Thursday, April 16, 2015

Review: The Mad Tatter by J. M. Darhower

The Mad Tatter by J. M. Darhower

Reece Hatfield has just one rule when it comes to falling in love: don't fucking do it. There's no room in his life for another person. He can barely keep a handle on things as it is. A shadow of the man he used to be, Reece spends his days tattooing, the artist inside of him longing for the chance to do something different. 

Avery Moore is all dance, all the time. Ballet is all she's ever known, and she's damn good at it. Her body is her art, a living canvas that captivates Reece the first time he lays his eyes on her. 

He yearns to leave his mark on her body... in more ways than one. 

The tattooed degenerate with a shady past. The beautiful ballerina with a bright future. They live in different worlds, yet somehow, they fit. But just because they fit doesn't mean they belong together. Cracks sometimes form. Two pieces don't always make a whole. The course of love never did run smoothly. Things get messy. 

And Reece doesn't do messy. 

Not anymore.




The Mad Tatter might be a story of struggle, self-loathing and emptiness, it was depressing as fuck, but there was also an underlying feeling of hope and aspiration. The plot was rather slow and lack of a certain excitement, but I love the entire journey, told completely in the hero, Reese Hatfield's POV.

Mostly of all, I empathize with Reese and his loneliness, I want him to find his way back to his passion, be to in love and being loved. He deserved so much more that hiding in the tattoo parlor coloring within the lines.

I enjoyed learning all of Reese little quirks and passion. Like his love for music from boombox and his extensive cassette collection. He might sounds like a cliche tatted up tattoo artist, but he was way different from all the tatted up hero I've read.

"Nothing's original anymore. I can't tell Bieber from Timberlake. It all sounds the same."

Avery, the ballerina from Julliard seems all kinds of wrong for Reese. She's represent a past that he left behind. Yet, when they are together, they each brought colors into each other lives.

"I feel like I'm in an entirely different world when I'm with you, a world I never knew existed before..."

And she reignite his passion that he gave up five years ago.

"The dream lives on Reece, and it never gives up on you, no matter what you might think. Dreams sometimes just change."

Reese is such a sad and tortured soul. An artist that is not longer able to express his work. The mistake he did years ago, left him broken and a future filled with nothingness.

"People still judge a book by its cover, Avery. And your story? It's beautiful. You're beautiful. But I'm nothing but a ripped out page, graffiti where some should never be. Don't taint your story with me."

Well, there is always a silver lining. He had her, his little girl, Lexie who he can have with him every other weekend. She is the little bundle of joy in his life, something so pure and untainted by his ugliness.

"The sky is blue, dinosaurs are big, boy bands are terrible, and Avery doesn't belong to us. She never did."

But will Reese and Avery that came from different part of the city destined to be together?

"You said I was special, Reece, but you are, too, even if you don't see it."

We don't get any of Avery's POV, but I'm okay with it because this is Reese story. Despite there are some development of the story that I wish I know (for example: Reese and Avery's parent), but was not explained, I still enjoyed the story very much. I would prefer Darhower to explore more on Reese future, but since there isn't any I'm just going to assume his future is filled with infinite possibilities.

Rating 5/5