Published by Harper Collins on 16 September 2014
Genres: Abduction, Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, Parents, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Suspense, Thrillers, Young Adult
Source: Rock Star Book Tours
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Place(s) Traveled To: Jessup, North Carolina // Durham, North Carolina
First Line(s): “Did you see her?” Piper whispers, lifting the same plastic cup of wine she’s been holding the past two hours as if it hides her.
Made For You is a mystery/thriller release from Melissa Marr who is best known for her Wicked Lovely which involves the Fae. I have always loved a good mystery and so was eager to see what Marr would bring to the table in this genre. While I did find Made For You to be well written it lacked some of the complexity that I expect to see in a mystery. I got my first inkling on who the killer was on page 10 when Marr switched over to his POV and then that theory was later proven to be correct. The killer’s revelation comes with over 100 pages left in the book and there were no red herrings along the way to lead me astray. The story is also told from the POVs of Eva, who the killer is obsessed with, and her best friend Grace. I didn’t mind Eva’s POV points and think I may have preferred the book to be told entirely from her viewpoint but I didn’t understand the need to include a POV from Grace. Grace’s POV sections were far and few between and they never added anything to the story. To me, they were unnecessary filler and I could have done without even though I did like Grace as a character. In fact, I often liked her more than Eva.
Eva was a bit of a Mary Sue who was overly obsessed with her appearance and her poor little rich girl worries. She has everything but isn’t happy but doesn’t do the things that might make her happy as it might affect her social standing. Eva lives in a small southern town with very old fashioned ways where everyone follows the dictates of what the monied families think is acceptable even though all the teens find these ways to be antiquated. And yet, they date who their parents want them to and do the things their parents want them to do. These old fashioned ways often had me rolling my eyes. Though one things I did like in Made For You was the involvement of Eva and Grace’s parents. Even though at the start it seemed as though Eva’s parents would be your typical absentee ones that populate young adult fiction. While it took awhile for Eva’s parents to arrive once they did they proved themselves to be caring and protective and wanting only the best for their only child.
I also liked the character of Nate and enjoyed his relationship with Eva. In some ways I almost wish that Made For You was just a straight romance as I would have liked more Nate and Eva moments but it wasn’t bad as a mystery. It was just predictable. I also could have done without the supernatural aspect where Eva had these unexplained and unhelpful visions. The visions were never explained very well and at the end of the novel the reader is left wondering if she retains this power after the threat is over or if they continue for the rest of her life. As a thriller, Made For You, didn’t do it for me as I went into it thinking it would be this creepy, edge of my seat read. And while I did read the book in a single sitting I wasn’t all that scared. Maybe I am getting a stronger backbone by watching shows like American Horror Story and Walking Dead but I wasn’t creeped out. I wasn’t scared. And never once did I doubt who done it. But even though I guessed the killer I did enjoy the story. If you are looking for a creepy, twisty thriller than Made For You might not be the book for you. But if you are just looking for a well written contemporary story with a dose of romance then you should give this one a shot. While I didn’t always like Eva in the beginning she did come into her own by the end.
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