Series: The Heirs of Watson Island

Blog Tour: Persuasion [Review & Giveaway]

Posted October 26, 2015 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

Blog Tour: Persuasion [Review & Giveaway]Persuasion by Martina Boone
Series: The Heirs of Watson Island #2
Published by Simon Pulse on October 27th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Gothic, Mystery
Pages: 442
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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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. 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.

Title: Persuasion
Author: Martina Boone
Series: The Heirs of Watson Island #2
Genre: Young Adult, Southern Gothic, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery
Pages: 464
Published By: Simon Pulse on October 27, 2015
Challenges: Blog Tour for Rockstar Book Tours

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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).
(Goodreads)

I liked this book, but I didn’t love it as much as I loved Compulsion. There were a few things that irked me about this book, but for the majority of it, I loved it and cannot wait until the third one is out (which does have a title!!! Illusion). I think Martina Boone is a great writer and I cannot wait to see more from her.

With this second book, Barrie is dealing with the loss of Mark. And it is so sad to see her going through this, but it’s a part of life. But while she is dealing with her grief she is also dealing with finding out even more with her family and the Heirs of Watson Island. I loved the gripping Gothic, paranormal mystery that Martina creates. 🙂

So, I still really love Barrie and Eight, however, there were some things that irked me about their relationship. One, they fought a lot. And I mean, a lot. And in between the fighting there was lots of kissing. But it was back and forth and it just got a bit irritating. But I still love them together and I’m hoping that the third book will show their relationship better than this book did.

As much as I love Barrie and how independent she is. I think she was too independent in this one. There were times where I felt the need to smack her and give her some common sense, because I’m sorry, Eight is there for you to confide in and to help you out, Barrie!

Overall, I think that this was a great addition to Compulsion and I cannot wait for Illusion. I love the story that Martina has created and is continuing to create and I cannot wait to find out how this story concludes within Illusion! If you’re into Southern Gothics or Paranormal Mysteries, or Southern Romance, you need to check this series out! You won’t be disappointed! 🙂

Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them. She’s the author of SIBA Book Award nominated Compulsion, book one in the romantic Southern Gothic trilogy, the Heirs of Watson Island, which was an Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Bookstores Alliance, a Kansas State Reading Circle selection, a Goodreads Best Book of the Month and YA Best Book of the Month, and an RT Magazine Best of 2014 Editor’s Pick. The second book in the trilogy, Persuasion, will be published in October 2015.
She’s also the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a three-time 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. She is also a founder and permanent mentor at 1st5PagesWritingWorkshop.com, helping to shepherd aspiring writers into the publication process and help them find the right starting point for their novels in progress, Locally in her home state of Virginia, she is on the board of the
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, helping to promote literacy and adult education initiatives.
She lives with her husband, children, and a lopsided cat, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

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Did you read Compulsion or Persuasion? Or do you want to? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
four-half-stars
Stephanie
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Compulsion [Review]

Posted January 29, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

Compulsion [Review]Compulsion by Martina Boone
Series: The Heirs of Watson Island #1
Published by Simon Pulse on October 28th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Gothic, Romance, Mystery
Pages: 433
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library, Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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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.

It doesn’t matter how great your shoes are if you don’t accomplish anything in them.

Her hands crept around his neck, tangling in his hair to keep him closer, even though she knew that beautiful boys with expiration dates couldn’t be held, only borrowed for a time.

Love doesn’t come with an on-off switch. It’s made of too many threads of memory and hope and heartache that weave themselves into the very core of who you are.

But the people who mattered were the people you chose instead of the people who were yours by an accident of birth. Real family was heart as much as, if not more than, blood.

This book has crept onto my favorites shelf for sure! Not only does it have a gorgeous cover, but the pages within that cover are just as breathtaking! Martina Boone definitely knows what she’s doing when it comes to writing. Not only was I hooked on the Southern Gothic genre, but I was hooked by her beautiful descriptions of everything.

It’s one of those books that just creeps on you. You’re enjoying it down to the bone, and then all of a sudden, oh yea, it’s Southern Gothic, and a creepy scene starts to unfold. It was beautiful the way that Martina could make you forget all about a creepy aspect and then BAM! throw it right in your face as soon as it is out of your mind. I loved that aspect of hers.

Talking about the writing, Martina did a great job at making you feel like you were actually there. The descriptions are all spot on. I could hear the southern drawls while I was reading. Plus, the customs, wordings, etc were spot on. I felt like I was there on Watson Island. It made me want to find a place like Watson Island. (who knows, maybe I will 🙂

I loved Barrie. She was a great character and I enjoyed her growth throughout the book. I was genuinely interested in her well being because I personally related to her so well. And I loved how much she cared for Aunt Pru after only a little time with her.

Eight Beaufort. Where can I find me one of you? Not only are you southern (huge turn-on for me) but you are defined as sexy. And you’d know exactly how to make me happy, because you’d know what I want. Honestly, I loved Eight. And I cannot wait to get more of him in the second book!

This was a great first book to what is shaping up to be an amazing trilogy. I personally cannot wait for more! If you’re into southern gothics, ghost stories, paranormal with a hint of romance and family drama, definitely pick up Compulsion. You won’t be sorry!

 

Let’s talk about it. Did you read Compulsion? Or do you want to? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
five-stars
Stephanie
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