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….
I fell in love with this cover the first time I saw it, read the blurb which totally had me gagging to read it, but later made the connection that one of the authors, Carrie Jones was the same author that wrote the Need series, which I totally didn't connect with, so I had very mixed expectations about this one.
This book came as a total shock to me. It was totally original, fast paced, exciting and had just the right amount of totally cute romance to seal the deal. The plot was so unique, we see a lot of books about demons around, but mainly these have a demon main character, or the love interest as a demon, this one is dealing with demonic possession, which gives a pretty creepy vibe throughout this book. (Not overly creepy as in "can't sleep at night", creepy as in "I'm really absorbed into this book and the suspense is killing me!" which was perfect creep level for me).
The characters are amazing. I think maybe because they were written by different authors the voices were different, so you could really tell when Aimee was narrating and when Alan was. While both author character's voices were strong, I think that Wedel really did stand out to me, Alan's voice was so charismatic and instantly likeable whereas I thought that Aimee's voice was unique and likeable but I didn't warm to her as much as I did Alan. I loved the way their relationship developed though, slowly with attraction but not lust, it was cute romance, not a really passionate one.
I didn't have many issues with this book, my main issue was that I wish that we'd found out more about how the demon possessed Courtney, I think this would have covered any plot holes and completed the book for me.
Overall, After Obsession was a fast paced, chilling and thrilling read that has completely changed my opinion of Carrie Jones. I would also like to point out that Steven E. Wedel is definatley one to watch out for.
Overall Rating: A-
Stand Alone/Series: Stand Alone
UK release date: 5th September 2011
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review