Thursday, December 4, 2014

Review of Cutlass by Ashley Nixon

Star Rating: 
Date Started and Date Finished: September 22, 2014 12?am, September 28, 2014 12:22am finished

Genre: YA Fantasy
Number of Pages: 439

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

Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiance 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 to only 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.

I'll start this review with stating that I didn't originally know there would be a book tour for this party, but after going to the book launch I couldn't help but purchase the book because I needed to read it, and know what happened to the characters introduced, and like always, I had to know what happened next.  This book was hard to put down!

Cutlass is a pirate story but there's something for everyone: avenging family, trying to do what is right and noble to save your family, and realizing that sometimes, what you thought you knew isn't true at all.  Barren and Larkin discover wonderful and curious things about their families while on their journey.  While there is a hint of romance, this is by no means a romance book.  With all of the pirate action and treachery, this book is a must read.  Although this book is listed as YA Fantasy, the situations and characters are so deep and developed that I hadn't realized the genre until a few months later, when it was listed as YA on the book tour.  I absolutely adore books that so seamlessly fit between YA/Adult because they bridge the gap that many feel as they begin to assimilate into adult society.

Author Information:
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. She has a Bachelor's in English Writing and a Master's in Library Science and Information Technology. When she's not writing she's either 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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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the review! <3 I appreciate it so much!