Saturday, September 10, 2011

After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel

After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel.
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens.
Pages: 320.

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.

After Obsession is full of thrilling terror and enticing romance, making you scared and swoony at the same time. The demon possession in this book is so perfectly written, starting off with slow, jumpy fright and transforming into horrifying terror as you read.

I couldn't really get into the first half of the book. For me, it was mainly just scenes of random things and confusing background about Alan's Indian spirit stuff. Also, Aimee and Alan's alternating point of views didn't seem all that much different. Sometimes, if no names were involved on a page, I'd have to flip back to remember whose head I was supposed to be in. It almost threw me off, but fortunately the second half picked up tremendously as the spine-tingling scary started.

I seriously was not expecting to be as scared as I was while reading this. The whole subject of posession absolutely terrifies me (Paranormal Activity and The Last Exoricsm kept me awake for HOURS for three nights) and After Obsession was no exception. I would've loved a lot more background about the demon and how it began terrorizing Courtney, but he was so prominent in the book that was easy fo me to overlook. The subtle transition of his little hints turning into bigger, physical attacks (the treehouse scene ... holy crap ...) Carrie Jones and Steven Wedel have definitely succeeded in making the hairs on the back of my neck stand.

Overall, I had my issues with it in the beginning but I ultimately ended up enjoying After Obsession a lot. Scary, sexy and intense - it's definitely one that I urge you to give a chance! But make sure you read it while the sun is still up ... you'll see why.

Other reviews for After Obsession:
To Read Or Not To Read.
Readaraptor!
SpadesHighReads.
Books Complete Me.

4 comments:

  1. Ooo, I didn't realize this book was so creepy! It's sitting on my shelf so I think I'll move it to the top of my list. I'm in the mood for a scary book.

    Have you read Possessions by Nancy Holder? If you like being freaked out by possessions, it's a great book, but if you don't...umm, maybe avoid it for now. :-)

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  2. I like creepy thrillers! This sounds like an entertaining read.

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  3. I really want to read this one! Loved your review, made me want to read it more.

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  4. OMG! I loved this book! I picked up this book as soon as I got it and read it in under a few hours. The book is really gripping. I really adored how the authors grabbed me from the very first page!

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