

Sammi and her friends have always been outcasts, that's why they seem to fit together so well. They all decide one day to get tattoos, the same tattoo to bond them as friends forever. Letty knows of a tattoo parlor that always seems to be open, and is in the wrong part of town. When they go down to the tattoo parlor Dante, the tattoo artist, draws a design just for them. It is made up of a hollow circle in the center, signifying the world, with five waves surrounding it--five waves for the five friends being bonded together. But Sammi gets scared and backs out at the last minute--after everyone else had gotten theirs done. They feel betrayed and they exile Sammi, but that's not all. They become very mean and start acting differently than they used to, drastically different. This leaves Sammi wondering what's going on with them, could they really change this much overnight, or are the tattoos poisoning them?

This book had just the right balance of supernatural and real life. The book was fun and original, although it did have a bit of gore towards the end. The characters were really diverse, it was like it was taking place in a real, modern, American town. The ending wasn't my favorite, but it seemed to fit the book and characters. All in all this book was pretty good, but the ending could have been a little longer to wrapped things up better.
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