Review + Giveaway: After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel

Be sure and check out my current giveaways! I have one ending today and a big one with 9 prizes (a total of 16 books and 1 gift card) that runs until next week! Also check back all week for even more giveaways in honor of my birthday.

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 love Carrie Jones. I quickly read the Need series and her other books. So, I’m super excited to be taking place in the book tour. What a great post for my birthday!

After Obsession completely lived up to my expectations. The characters are so entertaining and well-written. It’s told in alternating point of views – Aimee’s and Alan’s, written by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel respectively.

Going in I had no idea Alan was Indian. All I was aware of was that he was from the south. As always, that’s major bonus points for me, him being Native American just adds even more. He’s charming, cute, and just all around wonderful. He has dreams and thoughts of a spirit animal who is guiding him to help. Aimee has a boyfriend, but is instantly drawn to Alan. She also is having dreams and knows something is strange about where she lives. Aimee has special talents of her own.

My major complaint: I understand that Aimee and Alan are strangely attracted to one another. I get that the entire town is kind of going psychotic. But I really dislike insta-love unless it’s explained. It wasn’t really explained here. Within a week they are oh-so-in-love. If you can look past that, which I eventually was able to do, it’s an excellent read!

While the whole premise sounds really scary, it’s not really that bad. It was creepy enough to keep me in suspense, but not bad enough that it’ll keep some of the non-horror lovers turned away. I definitely don’t expect it to be one that’ll cause anyone nightmares!

If you love mythology (Native American, in this case), I think After Obsession is worth checking out. While the book is currently a standalone, I really hope we get to revisit these characters!

I’m never big on book trailers, but this one is an exception. It hints at the creepy vibe and leaves you completely curious. (Well, at least it did me) You can check it out on Facebook.

I’m giving away an ARC copy of After Obsession today! Because the publisher is shipping it out, only US addresses are eligible! (Overseas? If you have someone in the US who you can ship it to, feel free to enter!)

The giveaway will run until midnight on September 18th.
The winner will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address.

I received my copy of After Obsession from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Comments

  1. I love when there’s an alternating narrative that’s done well! Can’t wait to pick this one up…and happy birthday again! Books are ALWAYS the best gift, right?!

  2. Missie says:

    I’m not a fan of insta-love too, but since it happens so often in YA, I’m beginning to believe that teens are just prone to declaring their undying love for all eternity after a week of knowing someone. Why not? It’s fiction. LOL

    Thanks for the insightful review and giveaway! :)

  3. Nicole says:

    I also loved the Need series by Carrie Jones. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Rebecca says:

    Bex wants this! She really does. o: Great review, Amanda. Once again, you manage to tease me! Lol. It will never end. ;) It already was on my wishlist, but now I’ll just have to push it a little higher…

  5. Pabkins says:

    I completely agree with you on this comment! “But I really dislike insta-love unless it’s explained. It wasn’t really explained here.”

    But I am still willing to read it – especially if I win it!

  6. Pabkins says:

    Oh yeah did I tell you – my sister’s giving away a zombie plush bunny she made herself. It’s over on her blog – since you always host giveaways you should win something for a change haha.

    http://rinnisplayground.blogspot.com/2011/09/first-giveaway-handmade-zombie-plush.html

  7. This book looks so cool, thank you so much!

  8. Angel says:

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! This book seems awesome!
    -Angel
    http://909reviews.blogspot.com

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