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

Blaze - Laurie Boyle Crompton#GeekGrlzRevenge Tour
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (February 1st, 2013)
Paperback: 320 pages
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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…


The comic geek in me enjoyed the fun nerdy comic/superhero references and I’m always down for using comics to express your feelings. I really enjoyed the book but there was a few things that annoyed me a bit. One was, I definitely wanted more of the fallout (aka. Super Slut, now what?), the synopsis kind of already gives us a taste of how she gets there, but the majority of the book  actually ends up just rehashing what we already know instead of focusing on how Blaze has to deal with being “Super Slut”. The part that did deal more with the fall out was far more interesting and definitely worth the emotional investment. I would have gladly dropped the first half for more of the last half of the book. A second thing, Blaze kind of annoyed me, nothing major, just the selfish teenage act (I admit, I’ve been there too), I think my main problem was it was so typical/predictable.

What I did like about the book, I loved. And that would be the ridiculously adorable sibling relationship of Blaze and her younger brother Josh (and the rest of the soccer cretins). Blaze is (acting) soccer mom to Josh and all his little soccer playing friends and the boys are just adorable, each of them with their quirky personalities. I love that it’s like she has 4 little brothers instead of 1, they support her through thick and thin. Josh, even though he’s the younger brother, sometimes acts like he’s 13 going on 40, but that actually exactly what Blaze needs. This thankfully, is sprinkled throughout the entire book, though the ending does basically win it all.

Overall, it was a fun book with a cute use of comic geek setting. I loved the latter half/dealing with the falling out but it was just too short (if it had focused more on that I think I would have loved this book).

{*Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

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0 Replies to “Blog Tour: Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton”

  1. This sounds like fun and the perfect gift for a comic lover!

  2. […] read with a mix of reality tv, prom queens and high school shenanigans. I enjoyed Crompton’s Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) so I can only hope her sophomore book is just as fun. Also, such a bright colour cover! PS. […]

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