Cutlass & Flintlock by Ashley Nixon Reviews

Hello my little munchkins. I am sorry that I have been gone for so long but I promise I am back here and here to stay. How have my fellow munchkins been doing? I am doing well. I have been writing a lot actually and getting all ready to go onto spring break as I ONLY HAVE ONE MORE WEEK UNTIL A 2 WEEK BREAK SO YAY! Anyways, I haven’t been doing much else besides that.

Anyways, why don’t we get ahead to the reviews?

CutlassCutlass (Cutlass #1)
by Ashley Nixon
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: 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.


You can find Cutlass on Goodreads

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FlintlockFlintlock (Cutlass #2)
by Ashley Nixon
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult

Barren Reed hopes to protect the Orient from his tyrant uncle, but his plans to make the King’s life a living hell aren’t supported by the Elders of the pirate community. As it stands, Barren has earned the Elders’ disdain for his carelessness, and they threaten him into exile if he makes one more mistake.

Barren’s not the only one feeling the Elders’ wrath—they don’t trust Larkin either. Worse, Barren can’t comprehend Larkin’s wish to have a relationship with her father, and the secrets she’s forced to keep create a tension that may pull them apart forever.

When the Pirates of Silver Crest begin to die, bullets laced with dark magic are to blame. With more and more of these weapons infiltrating the Underground, discovering who’s behind the dissemination is no easy feat. As fear and tension mount among the people of the Orient, Barren and his crew find themselves in a race against time to stop the spread of dark magic before the world of Mariana spirals into collapse.

You can find Flintlock on Goodreads

Combined Review:

  • Almost everyone on this pirate ship is a prince so I mean pirate princes with a romance. Who isn’t sold by now?
  • The characters were written perfectly allowing me to gather their thoughts, feelings and feel like they were somewhat real.
  • The setting was wonderful.
    • I mean they are on a PIRATE SHIP!!!!!!!!!!
  • It would’ve been better if the story was told in a different style of POVs.
  • There were a couple of loopholes that didn’t end up being solved in the first nor the second book but hopefully they will be solved in the third.
  • The pacing was off also.
    • It could’ve had a faster pace which would’ve made it a more gripping story.
  • The first book could’ve had more time and effort onto it not only by the author but also by the editor to make it better.
  • The second book was very much like the first in the terms of the characters, the plot had changed but the pacing finally speed up which was greatly appreciated.
    • It also had more world-building.
  • All-in-All the second book felt like it was added onto in terms of care, story, and everything in general.

I give the first book: 3/5 stars.

I give the second book 4/5 stars.

Ashley NixonAbout the Author:

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 watching Pride and Prejudice (1995 version, duh), 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.

You can find and contact Ashley here:


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