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Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2)
by Nicole Castroman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 11th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Pirates, Adventure
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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.

After being separated, Anne is sailing on The Providence to Nassau, hoping that Teach got her message and would come after her. She befriends a pair of siblings-Cara and Coyle-who take her under their wing. Teach is trying to keep his identity a secret on his father’s ship, The Deliverance, so that he can go after Anne. But being First Mate leaves him to deal with a cowardly and stupid captain and it isn’t long before he realizes that if he doesn’t take charge of the ship; they could possibly all die. But after arriving in Nassau both characters find themselves trapped by a powerful man who could very well end Teach’s life if he doesn’t do what he’s told.
FINALLY!!!! Though it wasn’t as Pirate-y as i’d hoped we did start to see the focus shift to pirates with the setting and the characters. But YES THERE WERE PIRATES IN THIS BOOK!!! It feels like we’re building up to that full pirate atmosphere i’m literally craving!
We get introduced to new characters- Cara, Coyle, Benjamin, John and many more! I really liked each of them but at the end of the book my heart literally broke at some point!!
when Teach found out half of his crew had been killed especially little Mathew and Coyle!

Where book 1 was much more romance focused this one goes much more into story line and plot. There was quite a lot of action and naval battles *swoons*!!!. The author also did an amazing job at the setting-i felt like i was watching everything play out like a POTC movie in my mind, she really did put in a lot of research!
LOVED LOVED the ship setting. I think in book 1 the fact that the story took place in an English household mostly, kind of broke off the Pirate feel but in this book half of it was on a ship and the other half in a port-ish scenery so i was getting Pirate vibes:P 
The romance is really starting to get to me!!! They are such a swoony couple-( I made my own little edit with who i would cast-

Ruben Cortada as Teach and Alisha Boe from 13 Reasons Why-I used Photoshop to make her eyes blue :P)

“What Teach wanted most in life was to find Anne and build a quiet life together somewhere, away from the rest of the world. Only then would he truly be happy.
Only then wold he truly be free.”
Even though he’s super protective of Anne and always wants her to stay out of harm’s way; he never makes her feel caged or entrapped. I think we’re slowly working up to the changes that turned him into Blackbeard because so far he’s been through A LOT and i guess i can start to see the subtle change. I can’t wait to see what finally drives him off the edge COMPLETELY and turns him into Blackbeard because now he’s starting to walk towards that edge but he hasn’t reached it yet.
“He never wanted people to dread him or the sound of his name so much that the only emotion they felt at his death was relief.” 
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My poor poor Teach, this is historically ironical (If that’s even a thing).
Anne really stepped up in this book! She really wants to find a place where she can belong and no one will judge her for her mixed heritage and she thinks she finds that in Nassau but even though most people don’t bat an eye at her, some still retain the cruelty of racism and prejudice. Though she came back as strong as ever and is as stubborn as ever!
I can’t wait to get to the next book for more adventures and hopefully MORE PIRATES!!!

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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