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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 - Bridget Vanderpuff and the Great Airship Robbery by Martin Stewart

 Blog Tour Review - Bridget Vanderpuff and the Great Airship Robbery by Martin Stewart

Someone has stolen Mr Vanderpuff's golden whisk!

If Bridget and her new friend Stacy don't find it by midnight, the world's best baker will never mix again.

And – as the girls chase a chain of impossible puzzles through the secrets and shadows of Paris – Tom and Pascal find skulduggery afoot in Belle-on-Sea…

Can Bridget and her friends crack the case and save the bake shop in time?

This is another fun, whimsical adventure for the wonderful Bridget and her friends.

This time she's off on her travels with Mr Vanderpuff, heading to Paris for a renowned baking competition, leaving Tom and Pascal behind to look after the bakery. Along the way she meets the lovely Clementine, and learns that family and acceptance can appear at surprising times. I absolutely loved a phrase in there about how Clem had a space in her heart waiting for Bridget to fill it, and it's so lovely seeing her go from the despair of the orphanage to developing this strong sense of family.

Of course, it's not all smooth sailing. Book two introduced a sinister society, the Meanies, and this book really shows us a lot more of these horrible people trying to eradicate fun and happiness. There are plenty of nefarious deeds, both home and abroad, and both Bridget and Tom are kept busy trying to foil them.

Bridget continues to be a joy, with her optimism and cleverness and her wonderful gadgets. It's a lot of fun watching her exploring Paris and seeing her with her new friend Stacy. And back in Belle-on-Sea it's great seeing Tom grow from the role of sidekick to having to stop a Meanie attack with Pascal.

Throughout the book we're also treated to descriptions of the most amazing bakes, though this has been slightly toned down to make way for more mystery and adventure as Bridget uses her inventions and cleverness to race around Paris saving the day from the Meanies.

The illustrations by David Habben continue to be gorgeous additions to the story and felt a lot less repetitive this time. In book two I was getting frustrated at seeing the same illustrations again and again, resized and cropped. I didn't really notice it in book three, I'm pleased to say.

With the addition of another secret society and further travels into Europe, Bridget Vanderpuff looks set to continue for some time. I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes!


Bridget Vanderpuff and the Great Airship Robbery by Martin Stewart is out now, published by Zephyr Books. 

I was given a review copy in return for an honest review and participation in this ed_pr blog tour.


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