Made For You by Melissa MarrI had some pretty high expectations for this book, but they fell flat. I was expecting an exciting thriller, but it was a little more on the romantic and paranormal side, for me. I didn't hate the book (obviously as I gave it 3 stars), I just didn't feel that it was anything special. If you enjoyed The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting, however, I would highly recommend this.
My biggest problem was probably that I didn't really connect to any of the characters, and I can't relate to that small-town vibe. I didn't mind the best friend, Grace, but other than that, no one really stood out to me. The parents also really got on my nerves. I'm not sure if this actually happens in real life, but I can't understand how a child can have such a different personality/intellectual ability to their parents. The main character, Eva, just seemed so much smarter than her mother in different ways and it was unrealistic to me.
Similar to this, I couldn't reconcile the point of view of the killer with how he was portrayed by the other perspectives. I couldn't relate the thoughts in his head to his actions - it didn't make sense to me. He was super creepy though, I will give him that.
I did enjoy the romantic and slight paranormal aspects (highlight for spoilers)[I liked how the visions were never really explained, they were just there]. While Eva wasn't an annoying character, some of her concerns seemed a little out of place [eg. facial scarring] considering there was someone out there looking for her.
The end of the novel was what I had wished the entire thing had been - suspenseful and exciting. So, again, my expectations affected my enjoyment of the book.
The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterI've been hearing some amazing things about The Raven Boys for over a year now, and I finally decided to pick it up. Honestly, the first half of the book started to drag for me. This could be due to the fact that I was reading it very slowly (but then again, maybe I was reading it very slowly because it was starting to bore me?). I was definitely intrigued and curious - and I understand that everything had to be explained - but I felt like not much really started to happen until the 200-page mark. After that point though, wow. I loved every second of the second half of the novel.
I also adored the characters. They were all so different and the way they were written gave a sense of who they were on both the inside and outside, even if their perspective wasn't shown. I can't even pick a favourite character because I loved all The Raven Boys (and felt so bad for each of them) and Blue and the other women of 300 Fox Way. Although, okay, I have a soft spot for Gansey - just like everyone else!
I really enjoyed the creepiness of Cabeswater and all the mystery surrounding ley lines and Glendower. It was exciting finding things out and being a part of the magic.
So overall, I liked this book, it was just a shame about the first part.