Blog Tour--Made for You by Melissa Marr (Review + Contest)

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.

Melissa Marr's Made for You was an extraordinary read! It was the right blend of psychological thriller and even a tad of paranormal for good measure. I HIGHLY recommend this book to fans of Kimberly Derting's Body Finder series because that's kind of how this book rolls with the thriller and paranormal parts! This was such an incredible and fast paced read that I read it all in one day! It was that AMAZING! Made for You is definitely a "can't put down" kind of read!

We have multiple points of view in this one with Eva--our heroine, Judge--our psychotic killer, and Grace--Eva's best friend. It was odd having Grace thrown in there, but her parts were pretty enjoyable and contributed to the story as well. Reading from our psychotic stalker/killer was just as intense as you would expect. For this guy is obsessed with scary, over the top-we-are-meant-to-be-together scary! And that always makes for a good villain--good being that he scares the ever living crap out of you because it's a real villainous kind of vibe going on!

Anyway, Eva is hit by a car driving maniac early on in the story and the days move forward as Eva tries to adjust to having someone try to kill her. The book takes place over 15 days for the most part and in that time Eva learns something happened to her after the car hit her--besides the obvious broken bones and such. She now can see when people will die when she touches them. By touching her friends, their deaths play out in her head. Sometimes they are deaths that will occur many decades later by something like cancer and other times, it's due to a shadowy figure killing them.

One thing that I didn't quite understand was the aloofness between Eva and Nate. Nate used to be one of Eva's good friends growing up and naturally, she had a crush on him. Somewhere along the lines Nate changed into a total player; sleeping with just about any girl at every party, drinking and all that whatnot. Basically being your typical bad boy, but then once Eva gets hurt and is recovering in the hospital, they bump into one another and it's like he's totally changed. When it seemed he was still kind of a jerk just a day or two before her accident. I might have missed something somewhere along the lines of when he suddenly changed into a better guy, and we do learn more about him and his family life that might have been cause of some of his changes, but again, I just kind of missed when he went from a-hole to good guy. But he was definitely a great guy after Eva's accident and becomes her friend once more and it was endearing.

As Eva is trying to deal with her new ability, her stalker is still out there...pining for her. He leaves her gifts with hidden meanings and some of them are pretty creepy. No dead body parts thankfully, but he does have his own hidden meanings to his gifts.

Eva's parents who are notoriously absent for the first portion of the book make a huge come around after her accident. In fact, it's kind of what kicked them in the butts to be better parents. Eva mentions them being gone a lot, but they're suddenly there in her life for the most of the book and I have to say that I liked that. Of course, it's still sad that it took this attempt on their daughter's life to finally get involved, but I liked how we can finally see a YA novel with parents who are actually there despite the extenuating circumstances. 

The pacing to this one was really good. I think it really helped that we got the bad guy's point of view. Although just around the halfway point I was making my guess as to who it is and it's a mere chapter or two later that it's revealed. I think even knowing who it is doesn't lessen the creepiness of his chapter point of views. They're still creepy. I truly admire Melissa for her ability to write such a down right creepy bad guy. I don't think I could even do that myself, it's just sooo creepy with the way this guy's obsession over Eva was! Kudos to Melissa for scaring readers in a whole new way!

This reads as a standalone and as far as I know, it is. But it's a highly enjoyable one at that! If you're looking for a good creepy read--creepy in the real sense--then this is the read for you! Made for You is the perfect psychological YA thriller that readers have been craving! Fans of Kimberly Derting, do not want to miss out on this one!

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars

Hmm, I’m never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises–graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.


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It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

Last Week I Read:

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (3.5 stars)
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (4 stars)

Review That Was Posted:

Firebug by Lish McBride (2.5 stars)

Currently Reading:

Cress by Marissa Meyer

What I Plan to Read this Week:

Unforgotten by Jessica Brody

Other Posts of Interest:

Stacking the Shelves

This weekly meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!

Another insane week of bookish goodness! My poor credit card is weeping!

So from my little excursion on Friday into Naperville, I did some shopping around the area while waiting for the signing to begin and it was very fruitful!

Here's what I bought:

I found this awesome david & goliath magnet that says I heart vampires, as you all know my love of paranormal peeps started with the vampire!

Then there was the totally awesome t-shirt that--while hard to see--says: My patronous is a bookworm! And it rightly shows a bespectacled bookworm reading a book! Then there was a bookmark I had to have, I seem to not own enough! That shows a full bookcase and the words Carpe Librum, then beneath it, the translation: Seize the Book!

I had previously ordered: Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre & The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien from the Fierce Reads signing earlier that week and was able to pick them up at the store then! I already read and enjoyed them so I'm happy to have SIGNED copies!

Then I stumbled across Nil by Lynne Matson and remembered hearing good reviews and it sounded interesting, so I thought, what the heck! Let's buy a SIGNED copy! Unpersonalized, but still SIGNED so yay!

Okay, and then I got this little lovely in the mail as apart of the Street Team package from C.C. Hunter:

A lovely gift package that includes a t-shirt, a notepad, pen, bookmarks, a ball that changes colors when you hold it, a maze thingy and of course, an ARC of Eternal by C.C. Hunter!

And then, oh yes, there's more! I bought these books, one I ordered and read and reviewed, one's a keeper copy and the other I sunk to peer pressure by what I hear about it:

Get Even by Gretchen McNeil--the keeper copy!
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey--already read, reviewed, loved & shelved! +signed!
Legend by Marie Lu--the peer pressure book! ;)

Then after I wrote up this post, I went out shopping and would you believe it, I bought a little bit more! No books, but bookish items! And one of the items is my SIGNED sampler of Get Even, plus the the first 2 chapters of Get Dirty and a personalized bookplate! YAY!

So that's the sampler and bookplate on top, then to the left is a BEAUTIFUL bookmark with JOHNNY DEPP as my favorite Captain! And Orlando Bloom too! Couldn't pass that up!
Then I finally broke down and bought the "peasant Belle" Pop figure because I just loved it! Her hair style is so her, plus it was mine as a kid too and I just liked it. The only thing missing is her book!

And finally, yes, finally! I bought this necklace from Hebel Design because I looooved Unremembered and loooooved how this is practically a piece of the book!

 It's Sera's locket from the book! It's sooo lifelike! And the second picture, it's hard to see but it has the inscription S + Z = 1609

Whew! And that's my haul this week! What did you get?

Top 5 Sundays

Top 5 Sundays is a weekly blog meme created by Larissa at Larissa and Friends' Bookish Life.

 Every Sunday I will post a TOP 5 list on the blog. It can be about anything and every week I'll have a new theme {You can vote on next week’s theme on my left sidebar!} and I will ad the Mr.Linky bellow the post so you can do a list with the theme and add you link to it.

1 - Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.
2 - Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.
3 - Feel free to use the Feature's image (there is a smaller size version of it bellow)
4 - After you've finished your post, add you link (of the post, not your blog's main page) to the Mr.Linky at the end of that week's post.
5 – If you don’t have a blog to post, just leave your list in the comments =)

This week's topic is: Book Series You Wish Would Get a Spinoff!

*in no particular order

by Rachel Vincent

I soooo wouldn't say no to a spinoff of this one! Maybe featuring what Jace does, or was Kaci does, just something more! 

by Susan Dennard

I know it's just a trilogy, but I can't help but wanting more! Wanting to know where the characters will end up and all that! Maybe a spinoff with a different protagonist!

by Julie Kagawa

Can we say Jackal spinoff please? I would sooo read that in a heartbeat! Be it prequel or sequel!

by Richelle Mead

Like many, I was a tad upset with how this series ended! A spinoff with some more answers and details would be much appreciated!

by Jocelynn Drake

I feel like this one could really be a possibility! Jocelynn's talked about a certain character possibly getting his own book! More than one actually! Not sure if they would be a combined series or what, but would loooove seeing that!

Rick Yancey Signing +Contest!

Hey all! So as you know, I drove yet another 5 hours to see Rick Yancey at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville again! What can I say? I'm addicted to meeting new authors! And really, 5 hours isn't soooo bad! I rode (while my mom drove) 15 or 17 hours I think to South Carolina in Charleston so I could go to Savannah...which was like an hour or less away, to see authors at the AAD signing day! So yeah, 5 hours is easy! ;)

He was really fun to listen to too! And yes, he is sorta cuddling that owl! He brought it over from the display to set near his books for the obvious reasons! *Hint, look closely at the covers of his books. Such as the top of the trees, the watery puddle like thing on the second book!

He was funny too! I always enjoy hearing an author's road to publication and just other writing tips and ways! He talked a bit about the movie upcoming too! Which was in part why I made the trip to see him. Because as we know, once a book is made into a movie, the author becomes insanely huge and popular. Like Veronica Roth! I met her before the movie came out and her signing lines were manageable! I shutter to see them now! 

I soooo can't wait for the movie! Rick says it will stay true to the book about 80%, which all things considered is great! And I learned that there will be 3 books to this series, so a trilogy! Hadn't seemed to find that information prior to last night, but now I know! And it just might mean I will have to drive up to Naperville again next year, so I can have a signed set! I'm CDO you know! ;)

I even ran into Nicole from Feed Your Fiction Addiction! I loooove meeting bloggers face to face, especially ones I've talked to for years! I was only sad that I didn't have time to linger and talk more, but I had a loooong drive ahead of me. Yes, I made this a day trip, although technically I didn't get home until 12:30 am!

So would you like to win a SIGNED copy of The Infinite Sea? This is the second installment in the series and you really must read The 5th Wave first, because it's that kind of chronological series! As you know I already read this one in a day! It was a rather quick and delightful read and ohhhhh, is there a game changer in this one!

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Winner Time!!!

It's time to announce the winners of my contests from this week! Let's get to it!

The winner of the SIGNED copy of Throne of Glass is...


The winner of my Black Ice ARC is...


CONGRATS LADIES! I have sent the emails and you'll have 48 hours to respond with your mailing address or new winners will be chosen!

Still around guys cause as soon as I get my Rick Yancey post together, there'll be another giveaway!!


I'll be MIA again today! As I am yet again hitting the road and driving BACK up to Naperville because tonight RICK YANCEY is going to be at Anderson's and I sooooo want to see him! I loved The 5th Wave and want to see him before the movie comes out and things get crazy when it comes to him!

See you all tomorrow! As I will be back then!

Follow Friday

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts and any one else you want to follow on the list  
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

This week's question is: Blogger pet peeves?

MY ANSWER: Pet peeves...hmm....I guess sometimes when I am trying to upload pictures into my post, they don't always show up in the post! I'll be staring at them in my draft, check the post out in my preview and it's not there! And I'm like what the heck?! 

Luckily this hasn't happened in awhile! Usually it's when I want to upload a LOT of pics! So I have been trying to limit the amount I use in particular posts!

Other times, it's just when I am entering Blogger and my dashboard doesn't upload properly and I stare at an empty screen with no posts from fellow bloggers because I apparently "follow no blogs". *eyeroll*


Random Thursday

Carrying on with the Jaws movie facts! The summer population of Martha's Vineyard before Jaws was approximately 5,000 tourists.

After the movie came out that number jumped to 15,000 tourists!

Another tidbit about the movie is that when the trio is out on the ocean hunting the shark, the cameras always made sure to stay clear of the shoreline. They wanted the audience to feel very cut off from land and grasp that the heroes can't just run back to shore. They're too far out!

And when you watch the movie, you see this! When they're out on the ocean, we never ever see land, so it feels like they're miles away! So incredible and in reality they were likely just a few feet off the shore!

Review--The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The riveting follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave, hailed by Justin Cronin as “wildly entertaining.”

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Rick Yancey's The Infinite Sea is the highly anticipated sequel to The 5th Wave and it was truly remarkable! A 1-day read, peeps! I couldn't put it down...even when I had to, I resented that fact!

Soooo much happened in The 5th Wave and I read that like a hundred reads ago, so my memory was a little sketchy, yet I was able to jump right back into the story without many fumbles. We quickly learn that the Others, bad guys, whatever we like to call them, have a new method to exterminate the remaining humans and it's a doozie of a method too!

Cassie, Ben, and the other children rescued from the fallout from the end last go around are on the run. Cassie has successfully rescued her brother, but he's different now. A fact we could see last time as well. They take refuge in an abandoned hotel while they wait to see if Evan comes for Cassie as promised and to think of their next move as well. There's no definite plan other than keeping away from the bad guys.

It's hard to say how much time passed in this one. It doesn't really feel like much, but yet, we learned soooo much at the same time. Told through different point of views, like previously, we even get two new perspectives; Ringer and Poundcake.

This one kind of lacks in some of the excitement and thrills that we had in The 5th Wave, but yet it was still a really good read. It was more a learning experience in some sense as we learn more about the enemy and another new character, Grace walks onto the scene and has a connection with Evan.

There wasn't much room for romance in this one, where we had the budding romance between Cassie and Evan last go around. Here, there's really not much of anything. Before I thought we even had some conflicting feelings between Evan and Ben, but it's hard to say if that still stands now. 

Ringer had quite a long section towards the end of the book, one that really changes things in some sense and gives us new meaning to the story at large! I was definitely thrown by that number! Which makes trying to predict the outcome for the next book even more hard!

I will have to say that the final chapter--a new perspective--was what totally made the book all right for me! I was afraid, yet again, I would be without answers regarding certain characters, but that ending put everything into light! Of course, there's still questions regarding another character, but it wasn't so much a burning need as this one was!

All in all, a really good read! I missed some of the spine-tingling suspense we had from the first book, but what we had here was still rather good, just not spine-tingling. I look forward to reading more of this series because it's just to good to pass up! And plus, there are still more answers to be found and I am dying to know all!

Overall Rating 4/5 stars