Wednesday, 31 July 2013

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

sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and Edelweiss.
Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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...

Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)(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 10.

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