It’s February! First, I can’t spell February. Thank goodness for autocorrect.
Second, because it is February, the month of love and romance (and chocolate, which is the real reason I like Valentine’s), Mez and I decided to do some posts accordingly. So here are my favorite young adult romances!
Let me explain this list. I do not read young adult novels where romance is the main plot. Fantasy will always be my focal point when searching for books. However, I also like books that have a good romance woven through the plot, and while the following may not be my favorite books, they are my favorites as far as romance goes. Also, I hate love triangles. If you are looking for books where the girl is torn between two guys (especially a ‘good’ guy and a ‘bad’ guy) you will not find it on this list. Can’t stand them. If I get even a hint of love triangle from the summary of a book, I will not read it.
So here they are, my favorite young adult books when looking for a good romance! They are not in any particular order. I hard time whittling them down, placing them in order would have been impossible!
Turns out, they all have beautiful covers as well…
Starflight by Melissa Landers
Solara and Doran start out as bitter enemies with Doran treating Solara as a slave, and then Solara returns the favor! On the run on a spaceship full of misfits, close quarters and forced dependency turn hatred to friendship and eventually to love.
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
This sci-fi retelling of Snow White has a great love story between the independent, poor, hard-working Essie and Dane, the stranger searching for a princess. Essie gradually learns to trust Dane and they fall in love as they try to save a planet from a corrupt king.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Katsa has a killing Grace, a preternatural ability to fight and kill. Because of this, she has been isolated and feared for most of her life. Po, a prince with a fighting Grace runs into her and the first thing she does is knock him out. It only gets better from there!
Shadows by Robin McKinley
Maggie hates her new stepfather and the shadowy, wriggly things that live in his shadow. The romance in this book takes a while, but her boyfriend is incredible and Maggie is one of my favorite characters. Can’t tell you more without ruining the twist!
The White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter
I’ve only read the first two, so keep that in mind! Ali’s family was murdered by zombies and Cole, the bad boy of her new school, knows how to kill them. Their romance is quick but believable and there are lots of ups and downs throughout the books.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
The second in The Lunar Chronicles, this book is a sci-fi retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Scarlet’s grandmother is missing and Wolf may have answers. Together, they search for her grandmother and discover world changing secrets, but Wolf has other secrets that could destroy the girl he has come to love.
Spelled by Betsy Schow
A crazy mix of fairy tales and The Wizard of Oz, this book is a lot of fun. Dorthea is a spoiled brat of a princess whose selfish wish tosses her whole world into chaos-and turns the annoying Prince Kato into an animal. Now they have to work together to put their world back in order-and hopefully not kill each other in the process.
Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund
Aerin is a former slave and a fugitive, Dane the son of a powerful leader and they are both at Academy 7, the most prestigious school in the Alliance. Because of Dane’s reckless nature, they both end up in detention where Dane learns her secret. As they spend time together, they learn deeper secrets bind their pasts together and may force them apart.
The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
And yet another retelling, this one of ‘The Wild Swans.’ Alexandra is a princess with yet unrealized magical abilities. When her father remarries the evil Zella, Alexandra’s brothers disappear and she is sent away to her aunt. There she meets Gabriel and they quickly fall in love without either telling the truth of who they really are before fate separates them.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
In case you haven’t noticed, I like retellings. This one is a strange, beautiful version of water horses. They rise from the sea and eat meat, including humans. The once a year Scorpio races are dangerous, but profitable. Puck and Sean both need to win, Puck to keep her home, Sean to save his future. They fall in love, but only one can win.
Let me know your favorites in the comments! I’m always looking for books to add to my To Be Read pile!