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Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman
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it was amazing
bookshelves: arc, for-review

An action-packed, heartbreaking, and riveting sequel, BLACKSOULS continues the tale of Teach and Anne as they each set sail for Nassau with the hope of reuniting and establishing a life together. Theirs is a treacherous journey filled with dangerous obstacles, devastating losses, brutal enemies, and unexpected allies. It will test their strength, loyalty, and resilience. And it will awaken their hunger for justice and unleash their thirst for revenge.

Anne was anxious about arriving in Nassau without knowing whether Teach survived his overseas voyage or whether they’d be able to find one another if he had. But having become close friends with two of her fellow passengers, Cara and Coyle, made her endlessly grateful that she wasn’t arriving in that crowded, unruly port city alone.

Nassau was not how she imagined it would be. With its open acceptance of the slave trade, and its cruel and barbaric treatment of its colored inhabitants, she was ill-prepared for its challenges and the emotional toll it would take on her. Even surrounded by friends, and with a safe place to sleep and work, she wasn’t sure she had enough protection or the skills to protect herself.

And if she wanted to ensure her survival, she would have to learn to use a weapon, she would have to learn to fight, and she would have to learn to focus her anger so that she could become ruthless.

Teach was desperate to get to Nassau so that he could find Anne and they could finally be together without his overbearing father getting in the way. But a threat to his ship’s safety and a captain whose actions would likely get them all killed, meant making decisions that could cause problems for him and the crew if they managed to survive.

With corruption abounding in Nassau, his hope of staying under the radar was impossible. He couldn’t even set foot on land before trouble found him. So, he was going to have to find a way to outsmart the Governor if he had any hope of clearing his name, saving his crew, and keeping Anne safe.

Nicole Castroman delivered a follow-up that is even more exciting than its predecessor. Battles at sea, the threat of mutiny, a hunt for pirates, the promise of adventure, an attempted murder, all add to this extraordinary, gripping, fascinating tale.

It’s a love story. It’s the story of a legend. But it’s also a story about injustice, about human decency, about equality for women.

BLACKSOULS is suspenseful. It is heartrending. And emotional. And authentic. It is fast-paced, and imaginative and captivating and amazing. It is a fresh, new, different, and exhilarating addition to this already incredible series with a change in setting, a quickening of pace, an increase in drama, and a number of surprising developments.

It is the perfect continuation of Teach and Anne’s story and is an absolutely, definitely, must read sequel.
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Reading Progress

March 18, 2016 – Shelved
March 18, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
April 2, 2017 – Started Reading
April 3, 2017 – Finished Reading
April 11, 2017 – Shelved as: arc
April 11, 2017 – Shelved as: for-review

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