Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Paranormal
Published by HarperCollins on September 16th 2014
Source: Edelweiss, Borrowed from Library
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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.
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 Caroline Kepnes had. I think I’ve found the winner!
Made for You is deliciously creepy, just enough paranormal, and incredibly suspenseful. I was completely captured by this story and couldn’t stop until I got answers. This gave me nightmares!
This is narrated by three different people: Eva, Grace (Eva’s best friend), and Judge (the killer). Judge’s voice is the creepiest of all, with him being super obsessed with God and rationalizing his behavior by saying that his killings were “messages”. I loved (and this is weird saying this because I actually loved a killer’s POV), listening to his perspective. I loved hearing the way he rationalized his behavior… the way it was always Eva’s fault or how he was doing it to help her.
Eva herself was a wonderful character. She was very relatable and down to earth, although at first came off as vain because of the accident. I liked Eva, and never found her annoying. I could see myself reacting the same as her in most of those situations, so I think she was written spectacularly well.
The romance is really cute and different than usual. It doesn’t have overwhelming amounts of angst, and both characters are honest with their feelings; they don’t skirt away from saying how they really feel. Their romance is a best friends to lovers kind of story and I really ate it up.
This book is written amazingly well! The killer’s identity is not actually withheld, so I came to guessing it pretty early, but the real terrifying part of the book is seeing Eva interacting with him, him being one of her friends . It had my heart racing and my palms sweating and I had to restrain myself from actually yelling “IT’S HIM EVA! IT’S HIM IT’S HIM!”.
Eva’s family also plays a nice role in the book, and they’re very supportive. They were always important to the story and played a huge part in Eva’s life. Her friendship with Grace was such an amazing female to female friendship as well! They were always so great with one another, always completely honest, and they never tried to take each other down.
This is a bit more mature YA than the rest. It has lots of sexual references and innuendos, and I don’t recommend this to the younger YA audience.
Listening to this book on audio was definitely a great experience. I loved listening to every second. All the narrators were incredibly talented, they all conveyed what they were supposed to, and I felt so enthralled with this. Definitely pick this up on audio if you have the chance.
Overall, this was a spectacularly written book. With the right amounts of romance, mystery, paranormal, and a whole lot of creepiness. The writing is sooooooo captivating, and you’ll find yourself wanting to know what happens as soon as possible!
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