Source: TLC Book Tours
Reader! Oh, reader! Oh dearest-of-dear readers!! As an unrepentant lover of all things Melissa Marr, it is with SOOOOO MUCH excitement that I share with you today her latest YA book!! I’m so very honored to be participating in TLC book tours’s tour for Made For You by Melissa Marr. This book embodies what makes Ms. Marr’s writing so absolutely compelling: rock solid writing, superb and challenging plot and characters so complex and multifaceted, they nearly leap off the page! Intrigued?? Then let me introduce you to a book that was made for you…..
MADE FOR YOU
by Melissa Marr
Pub. Date: September 16th 2014 by HarperCollins
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.
For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.
Melissa grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, and various other creatures. After teaching college lit for a decade, she applied her fascination with folklore to writing.
Melissa writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. Her books have been translated into 28 languages to date and been bestsellers in the US (NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal) as well as various countries overseas. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens and Graveminder for adults.
Where you can find Melissa
My first thought when I read the synopsis was that it was very similar to Stephen King’s The Dead Zone. This made me unhappy because, I loved Stephen King’s book and didn’t think it could be retold in a better way. Also, I’m used to fresh, new stories from Melissa Marr, stories I can not just consume rapidly because they’re so compelling but stories that are so different they leave me mulling them over for months to come. But I had faith in Ms. Marr that this wouldn’t be a knock off (she’s way too good for that) and my faith was proven right!
Despite the distinctly supernatural power that Eva develops, this book reads WAY more like a mystery/thriller than a paranormal fantasy book. And for me, it all came down to the characters. Melissa Marr does an outstanding job of drawing the reader into the characters, both Eva and the killer in particular, with alternating POVs that give just enough hints here and just enough hints there to keep the reader guessing what comes next. I loved the way Eva’s visions would shift as she influenced the world around her. I loved the power that gave her, to control her own destiny and make her more than just fate’s pawn. I also loved the way Eva wasn’t the standard misunderstood, shy girl heroine. She’s the IT girl, she knows it, but she also knows she’s more than that, even before her power comes along. Still, she develops a strength of character over the book that makes her even more interesting. Eva’s definitely one of the best YA girls I’ve read in a long time.
And the killler? This is one seriously mess up individual! And as we get more insight into the killers mind and past…well let me just say, this person has some whacked-out family drama. SERIOUSLY. I don’t want to say anymore because I SOOOO enjoyed every insight I gained into the killer’s mind. It’s some fascinating stuff!
Of course, there’s a romance. Melissa’s ability to blend relationships into the most difficult of circumstances is yet another one of her traits as an author that make all of her books must reads for me. And Nate’s a hottie. Sizzling, hot hottie. Again, I won’t spoil it. Read the book. It’s SOOOO worth it!
Fascinating, thrilling and so gripping you’ll find yourself reading it when you should be doing other things (*cough*working*cough*child-care*cough*), this book needs to skip the top of your TBR pile and find it’s way immediately into your hands!
(what’s that? oh yeah, the magic 5+ rating of awesomeness!!!!)
As I mentioned above, Made For You by Melissa Marr is on tour right now! Check out the other stops on the tour!
- Tuesday, September 16th: The Best Books Ever
- Wednesday, September 17th: From the TBR Pile
- Thursday, September 18th: Snowdrop Dreams of Books
- Friday, September 19th: Bewitched Bookworms
- Monday, September 22nd: Sara’s Organized Chaos
- Tuesday, September 23rd: About to Read
- Wednesday, September 24th: Lost in a Great Book
- Thursday, September 25th: Supernatural Snark
- Monday, September 29th: Paperback Princess
- Tuesday, September 30th: Bibliophilia, Please
- Wednesday, October 1st: Reader Girls Blog
- Thursday, October 2nd: Kahakai Kitchen
- Monday, October 6th: Writing Whimsy
- Tuesday, October 7th: Books à la Mode
- Wednesday, October 8th: Sweet Southern Home
- Thursday, October 9th: booknerd
- Friday, October 10th: Book Marks the Spot
You can find out all about the tour on Melissa’s TLC page too!
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