Made For You by: Melissa Marr (Sept. 16, 2014)
Genre: Young Adult/Mystery/Thriller/Paranormal
Source: I received a free copy of this book through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. Thanks to the author and Xpresso!
Synopsis: Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?
When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But 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. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.
For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.
Made for You is a thrilling novel that I won't soon forget. I have enjoyed Marr’s other books, Carnival of Souls and her Wicked Lovely trilogy a great deal, so much in fact that her name alone is what got me to read this book. I’m glad I took the chance because I am always looking for new young adult mystery/thrillers that are unique, and Made for You definitely fits the bill.
The beginning of Made for You may have started off a tad slow (the pacing just seemed a little bit off) but it gets better and better as you get further into the book. Other than the sometimes weird pacing, the plot is exceptional, along with its setting. It takes place in a nice little town that never sees any dangers... until now that is. Made For You is chilling and creepy, but luckily Marr did a wonderful job at adding some much needed comedic relief whenever the novel got super dark/creepy.
Now let's talk characters. As any good mystery writer does Marr made me extremely curious about the killer from the very beginning. There are chapters from the killer’s POV which were beyond creepy, but really added to the story. Eva is a likable main character who is just going through the motions, until she is attacked. Now she has visions and must worry about her safety and her friends' safety.Eva’s visions were interesting and added a small flare of paranormal awesomeness.Her friends, especially her best friend, are also essential characters in Eva’s life. They are all pretty interesting and I always enjoy when friendships trump relationships in my books. And a quick work on the relationship in this book. It is present and cute, but also a little frustrating. Either way, I liked it but I didn’t love it.One last great thing about the characters in Made For You, there is also the little fact that this book has parent sightings, multiple ones. The best part, the parents may not be the best (which is a young adult trope I’ve seen a million times), BUT this time the parents try to be better. Yea, you heard me right.
Although Made for You had a few small flaws, it was all in all a very good read. A very good read indeed. Made for You may not be a mystery novel with a huge shocking reveal, but it has a strong group of characters, a unique plot, and admirable writing.
Hmm, I’m never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises–graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.