Compulsion by Martina Boone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
One ancient curse.
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.
*Recieved an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
I had been waiting for this certain story to unfold since its cover reveal. Knowing already Martina Boone from her site "Adventures in YA Publishing" I had the feeling that "Compulsion" would be an extraodinary read.
And it was. Starting from Barie, a girl with the power to find lost items, and heading towards her aunt's home in order to live after her mother's death, we get to know the history of three families. Put in the mysterious man who appears in flames at night, the love crush Barie develops and well hidden secrets, the book becomes a masterpiece which combines perfectly elements of supernatural, goth, mystery and romance.
Not to mention that my heart broke with Mark, Barie's godfather. Knowing how that feels from personal experience my feelings towards the heroine were mutual.
I know that October is going to be the most busy season since many knowing titles will also be released but Martina's "Compulsion" has already earned a seat at the top!