YA review: Made for You by Melissa Marr

Title: Made for You
Author: Melissa Marr
Series: N/A
Acquired: Review
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release date: 26th March 2015

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.

Let me start by saying that this book is very different from anything I have ever read before. I didn’t know anything about it at all when I requested it on NetGalley but it sounded so interesting… and it was.

Protagonist Eva has grown up with a pretty normal life for the town she lives in. But, one night when walking home after being stood up by her boyfriend Robert she is hit by a car and left there. She wakes up in a hospital not knowing what is going on but something has changed, she’s changed. Since the accident when someone touches her she is able to see their future, see how they are going to die. Eva thinks she’s going crazy but when other things happen in town, she knows the only way to stop them is to listen to what’s going on in her head. 

Melissa Marr writes one hell of a thriller. Made for You has a really exciting start with Eva being run over and left for dead. You don’t know who did it to her, you don’t know why, you don’t actually know anything. Just after the accident, Eva reconnects with old friend Nate who isn’t part of the same crowd as her. He’s a bit of an outcast so they have to keep their new friendship a secret. She trusts him with her new secret though and together they try to piece together her visions in order to save her friends. 

Made for You is told from both Eva and the murderer’s points of view which is partly what made it so good. I truly enjoyed reading from both characters because not only were they so different but it helped to understand what was going on in the story. The murderer is absolutely insane. There is no better way to describe them or what they’re doing and why. Some of the chapters told by the murderer were actually quite hard to read because they were so messed up. Not at one point could I feel anything but hatred and disgust for the murderer. 

On the other hand, Eva was a wonderful character. Obviously she goes through a lot at the beginning of the book but it doesn’t get much better for her as the story goes on. She takes on the situation with a very level head which would be a really hard thing to do, considering she was left for dead and is having weird visions when people touch her. Even though she tries to give reasons for what is happening, she never rules out anything before she actually knows. 

The plot has a bit of something for everyone. While Made for You is a thriller/ mystery there is also a lovely romance. Melissa Marr’s writing is addictive in this fast paced and exciting novel and I couldn’t put it down. 

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