Working out who you are is a lot harder when you're not even sure that you're human..
Jennifer Pickup's debut novel Unbelievable is about Neona White, a teenager who, after being involved in a terrifying accident, begins to question whether or not she's actually human.
Shipped off to live with her grandmother, she meets Arun and Elyssa and while first they seem like a strange pair, they help Neona to start the search for the truth of her identity and her supernatural powers.
Neona faces a (strangely relateable) struggle between who people want her to be, and who she really is..
Read on to see author Jennifer's Top Ten superheroes and supervillains!
He’s a serial killer that dispatches killers (in a wonderfully gruesome way). He loves blood. He metres out justice to those that slip through the loopholes of the legal system and, above all, he’s only human – proof that you don’t need superpowers to fight evil.
She’s a deadly, sexy assassin – the most lethal woman in the world. She is killed, but then later resurrected, although divided into ‘good’ and ‘evil’ selves. She has to defeat her ‘evil’ self, which returns her to being whole. Very Jekyll & Hyde, with a different ending!
8. Dorian Gray
How many of us would sell our souls and keep our portraits hidden if it meant we’d stay eternally young and beautiful? Faustian food for thought, this antihero who embodies our shallowest of human desires. The main theme of Wilde’s story is the corrupting effect that evil has upon the soul. Fabulous.
7. Willow (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
The innocent, sweet geekoine (a word I have coined for the book-worm champion girls of the comic book/fantasy world!) who transformed herself into an extremely dark, powerful witch – you need to watch Buffy Series 1-7 completely to fully appreciate Willow’s journey from good to evil! Hero turned Villain. Another lesson in the corrupting quality of power.
6. She-Ra: Princess of Power / Princess Adora
My ultimate female icon as a child. First introduced me to the superhero-alternate-identity idea, which opened up a realm of possibilities in my mind and has caused my imagination to run riot ever since. I had the doll – so much better than Barbie! Princess Adora had a horse called Spirit, who became a flying horse called Swift Wind when she changed into She-Ra. I wanted one. (But I’d have settled for a real pony!)
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