Waiting on Wednesday - Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

 Release Date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Summary (from Simon & Schuster Canada): 
In this stunningly creative debut, Nicole Castroman reimagines the origins of history’s most infamous pirate—Blackbeard—and tells the story of the girl who captured his heart and then broke it, setting him on a path to destruction.

When Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, returns home from a year at sea, he finds his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, all Teach wants is to return to the vast ocean he calls home. There’s just one problem: he must convince his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following the death of her parents, Anne Barrett is left penniless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne takes a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks and Anne longs to escape the confines of her now mundane life. How will she ever achieve her dream of sailing to Curaçao—her mother’s birthplace—when she’s trapped in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn together by a shared desire for freedom, but kept apart by Teach’s father, their love is as passionate as it is forbidden. Faced with an impossible choice, Teach and Anne must decide whether to chase their dreams and leave England forever—or follow their hearts and stay together.

There are quite a few 2016 YA debuts that I'm already crazy excited to read next year, and Nicole Castroman's Blackhearts is definitely one of them. A reimagined Blackbeard origin story? YES, YES, YES. How awesome does that sound!? And with a historical setting, forbidden romance, and impossible choices to be made, Blackhearts is sure to leave us with all the feels. Don't forget to add this book to your TBR!

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  1. Sounds like it's a sympathetic take on Blackbeard's character, which should be interesting... but given the original fairy tale, I wonder how it will end?! O_O

  2. I don't think this version is based on legend, but rather, history. It's an origin story, before Blackbeard became an infamous pirate! It's bound to be interesting!!