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Compulsion

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The first in a spellbinding new trilogy. After the death of her mother, Barrie Watson moves to her aunt's South Carolina plantation and learns that an ancient spirit had cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions. Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. Beautiful Creatures meets The Body Finder in Compulsion, the first novel in a spellbinding new trilogy.

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.

Specifications

Series Title
Heirs of Watson Island
Publisher
Simon Pulse
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
448
Author
Martina Boone
ISBN-13
9781481411226
Publication Date
October, 2014
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.25 x 5.50 x 1.30 Inches
ISBN-10
1481411225

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4 customers found this helpful
I love this book!
I love this cover. It is so gorgeous. I really do try to not base wanting to read a book based on the cover, but after seeing the cover for COMPULSION, it just made me even more excited to read the book! The Story: A fascinating story about a girl whose life has been turned upside down due to the loss of her mother and being sent to live across the country with an aunt she has never met. Not only does Barrie have to get used to living somewhere new, she discovers and tries to get to the bottom of some old family secrets. The author creates a southern setting that is realistic and beautiful. The type of world that readers will want to visit. I found this to be a wonderfully written story that balances the paranormal, mystery, and romance. This was so hard for me to put down. I was quickly drawn into this world. I love the interactions between the characters. I love the supernatural things that are happening on the island. And I really love the mystery that surrounds it all. And even though I think the book ends with some closure. I was left wanting more. I wanted to know more about Watson Island. Especially the past history. I am really interested in finding out more about Barrie's parents and what else happened in their pasts on Watson Island. And I am really looking forward to finding out what else is going to happen to Barrie, Eight and Cassie. The Characters: I really love these characters. I think that the characters were all well-written. I wanted to get to know them and was very interested in finding out more about their lives and what would happen. Barrie: She is full of curiosity. Especially curiosity regarding her gift, which just added to my own. I also like that she is curious about her roots and her mother's past. After the loss of her mother, her life changed and part of what she has to discover deals with things that she never knew about her own mother. I love that she is a strong character. She looks for answers and doesn't really rely on others figuring things out for her. And I just absolutely loved the relationship between her and Mark. I love their phone conversations. I love that even though there are not a lot of scenes of them together, I still get the understanding of how important they are to one another. It is a very special bond and relationship. Eight: He is so strong and dependable. He wants to try and protect Barrie, even if she doesn't let him. I loved finding out more about his character as the story went along. He is caring and trustworthy. I enjoyed watching the conflict between him and Barrie. I really like his gift and how it affects his character and his interactions with other people. Cassie: I found her to be one of those characters you think you aren't going to like much, but yet you are drawn to them and want to know more. She is a complex character. I felt like I wasn't sure how to see her and how her relationship would be with Barrie. And even after finishing the story, I am not sure exactly how to view Cassie. I find her character interesting and there are a lot of times that I feel bad for what she is going through. But there were also times where I did not like the decisions that she was making. But I found that she not only adds some conflict to the story, but she also left me wondering what would happen next to not only her but with the relationship between her and Barrie. I really love all the other characters in the story too. Like Barrie's Aunt Pru. She is a very intriguing character. I feel like she has so much weighing on her and she tries so hard to keep everything together. And I loved watching her relationship with Barrie bloom. Also, Eight's dad, Seven. I love the mystery surrounding his past and the connection to Barrie's family. My Recommendation: I love this book and can't wait to dive into the next book. The story is unique and has mystery, romance, tension, and a fascinating supernatural element. I highly recommend reading this one! ***I received an e-galley of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*** (I have also purchased the book)
Most helpful negative review
I was really looking f...
I was really looking forward to reading this book. It sounded like it would have me hooked. Plus I was looking for something different to read than my normal murder mysteries. Ok this book turned out to be a major let down for me. I was expecting this book to be a darker, gritter young adult story. None of the characters intrigued me. In fact, they kind of got on my nerves. The romance I was not feeling at all. Why does it seem like every author thinks that they have to make the main characters fall in love. Not every story has to involve a love story. It is like the author thinks that the girl needs a guy to help them going through whatever they are expericing or needs the guy to solve the problem with them. So anyways back to the book. there was hardly anything of interest happening in the story. I never really saw Barrie use her "gift". In fact, the story had hardly any suspense or action that after half way I went straight to the last two chapters of the bok and read it to see the ending. Which disappointed me of what teh whole big mystery was surrounding the families. I don't think I will be reading the next book in this series.
Most helpful positive review
4 customers found this helpful
I love this book!
I love this cover. It is so gorgeous. I really do try to not base wanting to read a book based on the cover, but after seeing the cover for COMPULSION, it just made me even more excited to read the book! The Story: A fascinating story about a girl whose life has been turned upside down due to the loss of her mother and being sent to live across the country with an aunt she has never met. Not only does Barrie have to get used to living somewhere new, she discovers and tries to get to the bottom of some old family secrets. The author creates a southern setting that is realistic and beautiful. The type of world that readers will want to visit. I found this to be a wonderfully written story that balances the paranormal, mystery, and romance. This was so hard for me to put down. I was quickly drawn into this world. I love the interactions between the characters. I love the supernatural things that are happening on the island. And I really love the mystery that surrounds it all. And even though I think the book ends with some closure. I was left wanting more. I wanted to know more about Watson Island. Especially the past history. I am really interested in finding out more about Barrie's parents and what else happened in their pasts on Watson Island. And I am really looking forward to finding out what else is going to happen to Barrie, Eight and Cassie. The Characters: I really love these characters. I think that the characters were all well-written. I wanted to get to know them and was very interested in finding out more about their lives and what would happen. Barrie: She is full of curiosity. Especially curiosity regarding her gift, which just added to my own. I also like that she is curious about her roots and her mother's past. After the loss of her mother, her life changed and part of what she has to discover deals with things that she never knew about her own mother. I love that she is a strong character. She looks for answers and doesn't really rely on others figuring things out for her. And I just absolutely loved the relationship between her and Mark. I love their phone conversations. I love that even though there are not a lot of scenes of them together, I still get the understanding of how important they are to one another. It is a very special bond and relationship. Eight: He is so strong and dependable. He wants to try and protect Barrie, even if she doesn't let him. I loved finding out more about his character as the story went along. He is caring and trustworthy. I enjoyed watching the conflict between him and Barrie. I really like his gift and how it affects his character and his interactions with other people. Cassie: I found her to be one of those characters you think you aren't going to like much, but yet you are drawn to them and want to know more. She is a complex character. I felt like I wasn't sure how to see her and how her relationship would be with Barrie. And even after finishing the story, I am not sure exactly how to view Cassie. I find her character interesting and there are a lot of times that I feel bad for what she is going through. But there were also times where I did not like the decisions that she was making. But I found that she not only adds some conflict to the story, but she also left me wondering what would happen next to not only her but with the relationship between her and Barrie. I really love all the other characters in the story too. Like Barrie's Aunt Pru. She is a very intriguing character. I feel like she has so much weighing on her and she tries so hard to keep everything together. And I loved watching her relationship with Barrie bloom. Also, Eight's dad, Seven. I love the mystery surrounding his past and the connection to Barrie's family. My Recommendation: I love this book and can't wait to dive into the next book. The story is unique and has mystery, romance, tension, and a fascinating supernatural element. I highly recommend reading this one! ***I received an e-galley of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*** (I have also purchased the book)
Most helpful negative review
I was really looking f...
I was really looking forward to reading this book. It sounded like it would have me hooked. Plus I was looking for something different to read than my normal murder mysteries. Ok this book turned out to be a major let down for me. I was expecting this book to be a darker, gritter young adult story. None of the characters intrigued me. In fact, they kind of got on my nerves. The romance I was not feeling at all. Why does it seem like every author thinks that they have to make the main characters fall in love. Not every story has to involve a love story. It is like the author thinks that the girl needs a guy to help them going through whatever they are expericing or needs the guy to solve the problem with them. So anyways back to the book. there was hardly anything of interest happening in the story. I never really saw Barrie use her "gift". In fact, the story had hardly any suspense or action that after half way I went straight to the last two chapters of the bok and read it to see the ending. Which disappointed me of what teh whole big mystery was surrounding the families. I don't think I will be reading the next book in this series.
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I love this book!

I love this cover. It is so gorgeous. I really do try to not base wanting to read a book based on the cover, but after seeing the cover for COMPULSION, it just made me even more excited to read the book! The Story: A fascinating story about a girl whose life has been turned upside down due to the loss of her mother and being sent to live across the country with an aunt she has never met. Not only does Barrie have to get used to living somewhere new, she discovers and tries to get to the bottom of some old family secrets. The author creates a southern setting that is realistic and beautiful. The type of world that readers will want to visit. I found this to be a wonderfully written story that balances the paranormal, mystery, and romance. This was so hard for me to put down. I was quickly drawn into this world. I love the interactions between the characters. I love the supernatural things that are happening on the island. And I really love the mystery that surrounds it all. And even though I think the book ends with some closure. I was left wanting more. I wanted to know more about Watson Island. Especially the past history. I am really interested in finding out more about Barrie's parents and what else happened in their pasts on Watson Island. And I am really looking forward to finding out what else is going to happen to Barrie, Eight and Cassie. The Characters: I really love these characters. I think that the characters were all well-written. I wanted to get to know them and was very interested in finding out more about their lives and what would happen. Barrie: She is full of curiosity. Especially curiosity regarding her gift, which just added to my own. I also like that she is curious about her roots and her mother's past. After the loss of her mother, her life changed and part of what she has to discover deals with things that she never knew about her own mother. I love that she is a strong character. She looks for answers and doesn't really rely on others figuring things out for her. And I just absolutely loved the relationship between her and Mark. I love their phone conversations. I love that even though there are not a lot of scenes of them together, I still get the understanding of how important they are to one another. It is a very special bond and relationship. Eight: He is so strong and dependable. He wants to try and protect Barrie, even if she doesn't let him. I loved finding out more about his character as the story went along. He is caring and trustworthy. I enjoyed watching the conflict between him and Barrie. I really like his gift and how it affects his character and his interactions with other people. Cassie: I found her to be one of those characters you think you aren't going to like much, but yet you are drawn to them and want to know more. She is a complex character. I felt like I wasn't sure how to see her and how her relationship would be with Barrie. And even after finishing the story, I am not sure exactly how to view Cassie. I find her character interesting and there are a lot of times that I feel bad for what she is going through. But there were also times where I did not like the decisions that she was making. But I found that she not only adds some conflict to the story, but she also left me wondering what would happen next to not only her but with the relationship between her and Barrie. I really love all the other characters in the story too. Like Barrie's Aunt Pru. She is a very intriguing character. I feel like she has so much weighing on her and she tries so hard to keep everything together. And I loved watching her relationship with Barrie bloom. Also, Eight's dad, Seven. I love the mystery surrounding his past and the connection to Barrie's family. My Recommendation: I love this book and can't wait to dive into the next book. The story is unique and has mystery, romance, tension, and a fascinating supernatural element. I highly recommend reading this one! ***I received an e-galley of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*** (I have also purchased the book)

Im dipping back into ...

I'm dipping back into the YA book selections. This is the first book in a trilogy, and it sets up the location and characters and story arc very nicely. It also is a complete story in itself. I liked the touches of paranormal that were not vampires, witches, or were-anything.

Last 5 star of the yea...

Last 5 star of the year and supposedly, a YA to boot. For every reason I loved this story, return to the southern home, crazy family, voodoo, happy endings. I absolutely hate the fact that it is the first of a trilogy and the next book isn't due to hit the shelves until fall 2015. Read it anyway, we have something great to look froward to!

So when I first got th...

So when I first got this book I thought it was more magic. It is, initially, but it has a lot of history which I loved. For me, a good back round to the story came make it or break it. And ya'll, being a southern gal myself, I adored it. Plot: One thing I really enjoyed is the whole southern atmosphere. I could literally see myself on the plantation, sipping on ice cold sweet tea and cornbread. I love the way the plot moved. It moved well, giving the reading bit by bit of the past. It made me feel like I was at the plantation. The pace of the story is great as well. I like that it had a deep history the went back generations. The mysterious of the curses and what they generation now is doing is very interesting to read. Family/Friendship/Love: Like all southern brawls, this story is rooted with family drama. I love it! All families are fighting over something that happen years ago and it carries on to the next generation. I like that Barrie is really nice and trying to do her best to find out what happened in the past. Her willingness to set everything aside for others is amazing. I love how adventurous she is as well. She sets out to find something, man will she find it. Her love interest is a great southern guy who is not only charming but witty. The way their relationship unfolded (not an insta-love) with first being strangers, then friends, funny dates and of course finally love. Now that is how a romance is done! Ending: I really love the ending of the story. It gave me the feel for more. There was so much drama packed in the last few chapters that my breathe was being taken away! I look forward to reading more. I hope that the author writes about the other families now that I've learn about this one. I'm interested in seeing what the other families lives have been. Especially the unrequited love between older people that was never given the chance. Overall, I really like this book. It felt like a wave of fresh air. If you love a good romance, with deep rooted history give this story a go. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read more.

Compulsion evolved fro...

Compulsion evolved from an image of a ball of flames weaving through the woods at midnight and then being unspooled like yarn onto a river by someone unseen until the entire river burned with magical flame. I couldn't help obsessing about what that meant and why the ceremony had been repeated so long no one could remember when it first began. Who was doing it? What did it accomplish? Answering those questions, I fell in love with the three plantations where the story was set, and with the families who had to live with the magic, with their doomed and forbidden loves and friendships, their tragic murders, risk, sacrifice, dignity, and sometimes plain old silliness. I hope you love all the characters of Watson Island as much as I do!

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