So, if you’ve stop by this blog in the last couple of months you’ll see that I’ve done several posts about “Compulsion,” the first book in the “Heirs of Watson’s Islands” series by author Martina Boone.
Now, I’m not usually one to fangirl about something too hard, but boy has “Compulsion” made me go gaga. It was my favorite YA read of 2014 and I’m one of those people eagerly awaiting “Persuasion” and staling Martina on fb and twitter (if I knew how to use tumblr I’d have one of those two).
One of my book friends was like “Why is this book such a big deal,” so I figured I’d tell everyone in case you are like my friend and on the verge of reading it but not sure. Let me give you a push off the edge here. PLUS, Martina is hosting a kick-butt giveaway (as she is known to do) and once you make it past this list you can win goodies, so look for the rafflecopter link below in pink!
Why I’m Obsessed With Compulsion
1. Martina Boone. That sounds weird and like I could possibly be arrested for it, but Martina has such an awesome online presence that I feel like we could hang and gab. She posts funny articles, shares books she likes, and makes a real effort to reach out to her fans. I love it and before “Compulsion” even hit the shelves I was dying to grab it because she seemed like an author with a story to tell.
It may be dumb, but I’m 100% more inclined to enjoy your book if I feel like I’ll like you. Maybe that’s wrong, but it’s how I roll. I’ve never met Martina personally (I was dying of some contagious disease when she did her promo tour in DC/NoVa) but I’m pumped to see her at the Norther Virginia Teen Book Fest.
2. Southern Gothic. Yes. Always. You say southern and I’m already half way there
3. The writing. Boy, can Martina turn a phrase and make her world come alive. I read “Compulsion” on a stormy night when I was alone and some parts of her book scared the crap out of me. Seriously. I kept peeking out of my window waiting to see a fire ghostie. Note: That I live in Downtown D.C. in a high-rise which makes this story even more embarrassing
4. The ending. Remember how I went on and on about how I love Martina Boone (in a totally non-creepy way) well the ending made me hate her. I was halfway through, devouring each page, hoping for some kind of explanation, only to get to the end. None of my questions were answered. I need answers Martina!
5. The thing I like best is that this book has a little something for everyone. I work part-time as a tutor and a lot of what I do revolves around getting kids reading. Reading is not only the best hobby out there, but a great way to expand your vocabulary, comprehension, etc. Needless to say, I recommend a lot of books the the girls I work with, but I’m finding it’s getting harder and harder to do that for my 11-13 year old age group. YA has a lot of suggestion, which is great for adult readers, but a little miffy for the on the cusp crowd. I loved “Compulsion” because we could share it as a group. The girls I gave it to loved it and we had some intense talks about Barrie as a female protagonist. I know not everyone looks at this as a plus, but if you have or work with older kids the rich history and use of literary devices in “Compulsion,” leads to a great discussion and a bonding experience.
COMPULSION (HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND, BOOK 1)
Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
Hardcover, 10/28/14 ISBN: 1481411225
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 somehow seems to know 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.
Early Praise for Compulsion:
“Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” — #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout
“A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic — haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.” — Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A Thousand Pieces of You and the Evernight and Spellcaster series
“A stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!” — Wendy Higgins, USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy from HarperTeen
“Beautifully written, with vivid characters, a generations-old feud, and romance that leaps off the page, this Southern ghost story left me lingering over every word, and yet wanting to race to the compelling finish.” — Megan Shepherd, Author of The Madman’s Daughter
“Skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure . . . An impressive start to the Heirs of Watson Island series.” — Publishers Weekly
“Flawless, a true gem! With fluid writing that brings the southern setting to life and maintains a colorful cast of characters, this is a must-read for fans looking for a refreshing and addicting young adult paranormal read.” — RT Book Reviews
“Readers of Sarah Reese Brennan’s The Lynburn Legacy and Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle, will appreciate the ambiguity — real? or not real? — until suddenly the not real feels very very real.” — Sara Hines, Eight Cousins Books
Compulsion is available anywhere books are sold. Signed copies are available from One More Page Books. You can also order with the special “I have a Compulsion for reading” bookplate from Eight Cousins.
Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them.
She’s the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a Tumblr site devoted to news, giveaways, and insider secrets of much-loved and up-and-coming YA series.
From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.