Compulsion (The Heirs of Watson Island #1)

 
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Compulsion (The Heirs of Watson Island #1)
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October 28, 2014
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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 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.

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Southern Folk Lore & Full of Swoon-worth Romance!
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Compulsion is a compelling, emotional debut YA novel set in a Southern Gothic atmosphere and revolves around a young girl whose mother passes away and she is sent to live with her only surviving relative, her mother's sister Lulu in South Carolina. Barrie knows that her mother ran away years ago from her family home but does not know the reason why.

Barrie arrives at the plantation that is also known as Watson's Landing and immediately feels drawn to it. Watson's Landing is one of the first pieces of this amazing story that grabbed me immediately. I am from Alabama so I could immediately imagine the scenery and feel what Barrie was feeling when she first experiences the plantation. I could imagine the trees covered in moss and the river gurgling that surrounds the home. I felt as though I was right there with Barrie as she experienced Watson's Landing for the first time.

Barrie moves to South Carolina with little information about her history and her family so she immediately begins to investigate and learn about her family. She has heard the stories about Watson's Landing that say it is cursed but doesn't know the details surrounding the myth. She searches the plantation to see if she can uncover any truth to the stories and find out the real reason why her mother left so many years ago and never came back.

Barrie meets a young man named Eight and learns that he is also a part of the curse that surrounds Watson's Landing. Barrie has always known that she is gifted. She has a gift for finding things that are "lost". She feels drawn to items and is compelled to find the lost items. Little does Barrie know but Eight is also gifted and always seems to know what Barrie is thinking before she even speaks. Barrie and Eight begin to realize that they connected in a supernatural way and that the must work together to uncover the mystery that surrounds their families. I love Eight's character and his immediate need to protect Barrie and care for her. He always seems to be there just when she needs someone.

So when Barrie first experiences the ancient spirit that cursed her family and lights the river on fire each night she is scared but also curious. She knows that somehow this spirit holds the key to the answers she is looking for. Barrie begins to ask questions and her questions draws the attention of enemies that want to harm both Eight and Barrie. This begins an incredible journey for Barrie and Eight and I was completely absorbed in each and every twist and turn...

"Not only was it strange to have anything lost at Watson's Landing, but also there was something strange about how and where things were lost. Why was the locked drawer the only pull of loss in the library?"

I just cannot explain how intense this book is. I literally could not put the book down. Each chapter had a new unexpected surprise. The characters are so wonderfully written and just grab you and take hold. Compulsion took me on an intense and emotional roller coaster ride. The southern charm and atmosphere of the book was the perfect setting to go along with the mysteries surrounding Watson's Landing.

I literally CANNOT wait to read the next book in the series! Fans of YA novels, swoony-worthy romance, and spell-binding mystery are absolutely going to fall in love with Compulsion.

Martina Boone is a phenomenal writer and Compulsion has been the first book in a while that when I was through reading it....I was literally IN AWE...I wanted more...I wanted more of the amazing characters, the setting, and the mystery. I cannot wait to see what the future has in hold for Barrie and Eight and what other dangers they are going to face in the future.....
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Loved It!!
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The storyline was well thought out and the paranormal elements that took place were really interesting. There were so many buried secrets from the past that the moment Barrie came into town, everything sort of ignited and became very real. I felt connected to the story and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. I read this book within a few days because I couldn't put it down. Can't wait for book 2 to come out!
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I loved how the story came together. From the time Barrie and Eight met I was hooked. I'm a sucker for romance and I like how they slowly fell in love. All of the characters were well developed and I liked how I could feel the emotions from the characters.
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Southern Gothic Fun
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I stayed up all night to read Compulsion by Martina Boone. The result? A very scary nightmare where I was trapped in a Southern Gothic mansion! Yeah, this book left an impression.

Compulsion tells the story of a teenage orphan named Barrie who ships off to an island in South Carolina unprepared to discover her family is majorly important in Watson Island history. Not only that, but the two other prominent families in the area have strong opinions about Barrie's return. The only thing Barrie can count on is her supernatural ability to discover lost things. The creepy mansion she moves into is full of unacknowledged loss, and the house seems hell-bent on destroying itself. Barrie better figure out what she wants--rather than what she thinks she should want--and solve her family issues, before she trips on one more staircase.

Compulsion has great writing, a strong plot, and killer description. The only think I didn't particularly care for was the way that Barrie and her boyfriend Eight constantly fought. Hopefully teen readers don't think that's a model for a healthy relationship. Still, I will definitely be reading more Watson Island books in the future.
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