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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tour! A Review of Made for You by Melissa Marr

Made for You by Melissa Marr
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Mystery)
Date Published: September 16, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins

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 is the first book by Melissa Marr that I've read so far. I enjoyed how the mystery was built up during the first 3/4 of the book. We are given multiple point of view's including Judge's, the murderous stalker. Having his point of view really let me see inside his head. His perspective was twisted and dark, but it was needed to bring the story to life. In the last quarter of the book, Judge basically tells you who he is. After that, the mystery was gone. We obviously needed to find out eventually, but I expected the revelation to be less casual in manner. I thought the pacing flowed pretty nicely. The characters were significant within the story. There weren't random perspectives thrown in just for the heck of it like you find in books sometimes. I appreciated that. It steadily kept my attention.

Made for You by Melissa Marr was kindly provided to me by the publisher through Edelweiss for review. The opinions are my own.

I glance inside Eva’s room as I pass it. It’s only a moment, a split second, but she’s there. She’s awake and speaking softly. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear she was an angel. She’s not though. She’s one of Them. If I can’t save her, she’ll have to die. She’s been spared for now, but I need her to understand. If she doesn’t, she’ll be a sacrifice at the altar of venality.

Like the rest of them.

My mouth is dry at the thought of how close I am to her now. I could walk straight into her room and visit her, but I’m not ready to talk to her. Still, I needed to see her.

I wonder if she’ll notice my name on the card. I listed several names—the editor, a few staff writers, and then I added my own in the middle. Judge. It’s not the name I was born with but it’s my true name, my soul name. I’m not really an executioner yet, and
without Eva, I’m not a jury. Together, we could be a judge, jury, and executioner.

I’d despaired when I realized that she was one of Them. On the night I tried to kill her, I thought I would be always solitary. Now that she survived, I have hope again.

Outside, I pause to breathe the already thick air. Early summer in North Carolina isn’t as humid as the heat of July and August, but the air is heavy already. The sweet taste of wisteria fills my mouth, and I wonder if Eva likes the flowers. They’re not as sweet as the pale purple clusters of wisteria clinging to the trees. For her, I brought common flowers—like her, not truly special. That was my mistake before: I raised her up like a false idol. I know better now.I cross the parking lot to the car I have today and slip on my gloves before I touch the handle. Like my uniform, it’s not memorable, a dark blue, four-door sedan. I’ll park it beside the one that has Eva’s blood on it.

Hmm, I’m never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises–graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.

To learn more about Melissa Marr and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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  1. Beautiful cover, very intriguing book! Thank You for 'introducing' Melissa Marr to me, she is a new-to-me author.

  2. I'm fascinated with Judge getting his own POV - that's the perfect way to build suspense and make us really see how effed up a villain can be! Glad you liked it! :)


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