Monday, February 11, 2013

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillians)
By: Laurie Boyle Crompton
Released: February 1, 2013
Source: E-book from Publisher
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 


"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..." (Summary from goodreads.com)

When I first heard about Blaze a few months ago I just knew I had to read this book. I'm a major geek (hence the blog name) and I love comic books so this is just my kind of book. Blaze turned out to be even more than I expected though and I really enjoyed this story.

From the synopsis Blaze sounded like a character I would really like. Blaze loves comic books and even draws some comics herself. She is a strong character that is funny and realistic. Blaze is crushing on her brother's soccer coach and soon things get out of control. She is a believable high school student who makes mistakes. She annoyed me at times for her choices but I understand why she made those choices. Then she also has a lot going on at home too. She has a complicated relationship with her mom and her father is barely around at all. I really did love the relationship between Blaze and her little brother because it's clear how much they care for each other.

There were plenty of characters in this book and some of them I really liked and then others not so much. Blaze's brother's friends were hilarious. However, I really couldn't stand Blaze's friends and just thought that they were really bad friends. Then there is Mark. I could understand why Blaze was crushing on him but as she got to know him more, I really hated him.   

The plot was paced well and I finished this book in one sitting. I loved all the comic book mentions and how Blaze connected certain things that were happening to her favorite superheroes. One of my favorite moments in this book was definitely the scenes that took place at New York Comic Con. I attend the convention every year and I think that Crompton did an excellent job describing what it's like to be there.

Overall Blaze just had a really strong voice from the very beginning. This book was funny but still had some serious moments. I think that Crompton also did a good job at handling bullying and credibility of rumors. I definitely recommend Blaze, it's a realistic story with a fantastic protagonist.

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Giveaway:
Sourcebooks is also offering one winner a copy of Blaze. The giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck! (Thank you Sourcebooks for the giveaway!)

15 comments:

  1. I was on the fence when I first heard about this book but I am definitely intrigued by the few reviews I've read so far. I love that it references comic books (being a huge geek myself!).

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    1. I hope you enjoy this one then if you do pick it up! :) The comic references were great!

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  2. The power to heal.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  3. Awesome review. This sounds like a fun read and a different one too. Plus ill prob love the comic con references.

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    1. Thanks Teresa! You definitely would love the comic con reference because I think it really describes the craziness of the weekend well.

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  4. I really love this book! I just finished it yesterday and it was great. I loved the whole comic book aspect, even though I don't read comics at all. I also loved how the humor was balanced out by the serious messages Crompton was writing about. But most of all I loved the Soccer Cretins! They made me laugh and I loved how sweet they were to Blaze!

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

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    1. Happy you loved this book Jesse! I loved the Soccer Cretins! I completely agree they were so adorable with Blaze! :)

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  5. any would be awesome! I think I would enjoy teleknises! Idk if a spelled thar right.

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  6. I would love to fly, I could travel to wherever I wanted to visit whenever I wanted.

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  7. I got this from NetGalley like a week before it came out so I didn't get a chance to read it. It sounds really good though. And I heard that it has some cool artwork and stuff in it that's not in the digital arcs. If I could have a super power I would want to fly or teleport. Ohh even better. Freeze time for short periods. Then I would have so much more time to read!!

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  8. Definitely the power to read minds or control time. I think being something of a timelord would be fantastic.

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  9. Teleportation of course. Then I could really wake up five minutes before class.

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

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  10. I would like to have the ability to be invisible.

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  11. Such a tough question! I think either telekinesis or the ability to make myself invisible when I choose to be would be cool. I think I would go to the cinema a lot :P

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