This week, we’re celebrating the debut of Emily Lloyd Jones’ YA novel, Illusive, pitched as X-Men meets Ocean’s Eleven !  Who can resist that? And to start, we’re talking about superpowers to which Emily asks us –

What kind of superpower would you like to have, and why?

There is a reason why people called me Wolv-Erin back in high school:

And no, it’s not because I was hairy or had huge thighs or was short and grouchy (okay, maybe because I was short and grouchy), but mostly because I was the resident geek, Wolverine is my favorite mutant of all time (edging out Namor only by this much), and because I had always thought having a healing factor was the coolest superpower ever. How can you not want the semi-immortality that comes with the ability? As a kid, I was always running into tables and getting knocked around from sports that I was fond of, like taekwondo and running and badminton and biking (I might also have been the only person ever to get scratched knees from bowling, of all things), and it would always took so long for any bruises to heal.  The promise of any and all injuries magically disappearing within seconds was an appealing one to me.

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?

When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. 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 must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn’t?
The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against he government that could cost them their lives.
Emily Lloyd-Jones grew up on a vineyard in rural Oregon, where she played in evergreen forests and learned to fear sheep. After graduating from Western Oregon University with an English degree, she enrolled in the publishing program at Rosemont College just outside of Philadelphia. She currently resides in Northern California, working in a bookstore by day and writing by night.