Review: ‘Blackhearts’ by Nicole Castroman

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

Review: ‘Blackhearts’ by Nicole CastromanBlackhearts by Nicole Castroman
Published by Simon Pulse on February 9th, 2016
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Pirates, Retelling, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss, requested from publisher
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.

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Edward “Teach” Drummond is the son of a very wealthy merchant in Bristol, England. Anne Barrett is a half English and West Indes daughter of another respectable merchant. After her brother throws her out on the street, he ends up giving her a place at Drummond’a household working as the cook. Anne is determined to leave and find what’s left of her mother’s family while Teach has no intention of marrying the wealthy aristocrat’s daughter.

First thing, this not set on a ship at all. It’s practically an origin story about Blackbird. I kept hoping there was going to be some sort of sailing done, but I gave up halfway through. It’s all set in England with all the high-born and low-born characters. Side characters like Mary and Margery annoyed me simply because of their racist remarks. There’s wasn’t much to like either about Teach’s father and Patience.

These characters had so much prejudice against Anne for being a darker skin colour that I wanted to punch them sometimes. Then there’s our main characters, told in their point of view, I liked them both. Anne and Teach were just so alike which is why they argued so much. I loved that Anne is independent and strong-willed, even though her retorts could get her unemployed, she kept true to herself and go her father and mother. Though she does make mistakes and she gets in trouble, she’s perfectly flawed. Then there’s Teach who has changed from the moment he stepped off the ship after a year’s voyage. I liked how he finally learned to be independent and that also helped him be a better person, by seeing other for who they were. I love their chemistry and it wasn’t love at first sight at all! Their meeting was the funniest encounter I’ve read so far.

I really think historical fans would like this one. There’s a bit of a soap opera like plot, but the ending seems like there’s going to be a whole lot of adventures coming our way. Cannot wait for the next installment! I’m enthralled with Blackbeard’s next voyage!


Patience did not take well to competition, especially in the form of a house servant.
Perhaps you are too used to people bowing to your believed superiority, and don’t understand when your presence is not desired.
I don’t make it a habit to learn everything about the help.
I refuse to be a burden to anyone. I simply wish to live my life as I choose, to go where I choose.
A wise man is not the one who knows the difference between good and evil, but the one who chooses the least evil.
If you truly love someone, then the most important thing should be their happiness, not yours.
I believe if you truly love someone, you let that person know you will always be there for them, no matter the circumstances.
And you are my gift. Just so you know, I was never very good at sharing.
You think that just because you have money, everyone else has to bow to your every whim.
You would blame her for the color of her skin?

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