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    RYAR Review: MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr

    Previously published on ReadingYA.rocks


    ABOUT THE BOOK


    MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr
    Published by HarperCollins on September 16, 2014
    Genres: Mystery, Thriller
    Provided by: Author
    Rating: 4 stars

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    This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

    DESCRIPTION

    Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

    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.


    REVIEW


    Melissa Marr’s MADE FOR YOU is an exciting and page-turning thriller. The story is dark and chilling, the killer is creepy and disturbing, and the mystery will keep you guessing. Told from multiple points of view, including the killer’s perspective, the author keeps things interesting by letting events unfold through more than just her main character Eva’s viewpoint.

    The stage is quickly set when Eva Tilling is nearly killed by an unidentified stalker known only as Judge. What at first seems like a hit and run turns out to be the first in a series of murders which are revealed to be connected to Eva. While the killer’s motivation is his obsession with Eva, he claims he is following the Lord’s plan. And as his need to deliver his message to Eva grows so does the danger to Eva and her friends.

    MADE FOR YOU adds an interesting twist to the typical mystery novel with Eva’s ability to foresee people’s deaths following her near-death “accident.” Not only does it make for a more suspenseful read, it gives the protagonist a way to catch the killer. And as it’s an unpredictable ability, and one that is not easily believable, it creates tension in the story for both characters and readers.

    I was quite surprised by the level of creepiness in this read. I did not expect the murders to be as shocking and horrifying as they were. I did not expect to learn what I learned about the killer’s “inspiration” for what he did. And I did not expect there to be a religious element to this story. The author went well beyond the standard boundaries in YA to craft her spine-tingling tale.

    I’m not the biggest fan of stories with “God made me do it” reasons for violence, but even with that as the driving force for the killer’s actions I found MADE FOR YOU to be a well-plotted, gripping and thoroughly entertaining read. And while I may have guessed who Judge was from the moment he was introduced, there was still some doubt and there were still plenty of questions needing answers to keep me engaged.

    From its small-town Southern setting with its restrictive set of rules as regards its social hierarchy, to its somewhat diverse group of characters who feel bound by those rules, to the main character’s psychic ability that let’s her see people’s deaths, to the fanatical, obsessive, creepy stalker turned murderer, MADE FOR YOU is a captivating, if unsettling, mystery.

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    MADE FOR YOU Blog Tour: Scavenger Hunt Excerpt + Giveaway

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    I am totally stoked to be hosting today’s RELEASE DAY stop on the MADE FOR YOU Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I am such a huge fan of Author Melissa Marr and I am so unbelievably excited for this book. (And if you’ve taken a peek at the early scavenger hunt stops, I just know you’ll agree with me.)

    MADE FOR YOU releases today. The wait is over. And I’m thrilled that everyone will finally get the chance to meet Eva Tilling, who I just recently had the pleasure of getting to know. You’ll get to learn more about her ability, find out whether it helps her and her friends, and discover whether she is able to stop a killer.

    If you haven’t yet, be sure to visit the previous stops on tour to read the sneak peeks and grab the scavenger hunt words. There are also a few fab reviews, in case you want to know what other readers thought about MADE FOR YOU.

    If you have checked out the earlier stops, then just scroll on down to my excerpt for the next peek and word. And be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win some pretty fabulous prizes.

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    About Made for You

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    Title: MADE FOR YOU
    Author: Melissa Marr
    Release date: September 16, 2014
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Pages: 368
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

    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.

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    About Melissa Marr

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    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.

    Wicked Lovely was her first novel; it was simultaneously released in the US and UK by HarperCollins in 2007 (with translation rights also sold in twenty-some countries). It debuted as a NY Times Bestseller and evolved into a multi-book series with myriad accolades and international bestseller lists.

    Her debut adult book, Graveminder, released to strong critical reception in 2011.  Following that she has edited anthologies with Kelley Armstrong (Enthralled and Shards & Ashes) and with her friend Tim Pratt (Rags & Bones), and released a second adult novel (The Arrivals) in 2013.

    With Kelley Armstrong, Melissa is the co-author of the Blackwell Pages trilogy (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), a children’s series about the Norse myth of Ragnarök.

    Her upcoming HarperCollins 2014 release, Made For You, utilizes both her graduate degree in Southern Literature and her personal experience with stalkers in a story about a killer who terrorizes a small North Carolina town.

    Her first picture book (Bunny Roo) will be released in 2015.

    Currently, Melissa resides in Virginia with her spouse, children, and many dogs.

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    The Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

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    Everyone, of course, means only our closest friends, but they’re the same people I’ve spent the past few hours with—really, the past seventeen years with if I want to get technical. They’re my friends, and I love them. Sometimes, though, I want to be just a girl with her boyfriend, not a girl, her boyfriend, and their dozen closest friends.

    “Fine.” I blush a little before suggesting, “We could go to one of the bedrooms . . .”

    “With all of our friends out here?” Robert looks at me like I suggested we have sex on the coffee table.

    “Just to fool around,” I clarify.

    He leans in and kisses me briefly, lips closed, and then he wraps an arm around my waist. “Come on.”

    For a moment I think he’s agreed with me, but then I realize that he’s headed back to the sofa. He murmurs in my ear, “We can do that at your house any day. Tomorrow, I’ll meet you at Java the Hut, and then we’ll go to your house for a dessert.”

    I nod. There’s no way to say that it isn’t really physical contact I want.

    I want to feel swept away. I want to not sit here listening to gossip while Nate has sex in another room. I want to be wanted—and distracted. Instead, I sit next to Robert, our hands twined together, and resume the same routine.

    “You totally missed it,” Piper gushes. “You will never believe what Davey Jackson just did!”

    Nothing ever changes, not here, not for me.


    The Giveaway

    This tour includes some seriously wicked cool prizes…

    • ONE WINNER will receive a full paperback set of the 5 books in the Wicked Lovely series and the Wicked Lovely companion book and a hardcover copy of MADE FOR YOU – US only
    • ONE WINNER will receive a paperback of GRAVEMINDER and ARRIVALS and a hardcover copy of MADE FOR YOU – US only
    • ONE WINNER will receive a hardcover copy of MADE FOR YOU – US only

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Sept. 8th – Katie’s Book Blog – Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

    Sept. 9th – Crossroad Reviews – Review

    Sept. 10th – Fire and Ice – Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

    Sept. 11th – Reading with ABC – Review

    Sept. 12th – BookHounds YA – Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

    Week Two

    Sept. 15th – Ticket to Anywhere – Review

    Sept. 16th – Fiktshun – Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

    Sept. 17th – Seeing Night Reviews – Review

    Sept. 18th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

    Sept. 19th – Fictitious Delicious – Review

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    My Reading Pile #183

    MyReadingPileIt was an awesome week at the mailbox this week. A book I am so unbelievably excited to read showed up and a surprise book I’ve been hearing some amazing things about also showed up.

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    I received an ARC of ROOMS by Lauren Oliver courtesy of the publisher, Ecco, in anticipation of the tour I’ll be on this coming week. I plan on reading and reviewing it for my stop on the 19th and I have an amazing interview to accompany my post. I’m totally stoked and can’t wait to start reading.

    I also received a surprise finished copy of A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT by Sandy Hall, courtesy of the publisher, Swoon Reads. I’ve been seeing this book everywhere and it sounds awesome and the cover is gorgeous and I can’t wait to meet all the characters. It looks to be a super quick read and I’m thinking I just might take it with me on my mini sailing vacay later this week.

    And if you can believe it, I did not request a single eARC this past week. Nope, not one. I’m kind of surprised, but at the same time very happy to not add more to my never diminishing eARC collection on my Kindle.

    But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a couple of books that I am dying to read this week. And so…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    {September 14, 2014 – September 20, 2014}


    Made for You

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    First up on the pile is MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr. I received an eARC in anticipation of its tour, and I can’t wait to read it. While I am only sharing an excerpt for my stop, and my pre-order will arrive on Tuesday, I cannot wait to dive in just a few days before its release.

    I love Melissa Marr’s writing and I love YA contemporary and this book sounds so very, very awesome. I can’t wait to read this “twisted southern gothic tale,” meet Eva Tilling, and find out who is obsessed with her and why she awoke from an accident with the ability to foresee people’s deaths.

    The description promises murder, romance and an enthralling and wild ride. And I cannot wait to be taken along this weekend.

    The Description…

    Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

    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.


    Rooms

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    Next up on the pile is ROOMS by Lauren Oliver. I received an ARC from the publisher this past week for the book’s tour and I cannot wait to dive in on Sunday or Monday. Lauren Oliver is an amazing writer and I cannot wait to see how she tackles her adult debut that promises to be “haunting.”

    I may have already peeked at the answers the author gave to my interview questions, which makes me that much more excited to meet these characters, find out what happens with the ghosts that share the Walkers’ home, and what the “cataclysmic results” are when the spirit and human worlds collide.

    I just know I’m going to love the writing, I’m already intrigued by the story, so I have a feeling this will be one of those reads I’m not going to want to put down. If I can’t get to it late Sunday night, I’m going to clear my schedule on Monday evening so I can devour it in one sitting.

    The Description…

    The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways

    Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance.

    But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.

    The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.

    Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.


    Wishful Thinking Reads

    I really want to finish reading THE WITCHES OF EAST END by Melissa De La Cruz. I just binge watched the entire TV series and am all caught up and I really want to finally finish reading this first book and all currently released sequels. But as I have a ton of books sitting in my living room just begging to be read, I can’t go totally off-pile to read the series, as much as I desperately wish I could.


    Those Left Behind

    I am still reading INVISIBLE as I write this post. I will be finished by the time it goes “live” on the blog, but for now I’m not quite done reading. I plan on writing a review after my tour stop, but I will be posting it on Reading YA Rocks where I’ll be posting most of my YA reviews from now on.

    But I did post my review for FALLING INTO PLACE and have written my review for GET EVEN which I’ll be posting over on RYAR on its release date, Tuesday.

    And I did end up finishing and loving THE GIFTED DEAD and I hope to have a review written for it here on its release date, the 23rd.

    I also managed to write and post my reviews for BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins over on RYAR. And I should have my review for BLIND by Rachel DeWoskin on that blog either today or Sunday.

    Things were a lot less crazy this week at work, but I took the time to completely veg and binge watch The Witches of East End and catch up on Teen Wolf. So I didn’t get much reading done. (Yes, I’m glad I only added one book to the pile!)

    But I’m back to adding two books to the pile and I hope to read more than that. We shall see.


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    I didn’t request a single eARC from anywhere or anyone this week. I’m very proud of myself. Though I really want to search through old MRP posts to request some of those books I wanted to request but didn’t.

    Trying. To. Refrain.

    Anyway… there are a few interesting-sounding books on NetGalley this week.

    Here are this week’s finds…

    THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING by Rachel Harris (Spencer Hill Contemporary, Sep 30 2014)

    EVERY UGLY WORD by Aimee Salter (Alloy Entertainment, Jul 29 2014)

    IMITATION by Heather Hildenbrand (Alloy Entertainment, Jul 29 2014)

    SHADOW CREATURES (Lost Worlds #2) by Andrew Lane (Pan Macmillan, Sep 11 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**


    I did not take the opportunity to blog a few hours each night this past week. While I did put some time into updating my features and review pages and writing a few reviews, I did not get ahead of things. I still have a ton of reading and a ton of post formatting to do for the upcoming tours I’m on.

    But part of the reason for my slacker-like qualities was that both the tweaks to Reading YA Rocks and the final design elements were completed. So I couldn’t resist spending some time figuring things out over there.

    It’s tough preparing to say goodbye to the blog that is Fiktshun. It’s a place I’ve been blogging at regularly for the past (almost) four years. It’s kind of crazy to even think about blogging somewhere new, especially with a viable blog here that I love. But a fresh start, something a bit less serious, with (hopefully) zero plagiarism incidents is something that I desperately need. And when the time comes to walk away for good, it might be just a little bit easier to say goodbye.

    I haven’t decided yet whether or not to move My Reading Pile over to the other blog or just post a sort of “Book Haul” and list my current reads. But in the next couple of weeks I’ll decide… I hope.

    Anyway… I hope you had as amazing a week at the mailbox as I did, that you read way more than I did, and that the books you read were awesome. And if you’d like to share what you’ve been reading and what you received, leave a comment or link so I can check it out.

    Happy reading!

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