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Title : Blacksouls
Author : Nicole Castroman
Series : Blackhearts #2
Genre : YA fantasy, historical fiction
Release Date : April 11th, 2017
Publisher : Simon Pulse
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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.
I may not talk about it much, but I’m a huge fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. I’ve watched each of the movie a couple of times, at least, and still not get bored with it. That’s why, when I heard about Blackhearts more than a year ago, I immediately read it and was not disappointed, despite the lack of swashbuckling. I admit I didn’t remember much of Blackhearts, except the cruel cliffhanger at the end of the book. When I heard that it’ll have a sequel, I couldn’t wait any longer. Fortunately, the sequel manage to exceed my expectations, and it has everything that the first book lack for (re: the swashbuckling).
Why You Should Read Blacksouls
1) The fast-paced plot. Seriously, the plot moves fast and packed in actions that in no time I’m already at the last pages. It is also rich with schemes, betrayal, and unexpected alliances that I couldn’t guess what happens next. I swear, everytime I turn the page there’s a surprise, both good and bad. And let’s not forget the swashbuckling because there’s lots of it, both at the decks and at the sea.
2) TEACH AND ANNE REUNITED. Blakchearts ended with a cruel cliffhanger, but our agony is paid-off because they spend a lot of times together in this book (eventhough there’s still problems, but at least they’re together). While they could be stubborn and hot-headed at times, their love for each other is really strong that you couldn’t not ship them. Also, both Teach and Anne definitely grew up compared to Blackhearts.
3) I also love all the friendships they made throughout the journey. There’s John, Teach’s first mate (who apparently shows up in Blackhearts but I didn’t remember), and also the rest of Teach’s crews. Teach deeply care for his crew, and it hurts him when they’re hurting because of him. Anne also befriends Coyle and Cara aboard the Providence, and they help Anne when they’re in Nassau. I just hope we get to see more of them in this book, though. Oh, and of course, the ‘unexpected alliances’! Let’s just say I didn’t see it coming, but I love it.
One thing that made me left hungry is Blacksouls ends with another cliffhanger! Not as bad as the first, but it still screams for book three. Overall, Blacksouls is that kind of sequel that leave you satisfied, and if you love Blackhearts, you definitely should read this one!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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