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

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)

byLaurie Boyle Crompton

Kobo ebook | February 1, 2013

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Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines.

All she wants is for Mark the Soccer Stud to notice her. Not as Josh's weird sister who drives a turd-brown minivan. And not as that nerdy girl who draws comics.

What she gets is her very own arch-nemesis.

Name: Mark Deninger, aka Mark the Shark
Occupation: Soccer star and all-around lady killer
Relationship Status: Serial dater
Group Affiliation: No loyalty
Known Superpowers: Anti-girlfriend force field, breaking hearts

Mark may have humiliated Blaze supervillian-style, but what he doesn't know is how geek girls always get revenge.


Title:Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 1, 2013Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1402273444

ISBN - 13:9781402273445

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After I'm kind of into superheroes (a bit - mostly Batman) although I never really became involved with comics, oddly enough. I've been saying for a little while that I'd really love to read some more superhero-inspired YA (I think there's a lot of untapped potential there - just saying!) and it was this aspect that initially drew my attention with Blaze. Blaze isn't exactly a superhero book, but it plays a big part in the plot. This ends up making Blaze a truly fun and unique contemporary that I think is going to have plenty of widespread appeal with all kinds of readers! Reasons to Read: 1. Laugh out loud, tongue-in-cheek humour: I find funny books to be a rarity; but that may just be that I have an extremely particular sense of humour. I love really dry wit, and Blaze's sense of humour just fit so well with mine that I couldn't help but laugh along. Plus, I thought it was fantastic how she relied on humour in difficult times - I have friends like that, and I sometimes do the same thing and I think it was really neat to see a character who could crack a joke at any time. 2. Real perspective on gossip/reputation: Laurie handles these prevalent teen issues with ease in Blaze but without becoming too "heavy" and without preaching. It becomes so obvious how dangerous and hurtful cruel, thoughtless comments about other people can be. I love that it isn't focused on figuring out who's the victim and who's the villain, but recognizes that all people need to be treated with dignity and respect. And all of this is accomplished in a way that readers will relate to. 3. A unique format for a YA book: One of my favourite aspects of Blaze is that it really utilizes Blaze's love of comics (and her talent as an artist) as one of the ways to immerse the reader in the story. The included illustrations in the book are done by an incredible artist - and while my ARC didn't contain the illustrations, I was able to get an inside look at some of the art for the novel through the Sourcebooks blog tour. I LOVED the way that the illustrations are included with the story, to help bring it to life. It's a really fun way of presenting the story. You can find a sneak peek of the artwork here. (Includes Mark the Shark and the Blazing Goddess) I only wish that the consequences for some of the poor choices made had been highlighted a bit better; there are a number of events which take place that many teens will experience (such as sexting, relationships, and gossip) but I don't think the outcome was as convincing as it could have been. Everyone largely comes out unscathed, and I don't mind that overall but I wish that some of these problems weren't as easily to solve as they came across in the book. But this is a fun book, that's going to appeal to a broad range of readers - those who enjoy contemporary, humour, illustrations and artwork, and even superheroes/comics will find something to appreciate in Blaze. ARC received from publisher for blog tour & review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2013-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, Snark and Meaning! What a fun and engaging read. I was pulled right in by the description and lets face it the cover. I have always wanted the pink underneath and so between my fantasy and the fact that this seems like a disaster waiting to happen I was hooked. Needless to say when I requested it, got approved and found it in my mailbox I was giddy and oh so excited to start. For the most part I got what I had wished for and enjoyed the book from start to finish. With a few heart stopping moments, ones that you are shocked and some things you just wont expect it was a totally worthy read. I loved this story it was unique in its own way and really fun to read. The characters were so well done that at times it was seriously like watching some bad high school drama unfold. You know what I mean, the stuff you see coming or the stuff that is whispered about among friends in the bathroom that you catch wind of. This made everything so much easier to love and enjoy. To be honest I know where Blaze has been in some aspects so each event and reaction was realistic to me. Especially with all the people involved and all the possibilities that were there. There were also some serious moments and a few lessons thrown in for good measure. Blaze (yes that is her real name) is the girl that no one really notices but she isn't a loser either. She just is. She is a soccer mom, in a not the real mom but sister kind of way. She loves her brother but kind of doesn't enjoy the driving him and his buddies back and forth to games. This does however give her time for her passion: Comics. Reading them, drawing them, writing them. If it has something to do with comics she's in. Well that and Mark. The girl has a serious weak spot for this testosterone high guy. Though he notices her it's not quite why she thinks and well things get a little crazy from there. This is where the story got real fun. Blaze was a serious firecracker waiting for the right moment to go off. When she did there was really no going back for her. Her friends though quirky were annoying to say the least. Well Amanda annoyed me, I liked Terri for the most part. I will admit though that having Amanda around was almost like being back in high school. Everyone has that one friend or knows the girl that doesn't care who likes a guy or who is with a guy, when she wants him it's too damn bad. Also when she doesn't get what she wants it's not her fault but normally the closest friend to the incident! Terri tries to be there but I just felt that when things blew up and they were needed they were really not there. I mean they pretended to be but they weren't really there. The romance part of this book was, well not really a romance. That's not what this book was about but it was in a way(if that makes sense). Mark was "the" guy. The one that everyone seemed to like, the one that got what he wanted, the JERK. Though once I reflected he didn't make any promises but he didn't try to set things straight either. There is also another guy that is kind of in play. Though he is 100% not Mark and really isn't full out going for Blaze but is amazing in his own way. I'm not going to lie I wanted to shake Blaze, tell her to wake up and smell the awesome guy! But everything happens for a reason right? Overall Blaze was both a fun and meaningful read. It was like the best of both worlds and I enjoyed every page. Laurie Boyle Crompton's writing just flowed across the pages and made the read that much more enjoyable. My only wish is that Mark had gotten more than he did. Cruel? Maybe but trust me he deserved it after everything he put poor Blaze through. If you like contemporary reads I say give this one a go 100%.
Date published: 2013-02-20