Are you ready? BLAZE (OR LOVE IN THE TIME OF SUPERVILLAINS) by Laurie Boyle Crompton is the must-read novel for this winter. Classic comic-book illustrations are combined with a laugh-out-loud tale of the consummate battle of the sexes: the quirky, outsider teen girl versus the handsome, egotistical golden boy.
My stop today on the #GeekGrlzRevenge blog tour features a review of Blaze and an interview with Laurie Boyle Crompton.
Interview with Laurie Boyle Crompton
Thanks again for stopping by today Laurie. It was great talking to you!
My Review: When I saw the cover of this book and read the synopsis, I just knew I had to read this book. Blaze is a 17-year-old girl who is a senior in high school. She loves comic books and knows everything about them, even creating one of her own. Her love for comics was something she got from her dad, who was an avid vintage comic book collector. Even her name, "Blaze," was after the comic book character Johnny Blaze from Ghost Rider. When her dad dropped out of the picture to pursue an acting career, Blaze stepped up to help her mom as much as she could, now finding herself as a "surrogate soccer mom" to her little brother Josh and his friends. She doesn't mind this at all though, because she is totally crushing on the soccer coach, Mark, who is also a senior in high school. When Mark finally begins to pay attention to Blaze and asks her out, she is elated. Two dates later, and after her friend sends a snapshot of her to Mark, she finds herself in the backseat of "superturd" in a situation that is quickly getting out of hand. Desperate to have Mark as her boyfriend, she and her friends plot and implement a plan to get him back after he begins to ignore her, but Blaze soon finds that she has been played by the player. It is at this time that Blaze, AKA The Blazing Goddess, covertly begins to execute her geek girl revenge on Mark, AKA Mark the Shark. In the meantime, she has started working at the comic book store in the mall with Quentin, who she really likes and has a lot in common with. He loves her comic book, encourages her, and helps her to promote it. Soon the comic has gone viral, and needless to say, Mark the Shark is not a happy camper. When he retaliates, Mark the Shark lives up to his supervillian name and Blaze soon finds herself hated, bullied, and made fun of, now in a place that even The Blazing Goddess can't save her from.
I really loved Blaze. I found her to be hilarious and snarky, and the things she was thinking were often funnier than the things that she said. She made some big mistakes, and paid a big price for them, but I really admired her for the way she loved her little brother Josh and did things for him. Josh was a pretty cool kid himself, and despite his age of 13, he also fiercely defended his sister, especially where Mark was concerned. Mark was a hottie, but also a manwhore, and totally filled the shoes of his comic book character "Mark the Shark." I was glad to see that he apologized to Blaze after things happened, unfortunately, it was too little too late and he still reigned in his kingdom of jerkdom. Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillians) was such a fun read, and as entertaining as it is, Laurie Boyle Crompton also addressed some really serious issues, such as cyber bullying, its ramifications and subsequent consequences, and how easily people believe the lies they are fed over the internet, lies which leave the life of the person being lied about in shambles. She also did an excellent job of portraying what a true friend really is, and I quote Quentin, who stood behind Blaze, even after she confessed everything to him......."Haven't you ever heard the line, 'Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people'?......."Blaze, don't let a bunch of small minds make you question who you are." Well said and excellently done Laurie Crompton. Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillians) is a hilariously fun read that also addresses some serious issues and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and definitely recommend it.
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