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Aug 29, 2014

ARC Review: Made for You by Melissa Marr

Made for you
Author: Melissa Marr
Pages: 368
My Rating: 5 stars
Source: ARC provided by the author. Thank you!
Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her? 
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.

Made for You by Melissa Marr is a dark thriller with amazing characters and an incredible plot.
It’s impossible to put it down. It was an adrenaline roller-coaster, with a phenomenal and heart-stopping plot, full of suspense and a twisted killer that will have you on the edge of your seat.

I was swept away by this story. It’s the best of its kind that I’ve ever read.
Honestly, this book blew my mind.
Made for You is told in three different POVs, one of those is “Judge” the killer. I kid you not. Judge is my favorite character of this book. Yes, the killer.
Eva, the main character is a strong girl, mature and likeable.
Grace, Eva’s best friend, who has the other POV, is also a strong and smart character.
Melissa Marr did an excellent job creating characters so different and complex.
Something I found interesting and refreshing about Made for You is that… this is not that kind of book where the adults seems inexistence while the teenagers die. Eva’s parents are great in their own way. And so is every adult mentioned in the story, even the bad ones.
Made for you has parents action, Police action, and teen action altogether. It looked realistic. It was satisfying.

Also, the world-building of this book is kind of gothic, modern but classic.

What I didn't like:
The romance. Nate, who’s the love interest, was kind of… normal? The relationship between Eva and him was a little fast and open. That wasn’t really bad; I just couldn’t care about their romance, though this book is not about romance.
And there wasn't any explanation about Eva's visions, just like those Final Destination movies, where you simply don't know why.

The ending was surprising but not incredible shocking.
Every single time I read Judge’s POV I couldn’t help trying to guess who the killer was, and when I discovered… well, indeed, it was unexpected. But I was expecting something bloodier and jaw-dropping.
What’s amazing, I have to say it again. Is that Made for You is realistic and rational. And the ending was just like that. Not a killer ending but a perfect one.

Made for You is the best thriller I’ve read this year. 



  1. This sounds really promising. I wanted to try a Melissa Marr book for the longest time but I don't know if the Wicked Lovely series is for me since I'm not the biggest fae fan. But Made for You sounds amazing and I love good thrillers. And it's great to hear that the romance isn't the main focus of the book. I'm super glad that you enjoyed it. Awesome review :)

  2. Well, another excellent recommendation towards this book! A very good thriller that keeps you guessing about the killer and surprises you in the end, that's the kind of book I feel like I need to read!
    Great review, Lis!


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