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Title: After Obsession
Authors: Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel
Release Day: September 13th
Summary: (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.
Review: Spooky. Cool-cat characters. Whirlwind. Those words do a pretty good job of portraying the book from where I'm standing. Although short, (the ARC had 307 pages...well I guess it wasn't that short, but it felt like 100!) it was a tense action-packed story weaved together with a careful romance to create an exciting paranormal read.
So for the characters: Finally! Something I have been waiting for and didn't know I was. A super hot male lead that ADMITS HE IS SCARED OF THE MONSTER. Is it just me? Maybe? That it seems like the hot guy is always "brave" and the calm, unfazed pillar while the girl is just scared FOR him, because he is all powerful? I love Alan. He can still be hot and amazing while allowing for the fact that any human being would be scared by the demon they are fighting.
What about Aimee, do you ask? I liked her! She wasn't the strongest character out there, but she was dealing with some pretty deep stuff. You know, right? Fear of going crazy? Or already being insane? Yeah well Aimee was pretty realistic under the circumstances. The alternating points of view made it so Aimee's inner turmoil is very out in the open for the reader, but I also saw how she was viewed by others. Mostly Alan. And because it is a two-way street, both characters were fairly well developed. And that is awesome!
As for the story line, it rocked keeping me on my toes wondering what the demon was going to through their way once again and again. And it was scary at times too, because this story used the aspect that the unknown is more frightening to humans to some extent. This was simply a great read. I really liked it and definitely recommend it to fans of ghost stories, electric romances, and the paranormal in general.
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