Compulsion is a novel enchanted by the imagination of a wonderfully magical author. There are many good things I could tell you about both this author and about this paranormal romance. But because there is only so much time in the world, I will stick with my top three reasons for loving this novel. And as I am a list girl (just look at the title of my blog and page) I've compiled a list.
1: This one is simple. My main reason for liking this novel is the characters that Miller has created. Lily is a fun character with quite a fierce personality. She has character flaws, as a good character should, but she is also very lovable. Mainly, she as well as the other characters in this story are realistic, and far from the idealized perception of perfection. She's selfless, gorgeous, overly loving and outspoken at times. But she is also extremely stubborn, unaware of her own potential, and to a point, her selflessness and strong will could potentially hinder her. These qualities will only make you love her more.
Throughout the novel we get to see this 21 year old grow into herself and into her capabilities. And she isn't the only one. Reading about the Moon family was an experience that make me laugh, gasp, and read the story page after page. From Ciaran to Rionna, the twelve young people of the Moon clan will draw you in. Besides her family, the events that occur with Lily's best friend Cam turned out to be a shocker, and Mason, the handsome paranormal in Lily's life, will make you salivate and daydream about someone like him being destined for you. I did, and for those of you that happen to live on the Eastern shore of Maryland, as I do, the story will entice you even more as Lily's adventures take her in locations recognizable, much like many of David Levithan and Rachel Cohn's books do for New Yorkers. Few books have done this for me- in fact I have a four book list of books I've read set in my location.
Rambling over (which is a quality I happen to share with Compulsion's herione), I'll move onto the 2nd reason I loved reading Compulsion.
2: The writing. I mean this seriously, and I'll be brief but my number two reason for liking Compulsion is the style with with Kymberlee writes. The writing is light and fun. It is written in Lily's POV, and it makes me think of her actually telling us the story of what happens in her life piece by piece. So as days pass it seems to me like she is describing the events of her day all at one time, day by day. This is actually amazingly effective because Miller's way of making it seem like Lily is talking to the reader made me feel like an unspoken character in her journey. She writes Lily's words the way a young female would talk to someone close. This made me feel the happiness Lily felt, the sadness she felt, and understand her decisions even if they were decisions I wouldn't agree with.
3. The last of my top three reasons for loving Compulsion is the plot and the way in which the storyline played out. Seems simple, right? Every book has a plot. The difference is how it is written. Now I obviously can't tell you guys the plot. That would spoil the story, but just know it is a story filled with intrigue, twists, and an underlying humor. There is love that is both unfamiliar and familiar to us, the paranormal romance that we'll not be able to experience (unless, you know something I don't) and the familial love we feel for those we care most for. There is anger, and resentment, sadness and hate, happiness and forgiveness. This story is one filled with the magical aspects many humans don't believe in but also filled with the huge range of feelings many of us believe make a person human. I am hoping for a second to this novel as the first hinted that another could come.
There you have it. That's my list. I think it's obvious that in my opinion this captivating novel is a must read. In the end, one of the best things I can say about Compulsion is that it will indeed compel you. So, brava to Kymberlee Burks-Miller. She not only weaved a completely lovable novel, but she picked the perfect title for the book. Who knows? Maybe the person meant to be compelled WAS in fact the reader.
Happy Reading everyone.
I give Compulsion a 4.5/ 5 stars.
and to end with the witch's greeting,
Merry part and Merry meet again.
(reviewed the day of purchase)