When I look at the cover of Martina Boone’s YA debut, Compulsion, I immediately think of autumn what with the orange color scheme and all of the leaves on the cover. It’s a cover that actually makes me feel simultaneously peaceful and longing for a pumpkin spice latte, although I will admit it does not take much to trigger that pumpkin spice longing. I obtained Compulsion at a luncheon hosted by Simon & Schuster at BEA and honestly, it probably would have languished in my TBR pile for some time, had I not been invited to join the Mundie Moms tour — and what a tragedy that would have been! Seriously, I am all for books that put me in a seasonal sort of mood. While this book takes place during summer, there’s this feel of fall in the air and again, I can’t help but think autumn thoughts while reading. It is one of those quintessential Southern gothic books where the creepiness is hidden among polite words and you don’t even notice it’s going in a scary direction until THERE IT IS. Friends, this book definitely exceeded my expectations.
Barrie’s mother, Lula, has died and her mother’s personal assistant and surrogate father Mark is dying of cancer. There’s no one in San Francisco who can take care of Barrie. Not that she knows many people, given that her mother was kind of a shut in. So, Barrie is forced by circumstances to fly out to South Carolina where she must live with her new guardian, her aunt Pru, who is a virtual stranger to Barrie. Upon arrival at the airport, no one is waiting for Barrie with open arms, so she cabs it to her aunt’s island plantation home. There, Barrie meets her aunt Pru who is railing against the decrepit house and Barrie is all, what the hell did I just get myself into. However, with the arrival of a super good looking boy who goes by the name of Eight on her doorstep, Barrie is determined to fit in on Watson Island and to unlock its secrets.
Barrie is the sort of main character where I immediately felt some sympathy for her, but it took me time to really warm up to her and care about her. First off, she’s got this cool ‘gift’ where she is able to find lost things or else if she ignores the pull, she feels an ache. She is so determined to do what she wants, even to the point of disregarding Pru’s instructions and also disregarding Eight. I bring this up because Barrie has this cousin named Cassie and she is determined to be her friend, only Cassie isn’t quite the person she seems to be. In fact, there’s something sinister going on with her. Now, if this was a movie, I would want her to examine her life choices, but because this is a book, I get Barrie’s motivations and even though her choices aren’t the best, I got it and felt for her. I have to say that yes, Barrie totally did end up winning me over in the end, even if parts of Compulsion felt like a learning curve, when it came to liking Barrie’s character.
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COMPULSION by Martina Boone
October 28, 2014, Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Family, Legends, Myths, Fables, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
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.
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