Top Ten Tuesday 03/03/2015

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So I realize I’m posting this on Thursday March 5, but I am going to edit the publish date to Tuesday March 3 because I missed this Top Ten Tuesday and this is a week I didn’t want to miss. It’s definitely going to include some books that haven’t made any of my top ten lists before. As always Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Books You Would Classify as ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS From the Past 3 Years

1.) The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

2.) Pretty Little Liars (Book 1) by Sara Shepard

3.) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

4.) Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

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5.) Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

6.) Five Summers by Una LaMarche

7.) Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin

8.) Second Chance Summer & Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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9.) Compulsion by Martina Boone

10.) Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

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 Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de RosnayThis Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E SmithLiv, Forever by Amy TalkingtonThe Bargaining by Carly Anne WestMoonglass by Jessi KirbyTen by Gretchen McNeilSleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Magnolia by Kristi Cook, The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard, The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher, Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robins, Lost Summer by Alex McAulay, The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne, Looking for Alaska by John Green, Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally, Laguna Cove by Alyson Noel, If He Had Been with Me by Laura Nowlin

Okay so I went way past ten books but honestly how was I supposed to ONLY pick ten? I extended my list to thirty books, and they are in no particular order, I just only included pictures for the first 10. If someone asked me to fill a box with my favorite books from the past 3 years and give it to someone, these are the books I’d put in there. I know I have to be leaving some out too that I really enjoyed but I just currently can’t think of, plus thirty seemed like a good number to stop at.

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Compulsion by Martina Boone

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Title & Author: Compulsion by Martina Boone

Publisher/Year: Simon Pulse/October 28, 2014

Genres: YA Paranormal, YA Romance

Format: Paperback & eGalley

Source: Around the World ARC Tours & Edelweiss

Other Books by Author: Debut YA Novel

Rating: 5hearts

What This Book Is About

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead–a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

(Summary from Goodreads)

My Thoughts On This Book

I was a bit skeptical when I first saw an ARC copy of Compulsion on Edelweiss. I was kind of interested but at the same time I wasn’t too sure about it. I requested it, as well as signed up to read it on a book tour. I am so incredibly I happy did because I absolutely, positively loved Compulsion! It wasn’t what I was expected and was a lot better than I had expected as well. I was sucked into the story and fell in love with the main characters almost instantly.

When the book began, I fell right in love with Watson Island and the plantations. The author does a great job giving you the perfect visual of the island and the homes. If Watson Island was a real place, chances are I would have left the following day to go down there. The island itself along with the location of Barrie’s aunt’s house, Eight’s house, and Barrie’s cousin’s house really set the scene up for the story. It almost seemed magical and too good to be true, which of course we find out is true.

I immediately liked the main character Barrie. Although in the beginning of the book her mother had just passed away, she was never really miserable or sulky. There were some moments when she would hold back when she was around Eight and I wanted to yell at her to stop. As for Eight, where can I find a guy like that around here? He was so caring and sweet and always seemed to be around when Barrie needed his support the most. He is definitely my new fictional book crush. Other characters like Pru, Barrie’s aunt, were great too. Martina Boone did a amazing job describing the characters and making you like the good ones and despise the bad.

The curse and “gifts” that surround the island really drew my interest when I began reading. Barrie has a gift of finding lost things and in the beginning of Compulsion she thinks it’s just something she experiences. Later she learns that her mom and aunt both posses(ed) the same gift as well and Eight and his family have their own gift of reading people’s minds. Unfortunately for Barrie’s uncle and cousins, they were stuck with the curse of wanting what the Watson’s have. The story of the fire carrier and yunwis and how the families came to possess either their gifts or curses really was the icing on the cake. Add in a semi-heated romance along with some family drama and there you have it.

I really enjoyed Compulsion and will be buying a published copy for my bookshelf later this month. The second book of The Heirs of Watson Island is scheduled to be published towards the end of 2015. I am so incredibly anxious for it to come out because I cannot wait to see what happens to these characters next. I would absolutely recommend Compulsion to anyone who enjoys YA fiction. Warning though, you may have a book hangover when you are finished because I certainly did. Also take your time and savor this book! Do not rush through it because taking my time was definitely a very smart choice.

Top Ten Tuesday 10/21/2014

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As promised, I am posting my Top Ten Tuesday post today. Unfortunately I didn’t finish my review that I wanted to post on Sunday. I am now scheduling it for this coming Thursday. I should have another review up on Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday. As always Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is…

Top New Series I Want To Start

1.) Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green

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2.) Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

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3.) The Enemy by Charlie Higson

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4.) Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

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5.) Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

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6.) The Beach Lane Collection (The Au Pairs) by Melissa de la Cruz

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7.) Divergent by Veronica Roth

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8.) Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien

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9.) Asylum by Madeleine Roux

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10.) The Program by Suzanne Young

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Not all of these series are “new” (as in they were released within the past 2 years) but they are all new to me because I haven’t read them yet. There’s a few other series that I want to start as well that I have heard good things about but unfortunately there wasn’t any more room on the list 😦 I’m actually beginning or planning on beginning Truth or Dare tomorrow and I have the first books in 7 out of the 10 series I have listed so I should probably read them and get into the series.