Published by: Simon Pulse
Published on: October 28th 2014
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.
I have heard of Compulsion through twitter and it has been on my TBR list for awhile. I finally went out and got it and it had been sitting on my shelf for awhile, until now. Compulsion honestly blew me away. I have to be honest though, in the beginning it did get a bit slow. I don't know why I thought it was slow but that's definitely a personal problem. However, the wait was so worth it because the book started getting better and better.
One thing I really loved about this book was how much of a mystery the plot was. In the beginning I thought Watson's Landing (The house Barrie moved to.) was just a house that was old. As I got more into the book, there was more the Watson's Landing. That's what I love about the mystery in Compulsion. There was a lot more that met the eye and the plot twists were a great addition. Also, the curses and magic that goes on in Compulsion is great. They are so powerful and mysterious. Compulsion had a lot of magical activity and I thought that was a really cool addition to the book. The story to how these curses were first placed was also something I loved reading.
The characters in this book are super cool. Barrie starts out as a very insecure and scared person. Her mother has just died, there is something going on with her godfather, and she is moving in with an aunt who didn't even know she existed. By the end of the book Barrie is a different person. She has gone through so much and has learned so many new things about the Landing, even if they aren't the most positive things. For one thing she is a lot more tolerant of Eight... (Barrie hated Eight's guts in the beginning of the book.) I am really excited to read from her again in Persuasion, Compulsions sequel!
I gave this book 5 stars because I loved the mystery, plot, magical aspect, and characters in this book.
Just a thought: Man, Cassie is not someone I would ever like. I never really liked her and I probably never will...
Also, was anyone really surprised when Barrie found out how Emmett killed Luke and Twila. Part of me wants to think how jealous he was of them and if Emmett couldn't have Twila then Luke couldn't have her either. Maybe it will be something we find out in the next book? The way Barrie found out about it was pretty cool, too. It was so mysterious with the key and how the Lula's drawings helped so much with the discovery. That part was another scene that built up so much suspense. There were so many questions going through my head while Barrie was opening up the dummy room and the actually staircase. I was also kind of freaked out on this discovery because there were so many things that could go wrong.
Eight and Barrie. Guy, Baight is my new OTP. Ugh, I like how they started off Barrie hating his guts, then, BOOM! They're a couple. I honestly think the fact that Cassie was acting very flirtatious toward Eight and he was still rejecting her! Hah, hahaha, I couldn't stop laughing. Usually, when someone tries to break my OTP I dislike the person so much and literally want them to stop. In this case, I wanted Cassie to keep throwing herself so Eight could ignore her some more! I knew Eight was going to stay with Barrie so I didn't mind Cassie. Man, I am a sadistic person...Whoops.