Guest Review: Made For You by Melissa Marr

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Why I chose this book:
Way back when, I read Marr's book Wickedly Lovely and I remember liking it, but for some reason, I do not recall, I didn't follow through with the series! Anyway, when I heard Made For You was a creeptastic book, I knew I wanted to get my hands on it one way or another. And when I saw that Amanda was trading a copy for a review, I didn't want o consider any other book besides Made For You!

Made For You by Melissa Marr
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: September 16th 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Paranormal
Format: Hardback
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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, and old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva's power to keep he friends--and themselves--alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva. (Goodreads)
My Bookish Likes:
  • I REALLY liked that this was a mystery. Our MC, Eva, is basically being stalked, and we're trying to figure out who it is. This book is told in different points of view, one of them being "Judge"--the unidentifiable character.
  • "Judge" is a delusional, creepy psychopathic murderer who thinks he is doing God's works as his right-hand man. He always thinks he's getting "signs" or "tests" from God, and even takes up murder of some of Eva's friends and schoolmates because he thinks it's what God wants him to do. I was constantly SHAKING THE BOOK because this dude was stupid and I wanted to leap into the story and smackdown on him! I love that this book got that reaction out of me, and coincidentally, his chapters were my favorite to read.
  • "Judge" leaves clues for Eva, and it was interesting to see what "Judge" says they mean, and to see how grossly misinterpreted they are when the clues get to Eva.
  • Marr did a great job from distinguishing between all of the characters. Each POV had a unique voice (which is an understatement for "Judge!").
  • The tension was high, and once you figure out who "Judge" is, you really had no idea until a big hunt is dropped, and your eyes almost bulge out of your head.
My Bookish Dislikes:
  • The alternating POVs wouldn't have been so bad, but I think it should have only been POVs from Eva and "Judge"--in my opinion, the other chapters that weren't them were unnecessary.
  • After Eva gets in her accident, the one cause by "Judge" because God tells him to hit her with his car, almost any physical contact Eva has with someone gives her a vision of their impending death. I'm still on the rocks about whether that was a cool trick or not... because it seemed inconsistent--just something that was invented to keep the plot moving forward.
  • I couldn't like or dislike Eva--I just felt meh towards her. I asked myself several times why "Judge" was so obsessed with her. (Although I did appreciate her inability to look away when her boyfriend cheated on her; because apparently "cheating happened all the time" and other characters weren't as against it as she was."

My Favorite Bookish Quotation:
"I alone can judge the unworthy and worthy. It's God's work I do, and by His hand and His secret message, I've chosen her to be my helpmate in this mission."

Final Thoughts:
Overall, it was a good YA thriller, with a bit of supernatural. I enjoyed just how messed up someone's thought processes can be--how they can justify something so awful because of religion. It's amazing to me just how delusional a person can be. I wish I would've felt a better connection to the characters, but that's just the way the cookie crumbles.

I gave this book 3 stars

About the Reviewer:
My name is Rosie and I run the blog Rosie Reads. I'm a 25-year-old who teaches kids on the Autism spectrum and tends to spend the other 16 hours of her day either sleeping, reading, or attempting to do both (spoiler: it doesn't work).

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  1. I liked this book too Rosie, a lot! I thought the creepy elements were fantastic, the whole 'knowing when people die' was a bit much for me.. Such a shame, because it's a great book. Great review too! :)<3

  2. I'm a little worried about this book since I've heard mixed reviews. But whether I love it or not, it sounds like it well be a pretty interesting and intense book either way. And it's always interesting (creepy, but interesting) to read a POV from a serial killer, The Naturals series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes does the same thing.

  3. This sounds interesting. I love it when an author has a deep POV level of writing that each POV character has a distinct voice.

  4. Oh, thank you for reminding me that I need to read this! I'm not the biggest fan of Melissa Mares - unlike you, I DID carry on the Wicked Lovely series (and reviewed it the other week, incidentally!),and let's just say that the first book was the best. But I've heard some amazing things about Made for You, so I'm excited to give Melissa Marr another go!
    Beth x


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