Blog Tour: Book Review: Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman

Blacksouls (Blackhearts, #2)Title: Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2)
Author: Nicole Castroman
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Netgalley
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 400
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction

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.
When I finished Blackhearts last year, my heart was broken into a million pieces.  I cried so much at that ending.  I literally went online and looked up everything that I could find on Black Beard. I knew that the year-long wait was going to be brutal, and it was.  But when I managed to get a copy of the book in my little ol’ hands, I was one happy book nerd. And I can honestly say, the wait was bad, but it was well worth it.  Nicole Castroman did an amazing job in delivering us a great sequel to an already amazing series. 

Blacksouls picks up right where Blackhearts left off – Anne leaving on a ship towards Nassau (The Bahamas) and Teach on the Deliverance out looking for her after what his father did to Anne.  If you read Blackhearts, you know first hand how devastating that ending was and how we thought that it would be the last time Teach would ever see Anne again.  Well, that feeling is sort-lived in the second book.  Don’t get me wrong, I am glad that they are reunited, but it just seemed like it was a little anticlimactic since it was such a big deal at the end of Blackhearts. Anywho, that is my one and only “concern” about the book, because the rest of the book, was just nothing short of amazing.  I honestly think it’s better than the first book! So much action, so much girl power, I was just flipping through the pages like a crazy person. It honestly made me feel like I was watching it being played out right before my eyes.  You know how there are series that suffer from “the second book syndrome?”  Well, this surely did not suffer from that ailment! Like I said before, I honestly think it was even better than the first!

A lot goes down in Blacksouls. We get to meet new character and some we will love and some we will despise.  There is also tragedy and my heart still aches when I think of it. Nicole is so good at making us relate to these characters and that is one of the many things I love about this series.  So, if you haven’t read Blackhearts, do it now! If you’ve read Blackhearts and are patiently waiting for Blacksouls, I suggest you clear-out your schedule for at least 1-2 days before you start reading it because you will NOT want to put it down! 

Here is a picture of Nicole and I at Apollycon17 a few weeks ago.  I was so excited to see her!  She is so sweet and funny.  Totally feel in love with her! 
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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