Published by Simon Pulse on October 28th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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.
I think what really got to me (and made me tear up) about this book is that it talks about family. Sure, there were romance here and there, but what made the book interesting is that it revolves around family. Barrie Watson had just lost her mother, one who had always locked herself in her room after a tragic accident. And suddenly, Barrie was whisked away to live with the aunt she never knew existed.
Reasons why you should (MUST) read this book:
1) Well, for one thing, Barrie’s neighbours are named as numbers. HAHA. The guy she liked is Eight Beaufort and his dad is Seven. I was actually quite confused so I asked the author herself as to why, but then I realised as I read more, I figured out the answers. But yes, like me, you might just burst out laughing when you hear their names 😉
2) Barrie is one hell of a female character. She is strong. After everything she went through, I think she’s strong for still going on. And she sees the good in everyone, like even the bad people.
3) The heartwarming conversations between Barrie and her Aunt Pru. That struck a cord in my heart. The way they took care of each other, when both are lonely souls. I teared up, lots of times during their interactions. You can actually feel how much Barrie love her Aunt Pru. *sighs*
4) I have a thing for ghosts and spirits, and all the unmentionables 😉 HAHAHA.
But really, I advise you to read this book. It isn’t some typical love story. In fact, it’s actually woven together in a mystery that would make you grip your chair in anticipation. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK. When will it be out? 🙁