We gravitate to superhero stories in times of stress. After all, it’s reassuring to think that, somewhere, there might be somebody with powers who can save us from the world we’re in. Here are eleven superhero YA books to encourage you to embrace your inner superhero as the year rolls on.
I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Release date: May 26 2015
Best friends Libby and May created a princess together, but when Libby died Princess X died with her. Years later, May starts to see the Princess everywhere. There are disturbing similarities between Libby’s story and Princess X online. Only one person could have started this phenomenon – her best friend, Libby, who lives.
The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release date: May 11 2010
Damien Locke has a plan: major in messing with people at the local supervillain university and become a professional evil genius, just like his supervillain mom. But when he discovers the shameful secret she’s been hiding all these years, that the one-night stand that spawned him was actually with a superhero, everything gets messed up.
These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks #1) by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release date: February 9th
England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her.
Hero by Perry Moore
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: September 1 2007
The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father’s pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he’s been asked to join the League. And the one Thom can barely face himself: he’s gay.
Being Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker #1) by Kelly Oram
Release date: June 14 2010
An accident that should end in tragedy gives Jamie Baker a slew of uncontrollable superhuman abilities. To keep her secret safe, Jamie socially exiles herself as Rocklin High’s resident ice queen. But during a supercharged encounter with star quarterback Ryan Miller she literally kisses anonymity goodbye.
Dreadnought by April Daniels
Publisher: Diversion Publishing
Release date: January 24 2017
Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero. Those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl.
Dangerous by Shannon Hale
Release date: March 4 2014
All Maisie Danger Brown wanted was to get away from home and explore somewhere new. She didn’t expect to stumble into a plot that could mean the end of her friends and her life on Earth as she knew it. And now, with her being the only one standing between her planet and this nefarious scheme, there is no going back.
A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne
Publisher: Big Bang Press
Release date: November 11 2014
Ewan Mao knows one thing for certain: according to prophecy, it’s his destiny to kill the evil tyrant whose dark reign has terrorized Britain. But when Ewan’s big moment comes, he freezes. His best friend, the clever and talented Oliver Abrams, defeats the villain for him, and Ewan’s bright future crumbles before his eyes.
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
Release date: August 5 2016
Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain.
Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
Release date: July 24 2014
Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She’s what’s known as an illusionist… She’s also a thief. After a robbery goes awry, Ciere teams up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless.
Lois Lane: Fallout (Lois Lane #1) by Gwenda Bond
Publisher: Switch Press
Release date: March 10 2016
Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis, and she’s determined to fit in. But a group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow. Not cool. Armed with her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery.