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.
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Made for You by Melissa Marr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Maybe 3.5 stars ..
This may be a case of it’s not you pretty book… it’s me.
If you’re looking for a creepy, mystery/thriller then look no further. Made for You introduces us to Eva Tilling. She’s practically royalty in her small North Carolina town, but for some reason someone hit her with their car and took off. She has woken up in the hospital where she finds she has a weird new talent… she can see the deaths of anyone who touches her. While she is recovering in the hospital she runs into her former friend and someone she’s crushed on for years and they begin to rekindle their friendship.
But everything isn’t that easy. Nate is what might be considered as being from the wrong side of town, and he certainly has a reputation, one that is frowned upon in this small town.
In a place where appearances are everything, it seems everyone has something to hide, and when people start turning up dead, and all clues lead us to believe that someone is doing this for Eva… Eva and Nate need to stop this person before another one of their friends turns up dead.
What did I like… first, I really liked that we got the crazy person’s point of view. It really added a layer to the story and provided some much needed explanation for things that happen along the way.
I also really enjoyed the characters as a whole. Aside from Eva, Grace, the best friend and Nate, the new found friend were both really well developed and were a great addition to the story.
I also thought the story was entertaining… but I think that was about it.
For me, I really felt the suspense part of the story was a bit predictable and I kind of had the bad guy pegged pretty early on. I feel like this part of the story could have been done a bit better. I don’t know, maybe I’ve been reading too many suspense books but this one just fell a bit flat.
Also, by the time I turned the last page I was still a bit confused about these visions that Eva was having. I feel like we got a rushed resolution and no real explanation or basis as to why the visons were happening in the first place. It just felt undone to me and I wanted more.
I do have to give kudos for not having the romantic elements take over this story. Yes, there are a few moments between our two characters, but nothing that over shadows the fact that this is a mystery/suspense story. In fact, I wouldn’t have minded a bit more… just saying.
Overall, I have to say it was a fun read, but definitely nothing memorable for me. If you’re looking for a twist on the paranormal YA Mystery/Thriller story, then grab this one when it arrives.
Thank you to HarperCollins for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts!