Friday, September 30, 2011

After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E Wedel

Aimee and Alan have secrets. Both teens have unusual pasts and abilities they prefer to keep hidden. But when they meet each other, in a cold Maine town, they can't stop their secrets from spilling out. Strange things have been happening lately, and they both feel that something-or someone- is haunting them. They're wrong. Despite their unusual history and powers, it's neither Aimee nor Alan who is truly haunted. It's Alan's cousin Courtney who, in a desperate plea to find her missing father, has invited a demon into her life-and into her body. Only together can Aimee and Alan exorcise the ghost. And they have to move quickly, before it devours not just Courtney but everything around her.

Filled with heart-pounding romance, paranormal activity, and rich teen characters to love-and introducing an exciting new YA voice, Steven Wedel-this novel is exactly what Carrie Jones fans have been waiting for. Meet your next obsession. (From Goodreads)

I was told that this would be a creepy read, and it didn't disappoint. Demonic possession, hauntings, and high school drama...What more could I ask for? Aimee's quiet life is turned upside down after her best friend Courtney's father disappears. Things get even more complicated when Courtney's cousin and aunt move to town. I was intrigued by Alan, whose Navajo background plays a big part in the story. This addition to the story was done really well, and I was glad to see Alan embracing his heritage. I have to add, props to Jones and Wedel for crafting a romance that doesn't involve a damsel in distress. That is my biggest YA (and adult romance) pet peeve. So, the fact that Alan and Aimee work together made their romance that much more believable. 

I think that the reason why I can't rate this higher is due to the split chapters and my lack of ability to really get to know Aimee or Alan. In general, I seem to have an issue with books that switch perspective every chapter. It tends to pull me out of a book, and stops me from connecting deeply to the characters. Some people really love getting to see inside the heads of two different characters, so this issue is just a matter of personal taste.

Overall, a spooky read that's worth picking up. I'm hoping there will be a followup book so that some of my questions can be answered. 

After Obsession
By Carrie Jones & Steven E Wedel
Published by Bloomsbury USA
320 Pages 
Received for Review
Rating: C


Carina said...

I've heard mixed things about this book so far. I usually like books that are told from different point of views, because it makes it easier to understand other characters, but I've heard some complaints, like yours, about this in After Obsession.
But I still want to read this and need to get a copy of this soon. Because the demon/creepy-part of this novel really intrigues me. :)

Have a lovely weekend and thanks for sharing,
Carina @ Fictional Distraction

Unknown said...

Creepy definitely isn't a word used to describe a lot of books now a days. I would love to check this book out. For an author to creep me out, would be quite impressive.

Amanda Tew @

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Thanks for balanced review!

Nina said...

I wasn't a big fan of Need and I wasn't so sure if I really wanted to give this book a try. But, I feel like I should give this author a second chance. And this book written by her and Steven sounds good. :)

Tales of Whimsy said...

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Ann Summerville said...

Thanks for the review. I don't like constant shifts in point of view either.

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