Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Strain of Resistance (Bixby Series Book #1) by Michelle Bryan

I recently listened to Strain of Resistance (Bixby Series Book #1) by Michelle Bryan. I really wanted to like this one, but had a difficult time doing so. The cover and description is what drew me in. Full review below...


Still trying to figure out how Strain of Resistance (Bixby Series Book 1) by Michelle Bryan received such great reviews. There are things I liked, but more so things I didn’t…just as the book was starting to pick up, the epilogue begins...seriously?! I purchased this book as it came up in a search for dark fantasy- there is a darkness to it, but not as dark as I had hoped. The beginning started great and I thought yes, this is going to be a good book, but it failed to materialize.

Minimal spoilers below...
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Reviews stated the main character, Bixby, was strong, kick-a**, etc.- and she was fairly strong, unfortunately there’s an annoyance to her that over powers any kick-a** traits, combined with too many insecurities, the character fails. You can be damaged and strong without the annoying parts and it’s a bummer the author didn’t go that route. As for character development- you get a brief scene of Bixby admitting she’s scared and staying with her lover for the night, but that’s all. You will find yourself asking “who were the characters again?”. Then there’s the dialogue- if you enjoy childish jokes you would have heard in elementary/junior high school, this book might be for you. If you are looking for a dark, adult series, look elsewhere.


The good? There’s an underlying story that has potential if the author rids the book of the flaws listed above. Honestly it’s a bummer because this book could be fantastic. The narrator was wonderful.


Overall, I can’t recommend in it’s current form. I really wanted to like this one but felt I wasted my money.


Need a little more info? Aliens (called leeches) have taken over. A group of people are trying to survive while the aliens are showing signs of increased intelligence, ravagers (cannibals) complicate matters, throw in Bixby’s relationship with Luke, and that about sums it up.


Parental guidance/trigger warnings: swearing (lots of it), words such as ‘tards, cripples, oldies, bimbos, or like-words are used fairly frequently, father is abusive to child and mother, killing, guns, a scene where a ravager grabs the main characters breast, multiple sex scenes, knives, death of loved ones, and probably more I’m missing. This is not for those who are easily offended or kids.

Where to purchase (Why post this if I didn't recommend the book? As I've stated before, just because I don't care for a book, doesn't mean someone else will feel the same):
Audible


Where to find the author:
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Goodreads

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