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

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)
Title: Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)
Author: Laurie Boyle Crompton
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date of Publication: February 1, 2013

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...

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Review

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and Edelweiss for the review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

I'd be lying if I say that I didn't know right from the get-go that I'll like this book. Guys, a comic book geek girl is the main character of this novel! All geek girls rejoice! If that's not enough to rope you into reading it, then here are some more reasons.

Even if you're not into comic books but you geek out over anything, be it movies, Asian dramas, books or Asian boys, you will be able to relate to Blaze. I sure did. I know absolutely NOTHING about comic books until they're in the big screen (I KNOW! BLASPHEMY) but I was nodding all the time and rooting for Blaze in all her endeavors!

First, Blaze. What a cool name, right? Blaze is such a relatable character that you just want to see her happy in the end. I want her to realize how cool she is, how awesome of a sister she is and how she's setting her sights on the wrong boy and that she's better off with a geek boy, who's as cool as her. Of course, she has flaws but don't we all? Her character development arc and the romance arc as well, were all good and cute. So cute. Some might not like it because there are too many comic book references but never fear because they were put in good taste.

Don't get me started on how snarky and funny this book is. What I love about geek characters is they usually have this humor that I just get and appreciate and totally laugh at. I was chuckling and laughing and at times, cringing in embarrassment when it calls for it. I was so engrossed in this novel.

The illustrations inside the novel were AMAZING as well. It gave the novel a comic-book feel which in my opinion is great. And the art itself is wonderful. I remember tweeting Laurie right after I read BLAZE and while in its high if she was the one who drew the inside illustrations. She said no and that it was drawn by Anne Cain and I suggest you go check out her page because all I can say is COOLIO.

I truly believe BLAZE transcends whatever fandom or obsession you are in. You just have to be passionate about one thing, be a fan of a single thing and you'd be able to relate to her. Go grab yourself a copy!

About Laurie Boyle Crompton

Laurie Boyle Crompton is the YA author of BLAZE (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) and THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH (Sourcebooks, 2013 & 2014) as well as the upcoming ADRENALINE CRUSH from Farrar Straus Giroux. Laurie graduated first in her class from St. John’s University with a major in English and minor in Journalism. She’s written for national magazines like ALLURE as well as numerous trade publications and has appeared on Good Day New York several times as a Toy Expert. Yes, that is an actual thing that people sometimes get to be.

When she’s not writing Laurie enjoys hiking, cycling, reading, cross-country skiing, running, going to the movies and drinking tea by the gallon. She lives near NYC, but loves to escape to the mountains in New Paltz, NY where she and her family can often be found climbing over rocks or tromping through the forest.  She is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Agency.

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