Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mystery Unfolds: Made for You Review

Made for You by Melissa Marr
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 356
Keywords: murder, mystery
Format Read: ARC via trade
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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.

I was a big fan of the Wicked Lovely series in high school (it was one that got me back into YA reading), so when I saw this show up on an Epic Reads teatime, I was basically doing the gimme hands.

It was so different than anything I expected, and I was captivated. I normally can't stand multiple points of view because I can't tell the narrators apart. Marr did an excellent job of switching between the three characters, and each voice I felt was distinct. Grace, Eva's best friend, was analytical and questioned a lot. Eva was descriptive. And Judge had a whole different level of distinct voice. He's the one obsessed with Eva. I loved that one of the perspectives openly admits that he tried to kill Eva in the first chapter. It gave such a suspenseful twist knowing what he was thinking but not knowing who he was.

I felt accomplished and proud when I hit 3/4 through the book and guessed who it was, but I realized once I turned the page that Marr wanted readers to find out exactly at that point and not a moment before. I was questioning everything and fully immersed in this strange world of southerners (okay, not so strange) and mystery.

It moved rather slowly for a murder/suspense type book, but it was a good slow. The plot didn't go too fast, and I felt like things happened realistically rather than at "book pace," where events seem to magically happen over the course of a day and a half. Eva had some recovery time in the hospital, and school dates were planned out, and it all made sense.

This was my favorite Marr book yet, and I will definitely keep an eye out for more things she writes in the future. I was a huge fan of the contemporary setting with magical elements.


  1. I definitely need to read this! I love it when multiple perspectives are done well and I'm always up for a great mystery. :)

    1. I agree! I think it's hard to find books with multiple perspectives that actually sound like different people, so I was pleased with this one!


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