I chose romance as my fill-in-the-blank, since I'm a full-on romantic at heart and love books that have beautiful relationships I can get all fangirly over. As such, here are ten YA books of various genres to read if you're looking for some love!
2) THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore. A multicultural YA magical realism with a heartrending star-crossed love right at the center--original, intense, and sparking with speculative magic.
4) THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh. This highly acclaimed YA retelling of "A Thousand and One Nights" mashes fantasy and history fiction into a sweeping romance that deserves all the thumbs up.
5) THINGS WE KNOW BY HEART by Jessi Kirby. A YA contemporary in which a girl tracks down the boy who received her boyfriend's heart via organ donation after her boyfriend's untimely death. Quite literally full of heart and feeling.
6) THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. The first in a YA sci-fi trilogy with a firm root in romance that THE LUNAR CHRONICLES fans will enjoy. Bits of the fantastical and lots of conspiracy envelops the two main characters in their journey across an abandoned planet and towards an 'opposites attract' love story.
7) FORBIDDEN by Kimberley Griffiths Little. This novel takes us to a world of fantasy and romance set all the way back in ancient Mesopotamia, so, hecka long ago. A wonderfully crafted world for the love story to flourish in.
8) LOOP by Karen Akins. I think of this book as the quirky, dystopian little sister of THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, full of sweet romance, complex drama, and light humor in turn.
9) TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini. A witch-centric, multiverse romance that takes an unexpectedly powerful heroine into a world she never could have imagined, facing a villain far too close to home, and cradled in the arms of a gorgeous young man.
10) A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray. Another acclaimed and gorgeous story with a multiverse core, though this one, like LOOP, is more firmly sci-fi in nature, and is also the easiest to follow of all the multiverse stories I've read. A generous scooping of the historical gives the core romance swoony sway atop the power it already carries.
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