Title: Persuasion by Martina Boone
Release Date: October 27, 2015
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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