Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
433 pages, hardcover
Check out the full synopsis on Goodreads.
I’ve been excited about this book for months, but I just never got my hands on a copy. So when my #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge rolled around, I couldn’t wait for Compulsion to come in so I could check it out!
Let’s do a things I liked and things I didn’t like list. I’m in the mood for a list today.
Things I liked:
– Watson’s Landing. I’m a sucker for an amazing setting, especially if it actually affects the events within the story, coming alive almost as if it were its own character. Watson’s Landing is like that. A meandering river, surrounding forest, old plantation home that’s falling apart and being put back together. *sigh* I loved it. Boone did an incredible job of bring the place to life.
– The names. Maybe this is a silly thing to point out, but I loved the names. Barrie’s name is actually Lombard, “that served as a reminder of Lula’s bitterness. Lombard, after San Francisco’s crooked street, and in memory of Wade Colesworth, Barrie’s crooked father (page 53).” Yessss. Also, the other family that Barrie’s family was close to are all named the same, so instead of being called their name, they’re called “Seven” and “Eight”. I LOVE this.
– The mythology. I can safely say that I was not going into this book expecting Native American mythology, but there it was. From the Fire Carrier who unspools fire like yarn to the yunwi, little ghosts who behave like children, running around Barrie’s feet and wreaking havoc across all of Watson’s Landing. Very, very cool and super interesting.
– The supporting characters. From flamboyant and fabulous Mark, to solitary and sad Aunt Pru, to falsely sweet cousin Cassie, Boone’s cast of supporting characters are interesting, developed, and far from perfect, which I liked.
Things I didn’t like:
– The book was a little long, coming in at over 400 pages. There were times when I felt the book was dragging a little bit, and it took me like 3 days to read the first 100 pages. But then I did race through the next 200 pages of the book at work, so I’m not really complaining that hard, am I?.
– Barrie’s whole backstory is a little convoluted. Her mother just died and revealed that she has this whole family she never knew, including her aunt who never knew she existed either because Barrie’s mother was thought to have died in a fire 18 years ago during which her father actually did die. And that’s not even half of it. It takes a while to get it all.
The bottom line: I’m looking forward to the next book. I’m ready to learn more about this deep-rooted family feud, these lonely ghosts, the intriguing mythology, and Barrie, a girl who’s just now figured out who she is.
Rating: 7 – pretty good
9 thoughts on “Book Review: Compulsion by Martina Boone”
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I am excited to read this one! I got it for Christmas but I have yet to get around to it. So many books so little time. It sounds good and that you liked it! I am all about a good family feud and secrets in my books.
I think you’ll like it! It’s perfect if you like family secrets!
I’m excited for this because I haven’t heard too many things, but all of them have been pretty good! 400 pages is a lot though…it always takes me a long time to get around to long books.
This one is worth it, I think. It did take me a bit to get into, but I raced through it once I did.
I have to agree with you on your love of a good setting. A well fleshed-out setting really can be its own character and make a story!
I loved that Eight was called Eight too!
I enjoyed that this one was more of a straight mystery than I expected (I totally anticipated a paranormal romance from the blurb).
That said, I feel like every time I talk about this one I do have to mention that the Native American aspect felt really problematic to me–like just thrown in for no reason and without any concrete support within the story.
I agree that the Native American aspect kind of felt thrown in and a little convoluted. Personally, I just liked that mythology, so it wasn’t as problematic for me, but I can see why it would be.