Maximum Review- Compulsion


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

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Published Date: October 28th, 2014

Pages: 433

Source/Format: Borrowed from the Library || Hardcover

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.

For a quick summary of what I think and if I recommend this book, check out the Final Thoughts section!

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 9.23.54 AM

The Setting

The author did a really beautiful job of making Watson’s Landing feel alive. I mean, minus the paranormal stuff. I really loved how the place itself was written and described to be living. I think it added a lot to the story and helped make the reader feel a similar connection to the place as Barrie does.

Its Southern Gothic

I did a unit last year in english on Southern Gothic and I think that this book did a good job of nailing a lot of the aspects on the head.

The Few Swoon Moments Were Nice

I was a fan of the Romance. Eight could be Bae. Thats really the only thing I liked about the romance, the rest was strange and uncomfortable.

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 9.59.21 AM


If the book wasn’t so intriguing I probably would not have finished it. I HATED Barrie. First of all, how is Barrie a nickname for Lombard? I DON’T KNOW EITHER. The worst part about her character was that I could not follow her thought pattern at all. If this book was told in 3rd person, with an outside narrator then that probably would have been fine, but because it was told from her POV, it was a problem that I was generally confused the entire time. At first I thought it was just that she was indecisive, but this went way beyond that. It became unenjoyable to read and kind of annoying.

There Were So Many Unanswered Questions

I understand that this is the first book in a series, but there were way to many loose ends that were NEVER tied up. There are so many questions about Lula that I have and so many questions that were never really talked about in depth. All in all this book was kind of all over the place.

What Was All The Paranormal

I don’t read a lot of paranormal, but the whole concept in the book sucked. The idea was cliche’, boring, and never fully developed to the potential it had. I had to reread a few times for things to make sense. One good thing the author did though was that it made more sense the further you read, so the reader has to keep reading.

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 2.45.46 PM

Compulsion was tough 

The characters made me sad

It was not the best

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 9.26.20 AM

  • I don’t recommend this book
  • I WILL be continuing with the series though. I am not totally sure but since it is call The Heirs of Watson Island, there is a really strong chance it could be told from another character’s POV, which could be so much better. 
  • A lot of the downfall of this book was Barrie being an awful protagonist
  • This is a good Southern Gothic though!

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 7.51.47 PM


Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 1.24.57 PM

This was a tough book to review. It was hard because I knew I didn’t like it, but I was actually intrigued by it and felt the NEED to continue. Did anyone feel this was about the book? Or any other book?




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: