Tuesday, January 28, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Don't Read the Comments by Eric Smith

I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Don't Read the Comments by Eric Smith. I received a free copy through Netgalley for honest review. As soon as I read what this book was about, I wanted to read it. I'm so glad I got the opportunity to. Thanks so much to Inkyard Press and Eric Smith for letting me be a part of this fun tour.

Title: Don't Read the Comments
Author: Eric Smith
Published by: Inkyard Press
Released: January 28, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher through Netgalley

Synopsis: Divya Sharma is a queen. Or she is when she’s playing Reclaim the Sun, the year’s hottest online game. Divya—better known as popular streaming gamer D1V—regularly leads her #AngstArmada on quests through the game’s vast and gorgeous virtual universe. But for Divya, this is more than just a game. Out in the real world, she’s trading her rising-star status for sponsorships to help her struggling single mom pay the rent.
Gaming is basically Aaron Jericho’s entire life. Much to his mother’s frustration, Aaron has zero interest in becoming a doctor like her, and spends his free time writing games for a local developer. At least he can escape into Reclaim the Sun—and with a trillion worlds to explore, disappearing should be easy. But to his surprise, he somehow ends up on the same remote planet as celebrity gamer D1V.
At home, Divya and Aaron grapple with their problems alone, but in the game, they have each other to face infinite new worlds…and the growing legion of trolls populating them. Soon the virtual harassment seeps into reality when a group called the Vox Populi begin launching real-world doxxing campaigns, threatening Aaron’s dreams and Divya’s actual life. The online trolls think they can drive her out of the game, but everything and everyone Divya cares about is on the line…
And she isn’t going down without a fight. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: I had such a fun time with this book! When I first glanced at the cover, I had no idea it was a book about online gaming. I know, I know, I should have read the synopsis instead of basing everything off the cover, but I can't help who I am. It was such a pleasant surprise to experience the gaming world of Reclaim the Sun with Divya and Aaron's journey. I really like books about games, and it's not something I come across very often. I can think of three books I've read that really focused on a video game aspect, and I enjoyed all of them. I'm so glad I can now add Don't Read the Comments to that list.
I wish I could play Reclaim the Sun. I probably wouldn't be very good at it, but I'd have a good time trying.
I also appreciated all the other stuff that goes along with online gaming, the good and the bad. Online gaming communities can be a lot of fun, but they can also be kind of scary and dangerous. Being anonymous online gives people the belief they can say whatever they want. Some people say and do some really awful things. I like how Don't Read the Comments brought up that dark side of online communities.
I liked getting to know Divya and Aaron and being able to watch them connect and get to know each other.
Don't Read the Comments is great! If you want a book that focuses on an online gaming community, this is your book! I definitely recommend it and I'm glad I got the chance to read it.

Eric Smith is an author and literary agent from Elizabeth, New Jersey.
His Young Adult books include the Inked duology (Bloomsbury), the anthology Welcome Home (Flux), The Girl & the Grove (Flux), and Don't Read the Comments (Inkyard Press).
His first non-fiction book, The Geek's Guide to Dating, was published with Quirk Books in December 2013. It was an Indiebound bestseller and has sold into eight languages.
When he isn't busy working on his own books, he works representing YA, sci-fi, fantasy, and quirky non-fiction with P.S. Literary.
You can find him on Twitter at @ericsmithrocks. You can learn more about his books, and his authors, on his official website.

Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Don't Read the Comments by Eric Smith. Thanks so much to Inkyard Press and Eric Smith for letting me be a part of this fun tour!

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