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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- ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Devyani
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: holds-potential
Blaze was a fairly okay book.

There were some really great elements to it and some that entirely let the whole book down.
There were superheroes , comic strips , pink kool-aid hair and pent up girl rant.
This is Blaze's story. An eighteen year old , almost outsider lover of the comic book world.
Blaze has always liked Mark. Mark is the typical popular jock who coincidentally coaches her thirteen year old brother's soccer team. After she finally catches Mark's attention , she thinks that this is def
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Danny
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review posted at Bewitched Bookworms

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 br
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Rachel
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book. As a geek girl myself, I was ready for Blaze to be my YA anthem, the book I desperately wished to have had in middle & high school. But alas, this was not this book. I found the main character Blaze hard to relate to; it's almost as if her geekiness was used as a replacement for actual character, a defining 'quirk' that made her manic-pixie-dream-girl-esque. I didn't want her to worry about others' opinions; I wanted her to be as badass as her role model, J ...more
Patti TheLoveJunkee
Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) PJV Quickie: I was super-excited about reading Blaze - I thought I was getting a geek-girl's revenge story. What I got instead was a book full of bad teen decisions and self-centered characters. By the end, the only thing blaze-ing was my temper.
 
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17-year-old Blaze inherited her love of comic books from her father. He was so into comics that he named her after Ghost Rider's Johnny Blaze. Unfortunately for Blaze, her dad isn't around any more: he
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Katrina Welsh
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Find more reviews at I Have Lived a Thousand Lives


I really wanted to like this book. I wanted to love it. Nerdy girl + good moral + light, fun writing = Fantastic read. Right? Maybe, but not with Blaze.

The biggest problem I had was with characters, mainly the title character herself, Blaze. I was so frustrated with her. Blaze's narrative is annoying and I wasn't a big fan of the fact that half of her stream of consciousness was about Mark, how she can be his girlfriend (for the first half) and
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Tiffany Heywood
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! i have never read a fiction book which features superheros and comics! i will definatley picking up more books like this. Blaze was such a fun and lovable character. she was a nerd which allows us all to relate to her easier and is very care caring for her family. she has also never had a real relationship before which allowed me to relate to her more which was a bonus. she has a very close relationship with her brother and will do anything to help him out. i love see ...more
Brenna
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm kind of iffy on the title change, but I'm still hoping this one meets my expectations!! Because it sounds SO cool <3

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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 s
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A Canadian Girl
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, 2-stars, sourcebooks
I hadn’t read any reviews of Laurie Boyle Crompton’s Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) before I dove into it, and so had no idea of what to expect from it. Usually, I’ve had good luck with these types of books because I’ve ended up liking them way more than I thought I would in hindsight, but that wasn’t the case with Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains). And to think it started off so well!

At first, I found Blaze to be an endearing character. She was responsible, made me smil
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YA Reads Book Reviews
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kiona
Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Kiona.

Blaze has a crush on soccer superstar Mark and she’s finally decided to make him notice her. Blaze ignores continual warnings about Mark’s dating past and welcomes his attention. But when that attention starts to fade, Blaze’s friend jokingly sends Mark a picture of Blaze in nothing but lingerie. Not surprisingly, Mark is a huge fan, but after their next date, Mark is done with Blaze. Feeling betrayed, Blaze writes and publishes a comic sta
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Kiona
Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Originally posted on www.yareads.com

Blaze has a crush on soccer superstar Mark and she’s finally decided to make him notice her. Blaze ignores continual warnings about Mark’s dating past and welcomes his attention. But when that attention starts to fade, Blaze’s friend jokingly sends Mark a picture of Blaze in nothing but lingerie. Not surprisingly, Mark is a huge fan, but after their next date, Mark is done with Blaze. Feeling betrayed, Blaze writes and publishes a comic starring Mark the Shark
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Pixie
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Blaze won me over from the very beginning with its front page quote taken from an X-Men comic. Being the X-Men geek (okay, comic geek--but X-Men are my fave) that I am, I admit to maybe squee-ing out loud a bit on that. Blaze is a relatable character to me, though I did have my questionable moments toward some of her actions. Most particularly, regarding her and her “friends”. I didn’t like her friends. To be honest, the only characters I did like were Blaze and the boys she drove around for soc ...more
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Blaze is sick of being invisible. She's been playing pseudo-soccer mom to her little bro (and his band of friends) and generally sacrificing her social life to pick up the slack ever since her father took off to New York. She's a comic book geek, named after comic hero Johnny Blaze of Ghostrider, who dreams of publishing her own comic books someday. Until then, she's sidelined on the soccer field drooling over Josh's coach Mark, a hottie that goes to her school. When Mark finally takes notice, B ...more
Roxanne
See the original review and more here: Story Envy


What do all of these have in common? They're all sound effects from comics!!!!!!

Confession time: I'm kind of a nerd.

*gasp* WHAT! Say it ain't so Roxy! Say it ain't so!!!!!

But alas, my fair readers, it is true. I love superheros, and I love villains, even more I like kick butt revenge schemes that combine the two! Most of all though, I like it when good conquers evil. That was what I though I'd get with Blaze. Unfortunately while Laurie incorporat
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Georgina Martin (Bookz and Bitz)

I’m really in a reading slump, there are so many meh books out there (and they all seem to to be in my to read pile). I pick a book that I think I’ll like and I don’t, so I went for one I wasn’t sure about (Blaze) and hoped for the best. Did it work? Well I’m still in the slump, so make of that what you will.

Blaze is a bit of a loner, a normal kid thats stuck ferrying her adolescent brother and his friends around, she’s a comic geek and spends her life with her head in the clouds dreaming about
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Justin
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Blaze is a super unique book, I have never really read anything quite like it. I gather that there might be a few books out there somewhat similar, but I haven't read any of them. I just really loved the fun aspect of this book. I loved that it was unique and something fresh in YA but there was a lot more to it than that. Laurie takes such a fun idea, and really takes off with it. And the writing is fantastic, I found myself really engrossed in the writing throughout the entire book.

The story is
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Gabby
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have wanted to read Blaze, formally known as Fan girl, since I first found out about it. Ahh Okay so I used to have a little teensy comic obsession when I was in about 5th or 6th grade though I never looked at any superhero stuff. Reading this, makes me want to go make into that comic obsession. Seriously.

First, this book starts off kind of as a romance. As her budding romance with Mark, progresses it unfortunately shatters and Mark becomes... well a shark. Hence is name, Mark the Shark. At fi
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Abby
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Everything about this book was amazing. I loved it so much. This was my first non contemporary book, and I'm so happy I bought it! The reason I actually got it was because of the cover! It is so cool !!
So this book is about a girl named Blaze who likes drawing comics and reading them too! Meanwhile she has always had the hots for her younger brothers soccer coach mark, who asks her on a date(sorta). After her friend sending mark a photo of blaze in a see through bra half naked photo, blaze and m
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Medeia Sharif
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Blaze, a comic book aficionado, lives life just like a soccer mom, except she’s not a mom and she’s still in high school. She drives her little brother and his teammates around for their soccer games. Mark is their coach and her schoolmate. She’s been eying him for a while, but now she wants him to notice her.

She gets noticed alright. While trying on lingerie at a store, one of her friends takes a picture of her and sends it to Mark without Blaze’s permission. Blaze is horrified at first, but sh
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Jackie
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
BLAZE has its feminist heart in the right place: seventeen-year-old narrator Blaze, a comic book aficionado, plots revenge on a love 'em and leave 'em boy who slept with her one time by creating "The Blazing Goddess vs. Mark the Shark" and distributing it via the Internet. Alas, Mark isn't willing to accept his comeuppance, and proceeds to make Blaze anathema by posting a photo of half-naked Blaze in turn.

Blaze makes about a zillion bad decisions (such as ignoring the warnings of her younger bro
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Priscila Cervantes
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton is about mainly a young junior age girl who is described as a geeky, nerdy girl. The conflict starts when Blaze gives a ride to Josh's, Blaze's younger brother, soccor coach a ride home. Since the day she gives her brother's coach, Mark, a ride everything changes. Mark is a guy known as having really great looks and being with a nerdy geeky girl that's really into comics doesn't go quite well. After a few times Blaze brother warns her about Mark and a coup ...more
Ana
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a teenage fangirl I could really relate to Blaze, and although I'm not in the comics fandom I found their debates and comic references really cool and entertaining.

The way she is being treated after her mistakes and the way she feels about giving up and that everything is lost is also really good, thankfully I've never been (and hopefully never will be) involved in that kind of sex drama but I've suffered from bullying and the way the story develops and ends was really encouraging. Everything
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♥ Amanda
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
I received a copy of Blaze courtesy of the publisher in exchange for a review.

BAM! I LOVED Blaze! I'm not one for comics, aside from the Marvel and DC comic cartoons, but damn! Blaze was fun and sassy and unique! POW! I read this book in one sitting, and was laughing several times throughout. The idea of a chick doing comic books based on her experience with a boy, Mark the Shark, was genius! What better way to get back at a man whore? Had one of my friends done something to shame me the way Ama
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Sabrina
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Currently, I am reading a classic play and science book for school and I thought I needed something light to balance everything out. This book is just what I needed right now. It features a relatable geeky main character going through the troubles of adolescence like relationships and family. Overall, this book doesn't have an outstanding story line and the characters can be quite stupid sometimes with their actions. However, the novel is very addicting and has its funny moments. I recommend thi ...more
Mandiann
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Predictable but cute.
Megan
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Really enjoyed this one - I'm a total sucker for a strong-willed gal with a love of comic books.
Eileen
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of this book and readers should be sure to add it to their to-read shelf. Lots of laugh out loud moments, but also great honest emotion.
Kassiah
Flounced.

This review also appears on Fictionators.

I've been sitting on this review for what feels like a thousand years, but in reality has only been since January lol. We were asked to participate in a tour for Blaze, and I was really excited to read this book. I really wanted to like it. I love comics and superheroes and smart girls and humor. I love swoony boys and high school stories and soccer. You would think this book, since it's filled with lots of things that I love, would be perfect fo
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Elle
Original review here: http://www.yourentertainmentcorner.co....

While I was expecting a story with teenage super heroes battling to save humanity from destruction (duh, I didn’t read the blurb), I got what could best be described as today’s formulaic YA storytelling that’s all the rage. Girl has crush on gorgeous guy; guy finally notices girl and asks girl out; girl remains aloof and naïve as guy takes advantage of her and ruins her reputation. Then, of course, everything goes downhill from there
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