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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Book Review: After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steve Wedel

Title: After Obession
Author: Carrie Jones and Steven Wedel
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: Sept 13th, 2011
Synopsis (from Goodreads): 
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.
My Thoughts:  I really enjoyed Carrie Jones' Need series but wasn't quite as enthralled with this one. I really liked it still but not as much as her other series.  I loved the creepy factor though! 
Aimee can see things that happen in the future.  She can help heal people as well.  So yeah, she's pretty cool.  She is dating a great guy but feels like something may be missing.  Her best friend, Courtney is great too but Courtney is dealing with her father's death.  Aimee knows how she feels since Aimee's mom is also dead. Courtney starts to act strangely and then Alan, her cousin and his mom move in with them to help with the bills.  Together, Aimee and Alan try to figure out the mysteries in the small town that they live in. 
I loved how this story was told in alternate views (Jones has Aimee's POV and Wedel has Alan's POV).  I love how easily they intertwined each chapter.  You certainly could not tell that two different people wrote this!  I also liked the folklore in the story.  Alan is trying to get in touch with his Native American roots and this leads into the folklore.  The demonic possession aspect was also a nice change.  I think this is the first book I've read that has really been about demonic possession.  It was very refreshing!
I wasn't thrilled with the romance aspect.  Aimee was dating Blake and while I didn't care for Blake all that much and thought she should maybe break up with him it all seemed sort of rushed.  Then she was instantly in love with Alan but later wanted to "get to know him".  I was a little confused through the book as to what their relationship was. 
So, it was a creepy and refreshing book but I still liked Jones' Need series better.  I have no doubt that many will love this book though!  It's one that should be read at least once.

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