Seeing Night Reviews is the next stop in the Made For You Book Tour with Rockstar Book Tours!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
GENRE: Young Adult
THEME: Paranormal, Mystery, Romance
Pub. Date: September 16, 2014
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
REVIEW:Finally! A story that has brought me back to the young adult genre, it’s been such a sad slump and Melissa Marr as made me remember why I loved YA so much. Marr creates a suspenseful mystery thriller storyline that turns a town upside-down when young teenagers start getting hurt and or killed.
Made for You follows Eva Tilling, whose family is like royalty in her home town in North Carolina. On one tragic night Eva is struck by a car while walking home after being ditched by her boyfriend. When she wakes up, she realizes something’s wrong and it’s not the new scars on her face. But that she can see the death of anyone she touches. This ability is the one thing she can use to find the person who hurt her and who has no decided to target people that are closest to her.
Eva is a popular girl that I wish existed, I don’t remember my high school having a rich popular girl who was kind to everyone even those that hurt her. But Eva is just that, sweet caring and doesn’t understand what has happened to her. She has to deal with a lot of problems when she wakes up, her former best friend Nate has decided to come back into her life, her boyfriend didn’t show up the night she was hurt and a killer seems to want to make her happy. I liked Eva, she was easy to connect to and someone you rooted for because she is not only a victim but also the only person who can stop this killer through her ability. Even though I wished she had more flaws and didn’t forgive so easily, I think that’s why I connected to her because she is so sweet that you hope there is redemption.
Nate is the bad boy of the town, formerly the sweet best friend of Eva. But after some family problems he decided it was better to push everyone including Eva away. I adored Nate, he has some issues to get over but he’s friendship with Eva is important to him and he wants to have her back in his life. What was interesting was seeing Eva’s ability work for the first time with Nate, I had no idea what was going to happen to him and it made me worry so much from the very beginning. In the end Nate has Eva’s back and has to put aside his feelings for her aside to keep her safe.
Overall this was a “killer” mystery, pun absolutely intended. I always thought I knew who it was but would get pulled another direction and boy was I thrilled to find out who and why. The best part of this is that the readers get to see from the killer’s point of view, it makes the readers connect but seriously fear what he’s up too. There are secondary characters along with Eva’s friend Grace who is her number one supporter, whom Eva helps and cares for her. The romance is a nice build up, relationships are definitely tested and friendship strained but everyone has to stay alert because the killer will do anything he/she wants to anyone just to make Eva see them. I was on the edge of my seat until the end and was so glad there wasn’t a cliffhanger but more of a new beginning.
RECOMMENDATION:This is a young adult novel that is perfect for mystery seekers who love romance mixed in. Fans of the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout and Gena Showalters White Rabbit Chronicles will want to get their hooks into Made For You by Melissa Marr.
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Melissa grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, and various other creatures. After teaching college lit for a decade, she applied her fascination with folklore to writing.
Melissa writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. Her books have been translated into 28 languages to date and been bestsellers in the US (NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal) as well as various countries overseas. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens and Graveminder for adults.
Wicked Lovely was her first novel; it was simultaneously released in the US and UK by HarperCollins in 2007 (with translation rights also sold in twenty-some countries). It debuted as a NY Times Bestseller and evolved into a multi-book series with myriad accolades and international bestseller lists.
Her debut adult book, Graveminder, released to strong critical reception in 2011. Following that she has edited anthologies with Kelley Armstrong (Enthralled and Shards & Ashes) and with her friend Tim Pratt (Rags & Bones), and released a second adult novel (The Arrivals) in 2013.
With Kelley Armstrong, Melissa is the co-author of the Blackwell Pages trilogy (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), a children’s series about the Norse myth of Ragnarök.
Her upcoming HarperCollins 2014 release, Made For You, utilizes both her graduate degree in Southern Literature and her personal experience with stalkers in a story about a killer who terrorizes a small North Carolina town.
Her first picture book (Bunny Roo) will be released in 2015.
Currently, Melissa resides in Virginia with her spouse, children, and many dogs.
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