Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)

3.53 (1,155 ratings by Goodreads)

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Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines.

All she wants is for Mark the Soccer Stud to notice her. Not as Josh's weird sister who drives a turd-brown minivan. And not as that nerdy girl who draws comics.

What she gets is her very own arch-nemesis.

Name: Mark Deninger, aka Mark the Shark
Occupation: Soccer star and all-around lady killer
Relationship Status: Serial dater
Group Affiliation: No loyalty
Known Superpowers: Anti-girlfriend force field, breaking hearts

Mark may have humiliated Blaze supervillian-style, but what he doesn't know is how geek girls always get revenge.

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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 22.86mm | 454g
  • Naperville, United States
  • English
  • illustrations
  • 1402273436
  • 9781402273438
  • 858,971

Review quote

"First-time novelist Crompton handily establishes Blaze as a diehard comics fan who's not entirely comfortable in her own skin; her funny-crass interactions with her friends and her younger brother make for entertaining reading . . .the novel forces readers to reconsider the way they treat their peers, especially girls, over their sexual behavior, real or imagined." - Publishers Weekly
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Rating details

1,155 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
5 25% (289)
4 28% (328)
3 27% (314)
2 13% (155)
1 6% (69)

Our customer reviews

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and Edelweiss.) 17-year-old Blaze is sick of being a soccer mom. While her mother works long hours at the hospital, it's left to Blaze to drive around her younger brother and his friends in a brown minivan, when she'd rather be spending time working on her comic books. The only good thing about driving her brother to his soccer matches is that his coach Mark is hot, really hot, and when he starts flirting with her, Blaze can't help but be excited. Blaze's younger brother Josh says that Mark is a player, but Blaze can't help but feel like he really likes her. Does Mark really like Blaze? How long will Blaze have to continue being a soccer mom? And will her dreams of publishing her own comic book ever come true? This was an okay story, it was an interesting mix of romance and comic books, and you couldn't help but feel sorry for Blaze. Although you couldn't describe Blaze as being selfless, she really did do a hell of a lot of stuff for other people, and she even helped those who weren't exactly nice to her. I hated Blaze's dad, who basically didn't give a poo about her or her brother, and Mark was an utter turd. Whilst Blaze's mother could at least claim that she was working to put food on the table, her father barely spoke to her unless he wanted something, and had basically just walked out on all of them. He definitely deserved what he got in the end. Mark was a total turd. The way he initially seduced Blaze, and then just totally ignored her annoyed the hell out of me and I really wanted to just punch him or something. Absolute turd! The storyline in this book was okay. I can't say I'm really all that interested in comic books at all, but Blaze was obviously pretty passionate about them. I liked that she had something that she loved, and something that she could focus on to get away from all the other poo she had to deal with in her life. At least she got some revenge as well in the end, although Mark could have done with having 'Turd' tattooed on his forehead as a warning to other girls. Oh, and parents - there is a sex scene in this one. Nothing graphic as such, but it's there, and it's not a loving sex scene either, it's more a warning to not do it with someone who doesn't love you. Overall; an interesting mix of romance, and comic books. 6.5 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
I'm kind of into superheroes (a bit - mostly Batman) although I never really became involved with comics, oddly enough. I've been saying for a little while that I'd really love to read some more superhero-inspired YA (I think there's a lot of untapped potential there - just saying!) and it was this aspect that initially drew my attention with Blaze. Blaze isn't exactly a superhero book, but it plays a big part in the plot. This ends up making Blaze a truly fun and unique contemporary that I think is going to have plenty of widespread appeal with all kinds of readers! Reasons to Read: 1. Laugh out loud, tongue-in-cheek humour: I find funny books to be a rarity; but that may just be that I have an extremely particular sense of humour. I love really dry wit, and Blaze's sense of humour just fit so well with mine that I couldn't help but laugh along. Plus, I thought it was fantastic how she relied on humour in difficult times - I have friends like that, and I sometimes do the same thing and I think it was really neat to see a character who could crack a joke at any time. 2. Real perspective on gossip/reputation: Laurie handles these prevalent teen issues with ease in Blaze but without becoming too "heavy" and without preaching. It becomes so obvious how dangerous and hurtful cruel, thoughtless comments about other people can be. I love that it isn't focused on figuring out who's the victim and who's the villain, but recognizes that all people need to be treated with dignity and respect. And all of this is accomplished in a way that readers will relate to. 3. A unique format for a YA book: One of my favourite aspects of Blaze is that it really utilizes Blaze's love of comics (and her talent as an artist) as one of the ways to immerse the reader in the story. The included illustrations in the book are done by an incredible artist - and while my ARC didn't contain the illustrations, I was able to get an inside look at some of the art for the novel through the Sourcebooks blog tour. I LOVED the way that the illustrations are included with the story, to help bring it to life. It's a really fun way of presenting the story. You can find a sneak peek of the artwork here. (Includes Mark the Shark and the Blazing Goddess) I only wish that the consequences for some of the poor choices made had been highlighted a bit better; there are a number of events which take place that many teens will experience (such as sexting, relationships, and gossip) but I don't think the outcome was as convincing as it could have been. Everyone largely comes out unscathed, and I don't mind that overall but I wish that some of these problems weren't as easily to solve as they came across in the book. But this is a fun book, that's going to appeal to a broad range of readers - those who enjoy contemporary, humour, illustrations and artwork, and even superheroes/comics will find something to appreciate in Blaze. ARC received from publisher for blog tour & review; no other compensation was more
by Brenna Staats
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