Compulsion by Martina Boone

May 22nd, 2015 Kimberly Review 61 Comments

22nd May
Compulsion by Martina Boone
Compulsion
by Martina Boone
Series: Heirs of Watson Island #1
Published by: Tantor
Narrator: Joell A. Jacob
Length: 11 hours and 29 minutes
Genres: Paranormal
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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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.

Audiobook historical paranormal Young Adult

Compulsion by Martina Boone is the first in her Southern Gothic series The Heirs of Watson Island. I was delighted to have the opportunity to review the audio version narrated by Joell A. Jacob. I quickly became swept up in the families, characters and secrets of Watson Island.

Five reasons to grab your earbuds and listen to Compulsion

  • The Set Up A long time ago, three families after making their fortunes came to South Carolina seeking land. They were each granted a parcel on Watson Island. However, the men awakened magic on the land. It resulted in two of the families, the Beaufort’s and Watson’s receiving abilities. The third family the Colesworth’s inherited a cursed. These gifts/curses are passed down from generation to generations. The family’s history, pirates, voodoo and the present day story of Barrie and those on the island was fascinating.
  • The Writing- Boone delivers a beautifully written Gothic Southern novel. She paints a picture of the island, its history and the characters who live there. Our story revolves around protagonist Barrie Watson. Barrie is seventeen and upon her mother’s death, she discovers she has family on Watson Island. Leaving her dying Uncle behind in San Francisco, she goes to live with her Aunt Pru. Here she learns about her family history and the ancient spirit who cursed them all long ago. The world is magical, eerie and the gifts are not exactly gifts but compulsions that will not be denied. It was riveting.
  • Characters- Despite the rich details, the story itself is more character driven and Boone created delightfully fleshed out quirky characters. Aunt Pru seems eccentric, but as we learn about her, we see what the island has done.  Our protagonist Barrie is curious and tentative. Now free from her mother’s control she is determined to experience life. She wants to explore the island and unravel its secrets. Barrie is spirited and at times fearless. A young man named Eight acts as a guide for Barrie and their relationship develops into something deeper. Cassie, Barrie’s cousin fiends friendship and we soon learn she wants more from Barrie. The three families are intertwined from the beginning in scandal, drama, romance, and feuds. Boone gave us all the scandalous details and I was drawn to it like a bee to nectar.
  • Mystery- The overall mystery and suspense were presented to the reader with an unhurried pace with different storylines weaving slowly together. Ghosts, strange figures, unexplained happenings, strange pull calling the characters to act all had me wanting to stay on Watson Island and uncover its secrets. The thread regarding a fire carrier was one of my favorites. The story should be read/listened to at a leisurely pace.  Allowing the reader to absorb every detail. Boone builds the story on little tidbits creating ah-ha moments for the reader. I love how she allows the reader to make connects and discover things for themselves.
  • Romance- The romance was wonderfully done. It reminded me of summer from the sun on my skin to the smell of cut grass. Boone allowed it to develop from friendship, drawing it out with tender moments and laughter. It felt realistic and I basked in it.  I loved that this young adult novel didn’t succumb to the usual romantic tropes.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Compulsion and look forward to going back to Watson Island. Jacob did an excellent job narrating from the characters to capturing the atmospheric vibe of the story. I look forward to continuing this series on audio.

About Martina Boone

Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. Her first teacher in the U.S. made fun of her for not pronouncing the “wh” sound right, so she set out to master “all the words”—she’s still working on that! In the meantime she’s writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. If you like romance steeped in mystery, mayhem, Spanish moss, and a bit of magic, she hopes you’ll look forward to meeting Barrie, Eight, Cassie, Pru, Seven and the other characters of Watson Island.

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61 Responses to “Compulsion by Martina Boone”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am really glad I chose to review the audio Benish it really worked out

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am glad I could share it with you. I loved all the elements

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hehe. I went back and read it and yeah I am a poet and didn’t even know it 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Katherine I would be curious to see what you think

  1. Red Iza

    Even if it’s YA, I’m tempted to read it, it looks promising ^^ Thanks for sharing – and that cover is gorgeous !

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am picky about YA and read very little but this was wonderful

    • kimbacaffeinate

      She really did great capturing the imagery.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Love it and hope you do too Ali. I am laying low this weekend and reading since I am not feeling well. Thought I would spend an hour catching up on comments.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Angela, I loved the writing in this

  2. Kim { Book Swoon }

    Oh gosh – I loved this book! I’m very curious about about the audio – it sounds wonderful. I’m so happy you like Compulsion too, Kimba. I’m ready to dig into or maybe listen to Persuasion next 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I loved the audio, sometimes it adds that little extra element to take a story over the top for me

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was my first by her, but look forward to continuing the series.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Stormi I look forward to your thoughts

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was well done Brandi, I think you would enjoy many of the elements

  3. Ro

    I love these type of picturesque novels that really take time to deliver all the details, and the romance sounds so wonderful. Totally enjoyed the way you wrote this review and want to get this book. Hugs…

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Same to you Ann. Loved the pics of your daughter and you on Facebook 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was refreshing, and I loved the quirkiness and mystery/magic elements

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ha, I feel the same way Keionda those type of books just call my name

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have a general rule that I never mention anything not mentioned already in the synopsis..the rest I leave to my opinions. Ha…my tbr pile constantly goes up, up ,up!

  4. Christy

    Are they getting it on in the middle of the road (cover)? Isn’t there a Beatles song about that? lol. I’m not digging YA lately, but hm, I’m liking that it doesn’t follow all the regular romance tropes.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      You know I am picky with the YA, and aside from the age of the characters read very much like an adult novel.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Hope you feel better, I have had migraines and found out it was indeed sinus related so I am home in Pajamas and reading/sleeping. I will think good thoughts for you.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I loved how the elements weaved together and how unique the characters were

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I missed out on the hype, but loved the audio, it was well done

  5. La La in the Library

    Compulsion and The Raven Boys both renewed my interest in YA Paranormal after hitting multitude of dnf stinkers in a row last year. I finished my ARC of Persuasion a few days ago and the romance scenes are even better, if you can believe it. 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am quite picky when it comes to YA and loved this one. Raven Boys is on my list. So glad Persuasion was good, i am holding out for audio 🙂

  6. Kay

    This book was gifted to me this last Christmas and I have yet to read it! Why am I waiting?! And the cover is gorgeous! I’m so glad you liked this one. I can’t wait to meet these quirky characters.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, I have pondered that question about a book in my tbr pile before:)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Book two is getting awesome reviews as well, but I am waiting on the audio.