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February 8, 2013

Blog Tour: Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton – Review

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Welcome to our Tour stop for

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

presented by Sourcebooks Fire!

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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…

add to goodreadsBlaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)
by Laurie Boyle Crompton
Publication Date:  February 1, 2013
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

Available for Purchase:
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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

Gabby NewWhen I first wanted to read Blaze, it had been when I was trying to find novels in the YA universe that involve a) Superheroes or b) Supervillains. Blaze had been the first thing I found and after reading the synopsis, I instantly knew that I wanted to read the story. Sure it sounded like the main character wouldn’t be adorning a cape and mask, but it still sounded like an interesting read. Who doesn’t want an MC (main character) who loves comic books during her teen years and draws them for sport, while crushing on a super hot guy?

Blaze is told from the first person perspective of Blaze (named after the first Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze). Blaze’s life consists of playing soccer mom for her younger brother and his friends, her Dad left to become an actor and her mother hasn’t exactly been playing the motherly role all that great. Blaze is the glue that holds her family together, she’s the good girl daughter that all parents want and everything in her life is average—until she takes the soccer star Mark (a.k.a. her brother’s soccer coach) for a ride in her car and finds herself falling for him bad.

That’s not even the start of it, Blaze and Mark’s relationship grows intense and when his interest in her dwindles, Blaze’s best friend does something overly stupid; She sexts Mark a picture of Blaze wearing slutty lingerie. Then BANG! Like something out of a Nicki Minaj song, Blaze loses her virginity to Mark in the back of her mini-van and learns that he was never really a relationship type of guy: That he only loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. In an act of revenge, Blaze creates a comic parody of her relationship with Mark, portraying him as an evil villain (“Mark the Shark”) and herself as the hero (“The Blazing Goddess”). Mark retaliates, leading Blaze to bullying and you’re left to wonder: Can a teenage girl become a superhero and save her social status and, perhaps, her own life?

Blaze was a story that I’ve gotta admit, I personally liked a lot. As a character, I thought Blaze was funny and somebody that I could relate to when it came to her love of comics. I’m going to get nerdy on you for a moment and just say that when it came to her adoration for the Golden Age comics, I had to shake my head. I prefer the 80’s to present, the artwork is way better and gives a better feel. Just saying. As for Blaze constantly slamming DC comics and Batman (blasphemer!), all I’ve gotta say on the topic is that… Batman beat the Incredible Hulk and beat Superman at the age of fifty. Do it DC.

Back to the actual review portion, Blaze does know her stuff when it comes to comics. She knows exact issue dates and ERMAGERD BATMAN the novel actually starts with the Phoenix quote from the Uncanny X-men comics when Jean Grey returns as Phoenix. Just pure awesome. The only problem that I did have with Blaze was her obsession with Mark, I suppose there really are girls who will give a guy anything to keep him with them… but seriously losing your virginity to a guy in a mini-van on like the second date? That just came off as plain stupid. Plus, Blaze does think some pretty… weird and sexual stuff… that I personally got uncomfortable with. But, maybe that’s just me.

When Blaze does become a target for bullying, I did think a lot of the sudden rise of suicides that are all over the media. What Blaze has to go through is pretty insane and I felt really sorry for her when I read the novel and had to suffer through the bullying with her. It was not fun and felt so realistic.

All I want to know is: Will there be a sequel?

Blaze is a novel that I would recommend to my fellow comic readers, readers who want a dramatic story and fans of shows like Gossip Girl.

About the Author:

I write young adult novels and am enjoying the exciting ups and downs of this career. I blog about the journey from deal to publication over at Emu’s Debuts with some awesome fellow-writers. I’m represented by the amazing Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Agency and consider myself blessed to have time and space in my life to devote to writing. It is a colossal act of faith to write a novel (or four) and I commend all those who choose this challenging path.

Connect with the author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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2 Comments

  1. This sounds right up my alley. I’ve read a lot of great reviews for Blaze so far. I’m anxiously awaiting its release. Great review! :)
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  2. Jenea W
    2/9/2013

    Great review. I want to get this one. :)

    Jenea @Books Live Forever

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