Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)
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 second I saw the cover and read the synopsis I knew I wanted to read this book! It sounded cute and funny! So I’m excited to share my thoughts with you today and have Laurie Boyle there with a phenomenal Guest Post! Oh and.. I have a Giveaway!
Blaze – Geeky, Nerdy and so cute!
When I meet Blaze I knew I was going to like her! She was quirky, funny, snarky totally geeky and a true Nerd! She loves Comic – the old ones, the original ones and she LOVED to talk about them. And that, even though her friends sometimes roll their eyes at her. But, that’s her passion and that’s her world. I love her for this! Blaze never had a real boyfriend so she falls head over heels when the cute Soccer Trainer of her brother shows interest in her. In that sense, she was a little naive, but totally understandable and genuine.
Blaze and the Boys!
And.. I don’t mean the boyfriend boys, but her kid brother and his friends. Blaze drives them constantly around and to Soccer practice and seeing them interact was the cutest and most heart warming ever. Blaze loves and adores her brother and of course also the other way around. Even the other boys love Blaze fiercely. They would go through fire for each other. This was one aspect of the book I loved the most, the relationship between Blaze and the boys!
Blaze , Love, Bullying and bad choices..
Sadly for Blaze the whole first boyfriend situation goes totally wrong and Blaze finds herself being a target from the whole school. I found the story to be filled with great topics and issues Teens these days most definitely have to face. There is a lot of bullying and social media danger that was delivered in a hurtful, but genuine way. We feel with Blaze when everything goes downhill and we desperately hope for everything to be better… Of course, Blaze makes some bad choices along the way, but I totally think Teens in her situation might have done the same..
But, fear not.. the ending was just as amazing as the whole story and I can wholeheartedly give this book 5 stars of awesome!
Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton was a surprisingly refreshing story about bad choices a hurtful first love story and how bullying can destroy people. Blaze is a cute geeky girl who easily got a place in my heart and her story touched me, made me laugh and just made me happy. I’m excited I got to meet Blaze and I would love to meet her again 🙂
And now, I’m excited to hand over to Laurie Boyle Crompton on ..
Why My Character is “Comic Book Cool”
Blaze’s character showed up in my mind like Blam! Pow! “Tell my story!” She’s really into comics and is sort of stuck in her life as an outsider, but she isn’t ashamed of being a geek. She displays her superhero buttons proudly and is constantly drawing and reading comics. I couldn’t wait to write about her. Of course, working on a project where studying comic books counted as research was a bonus!
My step-father has this Ah-mazing! collection much like the one Blaze’s dad has in the book and I remember staying up late at night reading through stacks of them as a kid. I would try to tell my friends about these awesome characters like the Silver Surfer and Iron Man, and I’d even try to imitate Thor’s Norse God way of speaking. This was before the movies made these guys more mainstream and I was definitely on the fringe with my obsession, but when I’d find another comic book nerd we had an instant bond.
As I was writing, Blaze surprised me when she fought back against Mark the way she did and I knew at that point I could just allow her character to take over. Of course things don’t go as she plans, but no matter what tight spots she finds herself in, she uses comic books to guide and empower her. Readers who aren’t into comic books will definitely still enjoy Blaze, but my hope is that she will inspire them to check out comics for themselves, too!
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