Sunday, October 5, 2014

Review: Made For You by Melissa Marr

Made For YouTitle:  Made For You 
Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publishing Date:  September 16th 2014 
Pages: 368
Genre:  YA Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Audio


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.

I was so very excited when I saw this book. For some reason I knew nothing about it until just a couple of weeks before it released so I didn't have to wait long to read it. Then I found it on audio and I really went crazy. Melissa Marr is by far one of my favorite authors and she did not disappoint me with this new book, new genre, new world. This book was less fantasy and more contemporary, a little different than I am used to from this wonderful author, but it didn't change my love for her writing. The story was amazing too and of course her character development rocks. Yes this was a spectacularly creepy read for me and I loved every moment of it. 

Eva lives in a small southern town. There are elite families and she belongs to one of the most powerful families. She dates who she things she should due to her status, she isn't really in love with him or even really likes him more than a friend. He best friend is an outsider and a true friend but the rest of her followers are that only followers. Eva had another best friend growing up but a few years back their friendship resolved and he went off the deep end. Other than the normal small town gossip and expectations her life is pretty good, until the night she gets hit by a car, a hit and run. Now she sees visions of peoples deaths whether it be near or far, her friends are in danger and someone is out to get her. Life just got difficult.. oh and through it all her boyfriend jets (sort of) and her long lost best friend comes back into the picture. 

I loved this book. I loved the characters, the story, the writing, the southern feel, the suspense and thrills, I loved the romance, it was all just awesome.

I love a well written suspense thriller. That is why I was so excited about Melissa Marr writing a suspense thriller. I already knew I loved her writing and character building so I was all over it. The book held up to my expectations and more. It was written extremely well and it was extremely creepy. Just the way I like them. The creep factor was off the scales with this book. The story is written in 3 POVs and one of them happens to belong to the killer/stalker/crazy oh so crazy dude. He completely scared me, gave me the heebie jeebies, yes he was totally disturbing.  For a bad guy he rocked. Completely believable and just nuts!

The bad guy wasn't the only awesome character. I loved the main gal, Eva, her best friend Grace, and of course the love interest Nate. They were just all awesome. Eva is a pretty responsible character, very trusting, very loved, does well in school, popular. and seems to have a great head on her shoulders. She was a bit naive at times, but only because she was sheltered and grew up in a small town. She's never had a reason to doubt her life or think she would be in danger.

Grace rocked. She was a true best friend and I never once doubted her loyalty. She was by Eva's side every step of the way and would have done anything for her. Nate was a great one too. He came into the story with very little known about him except he turned from a sweet kid to a bad boy and no longer cared to speak with Eva.. Well when he came back, it was complete heart and soul. He never wavered or left her side. He was a bit stubborn at times but he got over it.

The romance was fast but good. Nate and Eva known each other for years, since they were little. When they forgive and forget they are all in and it turns to romance quick, I should say the romance comes out quick. It was apparent from the very beginning they have had feelings for each other for a very long time. It just took a near tragedy to bring them back together. I loved the two together and would love to see more of them but alas, this is a stand alone.

The suspense in this book was off the charts. I was on the edge of my seat many many times. They mystery was also great, I only figured it out at the very last moment before it was revealed. I had my ideas but of course Melissa Marr is a genius and didn't want us to figure it out until she let the cat out of the bag herself.

The writing style fit the book perfect. It read more like a contemporary thriller but it did have a bit of paranormal in the story with the death visions. They played a somewhat important role but were never explained. She just inherited them from her near death experience or her great big noggin bump. The idea of it was never explored so it didn't feel like a fantasy, paranormal, or sci-fi read.

So in a nutshell, or not so much a nutshell it was awesome, spectacular, stunning, thrilling, wondrous, marvelous, extreme, intense, fantastic, oh I could so go on. If you like a great suspense thriller. Grab this one. I don't think it will disappoint you, it didn't me.

I think I said all that needs to be said but just in case I didn't get my point across. I am head over heels, completely insane, in heart stopping love with this book. 

Melissa Marr

1 comment:

  1. umm shame on me, but i've yet to read a single book by melissa marr! you've got praises singing for all aspects of this book and i can't see how i'm going to refuse from reading it. i'm usually terrible at creepy books...but it's october and good time for some changes :)

    Alicia @ Noverly Things


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