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Cute Mutants Vol 1: Mutant Pride

(Cute Mutants #1)

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  82 reviews
My name is Dylan Taylor, human incarnation of the burning dumpster gif, and this is my life.

I always wanted to be an X-Man. Except people and me never got along, and apparently you need social skills to run a successful team. Cue Emma Hall's party. One hot make out session with the host herself, and I can talk to objects like my pillow (who's far too invested in my love li
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 27th 2020 by SJ Whitby
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C.G. Drews
This book is an explosion of queer, socially anxious superheroes who are super geeky and super do not know how to save the world. It was such a fun read, with all those fantastic superhero trademarks we've come to love Then add in Dylan Taylor's self-depreciating sarcasm, social anxiety, tumblr jokes and fandom references, and you've got X-Men but...a little more disastrous.

Dylan can talk to objects, which sounds like just a quirky power...but she can also ask them to do things for her. So imag
Content warnings: transphobia, homophobia, hate crime, racism, sexual assault (one off-page nonconsensual m/f kiss), bullying, violence, blood, death of... prominent object, death of minor characters, dismembering, earthquakes

Sometimes, I try to match the tone of my review to the voice of the book so that they give off similar vibes, but I could never achieve the level of joy this story brings. Cute Mutants Vol 1: Mutant Pride is a very queer (reps: lesbian, pansexual, transgender, etc.) and ver
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for free as part of an Instagram book tour (MTMC Tours specifically) I did to promote the book.

Omg this book!

First off, I loved all the characters. They were each so unique and I loved seeing them come together as a team. My favorite was Alyse (aka Moodring). I loved how supportive she was of Dylan and the whole team.

The story was well thought out in terms of both the external (dangerous villain on the loose) and internal (identity, friendship, love). There was a
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, sapphic
CUTE MUTANTS by SJ Whitby is a hilarious and adorable novel about a group of teens who all mysteriously develop mutant powers after a party one night.

This story was adorable, there’s no other way I could describe it other than that. There are so, so many things in this novel that I loved and so many reasons why I want everyone to read it. For starters, the writing style is beautiful and unique, it’s very easy to fly through because the author incorporates a lot of humour and love into their book
Thank you to Caffeine Tours & the author for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I loved this book so much 😭😭😭. This book is easily in my top ten of the year, and it's tied with Felix Ever After and Sword in the Stars for my favorite book of the year. There's honestly no way to choose between these three, I loved them all so much. But Dylan Taylor is my favorite character to ever exist, I have never related to someone as much as I relate to Dylan.

This book
Landice (Manic Femme)
I knew from the quote on the back that this book would be a good time (“This is me, Dylan Taylor, human incarnation of the burning dumpster gif and this is my life.”) and it absolutely delivered! Highly recommend it for when you want a quick, easy read that will make you laugh and smile until your face hurts!

Edit: I originally said the series was on Kindle Unlimited but it seems like just this first book is. Either way, if you have a KU subscription you can read Cute Mutants Vol. 1 now without s
rachel ☾
My name is Dylan Taylor, I always wanted to be an X-Man. Except apparently you need social skills to run a successful team. Cue Emma Hall’s party. One hot make out session with the host herself, and I can talk to objects like my pillow. Now there’s a whole group of us with strange abilities, so when a mysterious mutant starts causing unnatural disasters, we’re the ones who have to stop him. Can I bring them back together in time to stop the villain from taking revenge? Have I mentioned I’m not a
Cute Mutants Vol. 1: Mutant Pride follows Dylan, an X-Men superfan, who after kissing Emma Hall at her party, wakes up with the ability to talk to objects. Soon she finds out that there are others who went to that party who also developed powers, including her boyfriend Lou and ice queen Dani Kim. However, there’s a rogue mutant-slash-incel wreaking havoc across the city by creating earthquakes. So, Dylan and the Cute Mutants set up a plan to take him down.

I originally found out about this novel
El Hyrst
Full review available on my blog December 3rd 2020:

Thanks to SJ Whitby and Caffeine Book Tours for the eARC of this book. It has not affected my honest review. Click here to see the rest of the tour schedule and find other stops!

Trigger Warnings: misgendering, sexual assault, homophobia, transphobia, non-explicit rape threats, violence, gore, mutilation, self harm (as a way to use superpowers).

This book was an absolute revelation to me, honestly. I’ll adm
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hall-of-fame, amm-fam
I am obsessed with this!! This was very much the girl gang vibe of Birds of Prey meets X-Men, but only after Deadpool got a hold of them. It is a laugh-out-loud funny story that is so much fun to read from start to finish.

It is super diverse in terms of queer representation, and the girls in this will imprint themselves in your heart whether you want them to or not. *whispers* they're that persuasive. The superpowers they get are just so unique, but what makes them so entertaining is how they a
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cute Mutants has SO much voice, it is truly a delight to read. Add in the thoughtful queer rep, mental health rep, effortless diversity, and a wonderful found family/squad and you have something special. Definitely a stand-out favorite of 2020 💕
Leta Patton
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book.


I feel like I need to preface this with stories set in contemporary times with contemporary locations are not my usual go-to. Nor are books about people with superpowers. But OH BOY did I love this book.

First, I absolutely love the way it was written. The voice is SO unique and distinct and fresh. I was laughing out loud from page one and didn't stop the entire book. Something about the author's writing just draws you in and you find yourself reading for two hours straigh
Melancholic Blithe ⚡
There's always an uncertainty for me while writing reviews because I always start with squealing about how amazing the book is and all. And frankly, for this particular book I am all squeals. To say that this book was amazing is so underrated because it was so much more. I mean what do I need more than an extremely queer read with an amazing diverse rep which is cute, fluffy and deadly, action-packed at the same time? The next installment, of course!

To start with this book, I really loved how th
X-men superfan Dylan Taylor has suddenly got super powers. And sure, talking to objects isn’t exactly X-men material but it’s still pretty cool, even if her pillow is overly invested in her love life. After discovering that she’s not alone in her newfound powers, Dylan decides to unite the others and live out her superhero dreams. And what does every superhero need, even the most unconventional sort? A good villain. Someone’s creating earthquakes around the city and it’s up to Dylan, her gang of ...more
Evidently Bookish
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
actual rating: 3.75 rounded up to a 4

quick lil after finishing review:

this book was so much fun. it's like a completely nerded-out version of Misfits. i loved the queer found family aspect, it made me soft. i loved a) the fact that this group of girls and a trans boy all got their powers from kissing a girl [not a spoiler, it's on the back of the book lol] and b) Dylan's power was just so interesting -- i've not read or seen anything like it before. SJ has me out here caring way too much about o
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the found-family superhero book I've always wanted. The characters are smart, witty, vulnerable, and real. The superpowers themselves all have wonderfully unique twists to them, some of which had me laughing out loud. I'm so glad more books are coming in this series, because I want so much more of everything this book offers. ...more
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sff, favorites
okay. that was awesome.
- queer queer oh so queer
- so very geeky as well
- so much fun
- action ! superpowers ! a team of misfits superheroes !
- a groupchat
- memes and gifs and soft bitches squad
- sapphics
- did i mention it was very queer ?
this is everything i need in this world.
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book owns my whole soul.

The cast of characters? Everything

The level of queerness? Off the damn charts

The chaos? Cannot be measured

Honestly, what else do you need in a book?
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indiecember2020
Disclaimer: I've never been a huge fan of superhero stories. Sure, they're fun, and it's always entertaining to see some flashy action scenes in a movie on the big screen. But unless there's something wildly different and compelling about a superhero story, I just don't care all that much.

Enter the Cute Mutants - a group of ordinary teenagers who suddenly develop superpowers after kissing a girl at a party. And oh my gosh, these kids. These kids have latched onto my soul and carved out a space a
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
*This review can also be found on The Reader and the Chef. Thanks to MTMC Tours & the author for the review copy. All thoughts are my own.*

Aaaaaah!!! All I want to do is fangirl about Cute Mutants?! This amazing superhero novel is fabulously queer and SO FUN. It follows Dylan who is self-proclaimed incarnation of the burning dumpster gif. We can assume that on the good days, she is this:

cute burning dumpster gif

but on the bad days, Dylan is pretty much this:

cute burning dumpster gif

But we love Dylan with her fantastic humor and obsessi
E.M. Anderson
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya

I adored this book. The voice was FANTASTIC - so humorous, but also sometimes it DESTROYED ME with feelings. I love the entire cast, especially even the prickly, difficult ones. Dylan was so well-written: characters who are down on themselves, especially in a first-person viewpoint, often start to feel whiny and annoying, like "okay I GET IT, you suck and woe is you," but I really sympathized with and related to Dylan's self-esteem issues.

The queer rep is A+. The cast is diverse.
Breeanna Pierce
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There is so much to gush about with Cute Mutants Vol. 1. With a remarkably genuine voice and a unique spin on mutant powers, this is one book you do not want to sleep on.

The MC Dylan is a character you not only cheer for but connect with on a level that gets you laughing, crying and screaming alongside her and her band of Cute Mutants. Each member of the squad brings their own special something to the story that left me feeling nostalgic for the friendship epics often found in manga/anime like
Samantha Wood
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adored this. Couldn't put it down from start to finish. I wish I had this book when I was a teenager! SJ Whitby managed to reach inside my chest and soften my hard little heart into something melted and gooey from page one to the end.
I'm already counting down the days until they release book two!
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2020
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, favorites
Mind blown... this was fucking amazeballs!
John Kerry
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First off with my reviews I like to take a moment to say one or two things about the cover or design of the book, I have the cover as shown above. I absolutely love it, I think the light colours represent the feel of the book and the setting within and it’s just so pretty.

Cute Mutants Vol 1 Mutant Pride by S J Whitby was such an awesome first installation to The cute Mutant series. I absolutely loved being introduced to new characters. Words cannot describe just how amazing and breathtaking this
Andy Perez
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't often write reviews. I find that other people have said what's needed to be said, so who cares what I'm saying. But this book right here? This book RIGHT HERE?!

I loved it. Adored it. Gobbled it up and then proceeded to flail about it.

Here's the thing: I don't care about superheroes. Marvel? Ugh. Spiderman? Only tolerated because he's from the greatest city in the universe and my hometown. RENEGADES, by one of my fave authors Marissa Meyer? No thanks.

But Cute Mutants stole my heart. I h
May Faulkner
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First things first... where do I sign to become a Cute Mutant!?

I've never really been a sci-fi, hero-loving girl, mostly I read stories about angels and demons, but this amazing story may have enlightened me. It is the most fun and easy-going story, yet filled with raw feelings that reach beyond the paper (or screen lol).

S.J. really did went all out into making the most relatable and loving group of little mutants. Thanks to Dylan's strong and flowing narrative you're hooked with her feelings f
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.75 rounded up

Cute Mutants Vol 1: Mutant Pride is the first in the Cute Mutants series and follows Dylan Taylor as she develops magic powers after kissing a girl at a party.

This was a really fun read! The cast is incredibly and effortlessly diverse with all sorts of queer identity rep. Dylan's narrative is casual and quirky with lots of internet slang and references that quite frankly made me feel a little old. 😂 While it took me a while to get through, it's actually a very easy read and I real
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really really liked this, and I'm so glad I stumbled across it. Weirdly I think I expected it to be a graphic novel, which it is not, obviously. Super fun, super queer. I'm not au fait with X-Men but the references were easy to follow and not super necessary to fully understand. Great cast of characters, and I liked the ending too. Look forward to reading the sequel. ...more
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SJ Whitby lives in New Zealand with their partner, as well as various children and animals. They are predictably obsessed with X-Men and spend too much of their free time writing.

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