VAMPIRATES: BLACK HEART (Book 4) by Justin Somper
JUMPING RIGHT BACK INTO THE OCEAN
No back story.
Graves, officer, evil women.
Saving Grace. Wedding.
Middle grade/YA (ages 8 and up)
Vampire and pirates
Third person close POV shifting — twins (Grace and Conner) and other characters
Fourth in a series (Vampirates)
In media res opening
New characters enter immediately at beginning – create familiar yet distinct feel – work to keep series fresh and interest high, but fall flat in terms of keeping familiarity complete?
Symbolism — black heart playing card
Bloody and violent
All female group of pirate warrior women
Climax centered around wedding (black-hearted queen and the king of the black hearted pirates (Sidorio))
Themes – family (Grace gets to know her mother as a spirit), restlessness (Connor doesn’t want to hear what mom and sister are saying), running away, escape, harsh realities of unwanted truths
(PLOT SPOILER) The discovery of Sidorio as the twins father feels a bit much? Too cliche / too obvious…
Conflict strong at book end but in general, more complete and rounded ending than any of the previous books — more threads tied up, less questions raised in final pages…