Book Release Review: Persuasion by Martina Boone


Title: Persuasion by Martina Boone

Release Date: October 27, 2015

Buy Links: Amazon; Barnes and Noble

Rating: 5/5 

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Synopsis: Beautiful Creatures meets The Raven Boys 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 and forbidden 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).

Hiya, everyone. Been a few weeks here but I wanted to take a hiatus from my hiatus to praise Martina Boone’s sequel to to her debut novel “Compulsion,” by writing a more thorough review of “Persuasion.” 

Anyone who has read this blog knows I am a huge fan of Martina’s; in fact, I named “Compulsion,” as my favorite book of 2014. To say I was obsessed with that book would be an understatement. Given the ending, I could not wait for the next installment, and let’s just say that “Persuasion” did not disappoint. It has everything I love in a YA. Steamy romance, a little mysticism, and a whole lot of drama. 

What I like: What I loved about “Compulsion,” I continued to love about “Persuasion.” Martina depicts such a lush, technicolor view of the South that the setting becomes a character in and of itself. Watson Island continues to play a central role in the story and as the mystery unfolds Martina allows the reader to experience more of the incredible culture she has created. To call this a Southern Gothic is to do the writing a disservice. While Martina’s novel is set in the South, her novel depicts a culture unique to her characters and story. She avoids the overused cliches of sweet tea and thick accents that plague many Southern Gothic YA’s.

Aside from the beautiful writing, the true stand out or Persuasion is the dimension of the characters. No one in this novel is purely good or purely evil. Despite being fictional, they seem like real people, real teens; they are growing and developing and experiencing the consequences of their actions. As someone who is draw to strong characters, I can honestly say you won’t find more exciting or dynamic ones.

What I didn’t like: Ugh, Martina! These cliffhangers are killing me. There’s a major one at the end and just as one question is answered 50,000 pop up.

Overall, this continues to be one of my favorite series. If you want a book steeped in mysticism with a dynamic setting, and realistic characters then this is the book for you. 5/5




Book Review: Blood and Salt By Kim Liggett


Title: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ibooks

Publication Date: September 22, 2015

Rating: 4/5

Genre: Horror, Supernatural YA

Synopsis: Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

What I liked: This book has some insane imagery. Liggett begins the book by discussing how her main characters see the ghost of a hung dead girl from the chandelier over her breakfast table. All in a very nonchalant yet graphic way. In fact, on the first night I read this book I was five chapters in before I went to bed and proceeded to have nightmares.  Liggett take the unimaginable and grounds it into reality. Her words jump off the page and grip your attention. What really kept me reading, “Blood and Salt,” was the original and fresh premise of the series. I’ve been a little strung out on the love triangles and too bust to read just to get some reading done. “Blood and Salt,” kept me interested from the first nightmare to the last page. Liggett turns the usual YA troupes around and focuses making the reader sympathize with the “bad guys.” No one is purely innocent in “Blood and Salt,” which adds depth and dimension to a premise that if done poorly could have been another stagnant YA.

What I didn’t like: I’m honestly going to say that I am still confused about what exactly happened at the end. The book centers around a cult of mythology, but the mythology was very confusing. I felt like there was some backstory I needed in order for this to have been 100% successful

Overall, this is a fantastically written book that would be a wonderful read on a chilly October night 4/5