I received this book for free from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Made for You by Melissa Marr
Published by HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
Eva Tilling is part of the “it” crowd at her school. She comes from an extremely wealthy and renown family, and in a small town like Jessup, that means everything. She has the friends that she is expected to have. She dates the boy she is expected to date. She does what she is expected to do. But someone in this town is obsessed with her and how flawed her thinking is. This person wants to bring Eva back down to earth, to realize that she isn’t the queen bee and that ultimately, she belongs to him. This stalker plans to leave Eva “messages” to let her know how wrongful her ways are and to give her hints that she and this guy are meant to be together forever. Creepy, right?
I went into this wrongfully thinking that Eva has lost her memory after her stalker hits her with his car. I kind of groaned because I’m kind of tired of the whole “girl wakes up with amnesia” thing. BUT! I can assure you guys this is a completely different story. In fact, Eva also develops a new talent: seeing people’s deaths before they happen. And let me tell you this, Marr is brutally descriptive in these death visions. It’s like you are actually the person being murdered, it’s freaky!
One of my favorite things about this book is that I honestly did not have a clue who the stalker was. Not a clue. It’s partially because he does a great job at blending into society and is one of those you never would think capable of doing something this awful. [Potential spoiler alert (?)] It’s also partially because we really don’t get formally introduced to his character until it’s almost time for the big reveal. Most murder mysteries like this have the killer present from the very beginning, and you go back and are ashamed you never suspected them. But Marr did something different with this book and I appreciate that. It left me completely in the dark, just like Eva was.
MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr is suspenseful and thrilling and was written quite well. The majority of the book is told from Eva’s point of view, with some alternating chapters from the POV of the stalker, and an occasional one or two from her best friend, Grace. The stalker’s chapters made me cringe. He is genuinely obsessed and it made the hairs on my neck stand up. Kudos to you, Mrs. Marr. If you’re looking for something that will make you read late into the night, I recommend this book!
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