Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rogue Powers: Review

Two young lovers must hide their deepest abilities, while fighting to remain together in a society determined to pull them apart.

Within the Kingdom, the royal family can legally display any paranormal talents they choose. But commoners revealing even the slightest of powers face arrest and execution.

Anson is one of the few surviving telepaths living in secrecy among the population. However, an unusually powerful, rebellious young princess finds herself irresistibly drawn to the commoner youth. Defying all convention, Anson and Lydia quickly form a close, illicit bond.

Managing to remain one step ahead of the King's empowered operatives, Anson and Lydia make plans to escape the Kingdom entirely. But once the monarch announces Lydia is to marry another royal telepath against her will, Anson and Lydia must immediately battle for their own future, reshaping their entire society in the process.

My Review:
This was a fascinating novel, because we find out in the end, there's future-y things, and a whole wack of things are explained, or implied, in the end, and bits and clues as to why things were as they were, because the reason why only the royals could openly display paranormal talent, and commoners couldn't, well, that was interesting to figure it out for myself, since it was left open.

The powers themselves, they were fairly unique, like Lydia's mom's talent of being able to go back in time, almost, to redo anything that was done wrong, was fantastic, like Lydia's 3rd ability that comes on quite suddenly, and right in the nick of time, and something that any bad guy would like to use on the good guys, but was used the opposite way-the ability to cancel out other's powers so they can't use them. And then that assassin's power, that was really unique, and made him well-suited for his job!

While the royal's can have power and the commoners can't, while interesting to understand where it came from, actually reading it, and feeling for the characters, it makes you hate it, especially if you're in a country were democracy is something that is valued, and to have democracy crushed, or having it mentioned that it was crushed, in the novel, it set my blood boiling, but in a good way, because it was something that was in the way of Anson and Lydia.

The romance was sweet and cute, and fairly quick, and that light flirty note balanced out the action scenes, and the scenes where the bad guys seemed to have the upper hand, and just added to the book, making it more enjoyable, and yeah, I did.

The only complaint that I have, is that the ending felt a bit cut off, unresolved, because one minute we're here, the next we're there, and the problems of here don't come to there, and side problems, well, I would like to know how they were solved. But other then that, great book!

I really enjoyed this book, it was really good, and it was a quick read, and it was historical at the same time, you find out it was futuristic, and yeah, really enjoyed that, so check it out!

Author: Phil Stern
Read: June 10th, 2012
Source: Virtual Book Tour Cafe Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded interesting!
Published: March 2012
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Phil Stern is the author of both Contemporary and Science Fiction.

His debut novel, The Bull Years, was published in 2011. A hard-hitting commentary on both the frustrations and ultimate validation of modern-day life, The Bull Years follows the lives of four people throughout the late 80′s, 90′s, and into the 21st century, directly addressing the gradual alienation and disconnection often experienced during young adulthood.

“I wanted to write about characters everyone could relate to,” Stern says. “We’ve all had our ups and downs. I think people sometimes feel everyone else has experienced more success than they have, or are more firmly grounded in our world than they could ever be. My hope is that everyone will recognize a little part of themselves in Steve, Sophia, Dave, and Brooke.”

Born in 1970 in Ossining, New York, Stern grew up with a love of all types of science fiction, including the works of Robert Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, John Wyndham, Piers Anthony, and more.

“Speculative fiction is so different today than it was back then,” Stern says. “I wanted to write stuff a bit more recognizable to fans of my generation. Science fiction should be about ideas and alternate worlds, strong characters and good stories.

Going into talk radio after attending SUNY Albany, Stern hosted regular shows in the New York City area, Albany, Utica, NY, and Greenville, NC. He later went into the advertising and sales industries.

Stern now lives in Florida, and is working on his next novel.

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Stops on the Tour:
April 27 - Witches Reviewed at Books, Books, and More Books
May 4 - Rogue Powers Reviewed at Books, Books, and More Books
May 6 - Witches Reviewed at The Writing World
May 11 - The Reclaimed Reviewed at Books, Books, and More Books
May 18 - A Time for Ryda Reviewed at Books, Books, and More Books
May 19 - Rogue Powers Reviewed at My World
May 25 - The Bull Years Reviewed at  Books, Books, and More Books
May 26 - Witches Reviewed at My World
May 31 - The Reclaimed Reviewed at Book Reviews, Fiction Reflection, & More
June 8 - Witches Reviewed at Immortality & Beyond
June 8 - Rogue Powers Reviewed at Book'em Eric
June 12 - Rogue Powers Reviewed at Words I Write Crazy
June 12 - Witches Reviewed at Book'em Eric
June 16 - The Bull Years Reviewed at My World
June 16 - Rogue Powers Reviewed at A Book Lover's Library
June 19 - Witches Reviewed at A Book Lover's Library
June 19 - A Time for Ryda Reviewed at Words I Write Crazy
June 22 - Witches Reviewed at Book Spark
June 23 - A Time for Ryda Reviewed at Book Spark
June 26 - The Reclaimed Reviewed at Words I Write Crazy
July 1 - Rogue Powers Reviewed at Soliloquy
July 2 - A Time For Ryda Reviewed at Soliloquy
July 3 - The Reclaimed Reviewed at Soliloquy
July 3 - Witches Reviewed at Words I Write Crazy
July 4 - Witches Reviewed at Soliloquy
July 5 - The Bull Years Reviewed at Soliloquy
July 6 - Rogue Powers Reviewed at B00K R3Vi3Ws
July 10 - Witches Reviewed at B00k R3Vi3wS
July 11 - Witches Reviewed at MK McClintock's Blog
July 13 - Rogue Powers Reviewed at Bren's Book Reviews
July 29 - The Reclaimed Reviewed at Self Taught Cook

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