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Top 10: You Could Have Been an X-Men

“Ladies and gentlemen, the truth is that mutants are very real, and that they are among us. We must know who they are, and above all, what they can do!” – X-Men, 2000

Inspired by today’s review of Nobody by Jennifer Lynne Barnes, here is a list of 10 ya titles with characters that have supernatural or genetically altered powers, which would make them awesome X-men.  Because some people might consider this list spoilery, proceed with caution.  After you click READ MORE, the covers will appear and there is no turning back.

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“People are always going to think something about you that isn’t real. It doesn’t matter what they think.”
Malinda Lo, Adaptation

“I have a curse.
I’m a monster.
My touch Is lethal.
I am their weapon.
Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

‘No, you don’t.’ If I hear him say the word love, I don’t know what I’ll do. I still have my gun. Maybe one day I can forgive him, but all chance of that goes out the window if he claims he did it for love. If you love someone, the idea is respect them enough to trust them. Not to take away their freedom. Their life.”
Dan Krokos, False Memory

“I’ll add it to the box under my bed labeled ‘The Secret Confession of the Immortal Pia’. Good Lord, girl, don’t look so mortified. There’s not actually a box.”
Jessica Khoury, Origin

“In the dictionary, next to the word stress, there is a picture of a midsize mutant stuck inside a dog crate, wondering if her destiny is to be killed or to save the world. Okay, not really. But there should be.”
James Patterson, The Angel Experiment

“I filled my head with thoughts of the future, of infinite possibly. There’s someone out there who will one day find me and fall in love with me and prove that all this waiting actually meant something….”
Perry Moore, Hero

“Life at H.I.V.E. may have its attractions after all, Otto thought. Friends, as they say, may come and go, but high-powered laser weapons are forever.”
Mark Walden, H.I.V.E. Higher Institute of Villainous Education

“I have perfect instincts. And my sister can see the future.  And my boss’s secretary can read minds. And my ex-roommate can feel other people’s emotion’s” – Kiersten White, Mind Games

Have any others? Share with us in the comments. 


  1. Here are some more titles:
    I am Number Four by Piticus Lore
    The Awakening by Michael Carroll
    Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
    Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
    Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
    Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby
    Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
    White Cat by Holly Black
    Nightschool (manga) by Svetlana Chmakova

  2. And some more:
    Patirals by Dan Wells
    Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
    The Otherworldlies by Jennifer Anne Kogler
    Void by Rhiannon Lassiter
    Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
    Past Continuous by K. Ryer Breese
    Graceling by Kristin Cashore
    Midnighters by Westerfeld

  3. And more:
    The Darkest Minds By Alexandra Bracken

    Hero by Mike Lupica

    Dull Boy by Sarah Cross

    The Vindico by Wesley King

  4. More:
    Laurie Faria Stolarz has a series (Deadly Little Games) that deals with psychometry

    The Ascension: a superhuman clash by Michael Carroll

    Maximum Ride series by James Patterson

    Suck It Up by Brian Meehl

    Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

  5. The sisters in the Extraordinary Secrets of April,May and June each have a


  6. The twins in Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves have some serious powers. Also, serious issues.

    Rory in The Name Of The Star by Maureen Johnson (and sequel The Madness Underneath) can see ghosts and banish them with a touch.

  7. Would you consider The Body Finder as a possibility? It is not paranormal fiction. The protagonist just has the ability to find bodies by their “echoes”.

    Slide by Jill Hathaway involves a teen who can enter other people's bodies/minds by touching something they own

  8. Steven Gould's Jumper should be at the top of the list. Any list. It's that good. For those who loved it, he just released the third book in the series.

    David Lubar

  9. Rather blatant BSP, but my last book (Cat Girl's Day Off) features a girl with a superpower that she thinks is rather stupid (she can talk to cats) while others in her family have serious more X-men style powers (levitation, truth divination, etc.). 🙂 Obviously on the less serious side of the spectrum…

    And I'm assuming someone has mentioned Hidden Talents already? – Kimberly Pauley

  10. Michale Vey series by Evans
    Stormdancer by Kristoff
    Gone series by Michael Grant

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