The Fine Art of Pretending

Posted on Tuesday, September 30th 2014 in Review

The Fine Art of PretendingTitle: The Fine Art of Pretending
Author: Rachel Harris
Series: The Fine Art of Pretending #1
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Date: September 30, 2014
Pages: 256
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
Description: "According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want. "

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***

If you’ve read the synopsis for this book, you may be thinking “been there, done that” and while that is true, it was still quite an enjoyable read. Even though we’re dealing with several common plot points (best friend romance, commitment issues, daddy problems, “She’s All That” makeover, fake-dating turned not-so-fake-relationship), the characters were likable and the writing style was fast paced and engaging.

Even though a few of the characters were a bit cliche (I’m looking at you Lauren), our main characters Aly and Brandon had that sweet, innocent-feeling chemistry that made it fun to watch them really fall for each other. The whole world knows these two have feelings for each other, but since Brandon’s been more than a little slow on the uptake, seeing those feelings develop in an organic manner was awesome. Harris did a great job of making everything feel very genuine.

While this isn’t a perfect novel, it’s one of those fun, fast contemporaries that is just perfect for summer. When I’m reading by the pool, I tend to gravitate towards books that I can fly through without having to pay too much attention to world building, etc. and that is exactly what I got with The Fine Art of Pretending.

My only real complaint was the overly cheesy ending that left me rolling my eyes. We see these all the time with romantic comedy movies and I typically gag out loud because it’s just so…disgustingly romantic in a completely unrealistic way. My husband loves that :) It typically causes an eye roll of his own since I can’t just “watch the show” without adding my own color commentary.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a fun beach read this summer, The Fine Art of Pretending is the perfect kind of book to add to your list!

4 Stars

Books & Beauty

Posted on Sunday, September 28th 2014 in Books and Beauty

Lots of great books and products to share this week. Check out the video for detailed descriptions :)

BOOKS:
Tear You Apart: Goodreads
Stay With Me: Goodreads
Reluctantly Royal: Goodreads
Angel Killer: Goodreads
The Groom Says Yes: Goodreads
The Clockwork Dagger: Goodreads
Girl Before a Mirror: Goodreads
The Balance Keepers: Goodreads

BEAUTY:
MAC Mineralized Skinfinsh Natural: MAC
Nars And God Created the Woman Part II: Sephora

Fairytale Fashions: Snow White by E.L.F. and a Giveaway!

Posted on Friday, September 26th 2014 in Fairytale Fashions

E.L.F. has done it again. Another beautiful Disney tie-in. Think they’re getting tired of these? I’m not :) . This time they’re featuring Snow White – best known for her pale skin, red lips, and doey eyes. You can pick up the collection at Walgreens or Drugstore.com (or maybe even here since it’s giveaway time!).

I’ve picked two of my favorite items from the collection to share with you guys, but there is also a brush kit, eye shadow kit, and face kit available.

 

Snow White by E.L.F. Snow White Lip Collection by E.L.F. Snow White Beauty Book by E.L.F.

 

 

Giveaway

One person will win both of the Snow White E.L.F. products featured in this post. May the odds be ever in your favor!

CONTEST RULES:

  • Open Internationally
  • Must be 13+ to enter
  • Everyone may enter, even if you are not a follower
  • Winner will be notified via email
  • A new winner will be chosen if a response is not received within 48 hours
  • Contest ends October 12, 2014

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The Perilous Sea

Posted on Thursday, September 25th 2014 in Review

The Perilous SeaTitle: The Perilous Sea
Author: Sherry Thomas
Series: The Elemental Trilogy #12
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date: September 16, 2014
Pages: 414
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
Description: "After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother's prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future. "

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***

I just love The Elemental Trilogy. I read the first book, The Burning Sky, a year ago and have been eagerly awaiting the sequel ever since. There is just something about Thomas’ writing that pulls me into the story immediately and leaves me a bit devastated when I reach the last page. Can’t believe I have to wait a whole year for the next installment (#readerproblems).

I was actually a bit confused when I started The Perilous Sea because it goes back and forth between the past and present. However, only the second chapter is marked as taking place seven weeks earlier. After I figured out the flow of the novel my frustration slipped away and I was very curious to see how our characters found themselves in their present situation. Switching between the past and future kept me on the edge of my seat and even yelling at my book a bit.

At certain points I would want to know right away what happened next in the past, but the book puts us back in the future, so we’re forced to wait a few chapters. There were also points where I needed to know immediately what happened next in the present, but was thrown back to the past in the next page! Even though the lack of chronological order was frustrating, I wouldn’t change it at all! It was that good type of frustrating that has you jumping up and down, talking out loud to your book, annoying your husband who is trying to watch TV without the completely unrelated side commentary as you talk to your book and ignore the world because you must-find-out-what-happens-next-RIGHT NOW!!!

I really don’t want to go into the plot because I feel the less you know about it the better. Suffice it to say it was incredible and I loved it. The characters are still great as well and I’m dying to read the next one. Part of me wishes I’d just held off and binge read the series. However, it is a great to one to have spread out because the plot is easily recalled and you don’t get less excited about the series as time goes on.

5 Stars

Waiting on Wednesday

Posted on Wednesday, September 24th 2014 in Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

For more books I’m looking forward to, check out the Upcoming page.

 

*Creepy*

Twisted Fate by Norah Olson (January 2015 – Katherine Tegen Books)

“When Alyson meets Graham Copeland, the new boy next door, she instantly feels like he’s a kindred spirit—shy and awkward like her, someone who has trouble making friends. It’s impossible to resist having a crush on him.

As usual, her sister, Sydney, sees things differently. In Sydney’s mind, Graham’s odd personality and secretive past scream psychopath, not sweetheart. Her gut is telling her to stay away from him, and to protect a love-struck Alyson from her own naïveté. But despite her instincts, Sydney is surprised to realize that a part of her is drawn to Graham, too.

And the more Sydney gets to know him, the more she realizes just how right—and wrong—she is about everything.

Perfect for fans of Michelle Hodkin, and E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars,Twisted Fate is an unputdownable novel, teeming with suspense.” Goodreads.

 

*Contemporary*

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West (May 2015 – HarperTeen)

“When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.” Goodreads.

 

Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross (October 2014 – Entangled Teen)

Life loves a good curveball…

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas’s life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she’s living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals’ super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn’t just a game. It’s life. And sometimes, it can break your heart…” Goodreads.

 

*Faeries*

The Empty Throne by Cayla Kluver (January 2015 – Harlequin)

“How do you find the strength to save your kingdom when you’ve lost everything?

Anya has failed in her mission to bring Prince Zabriel back to the Faerie realm of Chrior so that he can ascend his rightful throne. Instead, Zabriel, her prince, cousin and dear friend, is standing trial for crimes committed under the false name William Wolfram Pyrite. Worst of all, the last possible heir to the Faerie throne is Illumina—the cousin Anya suspects of the foulest betrayal possible.

In a desperate last attempt to put things right, Anya must partner with the unlikeliest of allies and venture into ever more dangerous situations if there is to be any hope of peace for her people.” Goodreads.

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Marr Q&A

Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd 2014 in Blog Tour, Interview

I am so pleased to have Melissa Marr here today for an interview as part of the Made for You blog tour. I really loved this book! For an in depth view of my thoughts, check out my review.

1. Describe Made For You twitter style.

MADE FOR YOU: Serial killer. Romance. Face blindness. North Carolina. Messages on friends’ bodies. Sept 2014.

2. Where did this story come from? It was so awesomely creeptastic and suspenseful, I couldn’t put it down. I’d love to hear how you come up with the concept.

If you look at most of my books, you’ll see more description of voice, hair, walk, clothes, etc.  Part of that is how I learned to identify people. I have a lot of difficulty with faces, but it wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I realized that the way I identify people isn’t the way my friends and family do. (One of my crit partner and my daughter’s chief tasks is giving characters faces in my books.) Add that to knowing first-hand what it feels like to be stalked, a lifelong fascination with serial killers, and a love of NC, and there was a novel.

3. Can you tell us a little bit about your research process for Made for You?

Some of it was experience. I lived in NC for seven years—during which time I had a stalker for a while. (Thankfully not the whole time!) I had the unpleasant experiences of calling 911, of watching my doorknob turn, of seeing him outside my window and outside my door.  He was a stranger, but the police struggled with that. It was scary, as was the process of going to see mug shots.

However, during the writing of MADE FOR YOU, I also consulting with three police officers (including one in NC), a forensics expert, and nurses.  It’s a book that took both research and my experiences.

4. Judge is so disturbed. What was it like to write from the mind of a serial killer?

It was unsettling—perhaps more so because I write at night.  I’d actually stop writing at about 3 or 4 am, and go read fanfiction (usually Harry Potter fanfic) for 30-60 minutes at night, so I wouldn’t dream of murder.

5. Eva’s new found super power is pretty cool, but I’d love to know more about how it developed. Is there anything you can share about why her abilities didn’t manifest until after the accident?

Prosopagnosia (face blindness) is associated with brain trauma in some cases.  I added it to the list of side effects from Eva’s Traumatic Brain Injury—along with the visions.  In pondering post-accident consequences, I thought it would be interesting if along with limitations, Eva had new strengths. Life is like that: sometimes the very thing that challenges us, strengthens us.  That was the premise I was playing out in Made For You.

6. There were some amazing characters in Made for You. I adored Nate, Grace, and Eva. Which character was your favorite?

Grace and Nate.

7. If Made for You was a movie, what would your top casting choices for Eva, Grace, Nate, and Reid be?

This one always trips me up.  I get asked this because the Wicked Lovely movie has been in development for a number of years. Honestly, I have zero ability to answer this. When I had to do dream casting for an article, I had my daughter, her friends, and the producer give me ideas.  I write books.  Casting isn’t in my skillset!

8. Can you share anything about your upcoming projects? We’d all love to know what’s up next!

I’m working on a new YA novel right now, but I don’t really have anything to share on it yet.  It’s with HarperTeen again (all my YA has been), but there’s no premise or title or anything to share just yet.

In May, I’ll see the release of my 3rd co-authored book with Kelley Armstrong (Thor’s Serpents). It’s the conclusion of a trilogy for young readers.  I’ll also have my first picture book, Bunny Roo, I Love You, out in 2015.  I wrote it while I was in the hospital with my son (whom I adopted in 2013). He had a very difficult experience withdrawing from the drugs he was exposed to during his birth-mother’s pregnancy.

Somewhere in there, I may have a release of a book co-authored with my daughter (who is 21 this year!).  I wrote Wicked Lovely for her, and she’s taken a partial of mine, and evolved it into a longer draft of a novel set in that world. I get to go in and play with it during draft #2. Who knows if we’ll finish? It’s on my plate to do right now though!

You can find Melissa Marr on TwitterFacebook and Tumblr, or checkout her website.

 

About Made for You

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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Tour Schedule

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

Salt & Storm Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway

Posted on Monday, September 22nd 2014 in Blog Tour

Salt&Storm

 

About the Book 

Title: SALT & STORM
Author: Kendall Kulper
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: September 23, 2014
Find it: Goodreads|Amazon|Barnes& Noble

A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder–and the one boy who can help change her future.
Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she’s to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.
Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane–a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.

Excerpt

For a moment, it seemed as though she hadn’t heard me. She breathed hard, her skin ashen, her eyelids fluttering, and I frowned. She often looked like this, after big spells.

“Granma?” I reached a hand to her face and she shuddered, snapping her chin up. She laughed, a papery sound, and pressed the palms of her hands against my chest. Under the weight of her touch I could feel my own bones, thin but strong.

“That’s all right, dear,” she said, whispering slowly into my ear, her voice quavering. “It should hurt.That’s just how it should be.”

The cord still hung limp from one of her hands, and I reached for it. This time my grandmother gave no protest, letting me run it through my fingers and feel the three tight knots now twisted down its length.

“What did you do?” I asked, and I traced my fingers across each knot. If I pressed hard, I felt something deep within: a rumble, a barely-there thrum.

“What we did,” my grandmother said, taking the string lightly from me. “Each knot means the winds. Untie the first for a light breeze. The second will bring a fair trade wind. The third—that’s the strongest. The third untied means a hurricane, greater and more terrible than anything you can imagine.”

“Why would someone want to call a hurricane?” I asked, tilting my head at her. She lifted her eyebrows.

“I don’t ask dear,” she said. “Remember that. It’s not our place to ask. Folks have their reasons.

 

About Kendall

Kulper_Headshot_Small2Kendall Kulper writes historical fiction with a fantasy twist for teen readers and knows more about nineteenth century whaling than she ever imagined. Her debut YA novel, SALT & STORM will be published by Little, Brown September 23, 2014. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in history and literature in 2008 and spent several years as a journalist before deciding to write full-time. She grew up in the wilds of New Jersey and now lives in Boston with her husband and chronically-anxious Australian Shepherd mix, Abby.

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Giveaway Details

2 Hardcovers of SALT & STORM US Only

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

9/15/2014- Novel NoviceInterview

9/15/2014- The Infinite To-Read ShelfReview

9/16/2014- All Things Urban FantasyGuest Post

9/16/2014- No BS Book ReviewsReview

9/17/2014- Such a Novel IdeaInterview

9/17/2014- Katie’s Book BlogReview

9/18/2014- IceyBooksInterview

9/18/2014- Reading YA RocksExcerpt

9/19/2014- Wishful EndingsGuest Post

9/19/2014- Casual ReadersReview

 

Week Two:

9/22/2014Supernatural Snark- Interview

9/22/2014About to ReadExcerpt

9/23/2014The Cover ContessaGuest Post

9/23/2014Imaginary Reads- Review

9/24/2014Fire and IceGuest Post

9/24/2014Once Upon a TwilightReview

9/25/2014Tales of the Ravenous ReaderInterview

9/25/2014The Best Books EverReview

9/26/2014Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post

9/26/2014Tynga’s ReviewsReview

Illusions of Fate

Posted on Sunday, September 21st 2014 in Review

Illusions of FateTitle: Illusions of Fate
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date: September 9, 2014
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
Description: "Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray. "

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***

Illusions of Fate was fantastic! It’s one of those books that pulls you in immediately. No waiting until page 25 before you’re interested. Even though this is technical fantasy, it’s kind of historical fantasy. There are so many similarities between Albion and Great Britain, and Jessamin’s island home of Melei could easily be in the Caribbean. If you’re fascinated by imperialism and enjoy a good fantasy, Illusions of Fate is definitely for you.

Even though I was intrigued by the historical aspects of this book, the characters are really what drew me in. Jessamin was an interesting character — independent, fierce, resourceful, and probably ahead of her time. I also loved Finn’s character and enjoyed his interactions with Jessamin. Lord Downpike was completely unlikable, but just as fascinating as the rest of the cast.

The magic in the story wasn’t necessarily unique, but I love a paranormal twist to my stories and learning about the type of magic each author creates. It always tends to be similar from one author to the next, but there are different elements in every story.

I have to give Kiersten White props for her writing skills. She crafted a great story and it was written in such an engaging style. You don’t always get a story that pulls you in on the first page, but it is phenomenal when you find one.

4 Stars

Fairytale Fashions: A Dauntless Outfit

Posted on Friday, September 19th 2014 in Fairytale Fashions

It’s time for fall fashion! Not gonna lie, the wardrobe change is one of my absolute favorite things about this season. There are a few things I’m obsessed with this season – leather jackets, ribbing, boots, leather panel leggings – and when you put it all together, you get one badass Dauntless outfit!

Dauntless Outfit

 

Dauntless Outfit by trendyedgychic featuring nine west boots

7 For All Mankind biker jacket
$1,265 – harrods.com

Givenchy genuine leather pants
$1,985 – brownsfashion.com

Nine west boots
amazon.com

 

 

Now this isn’t even close to a budget friendly outfit (le sigh), but hopefully it provides some inspiration! I love getting boots from JustFab, which is a super affordable site. These Nine West boots aren’t too bad on the wallet at $169 and I’m seriously debating getting them even though my shoe collection is certainly not lacking in the boot department. Between Forever21 and Amazon, you can definitely find an affordable pair of leather paneled leggings and Zara is well known for their leather jackets (although Forever21 has several super-cheap faux leather moto jackets you can also pick up).

If you’d like to see a post on affordable alternatives for these items, let me know!

Made for You

Posted on Thursday, September 18th 2014 in Review

Made for YouTitle: Made for You
Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: Harper
Date: September 16, 2014
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: For 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. "

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***

If I had to describe Made for You in one word, it would be creepy. It was such an amazing book and I staid up entirely too late to finish it because I just could not tear myself away from the pages. The characters are good, but the storytelling is really amazing. Since this book is told from a dual point of view, we get an up-close and personal look at the stalker brain. And it was utterly terrifying.

Shortly after Eva is run over, she realizes she has a stalker who is willing to kill for her (even if she doesn’t want him too). Since part of the novel is told from the stalker’s perspective, we’re given some clues to help figure out who is responsible for the murders. It’s not obvious who the culprit is, but if you pay attention you can figure it out.

The murders are really what held my attention throughout the novel and kept me thinking about the book well after I’d finished it, but the characters deserve further mention. I really wan’t sure if I’d like Eva going into it. She was very caught up in how pretensions her family and friends were, and had that desire to break out of her proverbial, non-existent cage that I find extremely annoying.

Luckily, after Eva’s accident she doesn’t worry about how blue-blooded her family is as much. It’s still present, but it’s muted to a tolerable level for me. I really enjoyed seeing her reconnect with Nate and interact with her friends — particularly Grace, who was a wonderful supporting character.

Made for You is a creepy and suspenseful novel that is nearly impossible to put down. I enjoyed this one immensely and recommend it around Halloween or if you’re just looking for a good YA thriller.

5 Stars