Title: Persuasion by Martina Boone
Publication Date: October 27, 2015
Genre: Young Adult
Synopsis: Beautiful Creatures meets Gone with the Wind in the spellbinding second novel in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy that “skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure” (Publishers Weekly, on Compulsion).
Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. Ghost-hunters hope to glimpse the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, and reporters chase rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. Because more is buried there than treasure.
A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts—and the Colesworth curse—also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, the man convinces Barrie and Cassie to cast a spell there at midnight. But what he conjures may have deadly consequences.
While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing feelings for Eight Beaufort, it’s impossible to know whom to trust and what to fight for—Eight or herself. Millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families is at stake. Now Barrie must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep Watson’s Landing safe in this stunning addition to a series filled with “decadent settings, mysterious magic, and family histories rife with debauchery” (Kirkus Reviews, on Compulsion).
Gahhh I am a huge fan of Martina Boone’s and Compulsion was my favorite YA book of 2014. I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of Persuasion from Edelweiss and boy could I not have been more excited to read the next installment. I’ll be sure to post a fuller review closer to October, but here’s a little preview.
“You’re torn between wanting to be closer and wanting to push me away,” he said, “So I vote for closer. I’ll always vote for closer.”
The romance between Eight and Barrie is heating up, but it’s not without it’s drama. Boone writes her version of Romeo and Juliet with an achy hopefulness that makes the reader simultaneously swoon and sob. Never before have I rooted for two characters to find a way to make it work.
It took vulnerability to forge strength, the way true courage required fear.
Around every corner, these characters are evolving and growing. No one is stagnant. Where Compulsion laid the groundwork for the myths of Watson’s Island, Persuasion is about developing these characters into people. They are flawed, they are wonderful, and they are family. No one plays second fiddle. No one is ignored. Boone manages to make you invested in everyone, even the adults.
Guys, I am so excited for you to read this next installment. Boone really knocks it out of the park. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be scared, but overall you’ll enjoy.
Born in Prague, Martina spoke several languages before she learned English after moving to the U.S. She has never fallen out of love with words, fairy tale settings, or characters who have to find themselves. She is the author of Compulsion and the Heirs of Watson Island series. She’s also the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, the First Five Pages Workshop, and a founding member of YASeriesInsiders.com, a blog dedicated to connecting fans with series books and authors.