Second Look: Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel’s AFTER OBSESSION

Title: After Obsession
Authors: Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Myth/Magic
Age: Young Adult, Grades 8+ (mentions nudity, slight drug use, etc.)
Publication: Bloomsbury, 9/13/2011

Anticipated cover image.

As a pre-note to the review, I highly enjoyed Jones’ first two novels, Need and Captivate, though I haven’t yet read Entice.  If you’re a fan of her previous novels, you don’t need to read any further.  Open up Amazon (or Barnes & Noble) and pre-order this book.  Right now.

That being said, I loved it.

The story takes place in a small town in Maine (aren’t all the best horror-based stories in Maine? – there’s also at least one reference to Stephen King).  The story alternates in each chapter between Aimee, a high schooler who’s best known for being the girl who’s mother committed suicide , and Alan, a new student related to Aimee’s best friend.  It is through Aimee’s and Alan’s points-of-view that the reader starts to understand the weird things that are happening in the town.  People are cranky and easy to start fights.  Aimee suspects something is going on, namely a spirit that she has seen lurking around the river since she was little.  It becomes up to Aimee and Alan to save the town from the River Man.

A lot of the story focuses on each character finding more about themselves.  Aimee realizes that she is not her mother and will not make the same mistakes.  Alan learns more about his Navajo background.

Jones’ and Wedel’s writing styles compliment well with each other.  They both right smoothly and it flows nicely.  I had a heard time putting it down.  This isn’t necessarily paranormal romance, it’s more a modern setting with supernatural aspects.  Although, at one point I was reminded of a particular scene in season 2 of True Blood when Sookie “blasted” MaryAnn.

I give it two enthusiastic thumbs up and would recommend it to anyone who can handle a little nudity and mention of drug use (both related to Native American rituals).

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