Review: Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton + Guest Post & Giveaway!

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Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton

3 Stars

Blaze’s story is, unfortunately, one that happens to girls so often. I think, for the most part, almost every girl has had a taste of this situation, including yours truly. I cannot even begin to tell you how much it angers me and saddens me at the same time that kids can be so thoughtless and cruel to one another. I’m not going to get into a rant on this review, just know it breaks my heart.

Even though this story has a heavy subject, I think Laurie Boyle Crompton did a great job of making it light-hearted. Blaze has this amazing group of sidekicks in her brother thirteen-year-old brother and his three friends. As much as they annoy her, she really does love them. They sure knew how to bring on the laughs. :) Blaze also has two girlfriends…but I just liked one. The other friend I wanted to seriously punch in the face. Wow. With friends like that…
And don’t even get me started on her parents! I can’t even…

There’s lots of geeky comic talk in this book which, if you’re not hugely into comics, won’t hinder your reading experience one bit. In fact, the many comic factoids I learned in this story may have elevated my level of coolness. I’m sure of it! Plus, bonus! There’s a Cute Comic Book Guy in the horizon!

As for Mark, the Shark, I thought he was charming…but maybe not your smartest cookie, as a lot of these pretty, player types seem to be. He did a horrible thing by posting that picture of Blaze, and I’m surprised he, or any of the other sites who had the picture up, weren’t reprimanded.  I mean, Blaze is seventeen! I would’ve liked to have seen some sort of repercussions for him on. He just got off too easily in my opinion.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting. I loved how witty and funny it was at times, but I definitely would’ve liked to have seen some consequences in the end. I loved all the comic book talk too, and so I look forward to seeing what else Ms. Crompton will bring us.

Book Info

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)by Laurie Boyle Crompton
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Pub Date: February 1st 2013
Pages: 309
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: ContemporaryYoung Adult
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Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines, drawing comics and feeling invisible. She’s desperate for soccer star Mark to notice her. And when her BFF texts Mark a photo of Blaze in sexy lingerie, it definitely gets his attention. After a hot date in the back of her minivan, Blaze is flying high, but suddenly Mark’s feelings seem to have been blasted by a freeze-ray gun, and he dumps her. Blaze gets her revenge by posting a comic strip featuring uber-villain Mark the Shark. Mark then retaliates by posting her “sext” photo, and, overnight, Blaze goes from Super Virgin Girl to Super Slut. That life on the sidelines is looking pretty good right about now…

Guest Post

Top 10 Comic Book Heroes

After a tough day it can be fun to spend time reading a superhero comic or twelve. Sometimes reading about the good guys kicking bad guy butt can really hit the spot. Here are my top ten:

1. Jean Grey is my absolute favorite superhero. She’s the one who is quoted at the beginning of Blaze and I love that Blaze draws from her strength as she learns to stand up for herself.

2. Storm is another powerful female hero who can seriously hold her own. She’s often underrated, but she’s one of the most powerful mutants and totally changes the game when she shows up on the scene.

3. Of course motorcycle hellion Ghost Rider gets high billing as the inspiration for Blaze’s name. He was originally designed to be a bad guy for Daredevil to fight but then the brilliant folks at Marvel realized he deserved to be the hero of his own comic. Good call, Marvel.

4. The Silver Surfer may look bizarre with his smooth silver skin coating, but he totally gets me swooning with his poetic soliloquies about soaring free through the cosmos. Silver runs deep.

5. Wolverine is gritty and harsh and best of all, he doesn’t apologize for it. And come on, wouldn’t we all like the ability to go a little beserker now and then? Just a tiny bit beserker. Over a totally appropriate situation, of course. Like someone cutting us in line.

6. In spite of being totally blind Daredevil delivers justice to Hell’s Kitchen bad guys. The lesser-known movie with Ben Affleck is worth seeing only to watch him and Jennifer Garner fall in love onscreen. Very convincing I’d say. J

7. Of course, everyone’s favorite metal head goes on the list. Iron Man. ‘Nuff said.

8. Batman certainly gets mention, even though he’s DC and I’m a total Marvel Girl. Seriously though, gotta love the Batmobile.

9. And of course Spidey should be in the top ten on any list. Sexiest nerdy science geek ever.

10. And Thor has that great Asgardian way of speaking that makes everything he says sound important. I used to try to imitate this in high school until my friends told me it really needed to stop. I’d tell them, “I say thee nay!” and they’d tell me to get a life.


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Jess @ Gone with the Words

29 Responses to “Review: Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton + Guest Post & Giveaway!”

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    I also wanted Mark to get some repercussions from posting online-I’ve read stories with similar stuff and usually there’s something. But at least there was Josh and the Cretins-so much love for those guys!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      I LOVED Josh and the Cretins! They cracked me up! But yeah, the whole Mark getting off so easy kinda bummed me out. :/

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Thank you, Christina!! Spider-Man is one of my top favorites too!!

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    Tiffany Drew

    My has been and always will be Batman. Oh how I love that man!

    Thank you for the great review and the opportunity to read this one!

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    Fiery Na

    Superman! I read from one of the comments, Sailor Moon and I second that! I forgot about them but they are awesome female heroes :)

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    Brooke D

    Sailor Moon! Of course :) Miss that show so much! It’s a good thing I have the movies so I can watch themwith my little sister :)

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    Lisbeth Avery

    I adore Rogue from X-Men though I’m pretty fond of Domino right now. I adore pretty much every Marvel character but I have a soft spot for Batman & Gang.

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    Amy @ bookgoonie

    I never really read or got into superheroes beyond 70s TV & Movies. I’ll forever love Christopher Reed as Superman, Adam West as Batman & Carter as Wonder Woman. I take that back I also love Keaton & Kilmer as 80s Batmans.

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    Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley)

    I’ve been really curious about this book! I’m kind of bummed that the Shark didn’t get reprimanded in the end. :( But I’m still curious about the book and the story. I cringe at things like this because I’m raising girls…

    And I DO in fact have a favorite superhero, as you know. The Caped Crusader himself, my superhero boyfriend, Batman. It is love.

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    Alexa Y.

    I love that this book features a girl who likes comics. Even though I’m relatively new to comics and reading them, I do enjoy them a lot :)

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