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.
Really, this is the book that everything else has been leading up to. Gin vs. Mab. The showdown we’ve all been waiting for.
Up until this point in the series, the emotional conflict has mostly been things in the past – remembrances of Gin’s family being killed – or detached moments in the present, like the aftermath of Fletcher’s death or Gin seeing her surviving sister, Bria, from afar. But in this book, Gin and Bria have to get a lot closer to each other, and the emotional turmoil both with her and with Owen is palpable throughout.
The thing that I really love about the novellas in this series are that they’re a mix of shorter action-packed stories and character development. I particularly like the opportunities given to fleshing out more minor characters in the series, as well as showing different perspectives of the protagonists.
I was really looking forward to reading this book and seeing things move forward, especially the relationships between the characters. But then Gwen spent most of the book pining after Logan, and everyone just seems rich and bitchy, and the villain is super predictable, and … ugh.