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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

Blog Tour - Karolina Dalca: Dark Eyes by M.R. Noble

Blog Tour - Karolina Dalca: Dark Eyes by M.R. Noble

Hi there! Today I've got a blog tour review for The Write Reads. This is the first of two reviews I'm doing for this particular tour, as I'm reviewing book one in the Dark Eyes series by M.R. Noble today, and book two in the series, Dark Eyes, White Lies next week! So come back for that, and don't forget to check out the rest of the tour.

Blindsided by an attack that destroys her home and blamed for murder, Karolina Dalca, a half-vampire, escapes, only to plunge into the magical societies from which she was sheltered.

Betrayed by those around her, she abandons her dreams of becoming an investigator and flees, trusting only herself. Her police internship would never prove more useful. Hoofing it through the wilderness, she makes it to her university dorm, disheveled but delightfully deflowered.

Enter a full vampire: one wielding dark magic and a ride out of Canada. A fugitive from the law, Karo complies with his demands to escape, unsure whether his requests are bewitched. She vows to clear her name and avenge her mother's death, but Karo's family secrets aren't so easily left behind.

Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes is a really fun, exciting adventure of a story. There are a lot of familiar elements here. The teenage heroine is still learning the extents of her powers. Her mother has kept a lot of family secrets from her, and she's looking for answers. Not only is there a love triangle, but it has a werewolf at one point, and a vampire at another point. But somehow it all still feels fresh and quite captivating.

Karolina is an excellent lead character. There's a lot going on with her, and it's fascinating watching it playing out. She knows some of her powers and some of her heritage, but there's still so much for her to uncover. She's at once trusting and cautious, powerful but vulnerable, and open to love while keeping her guard up. These conflicts drive her and most of the plot too. Her two romantic possibilities, Roman and Andre, are delightful sparring opponents, both looking out for Karo in different ways, both with their own agendas and the hostility between them, while being forced into cooperation, is really a lot of fun. 

I loved the international mystery and jet setting adventure, mixed with the supernatural elements. Going from Canada to Russia reveals a lot of the world building that's been done, and it feels like it's a very well built world. The idea of white magic safehouses, and family conflicts over different states, it's all very enticing, and there are hints and suggestions about a lot more going on behind, that I'm hoping we'll see explored more in further books in the series. 

The action scenes are well written, exciting and dynamic. Without bogging us down in detailed descriptions of how powers work, we get to see them unleashed on the page, as magical fights seem lethal and wild. There's a good emphasis on different elements and how they're perceived in the supernatural world, and the contrast between light and dark forces, and I loved how these were separated into different levels or types of powers. There's a great deal of depth to this system, and the way we're shown it is thrilling and visceral. 

There are also some really cool moral dilemmas, including one that sets up the next book in the series. Not everything can be solved by fighting, not every battle can be won, or even fought. It all leaves it on a knife's edge of anticipation, and I'm very pleased I have book two to go and read next!

Karolina Dalca: Dark Eyes is a strong introduction to what promises to be a fun and exciting series of supernatural adventure stories.


Karolina Dalca: Dark Eyes is out now, published by The Wild Rose Press.

I was given a review copy by The Write Reads in return for an honest review and participation in the blog tour.


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