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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  216 ratings  ·  77 reviews
“You have a fire inside of you.”

Hunter Harrison desperately hopes her guardian Joshua is joking when he confesses – very solemnly – that she is pyrokinetic. Hunter would normally laugh in his face, if it didn’t explain all the spontaneous fires that happen only when she’s nearby. Still, the logic is a little hard for a smart, socially isolated eighteen-year-old to comprehe
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Published August 20th 2013 by Isabella Modra (first published June 30th 2013)
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Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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A girl with superpowers!! Now that sounds something really interesting after such a long time of cheesy chick-lit.

Well 'Rouge' was sent to me by the author, Isabella Modra.

I must say though this was her first novel, she has done an amazing job by giving this novel a really exciting and power-packed plot which is bound to keep the readers on their toes. We have come across with so many superpowers-super human-beings novels, but I bet this one is quite unique as well as thoroughly gripping.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

As a debut novel, it was nice to see that good editing was employed throughout, with only a couple of small typos which can happen in any book. It was also nice to get a real background to the story as we follow what happened to Liz and Joshua in real time before Hunter was born. As well as giving you insight into the origin of the fire gift, it means that huge info dumps can be avoided later when we join Hunte
John Hennessy
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Super-heroes. Fantasy. What's not to like? Full review to come!

Okay, so this is absolutely true - I knew Hunter Harrison.

Confession - not the Hunter in this story, but someone from a very distant job I had in the past.

This is the last 'full' novel I read and it goes all the way back to June. It was a compelling read that I completed in one go, I'm delighted to say.

It's a delight to see a young author with such a command of her writing universe and a wonderful grip of her characters and their mo
Merril Anil
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Merril by: Aditi
Shelves: e-book
There is something different about it

First of all thank you Aditi Saha for recommending this book.

Rouge was one of those books that i ended up finishing in one go and in my case it is a big deal because there have not been very many books that had the same fate so i guess it means something.

Rouge is stuffed with your usual young adult/paranormal stuffs.The elements are all the same but in spite of that it sill appealed to me so much. I actually had fun reading it in spite of the fact that ma
Oct 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
The problem with people who write book reviews for a living/ARC readers is that they're never honest. I am.

Now, the story had a potential. Only it's tiny and lost among the pages. In fact, I find the story to be so undeveloped it needs some serious editing. And rewriting, possibly.

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Jul 05, 2013 marked it as to-read
power that includes fire:check
great cover:check
cool characters:check
good VS evil:check

Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA Sci-Fi Lovers
Recommended to Caity by: Author ;)
Superpowers? First love? Hero vs. villain? Captivating characters? What more do you want?

Rouge is very well written and has some incredible characters, within the first few chapters I was already hooked. You get to briefly meet Liz, whose character I really loved. You also meet Joshua who isn't trying to be cold on purpose but gets too wrapped up within his own mind, but also with protecting the leading lady and protagonist Hunter.

I enjoyed that Hunter is a realistic character, she is ostraciz
Jul 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
When a fire starts in her apartment, Hunter's mother discovers she's immune to the flames. Her husband dies in the blaze, and she seeks out his friend, Joshua, for comfort and help. She discovers she's pregnant (the child was conceived the night of the fire), and she and Joshua spend her pregnancy in a secluded location. She dies giving birth to a beautiful baby girl named Hunter, who is also immune to fire. But what other abilities did she inherit from her departed mother?

Rouge was a good story
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not in every book I can find a first sentence that is powerful enough to make me interested in the story, to create emotions and elicit thoughts. In this one I did.

Details made me curious to know the truth behind the events. I quickly became interested in the story and characters. I liked them, I started to care about them. As story went on bits of new information came and I wondered what's behind them. I wondered what's the explanation about the powers of Hunter and about the stone. It was int
Jodi Woody
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It is a girl's "superhero" story, not that I don't think guys will like it as well. There is some swearing, and some sexual content, so I recommend for ages 17 and up. I am looking forward to the second book. This one pretty much lays the foundation of where the "superpower" comes from and who the enemy is. Great characters, only I have to admit I wasn't thrilled with the love interest, he was a little to weak for me. But the door is left open to some interesting relati ...more
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This book was very well written. I really liked the main plot of the story. The characters were very well built and Joshua and Hunter were very clearly described. The suspense of the story and the supernatural power of fire for Hunter and ice for Joshua was an interesting combination. The chemistry between Eli and Hunter was developed very well and it looked fascinating. The suspense in the end is very interesting and I cannot h
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved this book. Cover was gorgeous and I'm a sucker for supernatural storylines. Characters were also engaging, and the book was really well written overall! Recommended.
Rouge by Isabella Modra is book one of this new sci-fi series about a young girl who develops has a rather unusual power. Hunter Harrison is 18 and believes that all she has to worry about is finishing high school and going to college, but she's wrong. After a freak fire at school and home, Hunter learns she not only has the power to withstand burns but she can create fire as well. Her guardian Joshua changes before her eyes. No longer is he the awkward science nerd she grew up with, but there's ...more
Life is wasted on the living [Elena]
4 brilliant stars for Rouge!

I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review!

This book definitely surprised me.
The summary promised a nice, easy read from a new author that might does or does not have an interesting plot and some relatable characters.
I did not realize I won't be able to stop reading until the very end.

Nineteen years ago, a patient died in the ER. The doctor Elizabeth
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
My review has also been posted at my blog:

VA copy of Rouge was kindly sent to me by Isabella Modra in exchange for an honest review.

"I don't understand," she muttered through clenched teeth. "Are you saying that I have some kind of...superpower?"
"Put simply... yes."

Hunter Harrison has never strived to be a normal eighteen year old; vintage band tees, old movies and well, a supernatural ability which means she can play with fire, she's not exactly going
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hunter Harrison is not like other people. From the moment of her conception she has been different, marked, set apart. Hunter has special powers and abilities thanks to a combination of unique circumstances: a geologist-vulcanologist father who brought home a mysterious rock that seems to contain a life form and a doctor mother who became infected with an engineered disease known as Feucotetanus. These unfortunate circumstances lead to the sudden and violent deaths of her parents while endowing ...more
Started so typically and then it was a totally different book. It was a lot darker than I expected, but it was an interesting tale and had a comic book feel to it. The story didn't feel like a cliffhanger, so much as a "to be continued" story.

* Liz loving her geologist husband, Leo so much
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Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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When Hunter's guardian Joshua tells her that she has inherited pyrokinesis from her long dead mother, it seems impossible, but it does make sense. When Hunter is experiencing very strong emotions, things seem to spontaneously catch on fire. But really? Pyrokinesis? It's a little hard to grasp. Then Joshua explains another long hidden secret: What really happened the night of her parents death. Now burdened with all these hidden secre
Genni Eccles
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Marvel and/or superheroes
Shelves: 2014-reads
First off, I'd like to personally thank the author of Rouge, Isabella Modra, for sending me this book! I really enjoyed it and cannot wait for the second one, Embers & Ice. I cannot wait to see what happens next!

Rouge is the first in a series with the second one just out! It follows Hunter, a high school girl who has no idea what she truly is. What she actually is has been kept a secret hidden from her by her guardian, Joshua. Early into the book, it is revealed that Hunter is not only immune to
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of urban fantasy/paranormal
I received a free e-book copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

"She might be able to walk through fire and use her power as a weapon against villains that might challenge her, but in the end she would always be put on a pedestal and either celebrated and worshipped of mocked for her mistakes."

Rouge begins in the past, giving us a nice and concise narrative of the past so it avoids the dreaded 'info-dump'. It tells of how Hunter's parents died and how she inherited the ability
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

Having entered the giveaways to win a copy of both this book and its sequel, I was really happy when they were both offered on one of the groups I'm a member of.

I was a bit confused at first by the characters who seemed completely different to the ones in the blurb, but once I got past that, I felt that the first part worked really well as a kind of introduction to the story.

The plot of this story w
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: otros
I like the book, maybe because a have something with the fire controlling stuff or maybe because the general idea of the book was original and a little refresing. But there are things don't like me...

Well, starting with the good points, there is the scientific part:
-Ms. Modra used and explained terms like they were general knowledge, which make you feel like a scientist or maybe is only my love for chemistry.
-Joshua, I think he was better described and clear cut than Hunter.
-The linear narrati
Amber Myers
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it

I received a free copy of this for a read and review, and I felt it was a really good book.
Hunter, the main character, was very strong and I loved her personality.
The evil guy or villain is someone who even before you know who it truly is, is someone who is easy to dislike.
The love story is beautiful. I absolutely loved Eli and Hunter!!! They had a cute relationship.
I really liked how the story starts out too by following Hunter's mom Liz. It really gives
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

First of all: Many thanks to Isabella Modra for giving me the chance to read her book!

When i started the book i first loved then disliked the characteres.
But i just bought the 2nd and 3rd and gave this a 4star rating, so it's kind of obvious how I felt in the end ;)

So i didn't have the best start into the book. The beginning was great, when the story changed into the present I wasn't getting warm with Hunter an
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
The ending to this book was amazing. However, it did take me a while to warm up to Hunter and the storyline. It seems that the first half of the story dragged on a bit. Yet, as you read on the plot line morphs into an amazing tale full of deception, intrigue, action and great character development. Hunter herself grows up into a well rounded character from her, in my opinion, terribly annoying teen persona. Which makes sense in order to see her development. There are about four characters aside ...more
Cheryl Duval
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I was engrossed in this book. I thought that the premise was original and interesting. The subject matter was so intriguing that is pulled me right in. There was a great mix of action, suspense, romance and some emotionally gut wrenching secrets, all of the elements I love in a book.

I liked Hunter's character. She is strong but she is emotionally flawed because of what she finds out about herself. Eli was very likea
Melissa Wlasniewski
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for my honest review. I read the first chapter of this book and was completely confused. I remember the description said something about a girl who had powers but I was reading about a married couple who were going at it and I was all sorts of lost. But then I put two and two together and realized that was the back story. I normally will finish a book this length in a couple of days but this took me 2 weeks. I had trouble getting into a groove after the first few ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-review
This is a long book. Or maybe it felt really long because I wasn't a big fan of heroine Hunter, or that there wasn't enough action to keep the plot moving. Either way, it made this kind of tedious to read.

Hunter is stubborn and selfish and doesn't really think things through. That works out because it's realistic and frankly she's a teenager. Anyway, her behavior is repetitive and that made it even more irritating. She's wishy-washy and helpless but still cocky.

The biggest problem for me - and t
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book suprised me. It was a great read about a female superhero. Good character development and great story. A little cliché but I don't care what anyone says I Love Clichés. The character has a few weak moments but doesn't do that pathetic girl thing may other authors do.
My only negative (and why I gave it 4 stars) is that almost all her female interactions are negative and the few female characters are displayed in a negative light. Otherwise a great read and worth the buy.
I'm looking fo
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book on Wattpad, and it was seriously amazing. I should have been studying for my major yearly exams, but noooo, I was too caught up in this awesome book! I read both Rouge and Embers and Ice in less than 24 hours. I woke up this morning and spent hours finishing the second. Last night I read the first. Honestly, I am dying for the third book to come out, but will probably cry when I read it, cause I don't want it to end.
I must get my hands on a paperback copy, then I will believe t
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Hi, my name is Isabella.

I'm obsessed with superhero pop culture. I travel the world and I write intricate, epic novels. My dream is to someday have a house in the woods where I can immerse myself in another world and never be interrupted. I am determined to marry a Navy SEAL, a cowboy or a re-incarnation of Gilbert Blythe from L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables.

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