It's almost hearts' day! Today, I've come up with a list of YA romantic fantasies in which I ADORED the romance from start to finish–this is basically a compilation of my all-time favorite romances, so they'll pretty much be backlist books! (You definitely won't see Shatter Me up here–I'm still salty about that particular romance.) This is a sort-of list of recommended books you can win if you join my appreciation giveaway, which closes tomorrow! EEP. Without further ado, the books!
(Please bear in mind that I only counted series I actually completed–which is not a lot. Curse my short attention span!)
In no particular order:
Here we have a ghost, and a ghost slayer. Obviously, this is a forbidden romance, which I KNOW is pretty much everyone's guilty pleasure. Both Cas and Anna are incredibly complex characters who make for a complex but deep romance. As the series progressed, so did my love for this heart-wrenchingly beautiful couple. No spoilers, but I will say there are tears for angst!
Vampire Allie and mortal boy Zeke compliment each other so well–Allie being a blood-sucking strong woman, and Zeke being a kind and wholesome hero! This relationship just screams healthy, and I LOVED the forbidden-romance angst from the start until the end. I cried my heart out in every single book in this trilogy!
This series will forever hold my favorite student-teacher romance. I love how Dimitri, being older than Rose, helps her grow so much throughout the series. You'll witness her start off as a whiny girl to a strong young lady, with a romance that lets her character develop, which not all series can pull off!
Ah, PERCY JACKSON. My ultimate book boyfriend. I've adored his romance with Annabeth since book 1 of the original Percy Jackson books, which are still classified as MG rather than YA. This is one of the most genuine and beautifully-paced romances I've ever encountered. They started from disliking each other a bit, to becoming friends, best friends, and then what they are now. (I STILL read Percabeth fanficiton in my free time.)
There's a reason why there are two Julie Kagawa series in this list–this woman writes THE BEST romances. Here we have Ash and Meghan, who also grow so much throughout the series. I can't remember much about them, to be honest, BUT! I know my heart practically burst of romance feels in the last book! I probably reread a ~certain~ scene there more than ten times.
If you loved Anna Dressed in Blood, you're bound to love The Girl From the Well. Aside from the
awesome gore, there's a beautiful ghost-to-human romance in this series. Well, actually, the first book didn't really have an actual romance, but more of a story leading to a romance, which is present in book two. I'm technically cheating with this one, aren't I?
The hero in this series, Wesley, is quirky and sweet. The romance in this duology is a bit more subtle than others, but any romance lover will root so strongly for it (even if there's this weird-ass love triangle in the first book)!