Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman


Oh my goodness I loved this so much and this book is glorious!! Even though it seems like a pirate-y/sailing story, I’m here to tell you that there is no actual sailing or being a pirate in this book. There is mention, and some people DO sail, but there no sailing happening. Hopefully, though, there will be more sailing and being a pirate in the sequel. Which I am SUPER excited for.

AGHHHHH. (Just let me flail for a while.)

This book is an origin retelling of Blackbeard, a notorious pirate. It’s essentially a romance between Edward “Teach” Drummond (pre-Blackbeard) and Anne, an illegitimate child between a high society man and his kitchen chef.

Just- ahhhh. The feels.

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ANNE: I LOVED Anne so so much. She is calculating- not overly so, but she does lie, and I just love her. She’s more fearless, and she almost always speaks her mind. Her character development is absolutely wonderful, and she just seemed so.. real. I really understood her decisions, thoughts, etc.

TEACH: AGHHH I loved him too! He’s a stubborn standard “rich/wealthy kid who doesn’t want to be rich,” but I still love him through the cliches. In the beginning he is very arrogant but Anne just helped him become a better person, and I LOVED him so much.

Okay, so the plot is kind of slow and boring in the beginning, but it speeds up. Like really fast. FYI: most of this book is romance.
Just.. augh. The angst. I thought the plot was well-made, and I’m still very curious to see what happens next.

D I S L I K E S:
Okay, so I didn’t really like that:
• The ending was way too rushed.
• How controlling Teach was??? It seemed like they were constantly getting into fights about how she wanted to do something, but he was worried for her safety which was kind of ridiculous..
• All of the problems kind of disappeared and then bombarded them?? It was like “AHH PEACE” and then five million people are seeking to destroy them or something..

But honestly, WHY NO PIRATES? I would LOVE TO SEE SOME PIRATES. When is a pirate book not great?

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Overall, I LOVED this book. Solid five stars. Also look at that beautiful cover. (Even though there’s like NO sailing actually happening in this book.)


21936937Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

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