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

Bloomsbury, Carie Jones, review, Steven E Wedel 1 Comment 18th January, 2019

After Obsession by Carrie JonesSteven E. Wedel
Published by Bloomsbury USA on 2011-09-13
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Native American, Paranormal, People & Places, United States, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought

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

Fair warning, there might be spoilers ahead. Read on at your own risk. I’m not intentionally trying to bash the authors in any way with this review, so if it comes off that way please forgive me. When this was first coming out it was one of those books that prompted that reaction of OMG I HAVE TO HAVE THIS BOOK NOW. So of course as soon as it released I went out and bought it. Then it sat on my shelf for nearly two years. Sometimes when that happens and you finally get around to reading the book you’re like why did I wait so long to read this?!?!?! That was not the case this time.

The story starts off with one major event already occurring in the past before chapter one. Sometimes that works out well, sometimes not. For me in the case of After Obsession it didn’t work. I felt like I was picking up where something had been left off even though it was the beginning of the story. So this left me confused for quite a while in the beginning. The “evil” in this book was not done well either. It didn’t feel creepy at all, and the way it started showing itself just didn’t make sense. So a lot of people are suddenly violent and aggressive for no inexplicable reason. By the time you do meet the source of this evil it acts completely juvenile. A big let down.

Then there’s the matter of the insta-love. I’m not a huge fan of insta-love in general, but then again I wouldn’t actually classify Alan and Aimee as insta-love. They are insta-obsession. I would almost think the book is titled after them since the evilness had more to do with possession than obsession. One minute she’s with this guy and they’ve been together for years. Then all of a sudden when he starts acting strange (because of the evil) she dumps him and instantly gets together with her obsession, the new guy Alan. They feel like they know everything about each other, which is funny because I felt like I didn’t know either of them at all. None of the characters were fleshed out very well.

This was just an unsatisfying read overall. So many plot holes, and the only time I could actually tell that it was being written by two different authors was when sentences in one chapter would be short and choppy, and other times they flowed so well. Personally I wouldn’t recommend this read to anyone.

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