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Carrie Jones and Steven E Wedel

Bloomsbury (2011)

ISBN: 978-1-4088-1827-5

Reviewed by Lorraine Cormack

After Obsession is a young adult novel which is fast moving, entertaining and interesting, but not particularly thought provoking. It has limited depth, but the entertainment value is strong.

Two people wrote the novel: Carrie Jones is the author of at least three previous books, including Captivate, while so far as I can tell, Steven Wedel is a first time author. The novel certainly had the same tone to it as Captivate – it suggests that Jones may have been a more dominant partner in the writing.

Alan has just moved to Maine and he’s less than happy. He and his single mother moved to be with her sister and niece after the death of her brother in law. Alan doesn’t much like Maine – it’s cold. And the school is so small it doesn’t have a football team, which dashes his hopes of a football scholarship to university and a professional career to follow. And besides, he’s always had a sneaking hope that his father might come looking for him – even though he may not even know that Alan, the result of a one night stand, exists. This seems even less likely now they’ve moved.

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Carrie Jones

Bloomsbury (2010)

ISBN: 978-1-4088-0740-8

Reviewed by Tehani Wessely

Zara White’s stepfather died in front of her, and she isn’t coping very well. In desperation, her mother sends Zara to her (step)grandmother in Maine, with the hopes the change of scenery will help. But strange things are happening in Bedford and a weird man is stalking her – is he connected to her dad’s death? What does he want from Zara, and who among her new friends is actually on her side?

Another addition to the ever-growing pantheon of young adult paranormal romance novels, Jones takes pixies and shapeshifters and brings them into the “real” world, but not always in a traditional manner. She has written pixies in a way I’ve not come across and although she has made them somewhat vampiric in nature (combined with some conventional fairy-style lore), this has created an unusual and engaging story.

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Carrie Jones

Bloomsbury

ISBN: 978-1-4088-0741-5

Reviewed by Lorraine Cormack

Captivate is the second in a series (Need was the first), and as the story ends on a cliffhanger, there will certainly be at least one more in the series. This is a novel which is difficult to read if you haven’t read the first one – although the story makes sense, there are other aspects of the novel that don’t work well without the initial introductions. Most notably, the characters and their relationships struggle to ring true or to fully engage the reader.

In book one, Zara and her friends captured the evil pixies – including Zara’s father – and trapped them in a house deep in the woods, ringed about by iron and magic.  But they continue to see more and more pixies, and soon a new Pixie King arrives, planning to claim the territory previously ruled by Zara’s father. Is he telling the truth when he says not all pixies are evil?  Are the teenagers doing the right thing by keeping sentient creatures prisoner?  What will happen if the pixies ever get free?  And Zara lives with the constant fear that she, half pixie, will go pixie and become evil. Could anything ever convince her to agree to the change? Well, maybe. If something threatens Nick, who she loves madly, or her family, or her friends. Then she’d at least think about it.

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