Book Review: Compulsion

Posted November 13, 2014 by Kara in book review, Kara / 3 Comments

Book Review: CompulsionCompulsion by Martina Boone
Series: The Heirs of Watson Island #1
Published by Simon Pulse on October 28th, 2014
Pages: 448
Format: ARC
Source: BEA
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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.

I’ve always sucked at fangirling. I actually dread writing 5 star reviews because I don’t know HOW to convince a reader that I loved this book more than most books I read this year. But I did. Sometimes I don’t even understand my own feelings and I have trouble sorting through why I loved something so much. It’s easier for me to be critical because of my job and personality.

But Compulsion. Oh, Compulsion. It was a perfect Kara book. Really. There was even a bit of a lull in the middle part and I should be rating this 4-4.5 stars but I can’t justify it.

The pages are stained with the drops of my dried tears. I mean this. The book is slightly water damaged. I cried on it last night when I finished. Unintentionally, but I couldn’t move. And Shiloh jumped up on the bed trying to lick my face as she always does when I am crying. So I had a big klutzy dog in my way as well. Just let me cry in peace, would you??


It was one of those books I didn’t want to put down and couldn’t wait to get back to. And I was hesitant about reading it in the first place because I hated living in South Carolina. Bad memories there, let me tell ya. This book was able to get me past that, however. It is a testament to how good it is because once I hate something I am generally in it for life.

I loved the characters, I loved the diversity, I loved the setting, and I loved the writing. No, seriously, the writing may have been the best part. It flowed, it was magical, it made me see all sorts of gorgeous sights in my mind. If I was going to write a book, THIS is the book I would want to write.

I wasn’t totally convinced by the romance, but by the end I was. Heck, I cried over things in this book that I never thought I would. It’s astounding to me when a book brings emotions out of you for things that you didn’t know you cared about until they are thrown in your face.

I do not know how long this series will be. I am guessing longer than 3 books because they are calling it a series and not a trilogy. That is fine by me. I would have it be 10 books if I could. The plot of this one is pretty much wrapped up in one book, minus a loose end that I think will be the plot of book two. Basically these characters could sit in the kitchen and read recipes and I would be invested. This is possibly my favorite book this year.

Clearly this mood reading thing is working out for me so far.

And yeah, I know I basically told you nothing about the book. Here: It is a Southern Gothic YA novel with paranormal elements, thriller elements, a romance, a lot of atmosphere, strong familial bonds, murder, intrigue, and a big old plantation. Trust me, you want it.


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