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Rogue Touch

2.86 of 5 stars 2.86  ·  rating details  ·  260 ratings  ·  84 reviews
"An interesting take on Rogue, as her powers take her down a path I never would have imagined." --Chris Claremont, author of Dragon Moon and writer for seventeen years of Uncanny X-Men

Twenty-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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Hyperion
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Christy Stewart
In a word this book is insulting.

Rogue is an iconic figure to those of us who grew up with her and so I know it would be close to impossible to please a long time X-Men fan like myself, but comic book fans are notorious for being hard to please, so Woodward should have seen this coming and not so completely ruined what made Rogue's youth so compelling.

Not only are there no X-Men, Roque also doesn't have her adopted mothers Mystique and Destiny. Even if you didn't want to make this a "superhero"
A copy of Rogue Touch was provided to me by Hyperion for review purposes.

'What is it that drives a person to survive, even when she has nothing to live for?'

Can you imagine living your life being unable to touch anyone? Having to completely cover your skin even in the middle of summer because an accidental brush of an arm could send someone into a coma? Never being able to let someone touch you? Anna Marie, a Southern girl from Caldecott County, Mississppi, is forced to live like that every day
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Rogue Touch wasn’t a bad story, it just wasn’t really a Rogue story. Ful disclosure: Rogue is my favorite of the X-Men and I will adore her until the end of time. I love the emotional story arcs she has been given in the comics (though not as much recently), the sassiness and fire she had in the cartoon series, and I’m ignoring her depiction by Anna Paquin in the movies. I was expecting a lot from this book and, unfortunately, it just d
There are some things you may not know about me.

I’m a dork. A big one. I want to go to comic conventions. I want to dress up. The full enchilada. Make-up. Hair. Costume. My favorite character is NOT Superman. (I rather dislike Superman actually). I collect comic books. X-Men to be more exact. :)

Which led to my interest of this book. Rogue Touch. Rogue is one of my favorite female comic characters and I couldn’t help the fascination that bubbled beneath my surface when I heard Marvel was teaming
Jun 26, 2013 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Since She-Hulk Diaries did not suck as I'd feared, I dove right into RT, and was not disappointed with Woodward's take on a 19-year-old Rogue.

The pace of RT is considerably faster than SHD, but that's part of the plot. This isn't the same sort of ordinary day-in-the-life story; Anne Marie is on the run, and she's on the run with someone else who is also running for his life. We see her really struggling with things that have happened because of her, particularly the fateful kiss with Cody that p
Rogue has always been one of my favourite superhero characters - possibly because the X-Men movies were my gateway to comic books, and who couldn't fail to fall in love with Anna Paquin's adorably wide-eyed and lost interpretation of the character - so I was really excited to get this book! I enjoyed it a lot; it's a thoroughly engrossing story of first love, isolation and self-acceptance, with a smart sci-fi twist.

Rogue Touch reimagines Rogue's origin story yet again, and we find her eighteen
Eh. The book is pretty repetitive. They steal, they run, they flirt, they fight with some baddies and have to run again, leaving all their stuff behind, they steal, they run, they flirt... Rogue in this novel reminded me more of Sookie Stackhouse than actual Rogue.
It also really bothered me that all the descriptions of the book start "Twenty-year-old Anna Marie..." when in the book it's mentioned at least a dozen times that she's eighteen.
Huge thank you to NetGalley and Hyperion for an advance copy of this book!


You know what? I actually dug this book quite a bit. I found it to be a fast, engaging read, with a very dark, new adult Rogue. I loved digging into Anna Marie's past, and admittedly, I was very sold on her relationship with Touch. I feel like Woodward did a good job of balancing the romance and the action. She did a good job of capturing Anna Marie's true nature, while also giving her a sensitive side that many authors
Frishawn Quinn
This is a new and different Rogue story. Yes, it starts out pretty much the same way that most X-Men stories do. Person with powers ostracized and driven on to society's fringes because of their power/otherness.

That is until she meets James.

James who wears a leather coat and whose teeth chatter at the height of a Mississippi summer. James of the glowing orbs of light that make ATMs spit money like slot machines stuck on jackpot. James who has stolen her heart. James who is not of this world?

Nathan Burgoine
I struggled through this. I love Rogue, I adore her character, love the X-Men, and this book didn't feel like any of them. As its own tale, had it been written to fly solo without actually using Rogue at all, but some other character with the inability to touch another person, it would be a decent tale. But this version of Rogue felt completely removed from every other incarnation of her I've seen, relegated to a "What if?" comic, maybe.

It wasn't that I didn't enjoy the storyline, it just felt
Well, as an X-book this just doesn't work, but if you approach it as a time-travel YA romance cautionary tale against having a relationship with an older married man I guess it would be okay. The back-jacket calls Anna Marie (she never really gets to be Rogue) twenty years old, but it's stated several times in the text that she's eighteen. (There -is- a big difference.) It throws out just about everything that's ever been known about the character's history and substitutes a story similar to the ...more
Jun 30, 2013 Katy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
Better than The She-Hulk Diaries but only just. My main issues are the absence of Rogue's adopted mothers Raven and Destiny and the handling of the James/Touch character (A large part of me is also annoyed by retconning Remy as Rogue's first love). If I pick up a book about Rogue I want the story to revolve around her, not the struggles of some dude I've never heard of before and will never hear of again. These books were promising concepts that ultimately fall short of their potential. As I sai ...more
tan tee may Upon
this book is full of disappointments. firstly, those that knew Rogue from Xmen and loved her as a favorite character would see her depiction of Anna Marie as an insult. not only are there ZERO mention of the Xmen, she turns from a Southern toughie into a sappy romantic in a matter of seconds. plus, the whole romance of her with James/Touch just doesnt add up. fans are familiar with her from Xmen; plunging her into a different world feels too sudden and forced. i can accept her life back in Calde ...more
This is another book done in the style of "The She-Hulk Diaries," that it is trying to add a touch of chick lit to the Marvel superhero universe. I loved the other book, but I have to say that I struggled through this one. It definitely was more romance than humor or action story.

Anna Marie is 22 years old, and it feels like her whole world has fallen apart because her skin has turned against her. Whenever she touches someone on purpose (or by accident) she seems to absorb their memories and lif
That One Geek Girl
Wow...this book was BORING! Everything happened I'll admit, at a certain point, I just started skimming because I completely lost interest.

The saddest part is that this book could have been good. I was so excited to read a book about Rogue. And then it turned out to be a slow, romance. There are no exciting action scenes, there are no other X-men, and the love interest is some original character who isn't very interesting
Yes. Your eyes do not deceive you. That actually says "Goth girl to the extreme". Because she wears all black. Black clothes = Goth. That's math. Look it up.

Several times i wondered "why is she only wearing black?". Yes, she has to cover her skin to prevent accidental touching, but, you know, long sleeves come in all sorts of colors nowadays at no extra cost. It's one of those mysteries we will never know the answer to.

Anyway, Rogue Touch by Christine Woodward (who's actually Nina de Gramont) is
Shazza Maddog
What if you're a girl who can suck the life force right out of whatever you touch? This is the problem of Anna Marie, who's left home because the first time she discovered she could do this was kissing her boyfriend, still in a coma. She's fired from her job, and being stalked by this weird guy who doesn't seem to have a clue what he should do to survive. And then she accidentally touches her ex-boss, putting her in a coma, too. When the weird guy shows up outside her door with a car and offers ...more
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This came out at the same time as The She-Hulk Diaries, which I really enjoyed, so I had high hopes for this one as well. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much. The She-Hulk Diaries was very much placed in the Marvel universe and we met other superheroes and supervillains and characters from the Marvel-verse. Rogue Touch is a prequel of sorts, set after Rogue has run away from home but before she has discovered anything about muta
This book has excellent writing that has very good description and protrays emotions well. But the plot was easy to guess for the most part was going to happen, and the voice of the female character was suposeto be Rogue itdidnt sound like her at all. Also it wasn't the story of Rouge I was expecting and didn't fit in with the story of Rouge I know from the shows, movie and comics I've been exposed to. And Touch while and intresting character just didn't fit to me personally. Also their romance ...more
My actual rating for this title is 2.5 stars. I read this at the tail end of a comic-spinoff kick I went on beginning with Black Widow: Forever Red, moving on to Lois Lane: Fallout and then concluding with Rogue Touch.

I appreciate the movement to bring female comic book characters to the forefront of the Marvel and DC stories as a way of drawing an audience of girls into their realms. But Rogue Touch misses the mark on this one. I am admittedly not a comic book fangirl, so the fact that I was b
Really a two and a half star rating. I wanted to enjoy this, as Rogue has been my favourite superhero/villain since I was a little girl. I feel sorry for the writer because I think she did provide accurate detailing in her characterisation of a well-loved character, and the writing really isn't that bad, but the plot is super dull and veers into Mills and Boons schmaltz. Part of my problem with this book is I would have liked to see Rogue have more agency and be more capable of action - Rogue he ...more
Dec 31, 2013 Sarah rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Surprisingly, I mostly enjoyed this book. It is a quick read (perfect for my Christmas break/SUPER ILL week), though predictable, and I really wanted to see if Rogue would end up with her handsome stranger. Side note: does anyone else over the age of 25 feel a little pervy reading about a teenager's love story? I do. This book is definitely written for the young adult market - no sex scenes, lots of jealousy and longing, little forethought, and there are some serious problems with the narrative. ...more
I'll admit, I didn't finish this because frankly: Christine Woodward, why are you trying to ruin everything I love about Rogue? Seriously. I can accept that it's supposed to be an updated, re-invited origin story...but a goddamn alien? No. Don't get me wrong, I know all about the Kree and other alien lifeforms in comics, I'm not an idiot. But where's Mystique and Destiny? They're kind of important to the woman that Rogue becomes and can't just be dismissed for some cute alien boy.

Waste. of. time
Callie Rose Tyler
My rating for this book fluctuated several times while reading because there were so many teases and glimmers of hope where I thought, okay now it's going to get good, but that never really happened.

First, let me start by saying that it was fooled, I was hoodwinked, I was tricked in the worst way. I got this book thinking that I would get a great origin story about one of Marvel's favorite heroines. What I got instead was a love story saga staring a young woman who is completely helpless and fal
Amanda P
Ok, so I’ve been a fan of X-Men for a while. I’ve seen all of the movies and watched the cartoon when I was younger, although, admittedly I don’t remember much from the cartoon at all. I do remember Rogue being one of my favorites both from the cartoon as well as the movies. When I saw there was a book about Rogue, I requested it so fast my head would have spun if it could. So did this book live up to my expectations of what I thought a book about Rogue should have been?? Ahh… I have no idea. Lo ...more
Eric Klee
ROGUE TOUCH, along with The She-Hulk Diaries, is Marvel Comics' way of reaching out to a young female audience who buy tons of young adult books (see Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent, etc.). And, much like its predecessors, Rogue Touch includes a paranormal-type teen romance. Unfortunately, that also makes it (yawn) unoriginal.

The novel follows a 20-year-old Anna Marie (aka "Rogue"), as she tries to run from and escape her past. The events follow Rogue's comic book history up to a certain
Just finished reading "Rogue Touch" by Christine Woodward and I absoutely loved it!!!!! :D Marvel's actually now gone into writing novels based off of their female characters. This is the first one about one of my personal favs from the "X-Men" series Rogue, aka Anna Marie. :) It's her backstory that takes place about a year after her "skin condition" comes and her first boyfriend Cody is put into a coma by kissing her. She's now 18 and on the run and meets a fellow mysterious outsider James, wh ...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
It’s finally happening! Comic books are getting actual novels! (I’m excluding the movie based novels of course). I saw this on Netgalley and practically attacked my mouse trying to request it. I will admit to having certain expectations heading into it, because I do know some of Rogue’s story and I was expecting to see more of the Marvelverse. However Rogue Touch takes us in the the part of Rogue’s origin that we never got to see, that time between her first experience with her powers and the ti ...more
This, like The She Hulk Diaries is a Marvel/Hyperion Press superheroine novel with a good dash of chick-lit. Rogue Touch focuses on Rogue of the X-Men before her days with the team, looking at the days shortly after she gained her power. I enjoyed it, though not quite as much as the The She-Hulk Diaries. Possibly because it focuses on Rogue's early days, it read more like young adult to me, though I don't think it is particularly shelved in that section.

Rogue Touch does not, by the way, fit int
Sarah Graves
This book was quite enjoyable, which was exactly what I was looking for - something fun and a "light" read. I actually enjoyed the other Marvel "Chic Lit" that came out at the same time - "The She-Hulk Diaries" - much more, so if this genre interests you, I'd recommend checking out that one. But what I'd like to say about both of these books is that I hope Marvel does more of them. I'd really love to see more Marvel heroines novelized. (I do think it would be awesome to see some as other than ro ...more
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