[eARC Review] Made for You by Melissa Marr

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Title: Made For You
Author: Melissa Marr
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Paranormal Thriller
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Release Date: September 16th 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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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 am always intrigued when I see Melissa Marr has written another book because I love her and her writing. It is always a little weird but with a contemporary twist and I think that is what I love most about her books. So when I read about Made for You and saw that it was about a young girl who is the victim of a hit and run, only to discover upon gaining consciousness that she has the ability to see the deaths of other...oh and she is being hunted by a killer who is killing everyone around her. Sounds awesome right? It is :)

what i think I liked the most was the different POVs because they gave such different perspectives on the same story. I especially loved the killers point of view because the way it was written showcased how insane this character was, and its anonymity of who actually was talking was great. It kept me guessing as to who the killer actually was and what their motivations were, and how they changed throughout the book. Eva was a great narrator as well, i especially loved her relationships because they showcased not only the type of person she was, but also how much she cared for those around her. Her friendship with Grace was a great to read, especially when you saw how many people did not like the two of them together because they thought Grace was an "outsider" and I loved that Eva could not care less. It was great to read. I also really liked her growing relationship with Nate and how show and meaningful their bond grew. I think over the course of the book, Nate brought out the best in Eva and that was also a great thing to read.

There was one thing that had me a bit disappointed and that was the small paranormal element to the story. The fact that Eva could see the deaths of those around her when she touched them was a very cool aspect to this story but ultimately I thought it would have been better to leave it out. I agree that the foreshadowing made for great tension, especially when it was her friends that she saw dying, but to me, I thought the thriller aspect of the story was enough to sustain me, and the paranormal element seemed over the top. I would have given this book 5 stars if that element was not there and the author focused more on teh thriller and less on the paranormal.

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