Blackhearts

Blackhearts

Book - 2016
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A reimagining of the origin story of Blackbeard the pirate and his forbidden love affair with a maid in his father's house.
Publisher: New York :, Simon Pulse,, 2016
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781481432696
1481432699
Branch Call Number: YF CAS NVD
Characteristics: 369 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Black hearts

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sarahbru17 Jul 07, 2017

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 8/10
Writing: 7/10
Even though this is a Blackbeard origin story, it's definitely more of a historical romance than it is a pirate adventure (this isn't a bad thing, it just wasn't necessarily what I was expecting). The characters all surprised me throughout the book; they were complex individuals that I've grown attached to. Some of the plot twists I definitely did not see coming, and the ending leaves me wanting the sequel.

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HarkiQuinn
Feb 10, 2017

Blackhearts charmed me from the first page.

Plot: Blackhearts is a beautiful novel that explores two characters desperate to escape their societal limitations. I've seen complaint that this book doesn't feature any pirates despite being about Blackbeard and that it was a slower paced read, but that's what made this book so endearing to me. This book has a subtle charm that explores the journey instead of the destination (swashbuckling pirates), so if you're a reader who prefers character growth and exploration over high-speed action - this one is for you. I'm so happy to hear that the publisher green-lighted a sequel because while it is an origin story, I do think there is much much more to this story than what Blackhearts has given us.

Characters: Blackhearts' soul is within the characters that Castroman introduces. I immediately fell in love with the fiery Anne - the daughter of an English merchant and West Indes slave - who is forced to accept her lower status based solely on her skin tone. I connected with her because she was a young woman trying to survive in an environment that made it obvious that she didn't belong. I read Castroman's author note about Anne and I loved how she used her family's experience to help craft Anne's turmoil of finding a place that felt like her own. If you couldn't tell, I really loved Anne, this is why representation matters people! Our dashing Blackbeard, or Teach, took some time for me to warm up to because he was just so forward. While this is Teach's story, I found this to be Anne's story more than anything, but I'm excited to see more of Teach's transformation into Blackbeard in Blacksouls.

Worldbuilding: In the author's note, Castroman remarked that she enjoys history and it truly showed in how she sculpted this world. I felt right at home in the posh setting of Teach's home and I could vividly picture the crowded markets and unsavory docks. Not only that, but she made a point to highlight race relations in England and how these mixed-race offspring were treated. I really respect Nicole Castroman for the amount of detail she put into not only her world but in the interactions between characters and their thought process. Everything felt respectful and deliberate.

Short N Sweet: Blackhearts can only be described as a "slow burn." It's a wonderful journey with some of the best characters I've read in a while.

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Posey_MayLove
Jan 04, 2017

I Love Historical Romance and with my Theatre Class performing Treasure Island. Well I was even more pumped. I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!! I never put it down. The romance. The main characters. UGHHH!!! I CANT WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL!!

lbarkema Feb 18, 2016

This read so much like a historical romance sans the steamy bits, and I truly enjoyed it. Would I recommend it to everyone? Not necessarily, but because I like historical romance already and I happen to enjoy YA romance, this one fit the bill for me. Not knowing much of anything about Blackbeard, the pirate, I wouldn't be able to tell if any of this is accurate, but it does make me interested to research a bit more into Blackbeard. Especially now that it seems there could be a sequel? Honestly I couldn't tell. It felt like there would/could be much more and that is where the real adventure would start. But it also felt like she intentionally left it that way because he is a real-life character and we already know his fate, so possibly leaving the in-between to our imagination is best. Either way, I thought it ended well, and I would read a second installment if one were to come out.

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sarahbru17 Jul 17, 2017

sarahbru17 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Posey_MayLove
Jan 04, 2017

Posey_MayLove thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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