Monday, November 7, 2011

Review "After Obsession" Carrie Jones & Steven Wedel

After Obsession
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ARC 307 pgs

     The story takes place in a small town in Maine. A town that seems to have more than its far share of problems. Lately people have been acting weird, different more aggressive than normal.The two main characters are Aimee and Alan. Aimee has lived in Maine all her life while Alan is a newcomer who comes to town to live with his cousin Courtney after her father goes missing, and is presumed dead. As Alan comes to terms with life in Maine he meets Aimee and the two are instantly drawn to each other. Aimee and Alan soon find out that there is something strange going on in their small town. As the delve into what is going on in their town they learn about strange things that have happened in the town's past. It is up to them to figure out what is going on and how to stop it before everything is destroyed, including the people they care about.

     After Obsession was a really entertaining book it deals with Demon Possession and Native American Rituals. The reader learns a lot about both as the characters delve into what is going on in their small town. The story is told alternatively from Aimee and Alan's POV. We were able to see what both Aimee and Alan think about the happenings in their town, as well as what they think of each other. The two main characters Aimee and Alan have different ablities that we learn about as the story unfolds. Aimee has interesting abilities that she doesn't quite understand. She has dreams that sometimes seem to come true. Alan is part Native American, Navajo to be specific, and he connects strongly with his heritage. Most of what he has learned has been on his own and though he is proud of his heritage, he doesn't fluent it especially in front of his mother. Even though he has no one to guide him he feels strongly about his heritage and continues to learn all that he can about it. 

The concept of After Obsession was new and original with its elements of Native American rituals and Demon Possession. I liked reading about the different stages of possession that the characters witnessed such as Invitation, Infestation, Obsession, and Possession. And then add in Alan's Navajo heritage with his vision quest and you have fresh concepts that have not been seen too often in the YA genre. 

     The cover of After Obsession is extremely eye-catching. The girl floating in her black dress that seems to symbolize the Demon Possession. Very Nice!

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