Review of Made for You by Melissa Marr

Made for YouMade For You
By: Melissa Marr
Release Date: September 16th 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Finished Copy
Format: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

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.

My Thoughts:
I’ve been reading more and more young adult thrillers lately and have found that generally they tend to be a tad predictable even if enjoyable. Melissa Marr’s Made for You kept me guessing and was a very entertaining read. I found the writing to be gripping and the story fast paced.

My biggest issue with this book was that the build up for the big reveal was great but when things were finally presented it was underwhelming for me. Possibly, I felt like this because I never really connected with the characters on a deep level.

The story alternates between three point of views, one being the killers. If done well, seeing the world from the killer’s point of view adds so much to the story. Marr did a great job in showing how sick the killer, called Judge, was. I looked forward to his disturbing insights. And seeing him single out his victims kept me flipping the pages.

There was a romance in this book between Eva and her old friend from childhood Nate. I began the story really disliking Nate’s character but as the story progressed Marr was able to change my mind. I enjoyed reading these two’s interactions though I can’t say I was ever completely immersed in their lives.

An aspect of this book I really enjoyed was that Eva woke from her injuries with ability to see people’s deaths by touching them. This added a very creative angle to what could have been an otherwise typical thriller. I also loved connecting what Eva saw with where the story was going. This enhanced the tension and kept me flipping the pages. So, as you can see, I was really interested in the storyline but I felt detached a bit from the characters.

Final Thoughts:
Overall Melissa Marr has written another intriguing story that was unpredictable, fast paced and featured a really creepy killer. Though the build up was strong I felt that the climax of the book was overall a let down and I had trouble connecting with the characters.


  1. says

    Bummer, I’m quite excited about this one but I don’t like the idea of a big let down in the ending! =(
    Also, not cool that you didn’t really connect with the characters… but I’m glad to hear that the book was surprising, unexpected and kept you flipping the pages like mad!

    • says

      It was worth the read Pili and I’ve seen some people that absolutely loved it! I think I might be a bit tired of thrillers lately. I’ve read a good amount and maybe need a break from the genre.

  2. says

    Oh character connection really does make or break a book, doesn’t it? I’ve been hearing quite a few positive reviews for this one but something has always held me back. Which is so weird because I love a good thriller. I reached for this one today at the bookstore but then I put it back. It just didn’t feel right, you know? I’m glad you enjoyed the POV changes. That was one of the elements that really had me on edge because I don’t really get on with POV swaps. I can barely do two, let alone three. Fantastic review, Kristen! x

    • says

      most people have seemed to really love this one but it was just okay for me. As I mentioned to Pili, I think I might have over done the genre lately because I’ve not been blown away with any thrillers I’ve read lately. If you read it I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  3. says

    Great review Kristen. <3 I'm.. glad? you liked this book (A) Okay, I wish you had hated it like I did, lol 😀 but hating books are all kinds of depressing :p sigh. But either way, I do love your review of it. <3 thank you for sharing sweetie. I just.. I had so many issues with this book. Not for me 🙁 but the cover. It is so stunning.

  4. says

    Great review! I totally agree!!! It was really interesting and there were some plot twists I didn’t see coming. Overall, I like Marr and her writing. But for some reason, the ending felt really flat and I never really cared about the characters as much as I should have.

  5. says

    I do want to read this book at some point but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of passion. Plus I’m kinda tired of the playboy – but at least he redeemed himself in your eyes. And that’s never fun if the reveal is anti-climatic. I’m usually not good at guessing things ahead of time, so we’ll see.
    Great review, lady!

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