Sunday, May 26, 2013

After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel Review

Title: After Obsession
Author(s): Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Horror
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Though a brave attempt at a frightening ghost story, After Obsession fell flat at times for me--if you want a spooky story by the same author, check out Need.

Aimee is noticing some strange things going on--everyone in her small Maine town is starting to be mean and cruel to one another--all the while people are dying mysterious on the water--and Alan comes to town to support his cousin Courtney through the loss of her father. The two meet and are immediately drawn to one another, through their connection as people and the connection to the supernatural--and the two find themselves fighting for their lives in a battle against an ancient evil.

What I enjoyed:
-The tie to the supernatural, and how the whole town was involved in a way
-The spooky vibe of the ghost and the way it flowed
-The tense, scary prose
-The River Man
-Aimee's mother, grandfather, and brother
-Alan's family

What I didn't enjoy:
-I wanted it to be a little spookier--Need was better fear wise
-Aimee's dad
-I wish it could've moved a little faster
-I wish the supernatural could've been expanded on some

Overall, this book, for me, was just okay--I personally like Jones' Need series better, but if you like ghost stories, grab it. (Another good ghost story is Anna, Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.) Next on deck: Splintered by A.G. Howard!

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