Author: Martina Boone 
Pages: 448 
Publisher: Simon Pulse 
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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 knows 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.

My Summary: Barrie Watson has been living under her mother's thumb for her entire life. She didn't go to parties, didn't have many friends, and the only places she went while living in San Francisco where within walking distance of her home. Barrie was living in a prison, and her mother was the only one with the keys.

Then Barrie's mother dies unexpectedly, leaving her with an ailing family friend. With nowhere left to turn, Barrie finds herself going back to the place her mother escaped all those years ago: Watson Island. She moves in with her aunt, comforting herself with the knowledge that she'll be off to art school in a year and it won't matter where she lives.

But all is not as it seems on the island, and with the help of her "gift", Barrie is determined to discover all the secrets of the plantations and end the feud between the three founding families of Watson Island.  

My Thoughts: I had no idea what I was in for when I picked up Compulsion

I'm a huge fan of Gothic literature, and knowing that it was a YA got me all the more excited. I picked it up and started in the same day, and only looked up again a few hours later when I was finished. There's something about Martina Boone's writing and the way Barrie comes across that had me glued to the pages. 

I loved the Gothic atmosphere of the novel. And I also really liked the way Barrie and Eight's "gifts" added another layer to the story - especially to the romance element. I liked the way Boone wove together the more modern story line with the legend of the Fire Carrier. 

Barrie and Eight were also really likable characters - I'm not ashamed to admit I have a bit of a soft spot for Eight. And my heart broke for Mark (side note: why do bad things always happen to the best characters?).

Compulsion was compelling and impossible to put down, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next installment in this series. 

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys Gothic literature, paranormal YA, and fantasy. Fans of The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan should definitely check it out!

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