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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 Review - Scareground by Angela Kecojevic

 Blog Tour Review - Scareground by Angela Kecojevic

Roll up, roll up, the Scareground is in town!

Twelve-year-old Nancy Crumpet lives above a bakery and her life is a delightful mix of flour, salt, and love. Yet her mind is brimming with questions no one can answer: Why did her birth parents disappear? Why can she speak with the sky? And why must she keep her mysterious birthmark hidden?

Everything is about to change when the Scareground returns to Greenwich. Nancy is convinced it holds the answers to her parents’ disappearance. Nancy and her best friend Arthur Green meet the fair’s spooky owner, Skelter, and discover a world full of dark magic and mystery. Nancy must confront her greatest fears to get to the truth. But is she ready for all the secrets the Scareground will reveal?

Scareground is dark and spooky and utterly enthralling!

It's a story about a young girl trying to find her place in the world. Nancy Crumpet feels like there should be more to her life than being a baker, but just what that is, she doesn't know.

It's a story about unusual families and friendships. Nancy has a loving home and family, but still feels like she needs to know more about her birth family. And although she has a good friend, it's clear that friendships are something she has always struggled with. Her anxieties around her friendship with Arthur is fascinating to watch unfold, as she learns to trust in that friendship more. That longing for companionship intertwined with the fear of being rejected is so moving and well depicted. Even more fascinating is her friendship with the sky. It's clever, imaginative and magical in all of its mystery.

It's a story about fairgrounds, and our desire to experience the kind of thrills that scare us, and the powerful attraction fear has on our souls.

But more than any of this, it is a story about darkness. It is a story about what happens when we walk into the darkness, and how some people embrace it and some people fight it. It is a story about the powerful allure of the forbidden, the scary and the dangerous and how dark deals can twist and distort good intentions into something not very good at all. 

It is a powerful and creepy story that cast a spell over me and held me in its grip until I'd finished reading, leaving me wanting more.


Scareground by Angela Kecojevic is out now, published by Neem Tree Press.

I was given a review copy in exchange for an honest review and participation in this The Write Reads blog tour.

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