Published by Simon Pulse on October 27th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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).
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
OHHH I definitely love this book more than Compulsion, not that I didn’t love Compulsion. It felt like Persuasion had all the right scenes and the right characters and the right story line. Makes sense? No? Let me explain.
I guess in Compulsion, I was trying to understand the terms, the bonds and got caught up in the perfect romance that was Eight and Barrie. But then the way it ended drowned me in my own tears, because of that horrible horrible sadness. Well, it looks like that sadness came back in Persuasion. Barrie was more independent in this book. She took her own advice, and made her own choices regardless of what others think, which is good AND bad. Good because you go, girl! And bad because she finally had to face her problems, which is trust issues. We see the weak, hardened side of Barrie in this book, with her unwillingness to trust anyone.
But that’s the same with Eight too. We see a different side of him in this book, which is really heartbreaking. After Compulsion, we all know that he has this thing where he knows what the other person WANTS. So this book kinda continued that discussion in Compulsion in which Eight had to learn to separate his power from what he really knows. Like, example, it means that he has to do something because he really wants to do so, and not because he wants to do what the other person wants to do.
And then of course we’re introduced to the new evil that is Obadiah. Or is he really evil? Nobody really knows. This book messes up the lines between good and evil such that I have absolutely no idea who to hate anymore. Like, I wanna hate Obadiah but I kinda like him. And then I wanna hate Cassie, but God, she’s starting to make sense too. ALSO, SEVEN damn it I want to despise him but I understand. I mean, do you feel me?! GOD.
The romance was UGH. JUST, UGH. There were so many problems, which were kinda ignored in the first book (due to them almost dying) and so they were brought up in Persuasion, and even though I wish the romances in all books are always in Lalaland, it isn’t. *cries* SO YEAH, I need the next book now. How soon can I get the next book SIGHPIE.