Thursday, November 17

After Obsession by Carrie Jones And Steven Wedel

After Obsession by Carrie Jones And Steven Wedel
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 320

Summary: 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.

My Thoughts: I really wanted to love this, I did. I had heard really good things about it, and I thought I would love it.

We are introduced to Aimee who has red hair and is pretty smart. She lost her mother a while ago. She lives with her grandpa, father, and little brother Benji.

Than we meet Alan. Alan has just moved to town with his mother to live with his aunt. His aunt (and cousin Courtney and Aimee's best friend) has just lost her husband and they are trying to get by. Alan and his mom move to town to help out.  Alan is Native American.

Aimee and Alan meet and instantly click. Aimee has a boyfriend named Blake who she dumps pretty quick after meeting Alan. Alan is kind of like a spirit warrior and when Courtney becomes possessed he steps in to help her out.

The person doing the possessing is a man who has acquired the name, The River Man.

Of course, this isn't all that is happening. There is also the issue of the Cheeto, which made me laugh so hard. I loved it!

I liked the alternation between chapters. It is told in both Aimee's and Alan's point of view. I liked how each one picked up right where the other left off.

The book was a fast enough read, but I just didn't find myself getting too into it or really caring about the characters. I never really connected to Aimee or Alan. And I didn't like how quickly she dumped her boyfriend Blake, they had been going out for years than all of a sudden he's out of the picture. It just came too sudden after feeling an attraction to Alan.

I really liked Aimee's family though. I loved the scenes with her funny grandpa and her adorable brother Benji.

After Obsession was an okay read. I flew through the story, but just couldn't really connect very well.

Overall: The plot was okay but I just didn't feel myself really into it. I did finish the book and it was ok. The writing was ok. The folk lore was ok. I just didn't really connect to the story or the characters. Hopefully you'll enjoy it more than me.

Cover: Really beautiful cover. It's what sparked my interest to begin with. Love how she is leaning back. Very pretty.

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Natascha De Marco said...

For me it was a solid 2 star. It was okay in every aspect. Didn't really get into it that much. Good review :)

LoriStrongin said...

Thanks for the honest review. I'm always tweaked by books where the MC is dating someone whom they really care about and who is good to them, and then dump them because someone new and shiny comes along.



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