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15 of the Best YA Fantasy Romance Books

Looking for the best YA  fantasy romance books for your to-be-read pile? I have 15 YA fantasy romances for fantasy fans to start reading today. 

best YA fantasy romance books

My into romantasy was actually a Ya romantasy called Cinder…the lunar chronicles. I had no idea that fantasy novels could also be romance novels and I was hooked at the time. There was a lot of character developement and action and of course romance and i was so intrigued, i started looking for more YA romantasy books. 

Young Adult fantasy romance is a genre that takes are filled with magic, adventure, and of course, love. Whether you crave dystopian struggles, fairy tale retellings, fantastical worlds, or enemies-to-lovers tropes, there’s a YA fantasy romance waiting to be added to  your TBR.

All of the books i have included here are appropriate for a YA audience. Meaning that the spice level is minimal.( just as it should be with YA). ti’s more about feelings and longing and a broken heart. 

I have personally curated this list of some of my favorite fantasy romance books.  I hope you find something to enjoy! 

15 of the Best YA Fantasy Romance Books

I’ve divided this list up into sections based on what you might like to read the most! Enjoy!

For the Rebel in you:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: 

 I loved this series. It was the first one that I sped through and I was obsessed with the movies. Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in a deadly televised competition, sparking a rebellion against a totalitarian government. A heart-wrenching love triangle adds another layer of complexity to this fast-paced dystopian adventure.

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The Selection by Kiera Cass:

 In a caste-divided society, America Singer competes for the heart of a prince, a decision that could change her life forever. This series offers a great blend of romance, political intrigue, and social commentary.

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For the Magic Enthusiast:

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson: 

Elias, a powerful sorcerer’s apprentice, finds himself tasked with protecting the Great Library of Summersisle, a labyrinthine repository of magical knowledge. Enter Elisabeth, a young woman with a mysterious connection to the library’s secrets.

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These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong: 

Set in 1920s Shanghai, this Romeo and Juliet retelling follows Juliette Cai, a Chinese gangster’s daughter, and Roma Montagov, heir to a Russian mafia family. A forbidden love blossoms amidst gang warfare and a mystical blood feud.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer: 

Forced to feed a mysterious beast with her life force, cursed princess Harper falls for the monstrous creature guarding the kingdom. I loved this enemies-to-lovers story.

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For the Sci-Fi Fantasy Fanatic:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer: 

A futuristic Cinderella story reimagines the classic fairy tale in a world filled with cyborgs and androids. Cinder, a talented mechanic, finds her world turned upside down when she meets the handsome Prince Kai. This series, known as The Lunar Chronicles, is a perfect combination of action, adventure, and cyborg romance.

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The Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard: 

In a world divided by blood color, Mare Barrow, a seemingly powerless Red, discovers she has a hidden ability that could alter the balance of power. A forbidden romance with a Silver prince adds so many layers to the entire story. Order on or Target

For those who love Urban Fantasy:

Divergent by Veronica Roth: 

In the First book of the Divergent series, Beatrice Prior must choose her faction in a dystopian Chicago where society is divided based on personality traits. Her choice leads her to uncover a conspiracy that threatens the entire system, and a forbidden romance with a mysterious instructor complicates her allegiances. Order on or or Target

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: 

Jude Duarte, a human living in the treacherous faerie realm, navigates a world of intrigue and danger. Her childhood crush on Prince Cardan takes an intriguing turn. in this enemies to lovers romance. Order on or or Target

For the Shadowhunter Lover:

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare: 

The third novel in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Glass follows Clary Fray as she delves deeper into the world of Shadowhunters, demon-slaying warriors who protect humanity. The series is packed with action, romance, and a touch of mystery, making it a favorite among YA fantasy readers. Order on or or Target

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: 

This companion series to the Shadow and Bone trilogy dives into the world of criminal mastermind Kaz Brekker and his crew. A daring heist with a high price tag forces them to work together, with sparks (and tension) flying between certain members. Order on or or Target

For the  Adventure Seeker:

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir:

 In a world divided by the Martial Empire, Laia, a slave fighting for freedom, and Elias, a young soldier questioning his loyalty, find their destinies intertwined. This series explores themes of oppression, rebellion, and the power of love in a world on the brink of war. Order on or or Target

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin: 

Lou, a young witch fleeing persecution, and Reid, a disgraced chasseur tasked with hunting witches, find them themselves unexpectedly drawn together. This enemies-to-lovers story is set against a backdrop of religious extremism and forbidden magic. Order on or or Target

This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi: 

Our main character Alizeh, is a master weaver who uses her skills to repair ripped tapestries, a metaphor for mending broken kingdoms. When a mysterious visitor arrives with a proposition that could change her life, Alizeh finds herself embroiled in a dangerous game of power and political intrigue. Order on or or Target

Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross :

In a war-torn world of rival gods, 18-year-old Iris, a reporter, longs for news of her brother fighting for one side. Her magical typewriter forges a secret connection with her arrogant rival, Roman. As their letters turn to love, Iris seeks the truth behind the war and Roman confronts his own loyalties.  Order on or or Target

So grab a cup of tea, curl up with a cozy blanket, and get ready to stay up all night with these ya novels.  Honestly, these YA fantasy romances have something for everyone. Happy reading!

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