Author: Nicole Castroman

FFBC: BlackSouls

Posted April 26, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Special Feature / 2 Comments

FFBC: BlackSouls

FFBC: BlackSoulsBlacksouls by Nicole Castroman
Series: Blackhearts #2
Published by Simon Pulse on April 11th 2017
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: ebook
Source: the publisher
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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 have been waiting and waiting and waiting for this book since the second I read BlackHearts ending. It’s ending was so heart wrenching that I was torn when I started BlackSouls. One one hand, I was really excited. I NEEDED to know what happened to Teach and Anne. Blackhearts ended with them in such a precarious position. Still, on the other hand, I was almost hesitant to pick it up. I was scared to know what was going to happen to Anne and Teach in this book. Would their love survive???

When I first started BlackHearts, Nicole actually messaged me on twitter to tell me that it wasn’t so much about pirates. I was perfectly OK with that, BlackHearts didn’t need pirates. It wasn’t a pirate book. If that disappointed you though, you will love BlackSouls. It has all the piratical accouterments that you want and that you might have found lacking in the first book, PLUS romance. How can you go wrong? You can’t. Read this book.

For me though, the best part of BlackSouls was the new ensemble cast. There are a bunch of new characters to meet and fall in love with (and you will). I loved the quiet charm of the first book but I also love all the ships and battles and action of the second. I don’t know what the next one will hold, but I can’t wait!

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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ARC Review: Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Posted February 8, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

ARC Review: Blackhearts by Nicole CastromanBlackhearts by Nicole Castroman
Series: Blackhearts #1
Published by Simon Pulse on February 9th 2016
Pages: 384
Format: ebook
Source: Netgalley
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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 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 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 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, 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.