Series: The Heirs of Watson Island #1
Published by Simon Pulse on October 28th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Gothic, Romance, Mystery
Source: Library, Purchased
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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!