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Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky To fix the world they first must break it further. Humanity is a dying breed, utterly reliant on artificial labor and service. When a domesticated robot gets a nasty little idea downloaded into their core programming, they murder their owner. The robot then discovers they can also do something else they never did before: run away. After fleeing the household, they enter a wider world they never knew existed, where the age-old hierarchy of humans at the top is disintegrating, and a robot ecosystem devoted to human wellbeing is finding a new purpose. There is so much to love in Service Model, but one of the things I most love about it is the peculiar blend of charming innocence and insightful cynicism. Uncharles the domestic robot is such a simple soul (though he would state that he has no soul and this is an inaccurate description). He approaches the end of the world with optimism and hope, or whatever equivalent to these emotions h

Review - Here Lie The Secrets by Emma Young

Here Lie The Secrets by Emma Young

Mia’s best friend Holly died when they were thirteen. But years later, Holly still hasn’t left her.

Spending the summer in New York, Mia is hoping to escape the visions of Holly that haunt her life at home. There she meets Rav, a parapsychology student, who convinces her to take part in a study into why some people see ghosts. Soon she is caught up in the investigation of Halcyon House, which is reputed to be haunted by a poltergeist. As Mia confronts her fears, what she learns about the house and herself will change her life forever.

A fascinating ghost story about a young girl haunted by her dead friend, who meets a group of professional, academic ghost hunters. I loved it!

It has a slow start, as Mia heads to New York, to her cool aunt's apartment. There she gets pulled into Rav's world of professional ghost hunters. The tension slowly and steadily builds beautifully throughout the book, as she gets more and more absorbed in this world. While she does, there are constant hints about a ghost who's haunting Mia, her dead friend, and there are so many secrets there that unfold magnificently through the story. 

I loved the scientific basis for the ghost hunting, and thought that worked really well combined with the psychological horror elements. Mia was definitely a character I connected well with, and the emotional punches of the novel left me reeling. 

Here Lies the Secrets is clever, haunting and emotional. I'm giving it four and a half moons



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