Compulsion by Martina Boone Review


Title: Compulsion

Author: Martina Boone
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: eBook
Publication Date: October 28, 2014

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Edelweiss


Beautiful Creatures meets The Body Finder in this spellbinding new trilogy.

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson had 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.



Compulsion blew me away, as I was reading it I kept thinking that it was way to good to be true. It wasn’t. Martina Boone created an amazing world, and had a great fully developed backstory with the Watson family, and even Barrie’s childhood was described wonderfully.


Barrie was a great character, there were times when she got a little to self-pitying for me, but she did have a rather unique childhood and mother figure. I felt terrible that her mother was so horrible, but as more of the Watson history was revealed I felt like I started to understand her mother better. I also enjoyed that we got to experience Barrie growing as a person, because she was always stifled by her invalid mother this was the first time for her to really get out and make mistakes. It helped that Barrie didn’t like feeling sorry for herself, so even though there were moments it annoyed me, it also annoyed her!


Boone created some wonderful secondary characters, who had their own flaws but also their good sides. Aunt Pru was a wonderful side character who also did an amazing amount of growing in this book, but she also had the most reason too. Eight was a great love interest, he was very annoying but also intriguing and it was easy to see why Barrie was so enthralled. Then there was Mark, and he was by far my most favorite side character. He was a gay drag queen from San Francisco, with a huge loving heart. I loved his addition into the book, and it made this book even more special to me.


The best part of this book though was the mystery that surrounded the Watson gift. It was so well written and thorough. There were no gaping plot holes or times when I thought the story contradicted itself. I truly enjoyed learning about the Watson, Beaufort, and Colesworth families.


Compulsion was incredibly well-done, and I loved every second of it. It seems like there will probably be a sequel and I will definitely be picking up anything this author writes. I give it 5 out of 5 stars, and I highly recommend it for any reader who loves a good mystery with a magical curse woven in, and great characters!





**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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