Rogue Touch

Rogue Touch

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Eighteen-year-old Anna Marie was just fired for the third time--this time from a bakery. Why can't she hold a job? Well, for starters, she dresses . . . differently. She looks like a Goth girl to the extreme, her shock of white hair contrasting with her head-to-toe black garb, her face the only skin she chooses to reveal. But Anna Marie doesn't have a choice. Her skin, her touch, is a deadly weapon that must be concealed. She accidentally put her first boyfriend, Cody, in a coma when they kissed. Horrified, she ran away to Jackson, Mississippi, where she's been living alone in a cramped apartment and scraping by on food stamps. Then she meets otherworldly James and everything changes. He's just like her--completely alone and also on the run. To elude James's mysterious and dangerous family, the pair takes to the highway. As they cross the country, their simmering attraction intensifies and they both open up about their secretive pasts. James reveals that his true name is Touch and he christens Anna Marie Rogue. But with danger at their heels, they know they can't run forever. Rogue must decide if she'll unleash her devastating powers once again, which she swore never to do, in order to save the only person who seems truly to understand and accept her.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Hyperion,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781401311025
1401311024
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 21 cm

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Jan 04, 2018

This book made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions... but that's not a good thing. I had trepidation going into reading this. First off, I am a HUGE fan of Rogue; she's my favorite X-Man of all time, and she's probably in my top 5 of all comic book characters. Generally I am very, very sensitive and defensive about the way she's handled by writers, and in this book we have a situation where a novelist is writing a comic book character and more often than not, that transition does not work. Novelists don't tend to understand that particular and special marriage of words and pictures that can make a comic sing. Next, due to Rogue's power set, lots of times she ends up in failed romances, and I'm not a fan of that genre. Then, there's the fact this is a YA novel, and when those come to romance, as an adult, I normally feel that the characters all act like idiots.
That all said, I'm a huge fan of this character so if she's in it, I'll likely read it. Also, the She-Hulk Diaries book was hilarious and fun, so I thought that maybe this book wouldn't be so bad. But this book was not great. I don't think failed because the writer didn't get Rogue, because that part wasn't so bad. Plot-wise it was just really strange and I don't understand why the choice was made to just completely ignore all of the Marvel cannon of mutants being a known thing. That obviously didn't happen in the She-Hulk book, as there was multiple mention of the Avengers and related stuff, like the bit with Hawkeye. If you take this book as complete alternate reality it's not so bad.

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