After the first book, I feel like this one was a big improvement. A lot of my issues with Fallen were addressed to some degree in Torment, though not necessarily in the way that I might’ve liked.
Let’s start with the positive. I loved the alternating narrators, switching off between Aimee and Alan’s points of view. It was cool to get inside both of their heads and see the events of the story from more than one perspective, especially since so much of the conflict is internal. I also really liked the concept of the story, the attention to detail in the background of the setup – like the pieces about Aimee’s mother – and the inclusion of Native American culture. It’s really rare for YA books to include any kind of diversity, and this wasn’t just a token mention: Alan’s spirituality is a key element in After Obsession.
Most of the villains in this series have relied on brute force and violence, and it’s been fun reading about Gin taking them all down. Mab’s daughter, Madeline, was introduced at the end of Poison Promise, and is the main villain in Black Widow. Unlike the other villains so far, Madeline doesn’t rely on straightforward attacks, instead coming at Gin and everyone else in a more sneaky, backhanded way.
At the beginning of this book, I found myself really frustrated with some of the characters. I especially was pretty annoyed with Bria – it seemed like she had suddenly become kind of bitchy out of nowhere.
The Spider gives readers of the series a chance to see Gin, Finn, and Fletcher in a much earlier time in their lives, in more depth than the dreams and flashbacks that Gin normally has. It was really cool for me to get to see an early job of Gin’s, and to really get to know how she developed into the character that we met back in Spider’s Bite.