After Obsession review

Title: After Obsession
Author: Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
arc, 307 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59990-681-2
genre: YA, paranormal
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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. 

My thoughts:

The concept of this novel is really interesting to me. I haven't read a lot of books about demon possession because it fascinates and terrifies me at the same time. I also must admit that the cover of this novel really intrigued me also.

I love that this story is told from two different points of view. The first point of view is told by Aimee. She is a smart, fun loving girl with a special gift. She has the gift of precognition. She sees things in her dreams that end up coming true. She dreams of Alan before she even meets him and knows that they have to work together. Alan has just moved to town with his mother to help his cousin deal with the death of her father. He is part Navajo. He has a special gift also. He dreams of Aimee and he knows that she needs his help. Together they must try to stop the demonic spirit that is infecting the town and is trying to possess Courtney, Alan's cousin and Aimee's best friend.

Aimee and Alan are great characters. They both have to find a way to defeat an unknown evil. I like that they both are afraid but they would do anything to save Courtney.  Alan and Aimee share a mutual attraction toward each other that grows over the course of the novel. I like how the authors wrote Courtney. You can see the progression of her gradual downfall. I couldn't dislike Courtney for her actions because I completely could understand her motivation. I liked seeing the internal struggle she was having. 

I thought the story line in this book was pretty good. It was dark and eerie at times. I really enjoyed the Native American folklore that was incorporated throughout the novel. I think it brings an interesting motif to the story line. Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel did a great job building the suspense. There are times I got chills from the descriptions. I also enjoyed the characters relationships with each other. Aimee's family and Courtney's family are both dealing with the loss of a parent. I think the way the families reacted with each other is really realistic. I also liked the bit about the Cheeto. 

Overall I liked this book. I read the whole book in one sitting.  The story line kept me interested from start to finish. I think they could have turned up the creepy factor a bit. However it was still a good book. If you're into a paranormal thriller with a splash of romance, I recommend this book.

My rating:

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*I received a copy of this book for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my opinion. 


  1. I liked this book but I felt that Alan wasn't mature enough to handle a possession. Maybe if he had some guidance or had any prior experience. Check out my review.

  2. Thanks Wanda, I will go check out your thoughts now :D


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