Book Review: Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Author: Nicole Castroman
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction
Released: February 9 2016
Review Source: Simon Pulse

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 doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’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, they’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.

Anne - the daughter of a merchant and a slave. Teach - the son of a merchant with high regards as to what his son does with his life. Coming from completely different social classes they somehow are able to find each other. But there is always something standing in their way, whether it be other suitors or Teach's unbearable father, there is always something in their way.

Historical fiction is usually not my type of book. I tend to get bored by historical fiction. Not sure why but I just do. Except for with this book. I first picked it up and assumed it would take me forever to get through. Within my first hour I had read 100 pages of the book, and that was when I realized I was hooked. I was hooked on the story, the characters, the time period, EVERY aspect of this story had me begging for more.

Anne is a strong willed character; she has to face what comes with having a darker skin tone than most. With that comes hate and discrimination. Even though her father was a merchant most still look down on her. And she uses that to make her stronger - she still holds her head high and does what she knows to be right.

Teach. Teach is swoon worthy. I thought Captain Jack Sparrow was hot but man give me Teach any day and I'll be happy with it. He wants a simple life, which is the opposite of what his father wants for him. He takes things to heart, and he's passionate about what he loves.

If you're looking for a book that will make you swoon. This is it.


  1. Oooh nice! I rarely read outside the widescope of paranormal myself. Fantasy can be lumped into that sometimes too! LOL! But this is one I became immediately intrigued with! It sounds like a fascinating origin story! Glad to hear you enjoyed it too! Great review!

  2. I have a review copy of this one so I am so excited to be reading it soon! A lot of people seem to be loving it lately, and I haven't read any origin stories before so this will be all new to me!


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