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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Blog Tour: Review: After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel

AFTER OBSESSSION by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel
Pub. Date: September 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Format: Hardcover , 320pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher ARC
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.

The cover caught my attention and the summary lured me into wanting to read the about the mystery of what happens in After Obsession. Told in alternating POVs from Aimee and Alan, who both have abilities that manifest in relation to their dreams, their dreams set the stage for the creepy factor. What could they mean and how will everyone survive the aftermath? These are the questions that continued to nag me.

We get to see what goes on inside the characters’ heads and I thought it was interesting seeing how their abilities affected each one of them differently. Aimee's experiences were more frightening and I found myself wanting to get to her POV more so than Alan's. The one thing that gave me a few pauses while reading this book, stemmed from a bit of disjoinment in linking the character's POVs together. This was more evident in Alan's POV to me. There were also quite a few scenes that jumped around in both POVs to the point that, to me, it would have been better if the scenes were left out completely.

AFTER OBSESSION, Intriguing in mystery and the plot surrounding demon possession was overall, a satisfying read. I think that the little things that bothered me weren't big enough to distract me from the overall plot. I think readers will be pleased in the end.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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  1. I want to read it!!!! It look very interesting!!!

  2. I agree! There where some little things about this book (things characters said and the way they acted) that really bothered me but overall the story was entertaining.

  3. I love the cover of this book! Makes me totally interested in reading this plus I think my students would too!

  4. I absolutely LOVE the cover for this book -- it's so gorgeous! Plus, it sounds exactly like the kind of haunting book I would love to read!

    Awesome review, Tina! It's too bad that it wasn't a "WOW" book for you, but I'm glad it was satisfying! :)

  5. The cover really is just amazing. Sounds like an interesting take on indian lore.

  6. I love this books cover!

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  7. This book looks really interesting and creepy. I haven't read a truly creepy book in a while. :)

  8. Interesting ... I think that multiple POVs are hard to pull off, but when doen effectively - awesomness results. Thanks for the review! :)

    Ammy Belle
    apereiraorama @ gmail . com

  9. This sounds interesting. I can do the POV what switches if it's clear enough and I'm prepared for it. I like the premise of this book. Thanks for the honest review!

  10. Well, this book sounds awesome and I love paranormal romance, it's so fantastical (thats fantasy and radical in one) :)

  11. I would still love to read this because I am a fan of Carrie's other series, Need. Thanks for the honest review.

  12. Pretty cover, sounds like a great book.


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