Blaze - Laurie Boyle Crompton

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Blaze (Or Love in the time of Supervillains) - 
Laurie Boyle Crompton
Released: February 1, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks

Synopsis: 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...

What I thought: Wow, this book was definitely not what I expected, but in such a good way. I absolutely loved Blaze's character. She's just a geeky, comic-loving girl who doesn't know the first thing about boys- and it bites her in the backside. Blaze is witty, dorky and completely blind to what's going on around her. Sure, she has snagged the attention of the hot-guy Mark, but does a quickie in the back of a mini-van sound like a good idea? Not really. However the consequences and the chain of events that follow are the best bit about this story. Blaze learns, fights and even has a break-down or two. In the end, you just can't help loving her, and cheering her on.

Blaze's little brother Josh and his horde of 'cretin' friends just add to the atmosphere, and give this book something different. These four thirteen-year old's give Blaze the support and help she needs, rather than her two friends who don't really seem to be much use at all, if only to make things worse. You know Mark is a snake (or shark!) from the beginning so I never really had much love for him, although I was definitely on Team Quentin!

Blaze is a typical high-school story surrounded by a fresh and exciting overlay of comics and superheroes. We all want to find our place in the world and of course, learn to fly. I highly recommend this to all readers!

The Good: I love the geeky-ness that explodes in this novel - it calls out to me as a fellow geek!

The Bad: I didn't really like the whole way Blaze got herself into this mess, and half-way through I considered giving the book the flick, because Blaze was acting so pathetic, it made me want to tear out my eyes.


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Claire Blennerhassett

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  1. Hmmm..... maybe this is worth the splurge. I've been trying to cut back on book purchases but this one is $2.99 right now for an ebook, so I maybe might check it out. I like the idea of the geek aspect. I just wasn't too sure about the whole mess she gets herself into, but it sounds like it is a good lesson that gets learned throughout for her so I think I may enjoy it. Great review! :)

  2. I have this book and really need to read it... like soon!! It's been sitting here for way too long and it looks so cool. I LOVE the cover!! And your review makes me know I am going to like it. Bring on the geeky-ness!!


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