After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven Wedel
Publisher:  Bloomsburry
Published  September 13th 2011
Hardcover, 320 pages
Challenges:  100 Books in 2011

Aimee and Alan have secrets. Both teens have unusual pasts, and abilities they prefer to keep hidden. But when they meet each other for the first time, in a cold Maine town, they can’t stop their secrets from spilling out. Strange things have been happening lately, and they both feel strongly 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 in Steven Wedel—this novel is exactly what Carrie Jones fans have been waiting for. Meet your next obsession.
I wasn’t quite too sure what to expect from this book. I knew a possession of sorts would take place, but how and why I wasn’t sure. Aimee has always had dreams that predict the future, but only when people are going to get hurt.  Aimee can also help heal others who are physically injured.  Alan, a new member of the town, is not without his own ‘traits’ and ‘quirks’, originating in Native American traditions. And they both also have their own pasts, each with their secrets and fears.  While Aimee’s mother killed herself when she was younger, Alan has never known his father.  Then there is the River Man.  Aimee’s town is haunted by mysterious and unexplained deaths that has happened for decades… Aimee finds out that she is connected to it all in a way she never could have believed.

Carrie Jones and Steven Wedel did a wonderful job in creating a unique story with unique characters to match.  I loved how they intertwined Native American traditions into modern paranormal occurrences. I also am a huge fan of novels that are from multiple perspectives – you are able to get both sides of the story.  Carrie Jones and Steve Wedel do just that.  Additionally, each character is given their own unique voice instead of being carbon copies of each other.  Emotional heart strings are definitely pulled in this novel – the loss of a mother, father, and the possible loss of friends and family members.

While overall I enjoyed this novel I do wish it was a bit more entertaining.  Once you pass the first few chapters the novel itself does become a bit predictable.  However, this predictability does not ruin the novel.  One thing I did not like at all was Aimee’s decision to break up with her boyfriend in the beginning of the novel.  I agree that she needed to cut ties with him, but I feel it happened to quickly, without much, if any, development or real explanation.  Beyond that, this novel was entertaining and recommended read, especially if you are a fan of Carrie Jones’ Need series. 

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** Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to read this book in ARC format, in exchange for an honest review through Around The World ARC Tours.