Friday, September 9, 2011

Review & Giveaway: After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel

After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: YA

The Story: 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.

My Review: Aimee's best friend is acting strange. Really strange. Aimee's boyfriend, Blake, isn't being his usual self either. This happens to work out for the best for Aimee since she's suddenly finding herself drawn to her best friend's cousin, Alan, who is new to town. Both Aimee and Alan have abilities that they have chosen to keep secret, but when things only get worse with Courtney, they realize things are not what they seem. And they are the only two that can help.They discover that Courtney may be possessed (eep!) by The River Man. A ghost who has been responsible for more than a few deaths in their local river. This hits very close to home for Aimee, who lost her own mother to the river.

The romance in this book is thankfully not lustful and unbelievable, but sweet and totally interesting. I enjoyed getting to know each character and learning about Alan's Native Indian history. Alan and Aimee compliment each other very well, leaving very little room to doubt their chemistry. I love the way they open up to one another and nothing seems forced. The secondary characters weave great layers into this story with interesting plot twists and witty banter.

After Obsession is a page turner that surprised me at every corner. Adorable and creepy at the same time, After Obsession was  breath of fresh air for me. I received this book at BEA and after reading the synopsis, I was more than excited to read it. The alternating voices of Aimee and Alan were instantly believable. Steven Wedel proves to be an exciting new author in the YA world. I'd definitely recommend this one...but you may want to read it during the daylight hours.

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Want to learn more about this exciting new book? Check out the After Obsession book trailer:


**Giveaway**

Thanks to Bloomsbury we have one ARC of After Obsession to give away. Want it? 

Rules:
  • Open to U.S. Street Addresses Only (no P.O. Boxes)
  • +1 entry for commenting on this post telling why you want it.
  • Giveaway ends at midnight EST Sunday, September 18th.
  • Fill out THIS FORM to enter.

39 comments:

  1. wow the cover is amazing and Carrie Jones is awesome! I'd love to win anything she wrote!

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  2. Carrie's NEED series was so creative and different, I just can't wait to see what she does with AFTER OBSESSION. I know it's going to be fabulous, and creepy, and overall fantastic. Just the cover is so provoking that it makes me so excited to see what she's done within the pages. Thanks for the giveaway.
    B
    britneywyatt[at]gmial[dot]com

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  3. Ooooo glad you liked it. I'm also glad it's a creepy page turner. Sounds fantastic!

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  4. Awesome giveaway!! I love the Need series, so I am really looking forward to reading this. She is a good author and I look forward to anything she writes.

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  5. I would love to win this book because I have heard so many great things about it.

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  6. Great Review I love a good creepy story! Plus the trailer is makes me want to read it even more.

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  7. I want this because I love Carrie Jones and I have to read anything she writes!

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  8. To be completely honest, I want this for the cover lol. But of course, the book sounds great as well and I love finding out if the story matches up with the cover design.

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  9. Seems like we had the same reading experience because I really enjoyed this one too. You're right about Alan Aimee's chemistry, it was much more sweet than all lusty and needed to be that way. Thanks for the great review!

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  10. I want to read this beause I love Carrie's Need series and because of the cover. It would look awesome on my bookshelf.

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  11. You don't get a lot of YA books about possession so I'm very intrigued by the topic :]

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  12. Ive heard so many amazing things about this book I just cant wait to read it!!!

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  13. I keep hearing about this book...it sounds like a great read!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

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  14. What drew me in first was the cover, then all the great reviews. I love all things creepy.

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  15. I want this because of the gorgeous cover (of course!), the synopsis sounds interesting, and I absolutly love a book that alternates the P.O.V of the characters.

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  16. I would love to have this ARC....Ive been trying my hardest to get my hands on it well this and shattered souls. I'm dying to read this story.

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  17. I can't wait to read this :)

    It looks so good..

    AND YOU REVIEW IS AMAZING!

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  18. I love the idea of tow authors writing each POV. Should be great.

    Valerie
    StuckInbooks.com

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  19. I would LOVE to win this book...I am a cover girl and I Love this cover=)

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  20. This book looks great! I love the cover and the creepy trailer and your wonderful review. :) Thank you for sharing!

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  21. I love the cover and your book sounds really great. I can't wait to read it. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  22. Thanks for the giveaway. You know some of these Book covers could pass as painting of art. This cover is truely breath taking. Thanls again joannie jscdd[at]aol[dot]com

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  23. Wow this sounds like a really great book! I was instantly drawn in by the cover. Gorgeous.

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  24. Like everyone else, the cover drew my attention immediately, but then I read the blurb and I was hooked! After reading your review, I now MUST have a copy to read! Thanks for the chance to win one :)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  25. Great Review! I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  26. The cover looks amazing & come on who wouldn't want to read it, it sounds amazing. :D Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway! (:

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  27. I want this book because it sounds amazing (and my library isn't getting this book). The cover is beautiful too!

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  28. I loved the trailer and have been following this book since I saw the cover. I know shallow of me LOL I think it sound great with just enough creep factor to give me goose bimbles:) Thank you for sharing and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.

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  29. I thought this book is what i need to take the day terible days away. The cover is so good. Thanks for the chance to win. Joannie jscddmj[at]aol[dot]com

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  30. I have heard such great things about this book!
    great giveaway
    follow via gfc
    drakebdog@gmail.com

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  31. I really want to read this because I'm curious about it, I love the cover, and I've been told it's a good read.

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  32. The cover drew me in and after reading your review and seeing the book trailer... i want to read it that much more. :o)

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  33. This is such an intriguing book and cover. I can't wait to read it.

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  34. I want to read this because I love storylines that deal with possession.

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  35. So exciting! I'm absolutely drawn to the book cover as well!

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  36. I'd love to read this because it seems spooky, creepy, mysterious, and (sings) amazing! Totally can't wait to read.

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  37. I liked Need by Jones and want this one because how can you go wrong with adorable and creepy?!

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  38. This one sounds really creepy, definitely something I would want to read! Thanks for the giveaway!

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