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I started reading this book and was immediately caught up in the story Compulsion has it all memorable and flawed characters, exquisite and evocative writing, a heady romance, a page turning mystery, and a protagonist that I cheered for from the very first page I highly recommend this dazzling debut and can t wait to read the next book in the trilogy. Martina Boone has set up what is sure to be an extremely intriguing trilogy with Compulsion Within the first few pages, the reader is immersed in her gorgeous ability to create a setting as well as throwing us into a house full of dark family secrets.One of my favourite parts of this book was the plantation, Watson s Landing Set in South Carolina, the creeping spanish moss, meandering river, and acres of encroaching forest, the setting really comes alive for the reader But the house itself becomes a character that draws you in and makes you want to curl up in the dusty corners and simply experience what it has to offer From closed off wings with eerie vibes, to spirits who are methodically taking the house apart, to sprawling gardens that are always kept in mysteriously pristine conditions to a river lit with fire every night, I was completely enamoured with Watson s Landing The house has so much to offer, and Barrie finds it impossible to resist the chance to dig up some of it s secrets.What I wasn t expecting was the Native American mythology It was such an intriguing surprise It added an extra layer to the mystery, and created an amazing backstory for gifts some would say curses that the three founding families, The Watsons, The Beauforts and The Colesworths, have What is so so unique about Compulsion are these gifts and I am so excited for everyone to read it because they are incredibly different and nothing I have ever seen in YA before The generations old family feud stems from these curse and was creepy and fascinating and caused some people to do terrible things throughout the years.Barrie herself was a little frustrating to me, but that s one of the things I loved about her She grew up extremely sheltered by her mother, and it really shows in her naivete towards certain aspects of life She really struggles with how she views people, and her opinions are flip flopping all over the place, but Martina stayed very true to a character who wouldn t know any better in certain situations Her relationship with the dreamy Eight Beaufort was tension filled and as steamy as a Southern night and was just freaking adorable Boone s supporting characters were far from perfect but a blast to read Aunt Pru has to be my favourite, and I am so excited to see and learn about her in the upcoming books Barrie s godfather Mark was brilliant and shone through the pages But the most interesting of them all was Barrie s cousin on the Colesworth side, Cassie There was just a little something off about her the whole time, and she was the perfect mix of sickly sweet with a menacing undertone.Compulsion was a brilliant first instalment in what is going to be an eerie and fascinating story about an ages old family feud, goose bump inducing ghosts, mythology and a girl struggling to discover who she really is now that she finally has the chance, all in a beautiful setting that is brought to life through Martina s deliciously descriptive writing, with a sweet and steamy romance included. Compulsion evolved from an image of a ball of flames weaving through the woods at midnight and then being unspooled like yarn onto a river by someone unseen until the entire river burned with magical flame I couldn t help obsessing about what that meant and why the ceremony had been repeated so long no one could remember when it first began Who was doing it What did it accomplish Answering those questions, I fell in love with the three plantations where the story was set, and with the families who had to live with the magic, with their doomed and forbidden loves and friendships, their tragic murders, risk, sacrifice, dignity, and sometimes plain old silliness It s probably dorky to rate my own book, but I DO love this book, and if I didn t love it, I wouldn t be honoring the hours of hard work that the whole wonderful team behind this book poured into it So let me take this opportunity to thank, once again, my beta readers, critique partners and agent, not to mention the whole INCREDIBLE team at Simon Pulse and Simon and Schuster I also want to thank the fabulous authors who have said kind things about it and the readers who have loved it so far and joined the Compulsion street team I hope people will enjoy it and love the characters as much as I do Barrie shook her head Now that she was here, she couldn t leave Her aunt was undeniably strange,but Pru s features added up to familiarity, to family And the house, while rundown was magnificent It was Watson s landing Lulu s history Barrie s own historyOKSeriouslythis book is I N C R E D I B L E I saw reviews about this book on Goodreads and could not wait to get my hands on it I literally read this book in three days and it took my breath away 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 turnNot 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 libraryI 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 AWEI wanted I wanted 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 The quotes from this book have been taken from an Advanced Reading Copy and are subject to change when the final book is printed Please refer to the final, finished copy for exact quotes This book was incredible the kind that sucks you in, consumes you until the very last page, and sticks with you long after you ve finished reading Set on an island near Charleston, the imagery was breathtaking Spanish moss hanging from old oak trees, plantation homes, and the scent of jasmine in the air are just a few of the things I love about South Carolina As a southerner myself, I related to the small town quirks, the southern drawl and family secrets hidden for generations The magical realism even brought to mind old wives tales I was told when I was growing up The secrets uncovered and mysteries revealed made the story even captivating I loved it and will definitely read it again since I have to wait over a year for the next book My favorite read so far this year Review by Amanda at Of Spectacles and BooksWhy I chose this book I had my eye on this back in March when I began seeing a few bloggers talk about it The story, the setting, the Southern Gothic genre, everything just spoke to me and told me that I must read this book I entered into every giveaway I saw, but to no avail Luckily, I ended up being approved on Edelweiss, and I did a little happy dance in my room when I saw the email And to tell you the truth, I was so happy that I got this book for free, but now I m going to go out and buy the physical copy anyway once it releases I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.4 things you need to know about this book So first off, I m going to go all English major on you for a second and talk about her use of the Southern Gothic genre and its tropes, because I just love it so much 1 Southern Gothic and the use of Gothic tropes.I will begin by saying that Gothic and Southern Gothic are two of my favorite genres in classic literature, so of course I was lapping this up like a dehydrated dog in the summer time If you don t know, Gothic and Southern Gothic are the same yet slightly different Gothic is represented in novels such as Frankenstein, Dracula, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, etc Southern Gothic is basically the American version of those novels They both carry darker and malicious themes, but there s a draw and an enticing suspense provided for the reader, which is the overarching theme of Gothic tale Martina Boone, used many Gothic Southern Gothic tropes in her book, for which I was extremely grateful She used tropes such as the decaying setting of Watson Island plantations, eccentric characters, the deterioration of southern aristocracy, darkness, superstition, madness and eerie, and of course a dash of witchcraft occultism These are all of your main tropes, and Boone used every single one of them, and it was seamless You could tell she didn t just use these tropes to fulfill the genre she used them because it was a way of telling the story And it was seamless in a way that brought a hint of magical realism to the book that I completely fell in love with 2 Needless to say, this lady can write On top of her excellent use of the Southern Gothic genre, she writes extremely well Her imagery is beautiful, and you get sucked right in to the pictures she paints with words I felt the eeriness of the forest and the darkness in the evenings, I smelled the scent of moisture in the southern air, and I could feel the odd texture of the Spanish moss dripping off the trees I was completely enveloped by this book from start to finish.3 A teenager who knows who she is.The main character, Barrie, is no stranger to loss and hardship She is a character made of steel while still managing to balance on sky high heels I enjoyed the way Boone created her character She was completely, 100% feminine with a love for shoes which her godfather helped cultivate , and a sense of fashion that I don t feel like you see in non contemporary novels these days Maybe it s just the books that I read, but I don t remember many characters that dress up instead of down Barrie is also a character that is stubborn and knows what she wants She isn t easily swayed by Eight s handsome face, or the warnings of her Aunt Pru If Barrie has her mind set on something, she will do it It may not be the right choice, or the safest, but she is a character who belongs to herself She makes decisions for her own sake and she is the one who decides her fate A character like this is hard to come by these days.4 A true account of a small town.As a girl who grew up in the country just outside of a small town, I can attest that Boone s account of a small town is 100% accurate Everyone knows your name and your grandparents name, and maybe even your great great grandparents name , everyone can identify your truck even if it is just because yours is the only one with a gun rack on the back, and yes, everyone knows when there s a new girl in town Believe me, all of this stuff spreads like wildfire and is completely accurate Boone captures this so well that I secretly wonder if she actually is from a small southern town.Final Thoughts I absolutely loved this book from cover to cover The characters of Barrie and Eight were lovable, and I feel like readers can identify well with Barrie s constant feeling of loss This book touches on just how consuming a small town can be, and even so for the towns that have magic lighting the rivers on fire and shadows lurking behind every corner If you love anything remotely suspenseful, romantic, with just a dash of madness, this book is most definitely for you.I gave this book 5 stars on my Goodreads. We re not in Kansas any, readers This book here s set smack dab in the south.Living in Texas, and having lived in Florida and California, I know just how different the south is, compared to the rest of the country So when I picked up COMPULSION, I expected to see real southern stuff And lemme tell ya, sugar, it delivers.Martina Boone s debut into young adult fiction is dazzling Well written, tense, and, simply put, fresh, COMPULSION is a great read.Full review will be posted on IceyBooks closer to the release date. Reviewed by Rabid ReadsOh, lordy.I ve lived in North Carolina or Tennessee my whole life, and with the exception of one uncle who relocated to California, all of my family lives in the same general vicinity as well.I m S O U T H E R N.So when I hear about a book that is supposedly S O U T H E R N, I get all excited b c narcissist who loves Southern themed books , and I have to read it Sometimes that works out for me.And sometimes it doesn t.I want to say up front page that the reasons this book didn t work well for me are personal preference issues, so unless we share the same quirks a love of all things Fae and or Native American and are S O U T H E R N you ll probably like it a lot than I did, b c the premise is actually really cool.Three second sons Watson, Beaufort, and Colesworth became privateers to make their fortunes, and having made said fortune go to South Carolina, seeking permission to settle They receive it, but the land granted to Watson is haunted, so the three men stir up some swampy voodoo, the end result being Watson and descendants having the ability to find lost things, Beaufort and descendants having the ability to know what people want, and Colesworth and descendants being CURSED with being less successful than the other two Whatever the curse is, the Colesworths are very, very bitter.Fast forward to the present and things get complicated snorts Lula Watson, our heroine s mother, has just died, revealing to Barrie heroine , who has lived in California her whole life, with no knowledge of any relatives, that she does indeed have family, and that her aunt her mother s TWIN sister is now her guardian Her aunt who also had no knowledge of Barrie s existence, b c Lula was believed to have been killed in a fire 18 years ago.Kind of convoluted, but it s YA, so it can get away with it.What it couldn t get away with for me can be split into two parts Poor representation of Southern isms.1 FACT every other person you meet in the South is NOT named Billy Joe or Beth Ann.2 Southern women CAN have entire conversations without calling someone sugar 3 The truth is just the truth It s not the gospel truth Unless it s a Disney song.4 Higher than a treed raccoon RACCOONS LIVE IN TREES.And those are just representative of the kinds of things found on nearly every page Yes, people from the South say strange things, but they MAKE SENSE, and are rarely just for embellishment We talk s l o w If we added as many nonessential adjectives, metaphors, and similes as are implicated here, we d never have time to do anything else You aren t stubborn as a cross eyed mule, you re stubborn as a mule The end GAH.Weird mashup of belief systems folklore.As is common with anything set in the colonies, a slave is the gateway to all things witchy But the spirit the slave helps the men trap is the bizarre amalgamation of voodoo and Native American folklore.It came across as some kind of medicine man, but here s the thing Native American gods aren t very flashy In all the stories I ve heard and admittedly, it s a hobby I m not an expert , they re either in animal form or they look just like any other person, but discerning people can feel that there s something different about them They don t wear big black feathered cloaks and set rivers on fire.But that s exactly what the Fire Carrier does And he s also the guardian of yunwi, which simultaneously sounds remarkably similar to the loa in voodoo and pissed off brownies Brownies as in the type of Fae that perform household tasks in exchange for it varies, but the point is, if they don t feel appreciated, they start causing trouble.I don t have a problem with mixing parts of various folklore traditions to create a new, unified whole I ve seen it done and done well Maybe I had such an issue with it this time b c of the three mythologies, two are my favorite, and one is my most detested I don t know Regardless, it felt lazy There were parts, but no unified whole It was just this kind of hodgepodge.BUT Like I said, really cool premise, so seriously, if an exaggerated representation of Southern culture and or combining elements of pre existing and separate mythologies aren t a problem for you, give it a shot I wouldn t recommend it for those of you who are already on the fence about YA, b c this book is distinctly YA. You re different Different And there it was.All her life Barrie had been on the receiving end of different.Even once she d learned to disguise the Watson gift, she d still been the daughter of a woman who stood at the window and glared at people on the street from behind a curtain The goddaughter of the drag queen who went to parent teacher conferences dressed in vintage suits and designer shoes. This book is 448 pages long, and this is what happens in it A girl moves to South Carolina after her mother s death She finds out that there may be a family curse, and some family members may hate her for it There is a mystery involving her mother She falls into a Romeo Juliet style of love with a boy The end.This book is 448 pages long.It is simultaneously dull while being excruciatingly ludicrous This book makes the characters of a soap opera like Passions seem reasonable in comparison, and mind you, Passions is a show with a dwarf, a witch, evil twins, amnesia, and a trip to The Wizard of Oz I m not kidding The difference is that the plot of Passions is at least entertaining This book s became a parody of itself If it had not given to me as an ARC, I would not have finished it, and I would have abandoned it within the first 50 pages.There is a multitude of problems I m not going to summarize the book because the plot is peppered with Bafflingly strange characters A vague Romeo and Juliet family feud thing Sprinkled with a dash of family curses, Native American magic and slave Voodoo from out of nowhere with no sense A story so full of telling not showing that I found myself going What the HECK How did she came to THAT conclusion multiple times throughout the bookThe TRAGIC PASTLula was the kind of mother who locked herself in her room and surfed online auctions for designer clothes no one would ever see her wear because she hadn t left the house in seventeen years The kind who didn t let anyone, not even me, see her scars Who didn t tell her twin sister she was still alive Who dropped dead of a heart attack when her best friend her only friend told her he was dying of cancer, so she wasn t there for him the one time he really needed herI m not a cruel person, really, I m not I want to empathize with the main character, I want to feel something for them, but throwing the kitchen sink at the main character and giving her a past to rival any Greek tragedy is not the way to do it Barrie s life is a parody of a tragedy It got to the point where I just rolled my eyes, saying, what next Are they going to give her a kitten and then have it be mutilated by a pack of wild wolves There is a way of making a character sympathetic without throwing the whole world at her in order to elicit sympathy The main character in this book had a Tragic Past that is so much so that it ends up being a caricature of itself A father who was hated by her mother, burned to death before she was even born A mother who hates her husband and by extension, her daughter so much that she names her after a crooked street it was only Barrie s first name, her real name Lombard that served as a reminder of Lula s bitterness.Lombard, after San Francisco s crooked street, and in memory of Wade, Barrie s crooked father A mother almost burned to death, running away to live as a horribly scarred recluse finally dropping dead of a heart attack A cross dressing, red lipstick wearing, high heel sporting black drag queen godfather in the final stages of pancreatic cancer A Romeo and Juliet family curse A crazy aunt who s barely capable of doing anything without bursting into tears, much less run a tea house in a broken down plantation home A crazy alcoholic uncle and cousin who s out to get herIn order for me to sympathize with a character, she has to be believable She has to seem like a realistic character, with a believable past, and there is no such thing in this book Her past and her present is a soap opera on the grand scale of mind boggling lunacy.The background Chock full of holes Let s focus on the biggest hole Barrie s mother s death This is what we know of it Lula the mother escaped from a fire that left her horribly scarred and burned and in pain for the rest of her life She lets everyone thinks that she is dead, running away to San Francisco to give birth to, and eventually raise her daughter Barrie Here s what I don t get How the FUCK did a woman who has been burned so badly that she is beyond recognition manage to escape from a fire and fake her own death How the FUCK did a woman who has been so damaged in a fire manage to get all the way to San Francisco, into a hospital, give birth to a daughter without anyone at the hospital questioning what the fuck happened to her How the FUCK did a woman who has been burned so badly in a fire without a husband, without friends, manage to heal up and find a friend Mark to take care of her How the FUCK did a woman who has been burned so badly in a fire, without knowing anyone, manage to establish a new identity in a new town with a new child How the FUCK did a woman who has been burned so badly in a fire manage to find a place to live, pay the rent, buy designer clothes online, AND pay someone to take care of her and her child We eventually learn that she was given money by someone It still doesn t make sense because It can t have been a huge sum, because said person s family is broke, their home broken down, their family fortune run dry It certainly can t be enough for Lula to live on in extravagance for two decadesBarrie Is an incomplete character Barrie short for Lombard For me, she has no personality, she has no motivation I didn t understand her choices, her train of thoughts just make no sense I don t know why she would choose to ship in a bunch of furniture all the way from San Francisco to South Carolina because the house in South Carolina had broken down furniture Wouldn t it be cheaper just to, you know, sell the furniture, get the freaking money, and buy some furniture IN SOUTH CAROLINA I don t know why she would hate a boy for no freaking reason at all, and trust me, I KNOW WHEN I SHOULD HATE A BOY IN A YA PARANORMAL I m the freaking expert at hating stupid boys, and trust me when I say that there s nothing about Eight that I should hate He s a pretentious little preppie, that s all I don t know why she is so fucking incompetent at doing something simple like locating a freaking bottle of aspirin in her purse WHEN HER SPECIAL POWER IS LOCATING THINGS Her powers are haphazard, largely useless, and unexplained since she can t even find her freaking phone when she loses it.Barrie is completely faceless and nameless as a character to me I cannot pick out any memorable quotes from her, because everything she says feels utterly banal and meaningless.The love interest I don t know why the main character hates him I think his name, Eight, is ridiculous for Charles Beaufort the Eighth, being the 8th said holder of his actual family name his father is Seven He, like the main character, is completely lackluster in character, and devoid of personality.The Paranormal Random and nonsensical Barrie s powers are hardly used, hardly mentioned, and largely useless She has a skill for locating things, and most of the book doesn t even mention it.There is the use of Cherokee and slave Voodoo in the book that feels completely random and out of place It clashed with the setting, for some reason, on a Southern plantation setting, we have Cherokee Fire Carrier spirits and ghosts, and Voodoo plat eyes They are just there to make pretty pretty fires that attrack Barrie and pull her into the dark woods in the middle of the night I didn t feel like they were a realistic and compelling element in the setting.Mark Mark s room had always looked like the Moulin Rouge had thrown up, pink and black satin, a throwback to his drag show days when he d been going to be the next RuPaul, the next Jos Sarria. The most clich d dying RuPaul crossdressing wannabe in the whole world He may be dying, but his character makes me want to laugh because he is so outrageously portrayed.What makes it worse is that the book mentioned this clich People had always judged Mark For being too gay, or not gay enough, or not transgender the way some expected. And I may be one of those characters, because I felt like Mark was a caricature of a crossdressing black guy.Please allow me to say that I am 100% for gay rights, and I believe that people should wear and do whatever makes them happy This is not a complaint about a character who is different, this is an observation that the character did not feel real I have friends who are gay I have friends who are crossdresser I give my clothes to one of them I share a locker room with a guy who is transgender I don t care about who you love, what you wear My complaint about this book is that Mark s character felt like it was inserted in there for no reason at all, as a ploy to diversity that fell short His voice sounded pinched, the way it had the night of her first awards ceremony, when he d worn Spanx to squeeze into a pink Chanel suit he d accidentally bought too small on eBay. Mark wears sky high heels and red lipstick He loves Lady Gaga He has a cat named RuPaul I m all about diversity in books, and I m the last person in the world to have a problem with a cross dressing character, but the thing is that Mark is just too much He felt like a caricature of a transvestite rather than someone real The character of Mark felt out of place, outrageously so I am sure that this book meant well, I am 100% positive that this book did not intend to mock the transvestite community in any way, but for me, Mark felt like a mockery of a person.Overall Not recommended The book tries to sell itself to fans of the Beautiful Creatures series I say, stick to that series and save yourself the trouble Quotes were taken from an uncorrected proof subject to change in the final edition. ^Read Book ↯ Compulsion ☠ Beautiful Creatures Meets The Body Finder In This Spellbinding New TrilogyThree Plantations Two Wishes One Ancient CurseAll 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 CompulsionsStuck 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