Blog Tour: ARC Review ~ Made For You by Melissa Marr

Made for You by Melissa Marr
Published by: HarperCollins
Publication date: September 16th 2014
Genres: Southern Gothic, Young Adult


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 was a pleasant surprise. Going into it, I had no idea what to expect. I couldn't fathom the awesomeness that was in store. It's a mystery/thriller that kept me turning the pages late at night. Filled with creepiness, mystery, romance, and great character growth, this book is sure to please!

I really liked the first person point of view switches. I felt it really captured who the characters were, and the voices and tone for each POV were rightly different. The writing really delved into the POV of the character. We could get a great sense of the person's innermost thoughts and learn so much more about them through their thoughts than through their actions and speech. The writing had a creepy factor that I loved. It kept with the story throughout and made me look left and right, making sure no one was creepily watching me like the guy in the book!

The romance was pretty cute, but I felt that it came out of left field in the beginning. The love interest is suddenly all interested after ignoring the girl for THREE years. It seems a bit unrealistic. Once the romance took off though, it was adorable!! I swooned ;)

I loved the setting and how Marr depicted the southern town of Jessup. It was quite realistic and fascinating to read of Southern society. There's a bit of paranormal in this book, but I like how it doesn't overshadow the main storyline.

The ending was amazing! I wracked my brain throughout the book, trying to figure out who the heck is stalking Eva. Once the stalker was revealed I was a bit surprised. I didn't even THINK of him... Marr really pulled the rug out from under me.

All in all this book was pretty great!


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.


  1. Oooh, I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Rachel! I love a good mystery so I may just have to give this one a go! It's such a relief to know that the alternate POVs are distinctly differentiate. My biggest fear of alternating POVs is always that they'll begin to sound the same and that I'll get confused D:

    Fabulous review! <3

    Jess @ MyReadingDress

  2. I love multiple POVs especially for mysteries but sometimes it's not done right at all. It sounds like Melissa nailed it, though. And first person is my fav! I also love how unpredictable it sounds! Great review, Rachel!

  3. I'm so glad to hear that the stalker was a surprise! I love mysteries that make me constantly try to figure them out, so I think I'd really like that part about this book. :)

  4. I love the whole knowing when people are going to die plot line in books. The romance sounds a little not my style, but I like when they add mystery to fantasy and the fact that you didn't see it coming. Okay, I want to read this now! Nice review. :)

  5. Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Rachel! Melissa Marr's books seem to be a bit of a hit and miss for me, (more often a miss), so when I saw this one around the internets, I didn't even look twice, read the synopsis or add it to my TBR. However, your wonderful review has certainly made me change my mind - onto the TBR it goes - I love a good mystery!

  6. Brilliant review! This is the second review I have seen for this book and both have been really positive. I hadn't even considered the book before, but now I am considering picking this one up myself.

  7. Alternating pov's can sometimes really annoy me (because often they do not add anything to the story!) but luckily it did work in this book! I have heard great things about Melissa Marr's writing. I have her Wicked Lovely series but haven't read that one yet. - Oops, after entering I saw that this was US & Canada only! You can view my entries as void. Hopefully I'll still be spreading the word about this blogtour!

  8. Aww I can't wait for this either! It sounds soo wonderful. :))) Melissa Marr failed to impress me so far but let's hope she'll with this one. :)

  9. I loveeeee Melissa Marr. I've only read her faery series, but maybe I need to pick this one up, too. Great review! :)

    Jules @ The Book of Jules

  10. I am so glad you enjoyed this one, I am excited to get my hands on it!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  11. This one sounds really interesting. I couldn't get into Wicked Lovely, but this one sounds really good so I might have to check it out.
    Congrats, I've nominated you for the Liebster Award! Info on how to proceed can be found on my blog here:

  12. Oh, I didn't know you were changing the appearance on your blog! It's pretty and classy and I love it. Good job! :D The guy ignored the girl for 3 YEARS? Shoooot. I don't like these kind of things. I prefer when she meets a new guy you know and they have a little connection--though no insta-love. Everything else looks pretty good. A good read, in my opinon. Can't wait to get my hands on it then. Great review, Rachel!! :)

  13. I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I've been meaning to read it and it looks like I won't be disappointed. I like books in multiple POVs and it looks like Marr did it well and I love books that will keep me up all night! Great review! :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  14. Glad you enjoyed this one! I have it on my Kindle and hope to read it soon. I'm a little nervous about the love interest, since I heard about his past, but I'm usually pretty forgiving when it comes to these things. :P
    The mystery sounds great - glad to hear it's sufficiently creepy.
    Wonderful review!

  15. Yeah, I didn't like the romance because of that, and how she just forgave him for the crap he's done. I couldn't really connect to her either, I did like her though (even if she annoyed me a little in the beginning.) Loved getting the killers perspective too, and everything about that was raw and gritty and spot on (which is actually the first in a while that I can say was done correctly.) I think I gave it a 4 too, so whoo! :)

  16. I really need to try and read this book! It seems like a fun and good read, and that cover is beautiful as well :)

  17. Ou, yay! I'm so glad that you liked this one, hun! I borrowed it from the library this week and I'm so excited! Melissa Marr writing contemporary? This sounds gooddddd. :) Great review!

  18. Ive been dying to rad the Wicked Lovely series 4EVAH!! *heart you!*
    Love Britt


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