Sunday, April 8, 2012

After Obsession


Authors: Carrie Jones & Steven E Wedel
Reviewed By: Courtney
Published By: Bloomsbury Books
Release Date: September 2011
Genre: YA/ Fantasy > Paranormal
Pages: 305 pages

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 picked this book up at Barnes & Noble I think in January and sadly it was sitting on the shelf until now. I had read the first chapter and got distracted with another book so this one got left behind. Now the other day I was just sitting on the couch thinking what am I going to read next and made myself pick it up and start reading. I'm happy to say I did it. This book ended up being one of my favorites! The story line is amazing and nothing like what I've read before. It's about possession but it also has some humor hidden in there. 

I'm a huge fan of the Need series by Carrie Jones so that's what attracted me to this book. Why it took me so long to read is anybody's question...why did it. Because this books plot and story is flawless. I believe Carrie wrote for Aimee and Steven for Alan. Which is pretty neat. They go back and fourth for every chapter...kinda cool right....

It starts out really kinda weird, Aimee has these dreams about people she knows and she sees them dying, and you later find out she has the gift to heal. Her only problem is shes scared to admit to herself that she has these powers, all because her mother had them and was killed in the river behind her house. Aimee is a weak character at first, shes not confident, shes just kinda there in this town. She also has this boyfriend named Blake whom slowly becomes this jerk and you know what happens then...

A new kid named Alan moves into town(to help his cousin and aunt keep their house), he sounds hunky and hes tall and half Navajo. He's really close to his Indian side and you find out that he has a Spirit Guide (I think that's what their called). So he has dreams of important things and finds out Aimee is a part of something. 

I have to say this because I don't know if I can stop myself from putting in any spoilers, so Read At Your Own Risk :)

Him and Aimee get really close but not the whole omg kiss I kiss can't kiss live kiss without kiss you, kind of thing, since they never really become a "couple" they just know they like each other and know its not the time or place to start a relationship. They both notice the town is in chaos and every one's anger is on the edge. Also something weird is up with her best friend/ his cousin Courtney. Shes been acting the weirdest and is lashing out for no reason and acting in ways she never would. They come to realize shes being possessed by something they call The River Man. They both know that they have something to do with trying to get rid of this demon but they are confused and don't know how.

Now realize I'm only giving you clues, if it sounds good so far then you should read it. Because I can't describe this book in only a few paragraphs, there's so much depth in it and so much of a story. Most books don't give you a lot of back story but this one did. You pretty much knew everything about these characters and all their flaws. I felt very connected to both of them, there are other people like Aimee's pap, brother and father. You become familiar with her father but its not till like the end, and Alan's mom...I don't really like her because she seems to hate the fact that hes Navajo, So the connection is mostly between Aimee and Alan, but yea anyways...

Read this book I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Its kinda short but for a short book it carries a lot of story, there's not a dead moment is in this book. Always something is happening and this book will forever be one of my favorites. It had just enough humor, romance, creepiness, suspense, and thrill to keep you going. I hope that there will eventually be book 2,and I can't wait to hear more about Aimee and Alan.

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