Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tattoos :A Novel by Denise Mathew : My Review

Book: Tattoos
Author: Denise Mathew
Genre:  YA Romance
Release Date: June 2, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Marilee Mackie has everything going for her, beauty, money and a bright future. But when she’s diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma her world falls apart, and instead of finishing her senior year she begins the fight of her life. 

Nineteen-year-old Jax, an enigmatic hospital orderly, lives on the Strip, the proverbial other side of the tracks. With his edgy attitude, sleeves of tattoos and rocker look, he’s the kind of bad boy that Marilee has always steered clear of.

But when Marilee’s cancer strips away every bit of her identity, leaving her a shadow of the person she once was, all the things that mattered to her before no longer hold any meaning. Determined to make a difference in the world before she dies, Marilee enlists Jax to help her with something she calls the Peace Project, a way to use her college fund money to help the people who need it the most on the Strip. 
With Marilee’s money and Jax’s knowledge of the Strip, the teenagers embark on an unforgettable journey. Where two people from completely different worlds find that miracles do exist, and that the darkest cloud of your life may be lined with the brightest rainbow. 

Tattoos is a story about love, hope and the preconceived notions and barriers that we put between us for no reason other than the way someone looks or where they live. It’s about letting go of all the things that we thought were important in the quest for our true purpose. And that sometimes the people you never thought you could love, may be exactly who you needed all along.

My Review:

Tattoos is what I expected it to be..A beautiful sweet story of 2 people falling in love with each other, while struggling to survive..

First, I would to state that the Synopsis of the book is very well written and quite accurate. You get the real vibe of the book, which unfortunately doesn’t happen very often.

Secondly, I would like to congratulate Denise Mathew for writing this book. It is full of sad events and people who really suffer, but in the meantime it maintains a certain hopeful aura that lets you enjoy the journey and not just cry your heart out.

>>Marilee is such a strong young lady. No one so young should ever face what she has faced. And no one should ever have parents like hers. Parents are supposed to be there for their children, not leave them and go to a hair appointment. That is ludicrous and completely unacceptable. Everyone needs a shoulder to cry on and it doesn’t matter if they have their hair or not. I wonder the same thing as Jax :”How could a girl like Marilee be in such a family”.

However, for Marilee’s sake things get better in any possible way..

>>Jax is very mysterious even if he doesn’t want to be. He has his own demons that he deals with every day. But he still continues to help others and stand up for those who can’t. He is really selfless despite the fact he is very proud. He makes his mistakes but he is man enough to go back and apologize for them, as well as ask for a second chance!

Needless to say that I loved the pair of the book Marilee and Jax. I also loved the fact that all the main characters changed throughout the book. Marilee became less judgmental and more outgoing, Jax understood when to forget his pride and just roll with it. Marilee’s parents actually became honest human beings. I loved all the changes, because it’s real. When cancer and/or love knock on your door, you change. People around you change. It’s inevitable.

What I didn’t like so much was the ending. Not the content of it, but the transition to it. What I mean is that I felt like it was rushed. We could have more pages before the Epilogue or it could have been written as a longer chapter.

In conclusion, I really liked the book and I recommend it to anyone who wants to read something more than a typical romance!!

Author Bio:
Denise Mathew loves good chocolate, lots of coffee, her kids and husband, when they behave, and of course writing stories. She believes that housework should be banned and wishes that potato chips were the most healthy and nutritious food on the planet.
She worked as a pediatric nurse for eleven years, once owned an online jewelry business and even taught English in Thailand.

She plans on writing until the stories run out, something she hopes never happens.

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