Review: Complusion

Sep •  25 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ComplusionCompulsion by Martina Boone
Published by Simon Pulse on October 28th 2014
Genres: Young Adult- Supernatural, Young Adult-Contemporary/Thriller
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher

Three plantations. Two wishes. 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.

So when I first got this book I thought it was more magic. It is, initially, but it has a lot of history which I loved. For me, a good back round to the story came make it or break it. And ya’ll, being a southern gal myself, I adored it.

Plot: One thing I really enjoyed is the whole southern atmosphere. I could literally see myself on the plantation, sipping on ice cold sweet tea and cornbread. I love the way the plot moved. It moved well, giving the reading bit by bit of the past. It made me feel like I was at the plantation. The pace of the story is great as well. I like that it had a deep history the went back generations. The mysterious of the curses and what they generation now is doing is very interesting to read.

Family/Friendship/Love: Like all southern brawls, this story is rooted with family drama. I love it! All families are fighting over something that happen years ago and it carries on to the next generation. I like that Barrie is really nice and trying to do her best to find out what happened in the past. Her willingness to set everything aside for others is amazing. I love how adventurous she is as well. She sets out to find something, man will she find it. Her love interest is a great southern guy who is not only charming but witty. The way their relationship unfolded (not an insta-love)  with first being strangers, then friends, funny dates and of course finally love. Now that is how a romance is done!

Ending: I really love the ending of the story. It gave me the feel for more. There was so much drama packed in the last few chapters that my breathe was being taken away! I look forward to reading more. I hope that the author writes about the other families now that I’ve learn about this one. I’m interested in seeing what the other families lives have been. Especially the unrequited love between older people that was never given the chance.

Overall, I really like this book. It felt like a wave of fresh air. If you love a good romance, with deep rooted history give this story a go. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more.

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Lisa (Fic Talk)
    Sep 25, 2014

    I should really get to this one soon. The summary made it sound so good and I LOVE anything Southern oriented.

  2. Jenny
    Sep 25, 2014

    YAY!!!! I’m so excited for this one Savy! It’s on my list to start soon and I’m loving the way you described the romance, so I know that will be a highlight for me. Plus, love the southern setting:)

  3. Oooh ti sounds really good and I’m adding it to my TBR right now! I love southern romance too 😛 Thanks for the review! Looking forward to more by you 🙂
    Book Maniac Reviews

  4. Giselle
    Sep 25, 2014

    It sounds like the setting is really brought to life in this book! I have it coming up on my TBR list soon I’m excited to read it! 🙂

  5. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Sep 25, 2014

    Loved the Southern setting of this one, but I just wanted more to happen. I’m glad you liked it though 🙂
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  6. Christine
    Sep 26, 2014

    I wanted to read this when the word about it first started going around but I completely forgot about it. Your review reminded me exactly what I thought it was going to be like and why I want to read it. It takes place in SC–win!–and the history surrounding the family sounds interesting. I’m so glad the romance evolved like a relationship should! That makes me happy. Going to buy this next book shopping trip!

    • Christine
      Sep 26, 2014

      Just kidding. I have to wait until the end of next month to buy it. Bummer!

  7. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Sep 26, 2014

    I can’t remember if I have this one or not, but it looks really good!

  8. Candace
    Sep 26, 2014

    This is up next for me, I believe. I’m dying to read it. LOVE the Southern setting!

  9. Oh you found me a new one. I love the sound of it… and 5 bites? Can’t pass that up!

  10. Wendy Darling
    Sep 29, 2014

    Southern gothics are always intriguing–I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Savy!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden