Tuesday, September 20, 2011

After Obsession Review

After Obsession by CARRIE JONES and 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 (goodreads).


Jones and Wedel craft a tale of possession in a small town in Maine. The alternating point of view between main characters Aimee and Alan makes the story telling interesting and is a definite plus. I'm sorry that I do not feel as strongly regarding any other aspects of the book. 

The writing style was very definitive which I thought was interesting given the first person point of view. Everything was very black and white regarding these kids, not a lot of room for doubt even though they were dealing with a demonic possession. The style, however; did make the haunt creepier and spookier. There were some scenes where I regretted reading at night. 

Regarding the characters, they were okay. There were some instances that were a bit hard to agree with, say Aimee's assertion that a character is being a sexist and racist when really he is just being dumb. There is nothing to hate, they are very solid characters throughout the novel but there is nothing genuinely special about them.

The love story was a bit far-fetched. Given her voice, Aimee did not seem like the girl to can her faithful boyfriend for the first new boy to step foot on campus, but yet she does, and with the worst excuse ever. 

It was an interesting read, I would have loved more story about how the haunting came to be, and I could nitpick on a bunch of small things but I will not. This novel was a solid three throughout. 


  1. solid three indeed--we are of like minds. i wish i liked it more than i did but it was just okay. great review :)


  2. I've been wondering about this one. I almost picked it up at the bookstore; I'm glad I didn't now. Sounds more like a library book.


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