Sunday, May 24, 2015
Martina Boone's "Persuasion"
Dark voodoo magic, southern charm, family secrets, complicated love, southern folklore, buried treasure, and ancient curses. This combination makes for an amazing second book to a wonderful series.
I read the first book and was swept away by the characters and the fresh young adult world that Martina Boone created in Compulsion. It's YA paranormal mixed with romance, mixed with southern gothic, mixed with mystery, mixed with fantasy. This series is unlike any other YA series I have come across. I was so excited when Edelweiss approved me to read the ARC.
Being that Persuasion is the second book in the series I don't want to risk spoilers for those who haven't started the first book yet. But if you haven't read it, you should. You still have time before this book is released.
I loved that Persuasion didn't read like a "second" book. It completely kept me in the story, yet offered new twists and mystery. I also liked that the beginning gives a recap of the previous book, but in a story telling kind of way. Gentle reminders of what I kind of had forgotten between reading the first and second books.
Yes this is a love story of sorts, but the couple has so many quirks and issues that it isn't overwhelming. It didn't feel the need to roll my eyes at over-the-top love scenes. Very tastefully done.
The thrilling mystery and suspense left me on edge. I needed to know more, but didn't want the drama and mystery to come to an end.
I appreciate the author's well researched and well described folklore, southern myths, and traditions in the series. The magic described took me through a roller coaster of emotions. It truly is a book that touches all the senses and crosses through many book genres.
I can't state enough how much I love this book and series and look forward to reading the next. Persuasion ended with a cliffhanger that left me wanting more!