Sunday, April 30, 2017

Review with Giveaway: Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman

Book info:
Title:   Blacksouls
Author:   Nicole Castroman
Series:  Blackhearts #2
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 11th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Pirates, Adventure
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Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

My rating:  5 stars

I loved this second book in the series just as much as I loved the first one!  And just like the first one, even though there is no sequel listed, there just has to be another one, it was totally left with so much more to happen to finish the story.  So I'll be asking the author about it soon!  I was lucky enough to meet the author this past March at Apollycon, when I was able to tell her just how much I loved her first book!  

This second book in the series got a little bit more into the pirate days of Teach, or as we call him today, Blackbeard.  Not only that, it went a little darker with delving into the horrors of the slave trade, and how anyone who was not considered 100% "white", was treated.  Teach and Anne finally got to find each other again, but not until both had been part of drama, drama that would soon keep them apart once again.  Anne's new friends from her ship ride, Coyle and Cara, take her to their uncle Alistair who owns a bar on the island of Nassau, and he takes them in, even Anne, and lets them work for him.  It is here that Anne sees just how horrible the people on the island treat slaves, seeing them beat and even treated herself like one.  When Teach makes it to the island, he's had a treacherous journey with a very horrible captain, who in the end causes Teach to be accused of mutiny, and he'll end up owing a "favor" to Mayor Webb, in order to get his men and himself back out onto the sea where they want to be.  

As I mentioned, there is so much more of the pirate life, with Teach chasing after a pirate, as well as having to become like a pirate himself in the end to save himself as well as Anne.  We lose some beloved characters, and we learn who can be trusted, and who cannot.  All in all, another great story.  One that makes me want to go out and do all the research like the author did, to know exactly what is truly known about Blackbeard's life.  But, since I know that there HAS to be a third book, I will wait.  

If you've got time, you should go back and check out a fun post I did earlier to promote this book where I came up with the top 10 pirate words or phrases HERE.  And for fun, here is a picture of me with the author at Apollycon.

Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend...she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.

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