Hey guys! Sorry this post is so late this time, it’s been a doozy of a week. We found out the gender of our sweet little Squish (she’s a girl!) and I’ve kind of hit crazy cleaning mode in my house because it’s really too hot to survive outside right now. I’ve also been reading like crazy and I have a little bit of a different book for you this week.
I was willing to let her die in order to save her. I’m like Abraham with Isaac, willing to sacrifice the one I love above all others. Like Abraham, I lowered the knife-or car, in my case-but God spared my beloved one. Now, I am waiting, hoping, praying for a reward for my faithfulness.
I’m praying her acceptance will be my reward.
–Made For You by Melissa Marr
I went into this book with a completely different opinion of how this book was going to go. Despite was the back cover said, Melissa Marr is synonymous with kick butt faery tales about the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Her Wicked Lovely series is jam-packed with creepy intrigue and lore and completely drew me in. So when I saw that she has other books out, I was expecting more of the same, but was presented with creepy contemporary realism instead.
Eva Tilling, the town sweetheart and daughter of her sleepy North Carolina town’s richest family, wakes up in the hospital after being hit by a car. Having no known enemies, she’s confused and more than a little scared. Who would try to hurt her, and why? As she is struggling to get a grasp on that she also discovers that she has awoken with an ominous new skill: the ability to see the last moments before someone’s death when they touch her. An old friend, and crush, Nate reappears in her life and the two must figure out their rocky past while they figure out how to utilize Eva’s ability to keep her and her loved ones alive. But the person who hit her is out there, obsessed, and growing increasingly frantic in his attempt to make Eva his and his alone.
I was surprised by this book. I felt that the ending was very expected, I guessed the killer within the first few chapters, but it was kind of fun to see Marr delve into an area she hasn’t previously published in before. I did read her adult fiction, Graveminder, and really enjoyed that but even that had more of a supernatural element to it than this.
Can I say that this is a book that will find a permanent place on my bookshelf? Probably not. It’s a nice light read. It’s creepy but not “bite your nails and keep you up at night” creepy and, despite most attempts to sway you, I don’t really enjoy Eva much. She isn’t very deep as a character and her relationships with her friends don’t make any sense. Even her best friend has a hard time calling her “best friend” in the novel. It’s usually “closest friend”, probably to give you this idea that the town sweetheart and most popular girl in school is secretly an outcast in her own clique. It’s not a theme that’s played very well and I don’t really buy. The main love interests, if you can call them that, also fall short in my opinion. There isn’t a lot of character development with either of them and they fall into very stereotypical plots: The cheating boyfriend and the boy from the wrong side of the tracks whose dark and mysterious but with a secret heart of gold. Nothing wrong with either of these, but also nothing that hasn’t been done a million times.
The killer in the story held my interest the most. The chapters switch between Grace, the best friend, Eva, the main character, and “Judge”, the baddie. He appears to believe his obsession with Eva is God ordained, and thus rights the wrongs he performs in pursuit of her. I found myself anticipating his chapters to discover more of what made him tick. While I enjoyed what I found out, I feel like there was so much left out as well. The ending happens very quickly and sloppily ties up any loose ends in the way Marr best saw fit but left me wanting. The book itself isn’t very long (I read it in less than two days) and I think that I could have definitely enjoyed a longer book if it meant better character qualities, more back story and a more thoughtful approach to the idea presented in the novel.
Did I hate the book? Absolutely not. Marr really knows how to draw you in. Unfortunately, once you’re drawn in, it falls pretty flat. I’d recommend this as a light summer read or something to cleanse your palate between two more significant novels because the story itself isn’t probably going to be one that just astounds you.
Short story? I recommend both the author and the book, but I don’t promise that it will change your life. The audience I recommend for this is for sure a more adult teen one, but if you’ve ever read Marr before this won’t surprise you. The language and behavior are pretty typical to teen situations nowadays, but not something I’d probably suggest introducing your pre-teen or your young teen too. If you’re looking for a well-built quality world from Melissa Marr, check out her Wicked Lovely series. It’s pretty fantastic.
I think this is probably the first book that I’ve reviewed that I’ve been less than thrilled with. I’m trying to keep it honest, but it tears me up a little to admit I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book. Have you read any books that have fallen flat for you lately?