Compulsion

Compulsion

Book - 2014
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After the death of her disfigured, shut-in mother, Barrie Watson moves to her aunt's South Carolina plantation, which is guarded by an ancient spirit who cursed one of the island's three founding families and gave the others magical gifts that become compulsions.
Publisher: New York :, Simon Pulse,, 2014.
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014.
ISBN: 9781481411226
9781481411233
Characteristics: 433 pages ; 22 cm.

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CASSIE ERIN MAUL
Sep 18, 2018

'Compulsion' is a book I thoroughly enjoyed, even though it took me a while to get through it. It follows the character of Barrie Watson after the loss of her mother and the imminent loss of her godfather as she goes to live with the family that she didn't even know existed until her mother's death. Add to that with the natural Watson gift of finding lost things, a Beaufort boy that seems to always know what she wants, and a family feud that reaches a head with her cousin Coleworth cousin Cassie, and you've got one great adventure.

Along with the relational and family drama, there is the supernatural element of the Fire Watcher, the yunwi spirits, and other ghostly figures that pop up around her new home. Barrie has a lot to deal with, both physically and emotionally, and it is a great tale of finding self-worth and the power of choice.

This book was an excellent read, and I think anybody who enjoys mystery and a tad of supernatural intervention will enjoy the first book in the Heirs of Watson Island series.

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Fazilatmughal
Nov 28, 2017

Why is there only the first book available in the whole trilogy at all the Markham Libraries? This is BARBARIC. FIX THIS !!!

I'm just kidding, but please could you get the rest of the books. Thank youu

LPL_GraceM Apr 09, 2017

This is a highly enjoyable read. Martina Boone writes a wonderfully slow-burning, southern gothic story with apt allusions to Romeo and Juliet. The best part? It's book one of a trilogy!

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cmn1
Jan 10, 2016

I didn't realize when I checked this book out that it was teen fiction. Having said that, this was a really good book. Fast paced, emotional and mystical. I would recommend this to both young and not-so young adults. :D

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aliciamarie
Jan 06, 2015

Why aren't there more than 5 stars!? This is a easily a 10 star book!

Dark family secrets, southern mansions, dark evil spirits and a possibility of romance make this book so compelling to read. Not to mention the cover is WOW! Yet, you will wish that it never ends. Thank goodness there are 2 more books in this series!

The characters were flawlessly written. The main characters sucked you in and made you love them. Even the secondary characters left a huge impression in my mind. Even the character I was supposed to hate drew me in and made me wish I knew more about them. I adored Barrie and Eight made me swoon, which left me wishing I was a teenage girl again! Mark was a hoot- the flamboyant, cross-dressing, gay godfather (who in my mind I pictured looked and talked like Lafayette from True Blood) was a sensational character. Cassie is the character you love to hate, but kind of secretly wish she was your bff.

The description of the mansions,the landscape and the characters made me feel like I was right there and a part of it all. Wonderful imagery filled my mind. The author had perfect descriptions of people and places- just enough to make you feel a part of the story, but not too much that you get bored reading about it and want to skim over parts.

I suggest you checkout this book and start reading now. You can thank me later!

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cmn1
Jan 10, 2016

cmn1 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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