Wednesday, February 8, 2012

After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel: review

Goodreads rating: 3.72
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Setting: Maine (United States)

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.  


I’m going to preface this review by saying that I came into this one with pretty low expectations. I enjoy Carrie Jones’ Need series, but I know that while her storyline is amazing, her dialogue and overall writing style bothers me more than any other YA author. So I already knew the story was going to be off for me. On top of that, I had no knowledge of this other author’s work. Also, I read the Q&A in the back that they wrote the manuscript in a month. Yeah, you could definitely tell. And sadly, you could also tell when Carrie Jones was writing and when she wasn’t. It shouldn’t be that obvious.

I really don’t have much to say about this one. The Native American mythology was interesting, and I think if another author had attempted this idea for a novel, it might have been really great. Sadly, not so much. It was a little unbelievable, that Aimee would dump her perfect boyfriend so quickly. Yes, he did say something “racist”, but it honestly wasn’t that bad and there was no back story as to why she would be so averse to a racist. I’m not promoting racism, but there must have been some reason she let one off-hand comment get to her so badly. And she knew everyone in town was acting pretty evil.

Aimee and Alan’s relationship was also a little unbelievable. This is another YA book where they said I love you in the last half of the book, and I’m really getting sick of it.  I didn’t feel myself getting excited about their convoluted relationship, or the ending for that matter. I think the only part that was really exciting for me was Courtney’s possession. I was worried and couldn’t wait to see what would happen with her. But that’s about it.

If you like books about possessions, or you’re a Native American mythology guru, you may want to give this one a try. But I didn’t enjoy it. There were parts where I wanted to find out what happened, but in the end I wasn’t convinced to be invested in the characters and the writing threw me off.


  1. I'm bummed that the book wasn't better because the cover is gorgeous. I guess that's why you can't judge a book by its cover. :)

  2. I pretty much agreed with you on EVERYTHING! Haha, the racist moment was HARDLY racist and their love was so forced it hurt.

    Thanks for your honest review <3

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

  3. I have this book on my shelf and have been meaning to read it. I'm really sad the book didn't live up to such an amazing cover. Thanks for the review!


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