Published by Simon and Schuster, Simon Pulse on October 28, 2014
Series: Heirs of Watson Island #1
Genres: Family, Fantasy & Magic, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
Also in this series: Persuasion, Illusion
Beautiful Creatures meets The Body Finder in Compulsion, the first novel in a spellbinding new trilogy.Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived 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.
Compulsion is one heck of a read. I can see this book, and trilogy, appealing to so many different kinds of readers. It will appeal to fans of romance, mystery, as well as fans of creepy/dark books. It is labeled as a southern gothic. I can’t say that I have had too much experience in this particular genre, but if they are all like Compulsion, I need to start reading more of them. Compulsion was great. It had so many layers and such a depth to its’ story.
You really had to pay attention or you would miss something. Compulsion really builds and builds so read each page carefully. A few times I felt myself getting swept up in the story and reading quicker and quicker to find out what was going to happen next and then before I knew it I felt a little lost, like I had missed something. The book actually started out that way for me. The name Mark was thrown around by the main character for like two or three chapters before I actually had any idea what his relation to Barrie was. But I think the author made some details and story aspects obscure on purpose to add to the mysterious atmosphere of the book. Once I got a couple of chapters in, knew who Mark was and found Barrie describing the pull she felt towards finding “lost” things, I knew this book was a keeper. I was hooked from that point on.
The story is crazy good, and it just keeps unfolding. Right when you think there couldn’t possibly be any more, there is. I loved learning about the three plantation families, and the curse of the fire carrier. I loved seeing the Watson and Beaufort gift. I want Eight’s gift more than Barrie’s, that’s for sure. The romance between Barrie and Eight is great as well. There are a lot of character in Compulsion, and I feel like there will only be more as the story continues, so there are a lot to keep track of. When you throw in spirits and all of the family tree members of the three families, it was a little hard to keep track of them all the time. Especially with how intertwined the three families are. Can anyone say drama and scandal galore? I ate it all up.
The characters are fantastic. I wasn’t crazy about Barrie’s name. It took me a while to get used to the main girl as a Barrie. But once you move past that, there are a whole cast of characters for you to either love or hate. I loved most of them. I had a love/hate relationship with Barrie’s cousin, Cassie. But no matter which side you turn up on with her, there is no denying that she is an excellent addition to the story. Overall, I was so impressed with Martina Boone’s creation in Compulsion. I loved the mixture of magic, curses, romance and just plain creepiness. It is a book that has left an impression on me, and I can’t wait to see what she will bring us next.
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