Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Compulsion (The Heirs of Watson Island #1) by Martina Boone

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

When loss is all you know, how do you find true love?

Beautiful Creatures meets The Body Finder in this spellbinding new trilogy.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived 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.

Compulsion by Martina Boone

My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars

Compulsion(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Barrie is moving to live with the aunt she’s never met following her mother’s death, but isn’t quite prepared for the secrets she uncovers concerning her mother’s family, and an old family curse.
What is the curse? And can Barrie work out all the family secrets before it’s too late?

I started this book thinking ‘what?’, quickly became bored, and then even when the mystery at the end was revealed, I just couldn’t even feign interest.

Barrie. I don’t even know what to say about Barrie. I thought that her gift for finding lost things would be interesting, but unfortunately I just didn’t really connect with her well. She spoke of things but didn’t explain them – like who the hell ‘Mark’ was (view spoiler), why he dressed as a woman (view spoiler), how her mother died (view spoiler), and a multitude of other things that annoyed me.

The storyline in this was just odd. Too many things weren’t explained adequately (see above), and then when we did get some info dumps they were boring. Barrie’s gift wasn’t all that well used until the end, the curse that was discussed didn’t interest me, and I just got bored.
There was a little bit of romance between Barrie and a boy called Eight (He was Charles Beaufort the 8th – I think), but there wasn’t enough of it to save this book for me.
The ending was okay, and we did get some answers and a little bit of action, I still couldn’t really enjoy this book though, and for me it was just a disappointment.
Overall; confusing and disappointing,
4.5 out of 10.

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