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
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.