BLACKHEARTS by Nicole Castroman

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“If you intend to look like a street urchin and smell like a sow, I shall have to call you something else.” He looked Teach over from head to toe, noting his shabby black hair and beard. “You’re no dandy. I’ll call you Blackbeard. Welcome aboard.”

Title: Blackhearts

Author: Nicole Castroman

Published: February 9th 2016 by Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Historical

Stars: 4 Content Rating: 2

Synopsis:

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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A few WARNINGS about this book: 1) This book is 369 pages. I read it in a day. 2) It is not about pirates. It was REALLY good. In fact I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has been an amazing day. Rainy, but still warm enough to have the windows open. I started this book with some hot chocolate and listening to the rain storm outside. Just a cozy day, cooped up inside reading a book I have been looking forward to for some time now. Perfect.

I feel like I would have loved this book more if I wasn’t expecting it to be about pirates. If my predictions are correct, I would say this book is more of a prequel to the pirate part of the story. BLACKHEARTS is more of a historical romance, and because of this romance Mr. Edward Drummond sets sail and becomes Blackbeard….. AT THE END. I am hoping that book 2 will all be set at sea with the adventure of pirates and more of Blackbeard and Anne’s love story. I’m used to more of a fast paced romance and this one is more of a slow burn. You can tell that they have chemistry and feelings but it is slow paced. Which is nice. The story itself is still a really good one. Obviously.. I read it in a day. Sometimes while I’m reading, I don’t realize I’m that into the book. I’ll take a break and think, “it’s okay.. not what I was expecting, but okay,” only to realize that it was pretty dang good. It kept me coming back for more all day. I literally could not put it down because I was sucked into it and wanting to know what was going to happen next!

I don’t feel like I should go into the love story. I don’t want to ruin any of it. Read the synopsis and that should be enough. Wink, wink. Usually the historical romances are about some wealthy Duke or Earl and finding love somewhere unexpected. This one is about a merchants son loving the sea and setting sail again to find his Anne. The time period is not the usual either. I usually read books set in the 1800’s not 1697. This book was a fun and different read for me and I have really high expectations for the sequel. I’m sure this was the prequel to the amazing adventure that awaits! I’ll be busy digging into BLACKSOULS to find out if you need me!

Thanks for reading!

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Title: Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Published: November 8th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult, Retelling

Stars: 5        Content Rating: 2

Synopsis:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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I LOVED this book. Heartless is Marissa Meyer’s version of how Catherine became the villainous Queen of Hearts. No one plans to be the villain. I knew what this book was about. I knew she ended up being the Queen, yet I still had hope for Cath and Jest.

I have to confess I have never read Alice in Wonderland. I have only seen the movies. I really want to read them sometime. I feel that this author did an amazing job of recreating Wonderland and the characters in it. I felt like there were a few things that maybe I didn’t catch, since I have not read Lewis Caroll’s version of Wonderland. It seemed like there were double meanings though out the book. Just the name of things even. I thought they were clever. There are riddles, rhymes and puns. A heart of a Queen that seems to be tied to many different fates. It was beautifully written. I mean, it wrecked me. I’m a sucker for happy endings and going into this we know there won’t be one. It ended how I expected it would but at the same time not. I was turning pages as fast as I could read them, till the very last page. That is saying something. I totally recommend this read. It is a little quirky… because it’s Wonderland but a wonderful read nonetheless.

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August Is Gone

Is it just me or did August fly by? I have felt the whole summer has gone by so fast and it makes me sad. I do LOVE Autumn/Fall. The smells, the weather. I’m excited. I would like to say that someday I’ll make it through my TBR list but that would just be awful! Could you imagine not having a TBR pile? What if there were just no books you wanted to read!? Hopefully you have some you’re looking forward to. If not read though my old reviews and find one that sounds interesting!!

Okay as always I like to recap what I read. It’s not much this month but a quick YES I recommend or NO I do not.

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The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer was good. It is the start of a new series called Loves Mortal Coil. Its about an ancient love curse that manifests itself when Jonas turns 18. He has 3 kisses and if he doesn’t find the love of his life and plant one of those precious kisses on her then he will be alone and miserable forever. His best friend, Cora happens to be the lucky recipient. Does she help him break the curse or does she fall in love? YES. I liked this book. It is the start of the series so the next book doesn’t come out till next year

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Northanger Abbey. The month of July I tried to read more classics. The only one I really managed was Hamlet. They are really hard for me to read. To get into that style of writing takes time and I was so busy. I started Northanger Abbey in July and finished a week ago. Then afterwards I found the movie on Amazon and really enjoyed both. If you enjoy Jane Austen and classics then YES, read this one!

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CONFESS by Colleen Hoover I love Colleen Hoover books. There is something about them that are so real. This story starts out with loss. A young love and a tragic ending. As Auburn is dealing with trying to change some of the decisions she made, she meets Owen. Owen is an artist. He paints confessions others leave through a slot at his studio. His father is not the same after the their loss and as Owen tries to help him, his actions make it so Auburn can never be a part of his life. It seems as if fate is against them but maybe its not. YES. I LOVED THIS BOOK. Colleen Hoover books always have language and some sexual content. I never feel like its too much to keep me from reading her novels, but if that is not up your alley then don’t read ANY of her books. Lol.

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Fireblood by Elly Blake This is book 2 in the Series. You can read my review for the first book Frostblood. I really enjoyed continuing Ruby and Arcus’ story. As Ruby is thrown into the Fireblood homeland and court she discovers much about her people and herself. Somethings she had longed to know and others that are her worst nightmares come to life. Nightblood is the next in the series and comes out next year. YES. Read it.. or wait till the last book comes out but THEN READ IT.

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And I Darken by Kiersten White I listened to this one and although I liked it. I didn’t love it. It takes place in the Ottoman Empire. Lada is a princess but because she is a woman she is discarded in everything she does. She is vicious and brutal to win her fathers approval but in the end it doesn’t matter. Lada and her brother Radu are left as prisoners to the Sultan. There they become forgotten and make friends with the Sultan’s youngest son Mehmed. The love triangle between these 3 is .. weird. When Mehmed finally becomes Sultan they talk about war but never really do much. This is a popular series but I just couldn’t get into it. The second book just came out. I’m not going to read it. My recommendation is a READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner I listented to this on Audibles and well and I really liked it. The narrator was a little breathy and not my favorite to listen to at first but I still really really enjoyed it. It is a retelling a Beauty and the Beast but the story is completely different. I would definitely recommend this one. YES!

Thanks for READING!

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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Title: Hunted

Author: Meagan Spooner

Published: March 14th 2017 by HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Fairytale Retelling, Romance, Fantasy

Stars: 3        Content Rating: 3

Synopsis:

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

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If you love fairytale retellings then you will love this book! It really might be my favorite retelling of Beauty and the Beast yet! Honestly, the fact that Yeva means “Beauty” in the old language and is the endearment her father uses for her, and the “BEAST” are the only similarities to the movie.

A spell is upon a Prince. A Prince that is centuries old. One where he is half wolf and half man cursed to live out the rest of his eternity in misery. Half the time the Beast isn’t sure which side he is but that they war with one another for dominance. The old hunter has returned to the forest and the Beast is sure he will work to his purpose.

When Beauty is out in the woods trying to remember all her father had taught her about hunting and trying to track her father, she finds him only to fall into the Beasts trap. Does Yeva have the strength and the skill to best the Beast? Or does she learn to find magic and free him of his miserable curse?

I DID love this book. The reason I gave it 3 stars is because, as much I loved it, I will probably not read it again. I also listened to it and the narrator was hard to get used to. She was so breathy. Haha. The story line was good but there was a part that I felt dragged just a bit. Where you kinda know whats going on and for a girl that loves all of these old stories it takes her too long to figure it all out. But, like I said before, I DID really like this book!

Thanks for reading!