Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want.
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.
Paranormal YA veteran Carrie Jones brings her romantic sensibilities and supernatural flare to a joint writing effort with horror scribe Steven E. Wedel in the standalone novel AFTER OBSESSION, a sort of teen version of Paranormal Activity meets interracial love story.
Two authors means twice the talent and double the fun, right? Sadly not in this case. Carrie and Steven each created a character and took turns telling chapters from their POV. Carrie’s Aimee is a rather innocuous teenager whose most distinguishing characteristic is that she has red hair. Steven’s Alan is slightly more interesting as a part Native American forced to relocate during his Junior year of high school. Courtney is the link between these two. She’s Aimee’s best friend and Alan’s cousin who we learn is in the process of being possessed by a demon.
I can’t really think of a less appropriate time to strike up a romance than when your friend/cousin is well on her way to vomiting green soup (or in this case oozing acne). Aimee and Alan don’t share my reticence and are sneaking away and sharing smoldering glances whenever they can. Meanwhile most of the student body is erupting into fights and hurling vile insults. Putrid odors permeate their houses, they see a shadowy man lurking in windows, and new information comes to light about the death of Aimee’s mother.
Alan has his spirit cougar to guide him and Aimee has ghostly messages from her mother. There are also cryptic references to Spirit Warriors and Aimee’s unexplained ability to heal by touching. Unfortunately, nothing really works in AFTER OBSESSION. The writing is expressive and the character of Alan had potential, but the story dragged and there were numerous plot holes. The romance felt rushed and completely inappropriate given what they were dealing with. I wanted so much to enjoy this book since I’m a fan of Carrie’s Need series, but I can’t recommend this one.
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