Romantic Fantasy Books for Teens

Romance and fantasy go together like, well, Bella and Edward. But there's so much out there for teens besides Twilight. Readers who sigh over love stories and like nothing better than finding themselves lost in fantastical worlds will fall for the YA novels on this list. These picks are filled with action, adventure, danger, and love, and they're just the beginning. Since many of the books on this list are the first in a series, fantasy fans can continue to swoon over their favorite "ship" long after the final chapter. For more great teen reads, check out our picks for Teen Romance Novels and Thriller Books for Teens.

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City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

age 12+

Exciting start to teen fantasy series in urban setting.

By: Cassandra Clare (2007)
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The Crown's Game

age 12+

Captivating tale of competing magicians in 1825 Russia.

By: Evelyn Skye (2016)
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Beautiful Creatures: Book 1

age 13+

Dreamy, lyrical supernatural Southern romance.

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Caraval, Book 1

age 13+

Sisters escape abusive father to play dangerous magic game.

By: Stephanie Garber (2017)
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The Cerulean, Book 1

age 13+

Soaring fantasy stars girl who drops to other planet.

By: Amy Ewing (2019)
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Dance of Thieves, Book 1

age 13+

Remnant Chronicles spin-off high in romance and adventure.

By: Mary E. Pearson (2018)
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The Chaos of Stars

age 13+

Romantic fantasy with Egyptian gods a fun mom-daughter read.

By: Kiersten White (2013)
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Flamecaster: Shattered Realms, Book 1

age 13+

Absorbing fantasy romance full of spies and palace intrigue.

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Frostblood: The Frostblood Saga, Book 1

age 13+

Plenty of twists keep fiery fantasy romance exciting.

By: Elly Blake (2017)
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Hunted

age 13+

Strong hunter-girl Beauty takes on Beast in this retelling.

By: Meagan Spooner (2017)
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Legacy of Kings: Blood of Gods and Royals, Book 1

age 13+

Appealing epic fantasy has intrigue, romance, action galore.

By: Eleanor Herman (2015)
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Matched, Book 1

age 13+

Fun, provoking start to dystopian series for teens.

By: Ally Condie (2010)
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Midwinterblood

age 13+

Dark fantasy chronicles a love that transcends time, death.

By: Marcus Sedgwick (2013)
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A Million Junes

age 13+

Romeo and Juliet fantasy romance is lyrical and haunting.

By: Emily Henry (2017)
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Once Upon a Broken Heart

age 13+

Caraval spin-off has more magic and less character appeal.

By: Stephanie Garber (2021)
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Red Queen: Book 1

age 13+

Action-packed fantasy will grip fans of powerful heroines.

By: Victoria Aveyard (2015)
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Ruined

age 13+

Action, romance, and fantasy in strong series kickoff.

By: Amy Tintera (2016)
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The Scorpio Races

age 13+

Bloodthirsty horses star in thrilling coming-of-age tale.

By: Maggie Stiefvater (2011)
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The Shadow Queen: Ravenspire, Book 1

age 13+

Magic, dragons, and romance bolster mildly flawed fantasy.

By: C. J. Redwine (2016)
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Shiver

age 13+

Does for werewolves what Twilight did for vampires.

By: Maggie Stiefvater (2009)
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