Series: Blackhearts #1
Published by Simon Pulse on February 9th 2016
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Blackbeard 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 himÂ—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 doesnÂ’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean heÂ’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 sheÂ’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 CuraÃ§aoÂ—where her mother was bornÂ—when she's stuck in England?
From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, theyÂ’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.
When I was first accepted to read and review this, I was incredibly happy. I posted about how thrilled I was on twitter and much to my surprise, the author, Nicole Castroman, DM’d me. She wanted to make sure that I understood that this book is not about pirates. Let me repeat that. This book, Blackhearts, reputed to be the backstory of Blackbeard, the pirate, is NOT ABOUT PIRATES. I assured her that I didn’t care, that I love historical fiction and that I was still really excited about her book. That still hasn’t changed.
If this book is very clearly and decidedly not about pirates, what is it about?
Injustice. Racism. Betrayal. Sexism. LOVE.
Blackhearts is a love story!
This book starts out with the two characters colliding. They are from different worlds but they don’t realize that they have more similarities than differences. They have the same hopes and dreams. Watching the two of them slowly discover each other was mesmerizing. Somehow, the pace of this book was slow and easy with the slow burn romance, yet it was a page turner. When I picked this book up, I didn’t want to put it down. It kept my attention and kept me wanting to know what would happen next.
This book was incredible but unfortunately, I think that some people are going to feel mislead. I think that’s why the author felt the need to reach out to me before I read it. With the description of the backstory of Blackbeard the pirate, people can come into this book with certain expectations. However, I don’t think that this is any sort of bait and switch. This book exceeded any hopes I had for a pirate novel. Seeing Edward Teach as the person behind the pirate and getting to know Anne was more than worth it.
The ending was rough, just because its so unexpected. It’s open ended in a The Lady or the Tiger sort of way. I however, in my heart of hearts, believe there will be a sequel. There has to be. This book was too good to not continue on!
Don’t read this book for the nonexistent pirates, read this book for the amazing characters.