Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman | Blog Tour & Giveaway

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Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 384 (eARC)
Source: Edelweiss
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 CuraƧao—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.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

When I saw the synopsis for this book, my immediate reaction was yes. This is a Lili book if I have ever seen one. I love retellings, I love historicals, I love origin stories, and I love forbidden love stories. Sign me up!

BLACKHEARTS follows the life of Edward "Teach" Drummonds who returns from the sea to find he is engaged to a woman he does not want to be engaged to. To put it simply, he is sick of the high society life he was born into and yearns for the sea. And then he meets a maid in his household named Anne, and the rest is just fire. These two were made for each other. So, obviously, at its core this book is a love story. And what a great love story it is! I don't want to spoil anything because the beauty of it is discovering it for yourself, but it is oh so worth discovering, that is, if you throw away practicality and realize a wealthy man would just never fall for a maid.

It is especially poignant because this book is written in third person POV from both Anne and Teach's perspective. Because of this you get some serious feelings coming from both ends of this relationship and you get to understand what truly is going on in this world. Castroman's writing is beautiful and spot-on and does not leave anything to be desired.

But the best part of this story is the characterization. You have the hulking, clever beast that is Teach who yearns for something most people in his position would despise, and then you have complex Anne who is of mixed-heritage in a time where that was incredibly frowned upon. Her white father was an influential men, unknown to everyone but herself, so she is not meant to be in such a lowly position but society deems it so because of her heritage and the disgust she faces. That doesn't bother Teach a bit though, which is a breath of fresh air in a historical sense. They're both struggling for freedom...him to the seas away from the restraints of high society and her to prove herself. Their struggle is powerful.

But, oh gosh, that ending! It is killer. It is definitely one of the rougher ones I have encountered recently, and I can see how it may upset some readers and frustrate many. But one must keep the story of Blackbeard in mind while reading this tale because this is a retelling at its heart.

In the end, I enjoyed this one immensely! Perfect for retelling fans looking for a unique read with a dazzling hero and a heroine that is ready to challenge society's expectations. In other words, this was definitely the Lili book I was hoping it would be.

4 stars

FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any kind in exchange for this review.


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Tour Schedule!
Week One:
2/1/2016- Mundie MomsInterview
2/2/2016- Beauty and the BookshelfReview
2/3/2016- My Friends Are FictionGuest Post
2/4/2016- Brittany's Book RamblesReview
2/5/2016- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

Week Two:
2/8/2016- FiktshunReview
2/9/2016- Dark Faerie TalesGuest Post
2/10/2016- A Reader Under The Sea- Review
2/11/2016- A Perfection Called Books- Interview
2/12/2016- Lili's ReflectionsReview


  1. How very intriguing! I'm admittedly quite curious about Blackhearts, particularly after getting the chance to meet Nicole at ALA Midwinter. It sounds like a good read to me!

    1. I wish I was able to meet her! I hear she is a sweetheart.

  2. This sounds like a very ME book - I can't wait to read! I've been fascinated with Blackbeard since the old Disney movie Blackbeard's Ghost LOL. Sounds like a winner to me!

    1. I actually have never seen that movie, but now I am making it a mission to do so!

  3. Hello Nicole, Blackhearts sounds so good ♡ I have been looking forward to reading your book. Thank you

  4. I am so glad this book is finally out. I have been dying to get my hands on it!

  5. Ooooh, I like stories about forbidden love, too! Looking forward to checking this out. :)

    1. You're speaking my language, Sara! Have a great day.

  6. I'm reading this right now and really enjoying it!! Glad to see you loved it! :)