{ARC Review+If you Like+Giveaway} Persuasion by @MartinaABoone @simonschuster

September 9, 2015 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews, Young Adult 9 ★★★★

Hey guys! I am super excited to be a part of the tour to celebrate the release of Compulsion by Martina Boone in paperback. I read, reviewed and completely and totally LOVED Compulsion last year. (You can check out my review here)
I have so much fun stuff for you to check out packed in this post! There are lots of goodies and giveaways and hidden clues for the tour wide scavenger hunt, so be sure to read the whole post.
First up, you will find an If You Like this book suggestion! Then I have an ARC review of book 2 of the heirs of Watson island, Persuasion for you. And then I have my scavenger hunt stop and giveaway. Check it out!

Scavenger Hunt!

Don’t forget! There’s a fun scavenger hunt that’s part of this blog tour. Martina is releasing at least one new download each day! Visit each blog to find their code to unlock the the unique download and for more chances to win! You can find the full list of tour stops on the Tour Home Page.

For today’s codeword, keep reading below, and find the CODEWORD in all caps. You’ll find the instructions on what to do with that codeword down below as well!

COMPULSION by Martina Boone
October 28, 2014, Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Family, Legends, Myths, Fables, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 448

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.

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{ARC Review+If you Like+Giveaway} Persuasion by @MartinaABoone @simonschusterPersuasion by Martina Boone
Pages: 464
Published by Simon Pulse on October 27, 2015
Series: Heirs of Watson Island #2
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Gothic, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher

Romeo and Juliet meets The Raven Boys in the spellbinding second novel in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy that “skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure” (Publishers Weekly, on Compulsion).

Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. Ghost-hunters hope to glimpse the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, and reporters chase rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. Because more is buried there than treasure.

A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts—and the Colesworth curse—also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, the man convinces Barrie and Cassie to cast a spell there at midnight. But what he conjures may have deadly consequences.
While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing and forbidden feelings for Eight Beaufort, it’s impossible to know whom to trust and what to fight for—Eight or herself. Millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families is at stake. Now Barrie must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep Watson’s Landing safe in this stunning addition to a series filled with “decadent settings, mysterious magic, and family histories rife with debauchery” (Kirkus Reviews, on Compulsion).

Also in this series: Compulsion, Illusion
YA Review My Thoughts

Persuasion is the second book in the awesome southern Gothic romance, the Heirs of Watson Island series. I read, reviewed and completely and totally LOVED Compulsion last year. So, I was super excited to dive into Persuasion. If you have not checked out the series yet, now is the perfect time because Compulsion is releasing in paperback and Persuasion releases next month. I think it is a good idea to read these books back to back because they really do build on each other. It took me a moment to get back into the swing of things and to remember what each of the three families “gifts/curses” were. But once I did, I was once again completely swept up in the magic that Martina Boone weaves with her words.

I love how vivid and rich this series feels. I can feel the mansion, the fire, the spirits, and all the tensions among the families. Not to mention the suspicion and distrust that was a tangible force on every page. I could literally feel it surrounding everyone, and especially Barrie. I swear, I still am not 100% sure who I can trust. I second guessed my intuition more than Barrie did! Martina Boone is amazing at subtly and character building and atmospheric writing. With a new character that will leave your head spinning (Obadiah) and all your old favorites back in the game with even more secrets of their own, Persuasion will leave you questioning intentions and will keep you totally riveted.

The gifts of the families are something else. They still have me totally fascinated. They will mess with your mind. I can totally sympathize with Barrie. How does she know for sure what Eight really wants? Does he want it because she wants it or because he does? That is a hard one to get past for a relationship. What I loved the most about Persuasion was that the storyline was a perfect continuation of Compulsion. It didn’t feel forced, or like they had to push a new problem on the characters to keep things interesting. Obadiah and the continued mysteries of Watson Island built on the foundation of the first book perfectly. Old and new fans of the Heirs of Watson Island series will love Persuasion. It is every bit as good as the first book! I cannot wait to see what the third book will bring.

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13 Free Downloads, Word-Search Fun, and a Persuasion Pre-Order Giveaway

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If you’ve read and loved Compulsion, good news! Persuasion releases October 27th!

  • To say thank you to all the amazing readers who’ve let her know that they’re looking forward to reading the sequel packed with more MYSTERY, magic, and romance–not to mention a ghost or two or six–and to celebrate Barrie Watsons gift of finding lost things, Martina has some great giveaways going on.
  • There are thirteen code words in the grid below that relate to Persuasion and the Heirs of Watson Island series.
  • From 8/31 to 9/11, the Compulsion paperback blog tour will reveal the code word or words that will unlock a special page at http://www.MartinaBoone.com that day. (Yes, somewhere on this page, there is a CODE WORD!)
  • There are three great giveaways (see below!) plus even more giveaways that are exclusive to Martina’s website when you visit.
  • As a code word unlocks a page, you can go to that page to download free items. There will be stickers, DYI origami bookmark, traditional bookmarks, door hangers, book plates, beautiful wallpapers, and more.
  • To unlock a page, replace the word CODEWORD in the following URL with the actual code and type or copy the whole thing into the address bar of your web browser: http://martinaboone.com/index.php/books/downloadables/CODEWORD/
  • ALL pages will be unlocked by 9/11. 
  • All downloads are free, and most are available whether or not you pre-order.
  • A few downloads will only be available with a pre-order receipt or order number.
  • Wherever you need a pre-order receipt, there’s also a special Rafflecopter with additional AMAZING giveaways.
  • With pre-order, a limited number of people will also receive a signed bookplate, bumper sticker, and beautiful signed Compulsion and Persuasion charm bookmarks with ribbons.

Word Search Puzzle

Want a sneak peak at all the code words? Here’s the word search puzzle that contains all thirteen! But remember, one is unlocked for every stop on the blog tour, so you’ll need to stop by each of the tour hosts to find the code word that day so you can download the freebies!

To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below to win

Note: Book Briefs Contest Policy applies. All of the prizes, terms and conditions of the giveaway should be contained in the rafflecopter below. No Purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law.

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Prize Three:


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About Martina Boone

Martina Boone spoke several languages before she learned English after moving to the U.S. She has never fallen out of love with words, fairy tale settings, or characters who have to find themselves. She is the author of Compulsion, the acclaimed first book in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy. with Persuasion releasing 10/27/15. She is also the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, the CompulsionForReading.com book drive campaign for underfunded schools and libraries, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site devoted to the discovery and celebration of young adult literature and encouraging literacy through YA series. Locally in her home state, she is on the board of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, helping to promote literacy and adult education initiatives.

Michelle @ Book Briefs

9 Responses to “{ARC Review+If you Like+Giveaway} Persuasion by @MartinaABoone @simonschuster”

  1. kindlemom1

    I loved Compulsion too and can’t wait to start Persuasion! I was going to start it yesterday but realized I had a review book I needed to read first darn it! I’m so excited to read this though, especially after your awesome review Michelle!

  2. Ayanami Faerudo

    Compulsion reminds me a of The Immortal Descendants (family secrets and family abilities), of Beautiful Creatures (Southern setting) and of Night School (new girl on the block).

  3. Sam

    I am a FAN of this series, and Boone continues to build the beautiful lore of Watson Island in this book. Loved how the relationships between characters grew in different ways and how we got to learn more about the curse/gifts and the origins of them. Your review was great!

  4. Lekeisha

    At first glance, I thought of the movie Tribute starring Brittany Murphy. Just the whole Southern setting, house, and all the secrets. I actually started reading Compulsion on PulseIt, but it expired before I got chance to finish it.

  5. Olivia Roach

    So glad that you could love this one so much! I have both books in the series so I cannot wait to get started and wrapped into the wonderful world of brilliant world building and intriguing characters!

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