This was my first TBR star book of the year! I am so happy with choosing this one. I’ve been wanting to read this for a while now. They’ve been sitting on my shelf for way too long.
When you look at the cover of this book you think pirates, right? Since I don’t read descriptions, I assumed pirates. Well, that’s not exactly what this was about…and yet it was.
Blackhearts is about a boy and a girl. It’s about a boy longing to be free of the land around him and live on the sea. It’s about an orphan girl who’s biding her time till she is able to leave and find her mother’s family.
This is definitely more romance than anything. Edward “Teach” Drummond spent the last year living on the sea and returns home a changed man. He’s being forced into a marriage not of his choosing with a girl who is utterly ridiculous in all ways. He tries to make his father listen to him but to avail.
Anne Barrett has been living a half life. She was born for better things but without the funds to make that happen she is stuck as a maid in the Drummond house.
Slowly Anne and Teach are drawn to each other even knowing the cards are stacked against them. But it was sweet watching them try. So many times I thought the worst was going to happen but it didn’t. Everything seemed to be falling into place for them…until the rug was swept out from underneath them.
This book was a breath of fresh air for me. Another book to add to my teen rec list. It was a sweet romance tucked underneath intrigue and excitement. The conclusion had me face palming in a “Now I get it,” type or reaction. I really should read the synopsis sometimes. 🙂
Exciting and magical and characters you can’t help but root for.
What a wild ride!! I decided to listen to this instead of reading it and I wish I read it first, then listened to it. While loved the narrator and how she made the voices come alive, I wasn’t able to highlight all my quotes, like I usually do. So flipping back and forth, if I got tripped up in all the excitement, wasn’t possible. But I will say that this book was very exciting and kept my attention. I wanted to sit in my room and do nothing but listen. The story had me on the edge of my seat.
Time travel and magic…I never knew how much I would love it. It was so fascinated with all the characters. They all had their secrets and personal missions. I had no idea who to trust!
Esta and Harte were super fun to get to know. The banter between these two, was super fun. Esta reminded me of my daughter, with all her sassiness. I really want her to succeed in her mission. And I look forward to what happens to her in the next book.
I had my teen son read this book when I finished. He’s a very reluctant reader, so I was hoping he would enjoy it. Well, I gave it to him one evening and two days later he handed it back and sorta teased that he can’t handle the stress of endings like that. And then he immediately asked for the next one. That’s a sign of a good book right there.
I had no idea this book was a duology, so by the end, my nerves were shot. I was on the edge of my seat hoping and praying for an ending that didn’t have me crying. What a wild last chapter!! I had to shush my kids as they talked around me. Epic. I may even tensed up for a moment. I need the next book!!
I love it when authors put their own unique twist on classic stories and fairytales. Bonus points if their version is even more dark and twisted than the original. This is what you get with the latest from Lisa Maxwell.
We all know the story of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. The story from my childhood places Peter in the role of hero, saving all who are lost. And the Neverland I remember was a magical place full of swashbuckling fun with a dash of danger thrown in.
This is not the story we grew up with. This Neverland is full of deadly secrets at every turn. There are more beasts than you can keep track of. And death is a regular occurrence. Oh and Peter? He may not be what you remember. This Peter is more sinister and conniving. And then there’s Captain Hook. Because what would a Peter Pan story be without a bad guy? But maybe Hook isn’t really the bad guy. Or maybe he is.
This is what Gwendolyn has to decide for herself. Her entire life has been spent moving from place to place. Just as soon as she gets settled, her mom uproots them yet again. She has a good reason. They are running from monsters, after all. To Gwen, this is just more of her mom’s eccentric behavior. So when they end up in London, she doesn’t take any of the warnings seriously. Keep the windows closed, don’t turn off the lights…
And when she doesn’t heed these warnings, bad things happen. In the form of dark shadowy creatures who swoop in and capture Gwen along with her friend Olivia. When Gwen wakes up, she finds herself on the ship of the infamous Captain Hook. She knows the story, so she knows he’s not the good guy. So she escapes and is rescued by Peter Pan.
Here’s where the story takes even more twists and turns. Gwen quickly realizes that Pan may not be what he seems. And it would appear that she holds the key to saving herself and Olivia. Maybe her mom wasn’t so crazy after all…
This was such a fun book to read. The author has a way with words and is able to create magical worlds that transport the reader. While staying close to the original storyline, she still gives us a fantastical alternate version. Add this one to your list!