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Book Review: Compulsion (Heirs of Watson Island Book One)

18732883Author: Martina Boone
Format: eBook
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Number of Pages: 433
Date Published: October 28 2014


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

My review

A captivating and astonishing read.

Filled with intrigue, mystery and romance, Martina Boone’s Compulsion is one enthralling way to kick off a new series. The books is fascinating that it held the readers captive to the unraveling mysteries of the Watson Island and its three feuding founding families.

The world building was really amazing, every detail was vividly discussed in a way that makes me wanna go to Watson Island and see things for myself. The character development was amazing because, my, after reading Compulsion, Eight to me will never be just a number anymore. I like Barrie’s character, I like how strong she is that after all that hardships that she’s been through she till got a strength to go on and I so dig her intelligence. She’s not really a damsel in distress and that make me love her more. Love Barrie’s stubbornness and wittiness, she always have a comeback whenever she and Eight argues. The love-hate relationship between Barrie and Eight at the beginning of the book that soon developed to be just love was really cute, I got no other words for it. Martina Boone deserve a Swoon Worthy Character Creator Award. Because come on, who wouldn’t love Eight? If I can wish him into existance I would.

Mark’s role on Barrie’s character development was really huge I can’t help but cry when the author gave him ‘that’ ending. When the mystery that coats the Watson’s Landing started to reveal itself, I have to put down the book for a moment because as the reader become curioser and curioser, the story hets creepier and creepier. Great job Martina! There’s also this character Cassie whom I have warring feeling with, her character was like; one moment she’s a nice cousin who’s just caught up in the old family feud and the next she’s a total bitch that I wanna strangle or dump in the fiery river. I felt bad for Pru, she never get a chance to get off the Watson’s Island much more the Watson’s Landing because of that fricken gift/curse that bounds her in the place. But after some happening before the book ends I’m looking forward to what the life might have stored for Pru (and Seven). Better go grab the next book.

Packed with mystery, romance and creepy plot twists, the book is a riveting read that will sure get the reader hooked up until the very last page.

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