Made for You by Melissa Marr
Published by: HarperCollins
Publication date: September 16th 2014
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.
The thing that first drew me to this book was, as well as liking mystery/thriller stories, I was intrigued by the death visions aspect. It may not be an original idea but it still captured my attention. I really liked this part of the story but even if it wasn't there I still would have really liked the book. It was engaging and suspenseful and constantly had me second guessing as to who the bad guy was.
The plot is very character driven. The story is told from 3 POV's, one being the bad guy. When I found this out I was worried that this would take away some of the mystery and suspense and we would know right away who it was. But thankfully this didn't happen, and it actually ended up adding more suspense to the story. I was wracking my brain for so long trying to figure out who it was but I never guessed it and I'm really happy about this. I hate when it's so obvious. And can I just say that Ms Marr really knows how to write a psycho. This dude was seriously messed up! Bravo for really creeping me out!
Eva I really liked. She was very head-strong and mature for her age. She stood up for herself and handle the entire thing really well. I really admired her willingness to speak her mind and not shy away from things. Even though there were 2 other POVs, Eva was the leading lady of the show and had all my attention.
I really liked the romance element of the story. It wasn't the main focus so it didn't take away from everything else but I still really enjoyed it. I loved watching the relationship between Nate and Eva slowly grow from from friends to more. They had some really sweet moments and you could see how much they cared for each other. Nate was a great love interest but I would have liked a bit more of an explanation for why he stopped talking to Eva in the first place. I understand there was stuff happening in his life but that didn't seem like a good enough reason to stop being friends with her.
The story itself is very engaging and entertaining. I did find it a bit slow-paced in places but I was still invested in the story and could not put it down. A dark and chilling thrill ride, this book will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning. A definite must read.
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.