Saturday, September 20, 2014

Made for You by Melissa Marr

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Published: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 368
Copy: Publisher
Summary: Goodreads

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

First off, I have to say I just loved the whole Southern Gothic feel of this contemporary thriller/mystery. I've said it often that I'm not a huge fan of contemporary novels, but this one sucked me in very early on and had me so engrossed that I finished it in less than 24 hours. 

Eva's character was real. Her confusion and suspicions were palpable and her reasoning sound.  Following along with the 'clues' as she did, made for several rather nasty surprises, many from out of left field and I was just as confused as to who the killer was as the characters were.   Hindsight is always 20/20 and after the conclusion I was hit with a major duh! moment when I realized that there had been a pretty big clue that I missed completely.  Don't you just love it when that happens?

The blurb calls 'Made for You' a wild ride and I have to agree in every way.  This was a fast paced thrill ride that had me gasping in several places.  I could not put it down.  A very exciting stand-alone novel that I thoroughly enjoyed and will have no trouble at all in recommending. - Curlypow

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this one as well. The characters were well fleshed out and the mystery was very trilling indeed. Great review!