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Thrilling contemporary romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital to discover an attempt has been made on her life. But who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? Before she can consider the question, she finds that she's awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two ...
Thrilling contemporary romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital to discover an attempt has been made on her life. But who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? Before she can consider the question, she finds that she's awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva's power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this southern Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa's fans and every YA reader will find its wild ride enthralling.
Posted September 20, 2014
A dark, chilling YA thriller, complete with an intriguing murder mystery and a hint of sweet romance, Made for You was a wonderful read. The mystery had me hooked right from the start and I enjoyed the book for the rest of the way through. This book was just fantastic.
Eva was a great heroine. She could have easily fallen apart after what happened to her, but she pulled herself together and focused her attentions on finding out who the killer was. She was definitely strong and certainly a likable character.
The other main players of the game were Nate and Grace.
Grace was Eva's best friend and the most reasonable of the bunch. She was clever and perceptive and didn't have much care for the social hierarchy that considered her an outsider. She was great and I really liked her.
Nate was the love interest for Eva and he was wonderful. His parents' divorce had change him and led him to break off his friendship with Eva several years ago. But, after finally pulling himself together, he definitely proved himself. I really liked how dedicated he was to his brother and how he was unwilling to let his parents' situation make him bitter. And, he was determined to help keep Eva safe and find the killer. I thought he was a darling.
The romance was fairly light, though definitely a presence throughout the story. Eva and Nate were great together. Before Nate had walked away, they were both starting to feel more than friendship toward each other and that didn't fade over the years. They were definitely sweet together.
I really liked how the perspective switched throughout the book. It wasn't jarring, but instead went with the flow of the book. The chapters in the killer's perspective were particularly awesome. They added something chilling to the narration as we get to see inside the murderer's mind.
The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The murder mystery was definitely intriguing. I started to suspect who it was about halfway through, but it didn't diminish the thrills. My only real issue with the book was that Eva's new powers seemed kind of random. There was no explanation given as to why she got them and how they worked and it made it seem on the verge of unbelievable. I needed at least some explanation as to how they came to be and the only thing that was said was that she got them after her near-death experience. It might just be me, but I needed more than that. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.
Made for You was a fantastic YA thriller. Dark, chilling, with touches of romance, this book was great and I really enjoyed it. YA lovers, if you want something that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then this is a book you'll want to check out.
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Posted December 8, 2014
Made for You is the first book by Melissa Marr that I've read so far. I enjoyed how the mystery was built up during the first 3/4 of the book. We are given multiple point of view's including Judge's, the murderous stalker. Having his point of view really let me see inside his head. His perspective was twisted and dark, but it was needed to bring the story to life. In the last quarter of the book, Judge basically tells you who he is. After that, the mystery was gone. We obviously needed to find out eventually, but I expected the revelation to be less casual in manner. I thought the pacing flowed pretty nicely. The characters were significant within the story. There weren't random perspectives thrown in just for the heck of it like you find in books sometimes. I appreciated that. It steadily kept my attention.
Made for You by Melissa Marr was kindly provided to me by the publisher through Edelweiss for review. The opinions are my own.
Posted November 15, 2014
Posted October 29, 2014
I met Melissa Marr years ago back in the days when my bookstore was open. She had come to the store for a signing event with her debut book, Wicked Lovely, the first in a young adult dark faerie series. The event itself wasn’t overwhelmingly successful—few signings are, especially for debut authors and more especially in my town—but we had a chance to talk and, although we couldn’t have been much more different from each other, we shared a love of books and a desire to encourage teens to read. I fell in love with her work that day and I’ve done my best since then to keep up with her books. When I heard she was branching out with a young adult mystery thriller, I was completely intrigued with the thoughts of what she could do with it.
Ms. Marr has always had an equally adept hand at plot and character development and Made for You is no exception. Leaving aside the element of Eva becoming a sort of psychic, this is a strong piece of crime fiction. Having been a mystery reader for many, many years, I picked up on a few minor problems with the overall plot but the author really has pulled together a complex story that kept me guessing nearly the whole way through while it also caused a couple of sleepless nights. The town of Jessup is “the sort of place where name and money matter too much” and that atmosphere is an integral part of the nightmare that has begun but how could anyone predict such horror?
Spending much of the time in Judge’s head was both disturbing and energizing and certainly increased the creep factor. He—or she—is a nebulous sort of evil and each chapter with him is more unnerving than the last. From the very beginning, I felt the hollowness in Eva, a girl who has lost someone who meant the world to her but who also just doesn’t seem to fit into her surroundings or among her life-long friends anymore. After being run down, she has a whole new set of questions and, as she begins to learn some painful truths, it’s easy to see in her intelligence and determination, as well as her curiosity, the woman she is about to become.
When it comes to best friends, few can beat Grace, a girl who truly wants Eva to be well and happy. It’s Nate, though, who captured my heart with his prickliness and vulnerability. Once he allows himself to open up a little, he morphs into a boy who has reasons to be standoffish but yet is willing to take chances. I really, really liked this kid.
As far as I can tell, Made for You truly is a standalone but I hope Ms. Marr will continue writing crime fiction—she does it too well to let this be her only foray into the genre.
Posted October 18, 2014
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Eva is surprised when she wakes in hospital and is told that she has been involved in a hit-and-run. She’s even more shocked when it appears that the accident wasn’t an accident, but someone was actually trying to kill her!
Who tried to kill Eva? And why is it that whenever someone touches her now, she sees how they will die?
This was an interesting story, but the pace was a little slow in places.
I liked Eva, and I liked how she tried to help people when she knew they were in danger. She didn’t always do the mature or sensible thing though, and didn’t always draw logical conclusions, which was a little frustrating at times.
The storyline in this was okay, and the paranormal element was worked into the story quite well. The pace was a little slow though, and I wanted to know what was going on faster!
There was some romance, and Eva and Nate made a pretty cute couple. Eva’s reaction her her ex-boyfriends news was certainly calm though!
The ending to this was okay, and I was glad that we got a bit of a happily ever after in the end.
Overall; okay murder/mystery story, but a little slow,
6.75 out of 10.
Posted October 5, 2014
I was sent this one, and even though murder thrillers aren't always my favorite to read, I do like the premise of her being able to see other's deaths. It is so creepy and makes me wonder what she can do to intervene.
It was told from a few perspectives, but mainly from Eva's point of view. She is struggling after waking up in the hospital. Her memories are a little scattered and she has scars all over. As a teen, or woman in general with our sometimes fragile self esteem, it can be a worst nightmare. Other things are changing too. Her childhood friend keeps showing up at the hospital and they are reconnecting. But this is a true old fashioned southern town, where Eva is big money and from the big names in the town and her reputation doesn't allow for people like him.
I have never read any Melissa Marr, but I enjoyed this one surprisingly and flew through most of it. I felt like it slowed down some in the middle, but then picked up at the end and went barreling to a dramatic ending.
I liked the friendship between Eva and Grace in this one. They told each other everything and supported each other in every way they could. The romance was a little awkward at times because at first she was dating someone who was cheating on her and not there for her while sick. But it was cute to read about once the other guy was out of the way.
I never guessed who the killer was but I never am able to see that sort of thing coming. We got the perspective of Judge, the obviously unstable guy who thinks that Eva is meant to be his bride and his acts of violence are teaching her things and giving her messages.
Bottom Line: Overall good story, I liked Eva and the premise.
Posted October 1, 2014
Melissa Marr is an author that I have admired for a very long time. Although I have only read her short stories and the first book to the Wicked Lovely series, she is an author that I have been intimidated to read in fear that I would not like one of her books and then feel guilty for doing so. I always tread carefully around my favorite authors and am so thrilled that she has written a contemporary thriller for me to finally get over my procrastinations and dive into it. Saying that her writing is exquisite is an understatement. Her characters are so driven and realistic - they will find a way to crawl into your head and stay awhile...
MADE FOR YOU is told through three point-of-views - primarily from Eva, the victim, and Judge the stalker/murderer; and then a few chapters from Eva's best friend, Grace. Going into any book, I always assume that we are going to primarily see perspectives from the victim's side of the story. I was prepared to find myself immersed into the mind of the perpetrator too. I have to admit, from the start, Judge is very creepy and twisted. Hearing his thoughts and how he justified what he was doing was... there are no words to describe how deranged he was, and how sick I felt. After reading a few chapters from Judge, I did not know if I was going to be able to continue with the book, and decided to put the book aside for a few days to make sure that this was a story that I was going to be able to get into. As eerie as it was to be in his mind and see why he did the things that he did, I am glad I was able to continue on with the story and finish the book.
Eva is the most popular and most sought-after girl in school who comes from a well-known and wealthy family in a small southern town where everyone knows everyone, and their business, since the beginning of time. There is a certain image to uphold, a certain way of southern living to do and Eva knows how to play along and do the right things. Her boyfriend, who comes from the same background as Eva, is more than willing to uphold his popularity, not only in school, but within his own family too. Things seem perky and perfect... until Eva is in a hit-and-run accident and is left to die on the side of the road. The moment that Eva opens her eyes she knows that her life will never be the same again. Her estranged young parents become permanent fixtures right by her side now. Her long lost best friend is supporting her and doing his best to believe in her too. Especially when she thinks that she's losing her mind... because she's seeing peoples deaths. And she thinks that she'll be able to stop the murderer from doing any more harm.
And even with Eva's family and friends support her - there is no stopping the truths and lies that start to unfold at a rapid rate. There is no holding back now when there is a killer on the loose.
I insist that you take your time reading this book! It can be a quick page-turner. But, you will miss a lot of details if you don't slow down. I found myself going back a few pages a few times and forced myself to slow down so I wouldn't miss anything. The intensity of every situation was a force to be reckoned with too. The 'sacrifices' that Judge does to teach Eva lessons are cruel and mind blowing things taken right out of newspaper headlines. He truly believes that God is sending him signs to help him teach Eva how to be pure in order for her to become his partner, his wife. There is no way to describe the inhumane things that he does to his victims. Ms. Marr briefly gives us glimpses to Judge's family life and past. And even with that, I could not find an ounce of empathy for him.
This is not for the weak hearted. Those who love crime tv shows will enjoy MADE FOR YOU and will find it really interesting to see how Judge thinks and how he reveals himself.
And of course, this book was definitely made for all you creepy-thriller types. How do you all sleep at night?
*An ARC was acquired from the publisher during BEA2014 for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
Posted September 29, 2014
Melissa Marr returns to her YA roots with her latest book, Made For You. This book is at it's core a great mystery, while also incorporating paranormal elements, romance and some serious suspense. If you are looking for a book that will not only make you smile, but also make bite your nails, have goosebumps and stay up way too late, this is it! Marr's excellent character development and eerie villain make this a YA must read! What I liked: Melissa Marr is very well known in YA paranormal circles for her highly successful Wicked Lovely series. When I heard she was writing a new YA novel I was really excited. This is an author who knows how to write paranormal elements. What I wasn't expecting was that this book would have that, but so much more. This book is mysterious and creepy and will the reader sitting on the edge of their seat. To say it is spine-tingling is probably an understatement. The villain alone will give you the heebie-geebies in the worst way. With alternating points of view, the reader not only gets to learn more about the heroine and the hero, but also the inner workings of the mind of a very disturbed villain. I mean if this guy doesn't give you the creeps there is something wrong. I am not usually a fan of books where the villain has 'religious' reasons for his actions, but I do realize that, that is sometimes the case and in this book, it really works. Marr has created a serial killer that could be the student you are sitting next to in class and that's what makes it so terrifying. He is just a normal guy on the outside, it's the inside that is disturbing and readers get to see a lot of the story through his very demented eyes. *shiver* The heroine, Eva is totally not what I expected. She was billed as a debutante, one of the elite from a small southern town, where tradition and popularity mean everything. What would you expect? Snotty, little rich girl? Me too! So, not the case with Eva. She might be town royalty, but she is very down to earth and doesn't seem to care at all what a person's standing is. She is sassy and smart and she's got a very sick stalker. What I loved about her the most was the fact that once she learns she has a paranormal gift, she doesn't shy away from it. She uses it to fight back against this sadistic killer. Touching people allows Eva to experience and foresee the day of their death. A pretty handy ability with a killer on the loose. Marr has given readers a wonderful young woman, who has been through a lot and comes somehow finds a way to come out on top. Nate is an old friend, ex-boyfriend to be exact, that has had some very bad decisions, turning to alcohol, drugs and girls to fill the voids in his life. But eventually he gets it under control and turns his life around. Now that he and Eva have reconnected after her accident, it looks like they might have a second chance at love. The added romantic edge to this book was the perfect way to alleviate some of the darkness that pervades the book. Marr shows us a boy that figures out what he really wants is something he left behind and now he has to figure out how to get it back. Just an all around great character. What I didn't like: The pace of this book was not frantic. I think Marr took the time to really develop her characters and relationships and sometimes that's good. But it does make you wonder when things are going to pick. When they do get going... Wow! Bottom Line: Another excellent book from Melissa
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