Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Review- Rogue Powers by Phil Stern

Goodreads Summary: 

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.


Rogue Powers was an absolutely interesting read. A great storyline, coupled with exoticism and charm, the book is definitely a must read. Basically, the whole concept of Rogue Powers is so different compared to so many other popular Science Fiction and Fantasy books. It somehow reminded me of movies. The experience of reading the book was like watching a movie. The length of the book was just about right; not too long, not too short. The story of Anson of Hylen and Princess Lydia, Rogue Powers is based on the notion of psychic communication or telepathy. The Anson- Lydia romance was also really nice and added a sort of an emotional touch to the story. The whole set- up or the environment portrayed was very much like a historical romance, it somehow took me back to the Victorian age. 
What I really like about the book was the fact that it was very enchanting. Once you start, it is hard to stop. The beginning of the story was so pure and innocent and later, when facts are exposed and secrets revealed, it becomes so gripping and hard to put down. Somehow, everything just works right. All you have to do is just see through it. 
With this whole olden day romance mixed with thought transference and fights between the elites and commoners and those between the betrothed and true love, I had made up an ending in my head, which actually seems pretty easy for anyone to predict. However, the ending- which was completely enthralling- was very much contrary to what I had initially anticipated. It was by far, one of the most interesting finish line. 
Overall, a very interesting read and a great book and again, Phil Stern proves that something different and out of the way always works! 


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  1. The blurb sounds intriguing, and I have to admit, I'm really interested in reading a book that's a bit more like a movie. Great review! :)

    Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant

    1. Oh yes, Rogue Powers was a lot like some movie! Thanks for stopping by, Lyra! :)

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