Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My Thoughts: Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman

(Blackhearts #2)
by Nicole Castroman
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Publication Date: April 11th 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781481491051
Genre: Young Adult | Historical | Pirates
Source: Netgalley

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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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

Last year I had the pleasure of reading Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman, and I really enjoyed the story. There are seriously not enough pirate books in my life, and I can't quite seem to get enough of the ones that are! So, of course, I absolutely couldn't wait to read Blacksouls, the much anticipated sequel to Blackhearts. While the first book had really been a pre-pirate novel, this book HAS ALL THE PIRATES!! And that made me so, so happy.

There are so many characters in this book that I love; many we know from the first book, like Anne, who is a very headstrong young lady whom I absolutely love, as well as Teach, aka, the young Blackbeard. But we're also introduced to a lot of new characters as well, so many that it would take me a while to name them all. But with the good, comes the bad, and there are a few characters you're absolutely going to hate. There are two new characters, in particular, that I want to know SO much more about. One is a girl, and one is a guy, and BOTH ARE PIRATES. ARGH! haha! Read the book and meet them for yourself. You totally won't regret it. *wink*

As I mentioned above, I'm a pretty big fan of pirate stories. Unfortunately, there are not nearly enough in my collection, so when I do have the chance to read one, I go in with pretty high expectations. Blacksouls was awesome. There was definitely a lot more action and pirate-y content than what was in the first book. While there were some slow parts, there were also some that had me holding my breath at times when the suspense almost killed me. The setting for the book was completely different than the first as well. Nassau is a far different world from the England that Anne was so used to, and life in there was brutal. And I mean so brutal. It was definitely a different world than in the first book.

The book ends in a way to where I assume that there will be a third book, but I couldn't find any information on it. I really hope that there is one, so I can continue along on this adventure with Anne, Teach and the rest of their crew!

Overall; I really enjoyed reading Blacksouls! It was an interesting sequel to Blackhearts, and I'm super curious to see where the story is going to go next. Now I totally feel the need to binge watch ALL the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, because, you know.. pirates. *wink*

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