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Made for You Hardcover – September 16, 2014
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“Fans of Marr’s Wicked Lovely series will be delighted by this Southern Gothic romantic paranormal thriller.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“A smart, sassy thriller! Melissa Marr shows off her killer instincts in this sensational tale of a southern debutante’s scary ability to foresee death, and the man who’d like to end it, permanently.” (Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling crime novelist)
“A must-read for all fans of romantic thrillers.” (Suzanne Brockmann, New York Times bestselling author)
“Seductively creepy, disturbingly realistic, and intensely suspenseful. This sinister tale of twisted teenage love and obsession will pull you in from the first page—and haunt you long after you close the last one.” (Hank Phillippi Ryan, winner of the Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha, and Anthony awards)
From the Back Cover
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?
It seems impossible that anyone would have it out for the town darling. Thanks to her family's distinguished history and her own unassailable reputation in old-money Jessup, Eva is universally liked. But she has little time to consider the question when she finds that she's awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her.
Eva is struggling to understand just what these visions mean when a slew of murders takes place back home. The victims, all classmates, are discovered alongside eerie messages that tie the incidents to her. There is a killer on the loose, and he is after Eva.
While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old friend, reappears. The two 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 determined killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.
Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive Melissa Marr's racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation.
Top Customer Reviews
The stage is quickly set when Eva Tilling is nearly killed by an unidentified stalker known only as Judge. What at first seems like a hit and run turns out to be the first in a series of murders which are revealed to be connected to Eva. While the killer's motivation is his obsession with Eva, he claims he is following the Lord's plan. And as his need to deliver his message to Eva grows so does the danger to Eva and her friends.
MADE FOR YOU adds an interesting twist to the typical mystery novel with Eva's ability to foresee people's deaths following her near-death "accident." Not only does it make for a more suspenseful read, it gives the protagonist a way to catch the killer. And as it's an unpredictable ability, and one that is not easily believable, it creates tension in the story for both characters and readers.
I was quite surprised by the level of creepiness in this read. I did not expect the murders to be as shocking and horrifying as they were. I did not expect to learn what I learned about the killer's "inspiration" for what he did. And I did not expect there to be a religious element to this story. The author went well beyond the standard boundaries in YA to craft her spine-tingling tale.Read more ›
The main character is Eva. She is popular, because her parents are descended from the families that own a lot of the town, as well as the big minister in town. She's dating the most popular guy, Robert. She had a boy who had been her best friend when she was younger, who has grown up to be quite handsome. His name is Nate. But something happened a few years ago, and he changed. He just quit talking to her, and kind of turned into a man-slut. And then there is "Judge". The killer, or in Eva's case, he hits her with his car, but she survives. We get to spend some of the chapters from his point of view. We don't know just who he is right away. (Although I did guess and get it right!) His mind is quite warped, as you'd expect someone like that to be. He decides that since Eva didn't die when he'd tried to kill her, that it was God sending him a message and that she was meant for him. So now he thinks he must send her a message. And that is what leads to the other deaths.
Eva wakes up in the hospital after the accident, not remembering anything about it. She can tell her life will be changed as she sees the horrible cuts on her face, and now she has a broken leg as well.Read more ›
Made for You by Melissa Marr was kindly provided to me by the publisher through Edelweiss for review. The opinions are my own.
Marr did a decent job of keeping me intrigued for about 70% but once I discovered who the mystery person is, I was done. Sorry not sorry. It just wasn't shocking enough. It was kind of like, "Oh. That's who it is."
Don't get me wrong the book had some things going for it for a while but I can't say that I was feeling it all that much. Why? I didn't connect with any of the characters. Like, none of them. And don't even get me started on the so-called romance. There was nothing romantic about it--which of course was a huge disappointment, to put it mildly.
I read the book and I was dying to know who the killer was, and that's why I kept reading. I had a feeling early on I wouldn't be giving this one more than three stars, and by the end I was right. To put it bluntly, a lot of these characters are spoiled popular kids. They're the kind that are uber cool because of their parent's status, and money. They're spoiled, and will probably dismiss anyone outside of their inner circle--which they did.
There was no particular part of this book that I was blown away by or shocked by. Marr tried I'll give her that--maybe if the discovery of the killer was more shocker it would have worked better. I'm not sure. But I read the book through to completion so I feel like I did all I'm supposed to do.
I wasn't happy with the reveal, or the romance, and that pretty much ruined any chances of excitement I may have had. I'm not discouraging anyone from reading this, but read it at your own risk--because sadly it wasn't that impressive.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very much a young adult/tween book. There was certainly no shocking plot twist when the killer was revealed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Allison
This book was just ok. A read that is good if you have nothing else to read at the moment, but nothing you should run out and buy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Plakins
Made For You is a thriller about an obsessed stalker and psychopath. The story is narrated from three POVs: the murderer’s (called Judge), the object of his affection Eva and of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by The Belgian Reviewer
This was not at all what I expected from one of her books. It was dull and boring. The worst of her books ever.Published 3 months ago by Tigger1967
Thrilling and a page turner. Not my usual style of book so I had it for over 4 months before reading. And then devoured it in a day. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. A. Smestad
Melissa Marr may be better known for her fairy-filled urban fantasies, but her most recent YA novel delves into the darker side of the human realm. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Julia O'Connell
For a long time I’ve been searching for a book that delivered the same adrenaline filled ending that Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas gave me, with the utter creepiness that You by... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Marianne Lee (Boricuan Bookworms)