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New Release Review and Giveaway: Cutlass by Ashley Nixon (The Cutlass Trilogy #1)

Pirates? Bring ’em on!
Cutlass by Ashley Nixon
(Cutlass Series #1)
Publication date: April 23rd 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy’s fiancé seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it.

Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancé to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard.

But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task—to find the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend, Barren sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his  strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient.

This was an entertaining read, if a bit on the long side. There was a lot of action, some highly amusing banter–especially between Barren and Larkin, and between Leaf and..well, quite a bit with Barren but really everyone, as his snark was pretty equal opportunity–and did I mention there were pirates? If you enjoy swashbuckling action and a dash of romance, this has definitely got them going on.
Even though the world building was a bit confusing at times, I’m definitely glad we weren’t hit over the head with tons of explanation for “how things work” here. I was able to muddle through and figure out what I needed to make sense of it in the end. The politics too were pretty intricate–to be honest, I started skimming those parts so I could just get the gist and then continue on with the “good stuff” (the aforementioned swashbuckling and romance). Honestly, though, that was pretty much my approach to  the Pirates of the Caribbean movies too, so there’s a good chance it’s all me. Still, this was a fun read, and I can definitely see myself giving the next book in the trilogy a go.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars, C+
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.


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Ashley was born and raised in Oklahoma, where the wind really does sweep down the plains, and horses and carriages aren’t used as much as she’d like. When she’s not writing, she’s hard at work on her Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Technology, working out, or pretending she’s Sherlock Holmes. Her obsession with writing began after reading the Lord of the Rings in the eighth grade. Since then, she’s loved everything Fantasy–resulting in an unhealthy obsession with the ‘geek’ tab on Pinterest, where all things awesome go.
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• Prize 1) A signed Paperback Copy of Cutlass, include a cute octopus mug (it’s purple and ADORABLE), Bookmark, and maybe a poster.
• Prize 2) A signed Paperback of Cutlass + a bookmark
• Prize 3) E-book of Cutlass

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