Book Review: Rogue: Untouched by Alisa Kwitney

Rogue: Untouched: A Marvel Heroines Novel

Author: Alisa Kwitney
Series: Marvel Aconyte Novels
Publisher: Aconyte (May 4, 2021)
Paperback, 336 pages
Fiction, YA Sci-fi/Fantasy, Superheroes


Rogue’s frightening new mutant powers keep her at arms-length from the world, but two strangers offer a chance to change her life forever, in this exhilarating Marvel Super Hero adventure.

Young Rogue’s life is a mess: she’s on her own, working a terrible diner job and hiding from everyone. The powers she has started to develop are terrifying: when your first kiss almost kills the guy, it’s hard to trust anyone – even yourself. Then two people arrive in town who could change her life, and she finally gets a choice: try her luck with the big-haired billionaire who claims to be scouting for gifted interns, or trust the rakish Cajun gambler with the eerie red eyes. But these two aren’t the only ones interested in a mutant just coming into her powers. Rogue will have to master her abilities and decide her own fate – before someone else does. 


Rating: 4 out of 5.

I think a lot of my enjoyment of this book comes from a place of deep nostalgia. I kept envisioning Rogue and Gambit ala the 90’s X-Men: the Animated Series and the comics from that era, which I love. Would I have liked this book as much if I couldn’t hear Rogue’s throaty southern sass or Gambit’s lazy bayou drawl in my head while I read their dialogue? I’m not sure, but I don’t think I would have.

Since I can’t go back in time and unlive my forever love of the X-Men, I’ll just review this book the best I can! I should also note that I am a die-hard Rogue+Gambit 4ever stan. They just might be my OTP. SO. When I started reading this book and a smooth talkin’ Cajun man wearing a brown leather trench coat and shuffling a deck of cards showed up in Anna Marie’s diner – hoo boy! You’d better believe I squealed with glee.

This felt pretty YA in the writing style, though Rogue is supposed to be about 20 in this book I think. The pacing is pretty good, though sometimes it felt like things happened a bit out of the blue. I feel like maybe there were some gaps in the storytelling that I was able to fill in with my own previous knowledge that someone who doesn’t have a history with X-Men/Rogue might not be able to (mostly around character descriptions – like Gambit’s eyes at first are described as having a red iris but not that the whites of his eyes are black, so later when it’s mentioned it’s a bit of a “wait, what?” moment). All in all, a fun and quick read about some of my favorite mutants!

A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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