December 19, 2019

#BookReview: Don't Read the Comments by @ericsmithrocks


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.


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About the Author: 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.

Rating: ★★★★
My Review: If you love gaming and sweet romance than this book will totally be for you!! I loved every page and can not wait for more!! This was a very fast story to read and it was so adorable.  This was a perfect mix of struggle and awesome.  Eric did very well with the female voice and if you were giving this title and not told that the author was male you would never know.  The gaming aspects of this story were on point.  I have a few friends that are addicted to the gaming world and after talking with them they said that this was all believable in the best possible way.  




Go Into This One Knowing: Gaming, Struggle 







"Wonderfully geeky and deeply compassionate, Don't Read the Comments is a heartwarming tale of finding your community and following your dreams." ?Marieke Nijkamp, #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where it Ends

"Don't Read the Comments is a modern-to-the-minute adventure about rising above expectations of family, class, and social media, to find your true destiny and grab it by the controller." ?Whitney Gardner, award-winning author of You're Welcome, Universe

"Don't Read the Comments has so much heart: the kind that makes you fall in love, and the kind that makes your breath short. If you're not already a gamer, you might be after this book. And if you need a little hope, Eric Smith delivers the sunshine." ?Olivia A. Cole, author of A Conspiracy of Stars

"Smith's (contributor: Color Outside the Lines, 2019, etc.) characters are achingly sincere, and his smooth and witty dialogue's a pleasure to read. He artfully immerses the reader in the world of gaming, building characters and settings that are fun and compelling to read."-Kirkus Reviews









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