Tuesday, September 16, 2014

[Book Review] Made for You by Melissa Marr

Made for You by Melissa Marr

Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Source: ARC courtesy of HarperCollins


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.
(Courtesy of Goodreads)

My Review

Note: I received and advance readers copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler free review.

I'm not a huge fan of paranormal books and Made for You by Melissa Marr didn't really change that for me. The one thing that kept me reading this book was the thriller aspect of the book . I mean right from the synopsis you can tell it's going to get weird and boy does it ever. However, I can't say I was very invested in the characters and to be honest, there wasn't much to the plot other than the mystery behind who is attempted to kill the protagonist, Eva. The romance felt forced and contrived and the other relationships in the story weren't much better. Overall, it wasn't a fantastic book, but it kept me turning the pages because I just wanted to know how everything was going to turn out in the end.

Made for You isn't a book I would normally pick up but after reading a synopsis I decided to give it a chance. The plot of a unknown killer intrigued me and while reading the book it was that aspect of the book that kept me turning the pages. This book was thriller right from chapter one and as the book progressed and as more clues appeared I found myself constantly guessing and second-guessing who the killer might be. While this book is labeled as "paranormal" I would hesitate to consider it that. While there are paranormal aspects, such as Eva's ability to foresee peoples deaths it doesn't feel like the focus of the book, but rather a plot device to move the story forward.

While the thriller aspect was strong, the characters fell a little flat in my opinion. I didn't feel invested in their story and I didn't really care all that much about Eva. I actually found myself more interested in reading the chapters from the killer's point of view (this is a multiple-perspective narrative) because I feel like those had the strongest characterization. The growing romantic relationships between Eva and Nate never really had me convinced that I should want them to be together. Again, it felt more of a plot device used to emphasize the creepy nature of the killer.

Overall, Made for You was an entertaining read but I probably wouldn't take the time to reread it. If you like paranormal books with thriller undertones you will enjoy Melissa Marr's latest book. If anything, it will definitely keep you reading to discover the identity and motives of who's out to get Eva and her friends. There were definitely moments when I was thoroughly creeped out by the killer but it only kept me wanting to read more. While it's never going to be one of my favorite books I don't regret reading Made for You by Melissa Marr and I don't think you will either, if you decide to pick it up.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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