I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Blacksouls (Blackhearts, #2) by Nicole Castroman
Published by Simon Pulse on April 11th 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Historical Fiction, Pirates, Young Adult
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.
Not gonna lie, I’ve been looking forward to this book for a LONG time. Ever since I read “Blackhearts” over a year ago and fell in love with Nicole Castroman‘s writing, I’ve been dying to read the sequel. You can read my review of Blackhearts here to see exactly how much I loved it and at the very end you’ll also see how nervous I was that there wouldn’t be a sequel. Thankfully, my worries were put to rest when I heard about “Blacksouls” and all I had to do was WAIT! So, was the wait worth it? Could I possibly love “Blacksouls” as much as I loved “Blackhearts”?
The answer is, YES! I loved “Blacksouls” as much as “Blackhearts”! In fact, I loved it even more! There was so much I loved about the book, but I think at the end of the day, the reason why I loved it so much was because it evoked such vivid imagery and emotion for me. As I was reading, I could picture each and every scene in my head. The characters were developed so fully, the world built so vividly and the plot progressed so naturally. “Blacksouls” is a book and series that I could totally see on the big screen and now it’s all I want out of life.
There’s more action and more adventure in this book, and it was so fun to take the story of Teach and Anne onto the open seas and to the unpredictable shores of the Caribbean. It’s such a different backdrop from book one and that brought some drama and mystery to the story. Nassau is filled with some seriously shady characters and I never quite knew who to trust. Just when I thought I had one character figured out, everything got turned upside down and I was left speechless. I LOVED IT! There’s nothing I love more than an epic plot twist, and “Blacksouls” had plenty of them.
Quick note, there are a bunch of new characters, but one in particular that I NEED to know more about. She’s sarcastic, badass and totally mysterious…and I won’t rest until I know everything there is to know about her.
So, I don’t want to spoil too much of the book but I will say that there were plenty of Teach and Anne swoons to keep me happy! I loved to see them both develop separately but, not gonna lie, I LOVE these two together. Absolutely one of my newest “ships”. Especially after seeing what they went through in this book. These two are put through some serious tests and my heart ached for them so much. Which, to me, is the perfect hallmark of a shippy couple. You love them together but you also love the feels you get from the obstacles thrown in their way. Or is that just me?
As I mentioned earlier, there is a ton of action and adventure in this book, especially in those last 100 or so pages. I got bookworm whiplash from all the twists and turns and I honestly had NO idea how it would end. There’s definitely a cliffhanger in “Blacksouls” but I’m trying to remain clam on not let it destroy me. Oh, who am I kidding, that ending ruined me. I NEED to know what happens next. I will say, the ending is absolutely perfect. That last line brought such an evil smile to my face!
“Blacksouls” is an epic sequel that’s even better than it’s predecessor. Action, Adventure, swoons, pirates and badass ladies…my favorite!