Heirs of Watson Island #2
by Martina Boone
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (October 27, 2015)
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Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. Ghost-hunters hope to glimpse the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, and reporters chase rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. Because more is buried there than treasure.
A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts—and the Colesworth curse—also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, the man convinces Barrie and Cassie to cast a spell there at midnight. But what he conjures may have deadly consequences.
While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing and forbidden feelings for Eight Beaufort, it’s impossible to know whom to trust and what to fight for—Eight or herself. Millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families is at stake. Now Barrie must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep Watson’s Landing safe in this stunning addition to a series filled with “decadent settings, mysterious magic, and family histories rife with debauchery” (Kirkus Reviews, on Compulsion).
If you haven't read COMPULSION yet, make sure to check out my review here! Then come back for the giveaway :D
Spoilers for book 1 may be in this review of PERSUASION, so you have been warned.
At a Glance:
Beautiful, lyrical, haunting, mysterious, romantic, rich, thoughtful, dangerous, atmospheric and complex.
I love this book.
So Many Thoughts:
So many of my feelings toward this book are very similar to how I felt when I read COMPULSION. The haunting atmosphere, the gorgeous setting, the witty and diverse characters, the unique magic and storyline were just as entrancing as they were in book one. But Persuasion took all of these things and just added so much more for me to love.
There were quite a few new characters introduced in PERSUASION, and you would think it would be hard for Martina to come up with unique voices for each of them, but she does such an amazing job of this. My favorite new addition is, of course, Obediah. This mysterious man has so much flair and intrigue surrounding him. Is he good? Is he bad? Or is he a little of both? I loved reading about his character. He added so much frustration, but so much cryptic mystification!
I think this book was seriously ambitious in the amount of issues that it handled (and handled well, in my opinion). PTSD, rape, consent, slavery, prejudices and family issues were all themes that were dealt with by the characters. Normally I'm not one to read "issues" books, but the way that Martina made them a part of the story, without making them what the story was about was seriously awesome. You come away having all of these thoughts in your head that you never expected to encounter. I could sit and talk for hours about the things that were pondered in Persuasion. It really makes you think, and challenges you also. You don't find that often in this type of book, and it was really fantastic.
The Complicated Relationship:
He cupped her face, his calloused fingers both rough and gentle against her skin as he bent to kiss her. They came together like thirst and water, like dark and light. Eight’s thumb traced the shape of her face, the curve of her cheek, then he groaned and dropped his arms around her waist to pull her closer. Barrie felt found, the way only Eight ever made her feel found.This was one of my favorite things about this book. In so many 2nd books in a series, the couple has some big break-up, or a second love interest is introduced, and the couple spends the entire book being unlikable jerks to each other. What I loved so much about Barrie and Eight was that even when they fought, they made it clear that they still cared about each other. Barrie is trying to understand their relationship, because she knows Eight is compelled to give her what she wants (which is him), and she's struggling between believing and accepting that he really loves her, and feeling like he isn't actually able to give consent because he has no choice. Eight is convinced that his feelings for her are valid, because he knows why he loves her, but Barrie needs to be sure. I love that even though she's trying to figure this out, she doesn't just push him away and act like she doesn't want him. And yes, it's frustrating at times because she keeps things from him, but much of that can't be helped because her thoughts are foggy (magic), and some secrets aren't hers to tell.
Let me just add, the kissing scenes are ON POINT! So many swoons!!
Barrie wanted to fall into him, her lost to his found, her need to his want. Kissing was like the physical form of magic, all potential and the sense that anything might happen. When she was kissing Eight, she felt like she could fly.Barrie's Character:
I also really love Barrie as a character. It's funny because so many of her decisions are so frustrating, but when I actually think about them, they're understandable, unable to be helped, or actually admirable. It drives me crazy that she doesn't just tell Eight all the things that are going on with her, especially where Seven is involved, but she is bound by promises she made and she knows Seven and Eight should resolve things between them, without her involvement. So many of the things she doesn't talk to people about involve Obediah, and he is messing with her head, so she literally can't. And the way she keeps trying to help/trust Cassie makes me crazy, but at the same time, I love that she refuses to have prejudices against her, and that she is always looking for the good in people. Even when they don't deserve it.
Eight will forever be one of the best book guys ever written. I feel like his character really developed in this book also. I love that he is quite aware of his gift/curse, and is like, yes, I get that I'm compelled by this, but I do have a brain. I am able to make logical choices. I love him. I love his patience, his goodness, and his witty and snarky comments. He is marvelous, and I can't wait for MORE!
This series continues to be one of my favorites ever! I loved this book so much, and I can't wait to read Illusion!
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, The Archived by Victoria Schwab, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Beautiful Creatures (only way better! :P ) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
- 3 Finished copies of COMPULSION & PERSUASION to 3 Winners.
- US Only
If you like romance steeped in mystery, mayhem, Spanish moss, and a bit of magic, she hopes you'll look forward to meeting Barrie, Eight, Cassie, Pru, Seven and the other characters of Watson Island.
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