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 Book Poster Image
Exciting start to teen fantasy series in urban setting.
By Cassandra Clare
(2008)
(2007)
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The Crown's Game Book Poster Image
Captivating tale of competing magicians in 1825 Russia.
By Evelyn Skye
(2016)
(2016)
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Beautiful Creatures: Book 1 Book Poster Image
Dreamy, lyrical supernatural Southern romance.
By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
(2010)
(2010)
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Caraval, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Sisters escape abusive father to play dangerous magic game.
By Stephanie Garber
(2017)
(2017)
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The Cerulean, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Soaring fantasy stars girl who drops to other planet.
By Amy Ewing
(2019)
(2019)
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Dance of Thieves, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Remnant Chronicles spin-off high in romance and adventure.
By Mary E. Pearson
(2018)
(2018)
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The Chaos of Stars Book Poster Image
Romantic fantasy with Egyptian gods a fun mom-daughter read.
By Kiersten White
(2013)
(2013)
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Flamecaster: Shattered Realms, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Absorbing fantasy romance full of spies and palace intrigue.
By Cinda Williams Chima
(2016)
(2016)
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Frostblood: The Frostblood Saga, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Plenty of twists keep fiery fantasy romance exciting.
By Elly Blake
(2017)
(2017)
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Hunted Book Poster Image
Strong hunter-girl Beauty takes on Beast in this retelling.
By Meagan Spooner
(2017)
(2017)
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Legacy of Kings:  Blood of Gods and Royals, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Appealing epic fantasy has intrigue, romance, action galore.
By Eleanor Herman
(2015)
(2015)
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Matched Book Poster Image
Fun, provoking start to dystopian series for teens.
By Ally Condie
(2011)
(2010)
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Midwinterblood Book Poster Image
Dark fantasy chronicles a love that transcends time, death.
By Marcus Sedgwick
(2014)
(2013)
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A Million Junes Book Poster Image
Romeo and Juliet fantasy romance is lyrical and haunting.
By Emily Henry
(2017)
(2017)
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Red Queen: Book 1 Book Poster Image
Action-packed fantasy will grip fans of powerful heroines.
By Victoria Aveyard
(2015)
(2015)
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Ruined Book Poster Image
Action, romance, and fantasy in strong series kickoff.
By Amy Tintera
(2016)
(2016)
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The Scorpio Races Book Poster Image
Bloodthirsty horses star in thrilling coming-of-age tale.
By Maggie Stiefvater
(2011)
(2011)
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The Shadow Queen: Ravenspire, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Magic, dragons, and romance bolster mildly flawed fantasy.
By C. J. Redwine
(2016)
(2016)
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Shiver Book Poster Image
Does for werewolves what Twilight did for vampires.
By Maggie Stiefvater
(2009)
(2009)
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Something Strange and Deadly, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Thrilling fantasy mixes mystery, Victorian romance, zombies.
By Susan Dennard
(2012)
(2012)
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Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Obsessive vampire romance is absorbing and fun.
By Stephenie Meyer
(2007)
(2005)
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Wicked Fox Book Poster Image
Dramatic fantasy-romance based on Korean tale of the gumiho.
By Kat Cho
(2019)
(2019)
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The Beautiful Book Poster Image
Steamy, atmospheric paranormal romance set in New Orleans.
By Renee Ahdieh
(2019)
(2020)
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Call Down the Hawk: The Dreamer Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Thrilling, heartbreaking start to Raven Cycle spin-off.
By Maggie Stiefvater
(2019)
(2019)
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Carry On: Simon Snow Series, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Harry Potter-like fantasy is funny, romantic, delightful.
By Rainbow Rowell
(2015)
(2015)
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A Curse So Dark and Lonely: Cursebreaker, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Modern "Beauty" tale has complex characters, gore, humor.
By Brigid Kemmerer
(2019)
(2019)
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The Cruel Prince: The Folk of the Air, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Tricky fantasy will keep readers guessing until the end.
By Holly Black
(2018)
(2018)
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Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Dynamic writing sets intense angel romance apart.
By Laini Taylor
(2011)
(2011)
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An Ember in the Ashes, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Gripping romantic fantasy in an alternative universe.
By Sabaa Tahir
(2015)
(2015)
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Ghosts of the Shadow Market Book Poster Image
Brooding tales for those steeped in the Shadowhunter-verse.
By Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Kelly Link, Robin Wasserman
(2019)
(2019)
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Incendiary, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Intricate fantasy blends violent court intrigue with magic.
By Zoraida Córdova
(2020)
(2020)
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Into the Heartless Wood Book Poster Image
Gripping romantic fantasy is dark, lyrical, violent.
By Joanna Ruth Meyer
(2021)
(2021)
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King of Scars: King of Scars Duology, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Mystical Grishaverse tale has edgy, exciting characters.
By Leigh Bardugo
(2019)
(2019)
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Legendborn Book Poster Image
Riveting Arthurian legend retelling set in secret societies.
By Tracy Deonn
(2020)
(2020)
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The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea Book Poster Image
Epic romantic fantasy adventure is poetic and violent.
By Maggie Tokuda-Hall
(2020)
(2020)
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The Midnight Lie Book Poster Image
Same-sex love story drives compelling Winner's spin-off.
By Marie Rutkoski
(2020)
(2020)
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Tess of the Road Book Poster Image
Richly textured fantasy addresses #MeToo issues.
By Rachel Hartman
(2018)
(2018)
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These Violent Delights Book Poster Image
Epic, engaging historical fantasy reboots Romeo and Juliet.
By Chloe Gong
(2020)
(2020)
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Under the Never Sky Book Poster Image
Hard-edged romantic adventure set in a dystopian future.
By Veronica Rossi
(2012)
(2012)
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Wither: The Chemical Garden Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Mature dystopian fantasy with polygamy, teen pregnancy.
By Lauren DeStefano
(2011)
(2011)
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The Wrath & the Dawn, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Hint of magic in absorbing 1,001 Nights-themed love story.
By Renee Ahdieh
(2016)
(2015)
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A Court of Thorns and Roses, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Dark magic, gore, hot faerie romance mark mature fantasy.
By Sarah J. Maas
(2015)
(2015)
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The Night Circus Book Poster Image
Illusionists compete in dream-like literary romance.
By Erin Morgenstern
(2011)
(2011)
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The Red Scrolls of Magic: The Eldest Curses, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Mature Shadowhunter series spin-off focuses on Alec, Magnus.
By Cassandra Clare, Wesley Chu
(2019)
(2019)
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Serpent & Dove Book Poster Image
Wickedly fun witch fantasy has hot romance, magic, violence.
By Shelby Mahurin
(2019)
(2019)
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The Shadows Between Us Book Poster Image
Romantic fantasy has court intrigue, lots of frank sex talk.
By Tricia Levenseller
(2020)
(2020)
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Snow, Glass, Apples Book Poster Image
Fairy tale favorite gets dark, violent, sexy makeover.
By Neil Gaiman
(2019)
(2019)
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A Song of Fire and Ice (A Game of Thrones) Series Book Poster Image
Dark, violent epic upends the usual fantasy clichés.
By George R.R. Martin
(2016)
(1996)
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