Hey lovelies! Today we’re going to be discussing Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman, a book that gives us a glimpse into the young life of Blackbeard. This one was an interesting read, so let’s get into discussion time.

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.


This book was such a fun read! In this one, we get the story of Blackbeard, before he was the terrifying pirate. This book takes place in his  childhood home, where he is betrothed and completely miserable. Along comes Anne, a maid, and then from there the story takes off.

Anne was a pretty okay character. At times, she kind of drove me crazy, but she was a strong, and she was definitely different from other characters I’ve read. I really really liked Teach! I don’t know a lot about Blackbeard, but he definitely wanted to make me learn more. He was clever and sweet, and he made me like Anne a lot more than I would’ve without  him. He was also really motivated, and he was willing to shake things up to get what he wants. As a couple they were very instalovey. It starts out as some sassy comments back and forth and then it seemed like a chapter later they were in love.

As a whole, the book wasn’t super action packed, but it definitely flowed nicely and it set up an interesting world. I think that my favorite part of this book was the end.  It ended on a cliffhanger, and the last fifty pages were really fast paced and excited. There wasn’t much pirating going on in this book, but I have high hopes that the next book will be filled with pirating adventures. Overall, Blackheart was a unique book, and I thought that it was a fun read! If you’ve read this one, what did you think? I’d love to discuss it with you!

Happy Reading!



Author: taylor

i really love ice cream, coffee + tea, and really good books. self proclaimed bibliophile who loves everything to do with reading, here's a little peek into my bookish adventures. ((favorite genres: young adult, new adult, fantasy, and basically anything with a touch of romance))

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