Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! I missed last week's post, Top Ten Books for When You're in the Mood for _____, and I'm going to go ahead and finish that one now. So. 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!
1) Alexandra Bracken's Passenger Duology. A gorgeous story full of adventure about a girl who gets pushed into a society of time travelers and must protect reality as we know it. The premise is fantasy-ish, the majority of it is historical in locale, and there's a beautiful interracial, dual-time romance threaded throughout.
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.
3) Leigh Bardugo's The Grisha Trilogy. This epic fantasy infused with Russian culture tells the story of magicians forced into war with a manipulative but attractive Dark Lord at the center. The central romance carries real weight with one of those best-friends-since-childhood tales that I can't help but adore.
4) Renne Ahdieh's The Wrath and the Dawn Duology. 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) Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner's Starbound Trilogy. This is 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 of the first book in their journey across an abandoned planet and towards an 'opposites attract' love story.
7) Kimberley Griffiths Little's Forbidden Trilogy. This 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) Karen Akins's Loop Duology. I think of this as the quirky, dystopian little sister of The Time Traveler's Wife, full of sweet romance, complex drama, and light humor in turn.
9) Jospehine Angelini's Worldwalker Trilogy. 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) Claudia Gray's Firebird Trilogy. 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.
Whoo-hoo for rewriting the half-draft I lost last week! Hope you enjoy these reads, and let me know if you have any similar recommendations! I'll see you tomorrow.
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