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Black Heart (Vampirates #4)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  1,970 ratings  ·  94 reviews
There's a new ship of vampirates roaming the seas, leaving a trail of fear and devastation in its wake. The Pirate Federation takes action and begins training up a ship of vampire hunters. Amongst the dynamic crew is young pirate prodigy Connor Tempest.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published 2009 by Simon and Schuster
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colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±

(I wish I'd had time to write this review before I finished the next book in the series - 'cause now I'm getting them confused in my mind.)

At the end of Book 3, Grace and Connor's mother returns as a spirit during the Captain's healing, so Grace and Connor get to meet the mother they never knew, and also learn more about themselves and secrets about themselves.

Meanwhile, Sidorio continues to be Sidorio, but a knew villain, Lady Lockwood - the Black Heart - seems to be a heretofore unknown riv...more
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Amanda Dotterer
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Black Heart is the fourth book in the Vampirates series and the best one yet!. Somper just gets better and better which each book. Without ruining the series for new readers, I'll simply say that it's an adventure-packed tale of vampires and pirates. Each chapter is told from a different perspective which gives readers insights to every aspect of the story, allowing you to see the inner workings of each key character. Nearly every chapter ends on a cliff hanger, which makes it a very fast read s...more
Black Heart is the fourth book in the series that is Vampirates. This is a series where Vampires have been mixed with pirates. The story is follows the lives of twins Connor and Grace. Connor has been growing up to become a great pirate one day, meanwhile his sister meets their mother for the first time, but it is not the happiest reunion. And the twins soon find out they are not just Vampires, but half human half vampires. They also find out who thier father is, Sidorio, a bad guy. And they fi...more
Twins Connar and Grace are reuited with their mother Sally Tempest. Everything seems okay but when a ship of Vampirates, led by the evil vampire Sidario, threatens the costal villages it's up to Connar and his new Captain, Cheng Li, to stop them. Meanwhile Grace is spending time with her mother and there she finds out that Dexter Tempest isn't her real father but if he isn't then who is?

I picked this book up becuase I read the other three books in the series and they were pretty good so I wanted...more
Having been released from his articles by Molucco Wrathe Connor keen to start a new life with Cheng Li as his Captain. After the murder of an important pirate by the vampirates they are given a vital mission by the Pirate Federation to track down and destroy the killer. Meanwhile Grace is keen to spend time with their mother but she is about to learn some shocking news about her family that will change everything for both herself and her brother.

Black Heart is the fourth book in the Vampirates s...more
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Elizabeth *Swords for Fighting*
The fourth installment in the Vampirates series is just as good if not better than the previous book. This book is mainly about self-discovery for Connor and Grace, but mainly Grace because Connor is not yet ready to accept who he is. Grace, on the other hand, is completely ready to embrace who and what she is. Since the beginning of the series, Grace has always known where she belongs, and Black Heart only confirms this more. Connor, on the other hand, seems to have doubts where he wants to be....more
Apr 02, 2009 Jadewik rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy/Adventure readers.. YA and adults alike.
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This could be a difficult review to write as there are sooooo many plot OMG's abounding throughout the book. Suffice to say that it's really intriguing with plenty of eye-popping developments.
I felt a little behind the story curve since I had to skip book 3, BLOOD CAPTAIN, as I am waiting for it to make its way up my wishlist on RecordedBooks. I couldn't wait to listen to BLACK HEART...and I am running low on I did my best. I still enjoyed the story as it's vampirates and a fab...more
Dude! I got the scare of my life that would have given me every good reason to fling the book across the room in anger had it been the truth. Fortunately, it was not so and I'm glad Lorcan is being more affectionate now. Lorcan can kick sparkling Edward's butt! Bwa ha ha ha ha!

Wow that was... not very mature of me right there... but it's true!

However, I do have a complaint about this book and it's on the villain's character. He used to be so much more threatening in the other books but now... h...more
Connor and Grace face their biggest crisis ever in Black Heart. Connor's new captain has been charged with eradicated the Vampirates while Grace is discovering just how tied she and Connor are to the vampirates. Connor is torn between two worlds and doesn't know why (he chose to leave Sanctuary before his mother could tell him the truth). Grace has never been torn and now she knows why she's always felt at home on the Nocturne. The knowledge and lack thereof drives a wedge between the twins that...more
Chelsea Gouin
This book took me a lot longer to finish then was probably necessary. It just didn't catch me as the others had. This book was 500 pages of filler! The last, I'd say 10% of the book was interesting and set up for an interesting finish to the series. That's all this book was...set up. There were some new romances, lots of interesting revelations...and very little action. I skimmed over the Cheng Li parts as I find her a closed-minded character that is too irritating to waste time on. Connor is ge...more
I was not impressed. While the newer characters were interesting, Connor and Grace get less so. The whole book dragged out longer than it needed to--there was a lot of extra stuff that just didn't add to the story.

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Justin George
This was a pretty good book. It had an amazing plot twist that kinda surprised me. But this book is also kinda dumb. I think the author forget to age the characters, two years have passed and there still 14. That's kinda weird. Overall I liked it.
Darren Choy
The 4th book in the series of the Vampirates mainly displays the ideas of hate, love, and guilt. when one of Conner's friends is killed by the vampires while another one of his friends is revived as a vampirate. Cheng lee one of Conner's old friends is grated her own crew and ship to start off her own pirate team. while recovering the former captain of the vampirate's ship is recovering in Sanctuary. And before they knew it Conner and Grace discover the history of their mother and father's relat...more
May 16, 2009 MayDerp rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any previous vampirate lovers, and any fantasy/science fiction admirers
This is uneniably one of the best books I have ever read. With it's witty comments, and spectacular twists and plot turns, it's a definite entertainer. New issues arise between the characters, bringing out hidden bonds. Also new characters entirely arise, including the notorious-yet cool and entertaining-Lady Lola Lockwood, captain of the Vegabond, another rebel vampirate ship akin to the Blood Captain.

Within the story, the twins face separate and growing issues about their parentage, and what...more
Janni (aka Gulde)
Jeg må sige, at den første i serien nu alligevel var den bedste, bog 2 også okay men ikke nær så god, og 3'eren brød jeg mig ikke meget om. Særligt Mosh Zu irritere mig grænseløst, men jeg kan ikke helt sætte finger på hvorfor. Selvom der var mange generende træk i denne bog 4, så synes jeg dog alligevel den formår at få lidt at den oprindelige stemning tilbage, særligt fordi den ligesom for forklare og sluttet ring om mange af de "øh, udenfor?" detaljer som kommer til i 3'eren som ligesom ikke...more
In this volume of Vampirates Grace learns the origins of the twins from her mother and the other vampirates. Connor (as part of Cheng Li's crew) embarks on a mission to assassinate vampirates. While he tries to explain to those in power that not all vampirates are the same (ergo not evil), in the end he fails and Cheng Li convinces him that they will be able to get Grace away from the other vampirates before they get that far into their mission. Cheng Li is still the same as ever,pretending to b...more
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Black Heart really did live up to my expectations.

Like the previous Vampirates books, I was drawn to the adventure, thrill and the hint of romance from Justin Somper. I know this sounds like what everyone says, but I seriously could not stop reading the book until I finished. I could not wait to see what happens next after I finished a page. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, regardless of age or gender. If you're looking for a present, the Vampirates books would definitely be a...more
I thought that this book was a very thrilling and suspenseful book. Not only did it have descriptive action, it had an excellent plot in it. It continues on with Connor's life aboard The Tiger, Captain Li's ship. This ship has been chosen to kill the vampirates. They have been told to do so because Commodore Koe, the headmaster of The Pirate Academy was drained of blood by the vampirates. This might be good for the pirates to avenge Koe's death, but Grace, Connor's twin, is aboard a vampirate sh...more
Dayna Smith
The fourth book in the Vampirates series. There is a new group of vampirates roaming the seas. After an attack on the Pirate Academy, the pirates ask Chen Li to hunt them down and kill them. She chooses Connor for her crew. He agrees, but is worried about his twin sister Grace who is on a Vampirate ship. As Connor and his friends learn how to kill vampires, Grace is discovering the answers to her questions about the twin's past. Secrets that will change both their lives forever. Fans of the seri...more
Once again, I find myself indulging in this haphazard story. I find the new additions to the book amazing, and the return of others heartwarming. Hooray!
This was yet another disappointment. The series started out with such an intriguing idea and was a great read. It seems that while next to no time is passing over the different books neither is much happening. Sometimes I tend to forget the young age of the characters when immersed into the sequels but as romances started to color the pages I couldn't help but remember the twins are only fourteen. Basically, it felt a bit wrong and in one case a definitely cradle robbing. I think it is time to l...more
Ashley Brooke
'Vampirates', as a series, is one of my guilty pleasures. I just really enjoy the characters, dialogue, storylines, and settings-- which is funny, because I typically don't read 'pirate' books! 'Vampirates', somehow, has sucked me in from book one, page one. Book four, 'Black Heart' is no exception. In fact, I think this is one of the best in the series-- especially when you get into the second half of the book.

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These started out different and interesting. They still are, but they are losing some of their magic with me. The main characters are only 14, yet they are now developing more intimate relationships with their crushes. That's fine, I suppose, but what does that have to do with the story? I still enjoy reading this series, for the most part. Sometimes it seems as if the author just makes up what happens next, right on the spot. I would stdill recommend reading the series. I like the different tak...more
Once again Justin Somper delivers with a punch. Never a disapointing moment, this series is alive and thriving! Since picking up book one I knew these books were undoubtedly something special, and now three books later I see not only that I was right, but they leave others of their genre in the dust!
I love how the characters and plot have developed over the course of the series. I could not ask for anything better than what's been done; perfection!

Keep it up Justin! I can't wait to see what you...more
Dec 14, 2009 Karyn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pre-teens
Recommended to Karyn by: Student
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Justin Somper is a bestselling UK author whose Vampirates books have been translated into over twenty languages. Justin trained in sword-fighting to help him write the fight scenes in the Vampirates series.
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