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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 - Wicked Little Deeds by Kat Ellis

 Review - Wicked Little Deeds by Kat Ellis

From its creepy town mascot to the story of its cursed waterfall, Burden Falls is a small town dripping with superstition. Ava Thorn knows this well - since the horrific accident she witnessed a year ago, she's been plagued by nightmares.

But when someone close to her is brutally murdered and Ava is the primary suspect, she starts to wonder if the legends surrounding the town are more fact than fiction.

Whatever secrets Burden Falls is hiding, there's a killer on the loose, and they have a vendetta against the Thorns...

I loved this book! It's a thriller with supernatural elements, set in that staple of horror fiction, small town America. 

One of the things I really enjoyed about it is the way it played with feuds between bloodlines, from the distant past right up until the children of today, presented them as "just the way things are" but then slowly revealed the real reasons behind the bad blood, both from the stories of the past to the way things look when seen from another perspective. 

It is clever and sharp, with a perfect blend of originality with accepted horror tropes. Kat Ellis really knows her horror, and like in Harrow Lake, it informs her writing beautifully.

The pacing is superb throughout too, with the whole thing building up slowly and creepily to a breathtaking finale.


Wicked Little Deeds by Kat Ellis is out now, published by Penguin Random House

I was given a review copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review.


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