June 25, 2017

#BookReview: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #1) by Mary Weber

Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi's dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth's corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth's Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi's the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she's convinced he's been taken to the ice-planet.

Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.

For Miguel, Earth's charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight's bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he's a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.

Mary Weber is the multiple-award-winning author of the bestselling young adult Storm Siren Trilogy, and The Evaporation of Sofi Snow series - all by HarperCollins. An avid high school, middle school, and conference speaker, Mary's passion is helping others find their voice amid a world that often feels too loud. When she's not plotting adventures involving tough girls who frequently take over the world, Mary sings 80's hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. 

Mary's debut, Storm Siren, was featured in the Scholastic School Book Fairs, and her novels have been endorsed by bestselling authors Marissa Meyer, Jay Asher, Wendy Higgins, CJ Redwine, and Jonathan Maberry. 

You can also find Mary's fun interviews in the paperback of Marissa Meyer's NYT bestselling, CRESS, and in Jay Asher's 13 REASONS WHY movie tie-in edition. Most recently, you can see her and her family as extras in the NETFLIX Original Series, 13 REASONS WHY.

She gets nerdy at @maryweber.com, FACEBOOK @MaryWeberAuthor, INSTAGRAM @MaryWeberAuthor, TWITTER @mchristineweber, and GOODREADS. Come say hi!!

I am so sad that I didn't like this one.  I am a die hard fan of Weber's other series Storm Siren so when this one was available to read I about died that I snagged it.  But shortly into this book I realized that although I loved her other series this one just didn't work out for me.  

The gaming parts really through me for a loop. They were interesting but written in a way that made things confusing.  I loved the future setting and the concept, but I wished there would have been more explanation for parts of it.  The other issue I had was that you have this boy who has been an ambassador since he was 16.  I understand this kind of thing for a society like back in King Arthur times.  But for this, you have plenty of adults to do adult things. Why is this kid doing something that he shouldn't be doing for his age?  There is no way he is qualified for this kind of job.  This is one of my main issues with some young adult titles.  That they throw these kids into adult jobs when there are adults to do this kind of thing.  If the book calls for it I fully support that.  But for this one, it just didn't.  The next thing on my list was the romance. Although there isn't any insta-love I think that might have been better than what we got.  These two pretty much hover around each other for most of the book and it was just kind meh. 

In the end, I really kinda wish that this would have been like The Hunger Games and would have focused on the games more and about that aspect of their world.  This one with the blend of characters, plot, and the story just didn't win me over. 

PS. Mary if your reading this SO SO SORRY that I didn't like your newest book! 

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