Tuesday, January 24, 2012
After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel
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.
I’ve been trying to think of a polite way to write this review, but I think the best thing would be to be honest. This book was terrible.
The amount of clichés in these pages, not only in the characterizations but in the writing itself is astounding. The characters are less than one dimensional, with mood swings that baffle the reader. Some of their actions (like Aimee dropping the boyfriend she’s had for years after meeting a new, “hotter” guy in a day) make no logical sense whatsoever. Neither Aimee with her melodramatic exclamations and her incessant crying, nor Alan with his ridiculous, superficial knowledge of what the Native American culture is all about, create any other feeling in the reader than the need to stop reading.
The plot is a thin, loosely held mess that has gaping holes. It makes me wonder who read through this and thought it was ready for publication. This story needed at least two or three good rewrites. The writing itself is mediocre at best, tending towards the very bad most of the time. Alan’s chapters are a bit better than Aimee’s but not by much.
As you can tell, I cannot recommend this book. At all. Unless you are very lenient with everything including common sense, I’d stay away from this one. There are better things to read.