Mini Reviews: Vacation Reads (Eliza & Blacksouls)

Over vacation I had a lot of time to read which was definitely much needed. Now though I’m left with an overabundance of reviews. Cue a couple of mini review editions as I play catch up. This time around I’m reflecting on Eliza and Her Monsters and Blacksouls.


ElizaandHerMonstersEliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Published by HarperCollins on May 30, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 385 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

I’m always here for books capturing the wonders and woes of online life and Francesca Zappia nails it with Eliza and Her Monsters. This narrative highlights teenage troubles and mental health with such honesty and the characters latched onto my heart in a matter of minutes. Eliza was such an intense protagonist struggling through high school with parents who don’t understand her online world. And Wallace was so freaking precious. I’ll love him forever! Plus Monstrous Sea needs to be a real online comic immediately. Overall Eliza and Her Monsters is must read for those who love, art, creativity, and online community. Definitely recommend!


BlacksoulsBlacksouls by Nicole Castroman

Published by Simon Pulse on April 11, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Historical, Romance

Pages: 400 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

My love for pirates will never die and Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman just fed my addiction. Finally I got some of the swashbuckling adventures I had expected in the first book and I love that it was set in Nassau. Anne and Teach have really come into their own and it was so enjoyable to see them reunited even though things don’t get easier. The beginnings of Blackbeard were built up but once again I was left wanting more. Overall Blacksouls was better than its predecessor with more adventure, excitement, and character development. If you liked Blackhearts, definitely pick this up!


Have you read either of these titles? Do you prefer contemporary or historical romances?

Let me know in the comments below!

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