[Blog tour] Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman


Title: Blacksouls
Author: Nicole Castroman
Series: Blackhearts #2 
Publisher: Simon Pulse 
Release Date: April 11, 2017 

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.

I received an e-ARC as part of this blog tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way whatsoever, nor was I compensated in any way.

I have been waiting with baited breath for this book to release, ever since I read Blackhearts and it ended the way it did. And if you follow my bookstagram (@hiveretcafe), you know how very concerned I was for how this book was going to end when I was 3/4 of the way through and not all of the conflicts had come to pass yet.

Blackhearts follows Edward "Teach" Drummond, the son of a wealthy merchant from England and Anne Barrett, the illegitimate daughter of a merchant and a slave from Curaçao who is sent to work for Teach's father after her father dies. Blacksouls deals with the aftermath of the first novel and expands the world in the novel. It picks up right where Blackhearts left off (for which I'm grateful, because THAT ENDING.) The novel is once again divided into a dual point of view between Teach and Anne and I enjoyed reading from both their perspectives.

We get to meet some of the characters briefly introduced at the end of Blackhearts, more thoroughly in Blacksouls and also meet some other new characters (pirates of course). While I didn't like Kitts at first, I liked the way he changed and grew throughout the novel and became less one dimensional as the story progressed.

The chemistry between Teach and Anne is still as strong as ever and I love those two together so much. The plot brought more hardship and grief their way and I was rooting for the both of them the entire way. This book was a lot of fun and a definite departure from the landlocked Blackhearts. Anne faces racism and the problems and hatred that can come with being interracial, especially back in the era of piracy.

The ending isn't as heartwrenching as Blackhearts, but it definitely leaves room for a sequel, which I would LOVE to read so that I get to read more of Teach and Anne, as well as see them be badass again.

Overall, Blacksouls is a wonderful sequel that expands on the established world, with more pirates and seafaring and nefarious villains.


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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1 comment:

  1. I'm glad to hear this book has a SEA setting. I was kind of surprised that the first book was so landlocked. Great review-- and I'm glad you enjoyed the book!! Thanks for being on the tour and for your fab review.


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