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Friday, 30 September 2011

After Obsession, by Carrie Jones and Steven Wedel, Review + Giveaway

Title: After Obsession
Author: Carrie Jones & Steven Wedel
Series: Don't know...
Book #: 1
Pages: 320
Reading Level: Young Adult
Book Rating: .5
Published: Sept. 13th, 2011.
by Bloomsbury USA Children

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.
Taschima's PoV:

I thought this book was a-okay. Nothing fancy or out of the ordinary, though a possession story is music to my ears. I was excited because the author was Carrie Jones so this would be my first time reading her, but overall wasn't that impressed. Her heroine is fine if not a little rough around the edges. She didn't stick to memory too well. She cried way too much. I wanted at times to yell at her to get a grip.

Now Alam, the Indian guy (everything time I think about Alan I imagine Taylor Lautner; which certainly helped) was a fascinating character. He brought a new refreshing perspective on the male mind, and I really enjoyed it whenever his part of the story came on. After Obsession is told in two points of view. Though, there were stuff that bothered me from Alan's side of the story. Like all the Indian rituals he found were online and he used sites like google to look for them, but they all seem to work out perfectly. Hell, I might go on google, search up Wicca and become a witch! It just seemed too easy. Another thing that bothered about the story is that I felt like a lot of vital information was left out. The story is definitely rough around the edges.

The thing I most liked about the story however was the relationship between Aimee and Alan. It was just so nice and "aww" and cute. I swear I kept reading to see how it would develop. It was a sweet love story, maybe a tad unrealistic when you count the amount of time passed, but still sweet and read worthy.  Also the story went on pretty quickly, it was pretty easy to get into the book.

Another thing that bothered me was the evil in the book. I had no background info on the evil guy. I knew his name and that he wanted to walk earth because he was an evil spirit. That's it. No reason why a RIVER spirit would become evil at all. The story it's too one dimensional, I would have preferred if it was a little more fleshed out.

Easy, nice read with a cute love story. I think it's safe to say this book is not my next obsession, but it made for some good times.

Goodreads Process:

Now for the giveaway!!

Thanks to the great people at Bloomsbury a finished copy of After Obsession is going to fall into one of your hands! New book, new story, new characters... Who knows, you might obsess over this one yet ;)

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  1. Oh, I'm really excited about this one. I love Carrie! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. great giveaway
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  3. From what I've read other places, I'm surprised you didn't enjoy the book more. That just means that I'll want to read it find out for myself even more than I already did.


  4. Thank you for the awesome giveaway, completely agree with your rating! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  5. Seems like it's a paranormal that was not as living up to expectation but still good. Really liked your review very realistic.Thank you Toschima.

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  6. mmm,wasn't the guy's name Alan? lol

  7. Great interview!! Thanks for the giveaway! I've been looking toward getting my hands on this book!!!!

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  9. Well even though the bad guy seemed to be a serious weak point in this book the rest of the story sounds promising. Thanks for the review!

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest.I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

  11. This book looks very interesting! I've seen mixed reviews on it, so I'm curious to read it myself.

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  12. This book looks interesting!! Thank you for the chance to win.

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  13. Thank you for the review. I know a lot of people seem to love it, but I like to hear both sides. I would still love to read the book and see for myself.

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  14. Great review! I love to find "cute" romances. :) Thank you for sharing!

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  15. I've been wanting to read this one even though the reviews are mixed. Sorry it wasn't for you.

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  17. Great review! Definitely a book that peaked my interest!

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  18. Great review I can't wait to read this book heard alot about it! Thank you so much for the great giveaway!
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  19. Even though you didn't enjoy it that much, I'm still looking forward to reading it.

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  20. I'm so excited to read this book!

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  21. Have had this one on my wishlist for awhile now. Love books!
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  22. Loved your review
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!!
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  23. So maybe I've been judging a book by it's cover but I thought Obsession looks really good. Lol. It's a shame it didn't live up to your expectations but I can't say no to a cute love story. :D

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  24. This cover of this book draws me in but then again I rarely buy a book based on the cover. You may not have liked it but there will be many who adore it! That is why there are so many books and genres aout there...

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  25. I've been waiting to able to read this book.

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  26. This book is on my TBR list.
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  27. i have been wanting to read this for a while now, Thanks for the review, it gave me anew perspective of the book but the story still draws me to it. even if it turns out to not be as special, it would still be an easy read.

    thanks for the giveaway!



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