Bullet Blonde

by Nole Moody

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Small Towns in America have a way of enforcing conformity.

High School outcast Samantha Jenkins always had a hard time fitting into the expected mold.

Quirky and opinionated with a dark sense of humor, she's no one's idea of a hero. Unfortunately, when orcs invade and start abducting people, she may be the only hope humanity has left.

Can one sarcastic girl and her Golden Retriever save the world ... or are we all doomed to servitude.

I, for one welcome our new overlords.

(This is VERY smooth LitRPG - don't expect a lot of crunchy stats. It also isn't intended to be dark nor gritty, it's a fairly lighthearted and sarcastic take on the apocolypse ... more Zombieland than Walking Dead ..)

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EpsilonUndying
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Apocalyptic Goth Girls need friends too

Reviewed at: 9. A Man Of His Word

I'm going to go ahead and update my review. I like this story quite a bit, even though we are still in the opening parts and just now getting into the real meat of the story, I'm having a fun time reading it. The author is new, and it shows, but they clearly have talent and we've all been noobs at one point or another. The writing starts off a little stilted but by the seventh chapter, it's growing. Sam is a witty and sardonic MC and her internal ramblings are the best part of the story hands down. I didn't think I was going to like Bruce at first but he's grown on me and their interactions are hilarious. Overall I'm really enjoying this story and look forward to where it goes from here. 

flssdd
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Something to watch out for.

It is only one chapter and usually that's very early for a review, but this one is more than enough for me to judge the general quality of the things to come. Rarely a first and only chapter grabs me and hooks me in so much, but it is kind of perfect for indroduction and showing you what the story is going to be about. The pacing is on point. The character's monologues, inner thoughts and reactions are realistic and delivered well. Needed information is related without effort (doesn't feel like frigid exposition) and it somehow makes me already like the MC even with so little emotion invested, it just grew on me immediately.

Edits and more thoughts as it progresses.

Jon Wander
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The author sets outs to do a smooth apocalyptic lit-rpg web serial, prepares the ingredients nicely blends them together and serves it to you the ready to read and enjoy.
It has a strong first person narration that neatly stays in character, there are few to no grammatical issues, those that are caught are corrected quickly, and the events of the story flow well from one to another.

Unlike too many stories here the main character is far from perfect, makes believable mistakes that bite her hard and doesn't become instantly become the second coming of John Wick or immediately is beloved by everyone halfway on the good guy's side because of author favortism. In other words she has to struggle and earn her victories, which makes them that much sweeter when gained and makes us root for her all the more.

Bruce the dog is the best character by the way, you can agree or you can be wrong (retrievers rule!).

The author is clearly taking his writing seriously and I believe is improving nicely as the story continues. Don't get me wrong the first chapters are good but the later ones are better.
My only real complaint is that Sam leans a little too heavy on cursing, snark and pop culture references and I think toning that down would give chances to show a more rounded character, particularly in the early chapters and some of her first encounters with other characters.

But she is a goth teen in a very stressful situation and lots of people don't seem mind so my complaint is like saying "this hotdog has a bit too much mustard" your mileage may vary and I'm not going to put down the hotdog.

TL;DR If the blurb describes what you want in a story stop wondering if you should read this. Sit back, relax, read Bullet Blonde and enjoy.

SomethingNew
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Bullet Blonde kisses the isekai trope goodbye in it's start, and has the orcs come to earth to say hello.

Sam, our protagonist, manages to  evade and shoot them down. She was a bit too snarky fo my taste, and sometimes downright insulting, which I didn't find funny. Others will probably enjoy that aspect though, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt 

I'm not sure why so few cops survived when they had guns and know how to use them. Bullets are fast.

If blue (or other colored) stat screens are your thing, you are out of luck. Nole Moody keeps them to the barest minimum. I happen to like the minimalism. It's easier to focus on the story instead of skipping to stat screens.

There was a particular Indiana Jones style gun and sword fight scene that amused me greatly.

The secondary characters shone much more than Sam, in my opinion. They seemed to grow more as the arc progressed. Sam, as the main character, will have ample time for this, so hopefully this development occurs later on.

Nole Moody gives the story plenty of room to take old tropes and spin them into new and fun tales. I hope the second arc delivers on this.

Nole Moody's polls throughout the story were somewhat hilarious, with the edging on to review. Im sure the reader interaction is enjoyable. 

I must also commend Nole for the detailed and immediate responses in the comments. 

Great work Nole Moody!

 

Lucyd
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Refreshing system apocalypse

Reviewed at: 1.22 Epilogue - The Aftermath

As the title says, Bullet blonde is a good change of pace from the usual system apocalypse stories if not only for the fact that the mc uses guns and the way to access the system is quite unique, the MC also grew on me with her internal monologue and her dog Bruce is my favorite character so far. While the litrpg elements aren't quite prevalent in the first arc, there are enough to quench my thirst for tables and I suspect that we'll see more of those in the second arc. Highly recommend for people who are into the system apocalypse and are tired of the usual sword and spear-wielding MC.

RavensDagger
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Different, And Decent

Reviewed at: 2.8 Dominance

Don't know why I read this one, I guess the cover art and the title got me curious and I needed something to read. I don't regret it at all. The style is a little... janky, and there could be a lot more descriptions of scenery (we're given virtually none, which makes it strange when the character interacts with things that are in the area that were never previously described). It's still perfectly readable, and the lighter prose lends itself to the story very well. 

Characters are fun. The main character is a little annoying at first, but she gets better within a few chapters, and the dog is a good boy who deserves many pats and does a lot to lighten the tone. 

The plot so far is fairly tight, at least in the first arc. Promises are made at the beginning and they're kept by the end of the arc. Nothing comes out of left-field, the characters devellop a little and things have a nice progression to them with a fast, but not too-fast pace. 

I say give it a read, or wait until it grows a bit bigger to binge in properly. 

5 stars because it deserves a good rating.

Robert Dread
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Good story not a cookie cutter

Reviewed at: 2.7 Showdown

Bullet blond is a good story mc is getting fleshed out as we s the world in great way interested to n seeking where the story goes next

Milanda
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So first and foremost this story is about a snarky teen and that includes stupid choices. It fits but may frustrate some readers. Also be warned the real star of the story is the dog (in my humble opinion but isn't that how every good story goes?). But 'Sam' the other main character is pretty fun to.

Despite the dark subject matter its reads more like a campy story with dark moments and gives it an amazing light hearted vibe. I'd highly suggest it especially if you're a fan of bad punch lines, snarky teens, more bullets then brains and adorable dogs. What's not to like?

Morgan Cole
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So I really enjoyed this. The story of other-dimensional orcs invading a small town and our heroic goth-girl and her faithful Golden Retriever fighting back. 

The voice of the MC is really well done. She's funny and very real feeling. Bruce the dog is a perfect dog.

The first book is her saving her town, the second seems to be adventures on an alien world.

This book is great and you should read it.

 

Any grammar or editing issues I spotted I soon forgot, so they were obviously very minor or rare.

The only real issue I had with the book was that the author clearly doesn't know a lot about guns. Just a guess, but when the MC talked about taking a single round from her belt and loading it into her Ruger 9mm automatic, it seemed pretty likely. Plus there's the whole "clips" thing.

Luckily, it's not that kind of book so it's only a minor ding that one time. If the author were to change that to dropping the magazine and seating a new one, then we'd be all good.

tarakis
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This story grows on ya!

Reviewed at: 2.6 Engagement

Sam and Bruce are an Awesome team. They've managed to pick up for good help and tricks to thwart the evil bad guys in the first arc. Now they are hip deep in a Different world gettin' ready to once again kick the evil bad guys in the nads and with emo style!!

Nole Moody is a cool cat writer that is doing a great story-telling!

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