Review: Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman * Irish Banana Tours*

April 5, 2017 blog tour, book tour, review 2 ★★★★★

Review: Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman * Irish Banana Tours*Blacksouls (Blackhearts, #2) by Nicole Castroman
Published by Simon Pulse on April 11th 2017
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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.

My Review

Let me start off by thanking the ever amazing Hannah @ Irish Banana Tours for letting me on this little escapade. I’ll let you guys in on a secret. I have wanted to be a pirate literally my whole life.

(okay well really since I saw first saw Elizabeth Swann back in 2003 & of course sans the nasty teeth)

After the torturous ending in Blackhearts, I nearly cried. That story wasn’t really one I was expecting but still enjoyed immensely…until the end. My wish came true the day I saw the lovely Nicole Castroman would be continuing on the series! High hopes ahead!! I was really pleased in the direction that this little sequel took. I always like to keep stories and their origins at somewhat of a distance which just allows me to enjoy them a bit more than worrying about the outcome (cause we all know how the real Blackbeard went down). Though I must say he was not as big of a tyrant as he was made out to be. He generally pirated ship with permission and tried not to harm people which sounds like this Teach I have come to love!

Anne the adventure seeking lady is finally off to sea and I could not be happier. I feel like a ton of times I don’t get exactly what I want for the main characters but this time I did. I really adored her in the first book but this book took our love to a whole new level. There is such an undeniable pull between Teach and Anne. I just love reading the way thier relationship is unfolding. They are both infuriatingly stubborn which of course makes for tons of “OH MY GOD WILL YOU GUYS JUST SHUT UP AND KISS ALREADY” moments. You can see how they have grown on each other like barnacles.

The setting has much changed as well obviously and it was really fun to get into. The supporting characters were not only entertaining as well but also very well written so they complimented those already in place. It’s like how to become a pirate 101 over here! I mean how could one not love Reva, one of Anne’s fellow lady pirates?! She was a bad ass and my new role model. It was really amazing to get into ALL of Teach’s crew. So did anyone else get totally seasick while reading this? It may just be my pregnant body and imagination working against me but I really struggled with it the whole time I was reading. I would like to compliment Nicole on her brilliant writing cause I feel like that is a pretty ridiculous and awesome amount of imagery.

Sadly for now there is not a book 3 and Mrs. Castroman has once again destroyed my soul.

(You are doing this on purpose aren’t you lady!?)

Just kidding I love you!

I will not let that worry me at this point though cause I mean I know the peeps at Simon Pulse are awesome and wouldn’t make us suffer without a ending to this swashbuckling tale. Right? RIGHT?!?!

Follow The Tour

Week 1:

4/3: Such A Novel Idea – Review

4/4: No BS Book Reviews – Makeup Inspirations

4/5: Brittersweet Reads – Review

4/6: Lisa Loves Literature – Top 10 Pirate Words

4/7: Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Review

Week 2:

4/10: The Irish Banana Review – Fast 5

4/11: Owl Always Be Reading – Review

4/12: What Sarah Read – Guest Post

4/13: Mundie Moms – Review

4/14: Here’s to Happy Endings – Q&A

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About Nicole Castroman

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.

Let Me Break It Down
Overall Story?
5 / 5
Bad Ass M.C.?
5 / 5
3.5 / 5
Love Tingles?
0 / 5
World Building?
5 / 5
3.5 / 5
Vile Villain?
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5



About Brittany

Britt is a pretend adult who spends most of her day trying to work Mean Girl Quotes into day-to-day conversation. She reads. She Moms. She Caffeines. Sometimes she also likes to talk about all of these things in no particular order and apparently in the third person.

2 Responses to “Review: Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman * Irish Banana Tours*”

  1. Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

    Okay, but how much piracy is in this book. I liked the first book but I was like “where are the pirates?” I am curious about this one but I want to know if there are pirates. It sounds like there are more pirates in here but I need verification.

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