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Made for You Hardcover – September 16, 2014
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“This riveting whodunit delivers a bouquet of teen romance, paranormal and thriller.” (Kirkus)
“Genuinely chill-inducing... between the suspense, the horror, the romance, and the wit, this will have equal appeal for fans of Sarah Dessen and Rosemary Clement-Moore.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“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.
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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. Her parents were out of town when it happens, and her friend Grace and her mom are there taking care of her in the hospital. This is how it is, it isn't that Eva's parents don't love her, they're just pretty hands-off. But not when this happens. When they get home, they decide they must do a better job being parents. Nate shows up at the hospital, he is visiting his half-brother who spends a lot of time there. Nate and Eva start talking, and their friendship picks up almost like it never ended. But Eva had crushed on Nate, and soon she will feel she can tell him. But first something strange is happening, that she wonders if it is a side effect of the accident. When someone touches her, she can see their death. It happens first with her friend Grace and Nate. She says something to Nate, makes him promise to always have his cell phone, and then the next time he touches her, the vision changes. So she sees that she can change these futures that she's seeing. Soon the messages from the killer begin to show up and show their connection to Eva, when the killer cuts her name in one of them. Eva must figure out who this person is, even though others want her to stay out of it and stay safe.
Such a great story. Reminds me of how much I enjoyed Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout. And like that one, I guessed who the killer was kind of early one, but again, so many things happened that made me doubt that was the person throughout the story. And I like that, I like when it isn't just obvious and you know right away. At least for this kind of story. Such a great story, and I love the cover, and I'm so glad the book was as good as the cover made me want it to be.
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.
I'm not the biggest fan of stories with "God made me do it" reasons for violence, but even with that as the driving force for the killer's actions I found MADE FOR YOU to be a well-plotted, gripping and thoroughly entertaining read. And while I may have guessed who Judge was from the moment he was introduced, there was still some doubt and there were still plenty of questions needing answers to keep me engaged.
From its small-town Southern setting with its restrictive set of rules as regards its social hierarchy, to its somewhat diverse group of characters who feel bound by those rules, to the main character's psychic ability that let's her see people's deaths, to the fanatical, obsessive, creepy stalker turned murderer, MADE FOR YOU is a captivating, if unsettling, mystery.
Made for You by Melissa Marr was kindly provided to me by the publisher through Edelweiss for review. The opinions are my own.
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I really wanted to enjoy this book so much, especially since there was a 'Nate' in here.Read more
This book. It creeped me out to the core! Holy crapola!
Starting out, we meet Eva and she's the town "princess".Read more
I was a little hesitant to read this because suspense/thrillers are not my thing.Read more