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Blackhearts Paperback – February 21, 2017
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Gr 9 Up—After spending a year out at sea, "Teach" Drummond begrudgingly returns to the world of late 17th-century British high society that he was born into. He is desperate to return to the ocean and live the life he's always dreamt of. Not that long before his arrival, Anne, a teenage orphan, comes to the Drummond estate to work as a maid to save enough money to sail back to the West Indies, the birthplace of her mother. After a few "meet cute" moments, they fall madly for each other. When they are met with disapproval from the Drummonds and society in general (Anne is biracial, and interracial relationships were not accepted at the time), they desperately struggle to find a way out of their surroundings and hopefully make both of their dreams come true. This historical fiction story of the love between the man who will become Blackbeard and the girl of his dreams relies heavily on the romance elements to sustain it. Even though this takes place in the 1690s, there are very few historical aspects included. Teach comes off as a generic romantic lead and shows little of the qualities that will eventually make him one of the most feared pirates of that time. The book is left open-ended, with room for an eventual sequel. VERDICT For teen collections with a heavy romance readership; not an essential purchase for most.—Christopher Lassen, BookOps: New York Public Library & Brooklyn Public Library --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Filled with well-drawn and morally complex characters, a rich frame, and smoldering passion, this first novel will hit the mark with readers of historical fiction who want strong heroines and unexplored plots to ponder." (― Heather Booth Booklist)
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I was sucked in, invested, and swooning over Teach within the first couple of chapters. He's the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome. Most of all, the way he talks to, looks at, and treats Anne will make you melt. He fell for her for all the right reasons. I could go on and on about him!
Anne is equally as likable, in my opinion. I adore her independent attitude and her pride. Despite being a female and bi-racial in the time period, she stood up for herself and stated her mind when she needed to. I value strong female characters that young, female readers can learn from and I think Anne fits into that category.
Anne and Teach's relationship was by far my favorite aspect of the story. I was invested, rooting for them the entire time. Halfway through the book I wanted to reach into the story and make them kiss! Their relationship was far from just physical. In fact, they only shared a couple of kisses. I could FEEL their love, companionship, and devotion while reading.
I will not give any part of the ending away. However, I will say this- WITH EVERY OUNCE OF MY BEING I HOPE THERE IS A SEQUEL!
Violence: some, not gory
Language: a couple of colloquial swear words
Sex: no sex, some kisses
Super clever and inventive backstory on what made Edward "Teach" Drummond become the infamous pirate Blackbeard. The love story is great - the h and H are evenly yoked and the romance and attraction are swoon-inducing. I certainly hope there is more to their story!
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