Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Book Review: After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel (Blog Tour)

Title: After Obsession
Author: Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ARC, 307 pages
Date Published: September 13, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
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.
Possession. Creepy word, creepy meaning, even creepier playing out on screen. After Obsession makes possession just as creepy in a book. There are scenes that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up; and one particular scene, involving a knife, made me slam my book closed and glance around my room, searching for the source of the creepy-crawlies. Jones and Wedel make a great team and their writing, while eerie at times, is also filled with humor and a good dose of burgeoning romance.

Aimee and Alan are two teens that are perfect for one another. A little too perfect at times and their romantic longings kick off quickly, but they’re both very easy to like. Aimee’s relationship with her younger brother Benji is adorable. For all the older sisters out there, you’ll appreciate their playful banter and obvious love for one another.

Alan’s Native American heritage plays a large role in the book and his uncertainty about it moves the plot along and pulls the reader in. We don’t know where everything is going because Alan and Aimee aren’t sure either. Courtney, Alan’s cousin, is maybe possessed and the disturbing things surrounding her are very much a freaky thing. Reading about Ouija board experiences, River Men, phantom footsteps, and shadow people in the window all gave me a horror move vibe. And I loved it.

Carrie Jones is back again, and teaming up with YA newcomer Steven E. Wedel, in this fast-paced, plot-driven, creepfest of a novel. Some things about Aimee and Alan could have been explained more,but reading After Obsession still makes the reader rethink every bump in the night, every creak of the floorboards, and every single out-of-the-ordinary occurrence. Jones and Wedel have delivered a hauntingly good book that mixes movie style possession with Native American lore, and it does it flawlessly. Make sure you check this one out.

Opening line:
You are mine.
You all will be mine.
~ pg. 2

Favorite lines/passages: (The wicked freaky knife scene is my favorite, but I don’t want to give that away) Walking like a man in the face of fear. Sometimes it’s the best we can do. ~ pg. 71

*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
Find Carrie Jones online:
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Find Steven E. Wedel online:
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Giveaway info:
Open to US only
Normal Contest Policy applies
One entry per person
Closes September 18th

To enter, leave a comment (with some way to contact you) answering the following:
What's your favorite creepy book or movie?


Maidenveil said...

One of the creepiest books I've read is actually a compilation of short stories - Vacations from Hell. CREEPY STORIES!!!

-Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

Melissa said...

Thanks for the giveaway. The creepiest book i've ever read is The Shining by Stephen King. It was really hard to read it at night.


Paige said...

Hmm the creepiest book I've ever read so far is Envy by Gregg Olsen even though i haven't finished it yet it's still creepy!


Bethie said...

The creepiest book I have read was Dean Koontz Your Heart Belongs to Me.

Thanks for the giveaway. I am crossing my fingers on this one.

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Let's Evaluate said...

The first creepy movie that I could think of was the first scary movie I ever really watched, and it was in middle school. And because of that, The Others, has always had a special place in my heart. [:

Erin @ Let's Evaluate

Chrisbails said...

I love/hate(because they scare me) Paranormal Activity 1 & 2. The 3rd movie is coming out in October and can't wait. I love and hate these movies. Both of these movies scared the crap out of me and I love to tell everyone, "you need to watch this movie" Ghosts just scare me, because they could be real you never know. Almost anything is possible anymore. I would love to win this book. You are a new author for me and am always looking for new authors and books to read.
Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.


BrittLit said...

Ooooo Hooray for scary books. I love it. I'm interested to see the part that the Native American heritage plays, it sounds interesting. Thanks for the review, I'll have to grab this one soon!

Vivien said...

My favorite creepy book is The Devouring by Simon Holt. So so creepy.

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Jessy said...

For a creepy book I have to agree with Vivien and go with The Devouring series by Simon Holt. Now those books will give you goosebumps.
A movie that always creeped me out was Candyman. I couldn't go into the bathroom for days after seeing that one.

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Kristi said...

Hm, I don't know about books, but one movie that I like is The Uninvited. It's more of a psychological thriller and it's awesome/creepy.

Great giveaway. I haven't had the chance to read that book yet. :)


Teril said...

Oh man those puppetmaster movies always give me the whillies. I never liked dolls to begin with.

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Michelle said...

The movie "It" by Stephen King. I can't stand clowns!!!


Benji said...

Awesome giveaway!
Mine would probably be Keith Braugh's version of Frankinstien. It was creepy!

sablelexi said...

One of the creepiest movies that I have seen is 2002's Darkness. It wasn't really a good movie, but for some reason afterwards I had real issues going into a dark room for quite awhile.

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Tore said...

I thought Darkness Falls was a pretty creepy movie and I thought reading It was pretty creepy too. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

Jennifer Valentine said...

The creepiest movie i ever watched was the hills has eyes uncut verison. All my friends screamed and hid > < and half of them were guys. The creepiest book i ever read was It by Stephen King. =] Contact : smilebaybeeee@aol.com

Wolfluvr420 said...

The creepiest book I have ever read would have to be House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti. Thank you for the giveaway!

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Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

OOH I love rose red! That was such a creepy mini series/movie!

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Agent Bookworm said...

This is going to be hard because I absolutely love all thing creepy/scary. My favorite movie would have to be The Orphanage. My favorite book would be Jade Green by Phyllis Reynold Naylor.

A couple of years ago I read Prey by Richard Matheson and it scared the crap out of me. I had nightmares for weeks! haha

Candace said...

I'm thinking this one might be TOO creepy for me! I'm not a fan of full on scary but can handle some scary. I suppose it's not really so bad with books, I just can't read them at night time.
I think I'll skip entering this one :)
Glad you liked the book though!

Misusedinnocence said...

Probably The Bad Seed. Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)


HeatherK.Photos said...

I hope this book is not to scary! I'm not good with insanely scary!
The creepiest movie I've ever seen is...I can't pick! They all creep me out! lol
Im a wimp.


steve said...

i love the cover of the book, it is gorgeous. the book sounds wonderful and all of the excerpts i have been reading are great. i can hardly wait to read the book and see what happens next.Register Domain

Katie said...

The creepist movie i have seen is Chucky... still makes me shiver...


Jenna said...

The foreign film Let The Right One In is pretty creepy, but so amazing! I recommend it to everyone!


Alicia0605 said...

the movie "IT" scared me so bad when I was little. I still wont watch it!


Tracy Rubble said...

The creepiest story I ever read was in a vampire story collection. I can't remember which, nor the name of the story. But I do know it isn't red as blood by Tanith Lee.

The story is a retake on Snow White, told from the stepmothers point of view. It is told in a very slow and creepy pace and writes Snow as being a vampire, and a pretty darn evil one at that.

Creeped me out because as you read it it makes more sense than the well known tale.

shorevalerie said...

The creepiest movie I've seen and I absolutely love is the original Halloween! It doesn't rely on gore to scare you and the suspense will make you terrified to sleep with the lights off.


Jill of The O.W.L. said...

Hmmmmmm creepy??? I loved the Devouring series of books - found those creepy. And I love to watch Ghost Adventures but I can't watch them when I'm home alone!

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Hoot said...

My very first creepy movie was Poltergeist. Still works to freak me out :-)

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MannaB said...

My favorite creepy movie is a tie between IT and Children of the Corn... Both movies gave me nightmares for weeks after I watched them.

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