ages: 12 and up
grades: 7 and up
on sale: September 13th
copy from: bloomsbury
title: after obsession
author(s): Carrie Jones and Steven Wedel
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.
This is kind of a easy, quick read. It was enjoyable but not memorable and lasting.
characters: Aimee....I didn't like her. She was just...average.Boring. (what is up with boring female heroines, huh??) Alan was the one who rocked the character charts. He wasn't Christian (like the mainstream religion of the U.S. that every character is in almost every mainstream YA book I read) but Native American, believing in the Great Spirit. I loved this idea, and I loved him. He was different.
theme: Only you can solve your own problems. Everyone has inner strength, he or she just has to use it.
plot: Interesting. Yeah, okay. Average. Not heart-stopping or much of a page-turner.
style: mainstream. Need I say more?
overall: A quick, easy read. Recommended for...people who don't like reading and just want a practice book, I think.