Book Review: Blackhearts

Posted June 15, 2016 by Maryam in book review, Maryam, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

Book Review: BlackheartsBlackhearts (Blackhearts, #1) by Nicole Castroman
Published by Simon Pulse on February 9th 2016
Genres: young adult, historical, retellings, romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
three-stars

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.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A BLACKBEARD’S STORY? ACK. Okay, honestly, I had a hard time reading this book, because I’ve always pictured Blackbeard as that old, grumpy pirate HAHA. BUT I really do enjoy this book, despite the fact that I thought it would be 100% pirate-ish stuffs.

I mean, the story started out slow the first few pages, especially with all the aristocrats and barons talk. I have to admit that they always bore me, but Blackhearts still managed to hold my attention, why? Hellooooo there, Teach.

YAS, Edward “Teach” Drummond stole my heart away the first time he was introduced. The fact that he is so very in love with the sea, and that he’s part rebellious? YEP, I definitely love him. His relationship with Anne were one of the few scenes that I was forever looking forward to. It was interesting and humorous, watching the banters between these two characters going back and forth.

Though, I do have to admit that I expected more from this book, you feel me? I wanted more ships, more pirate-ish things, more sea things. But I have a feeling all those will be in the next book eeeeek I cannot wait! But ahem, yesh I was pretty disappointed. BUT things kinda picked up like 50% onwards, and for some reason, I zoomed past this book SO DARN FAST that I managed to finish it in one sitting!

And then there was the most confusing character ever, which was Mr Drummond, Teach’s father. I mean, the first half of the book, he was introduced as the villain, the cruel one. But then in some parts, you will suddenly start doubting his villain status. THEN SUDDENLY HE’S BACK TO HIS VILLAIN FORM. I mean, whut. Should I like you or not? #mixedsignals

This book might not be what I expected from the start, but it was still pretty good, and y’all should read it if you love those old-dated books. I mean, if someone like me could love this book, maybe y’all could too?

MaryamSig_Purple

2 responses to “Book Review: Blackhearts

  1. I had read a review before I read Blackhearts that warned potential readers it wasn’t a pirate novel per-say, more like a prequel. And I’m glad that I was told that or else I would have spent the entire book going “WHERE ARE ALL THE PIRATES?!”

    I’m super excited for the next book! Glad you enjoyed this one!
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