Your Ultimate Guide to the Cutest YA Love Stories

Lately, I’ve been in a romance mood. ALL THE ROMANTICAL BOOKS, PLEASE! So I decided it was time to make a list of the best young adult romance books around. The thing is, I KNOW I haven’t read ALL THE ROMANCE BOOKS. So I’m going to need your help. I’ve added some of my favorites, but I want to hear from you! What is your favorite romance book? Your favorite fictional crush? Let me know so we can make the best guide to YA romance books the internet has ever seen! (Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post.)

contemporary young adult romance novels

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West | It’s by Kasie West. Need I say more? (Okay, fine, I’ll say more.) Xander and Caymen are seriously one of the cutest (non)couples ever and you’ll find yourself cheering them on through the entire book.

The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller | Even if you aren’t a comic book nerd or into live-action role play, as long as there’s a little bit of nerdiness in you, you’ll be interested. I mean, what’s not to love about a nerdy boy?

Will The Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? by Ella Martin | Swoons abound in this super cute romance that’s inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Bianca has an awesome team of friends and family supporting her as she realizes that her Prince Charming isn’t quite that.

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison | In one of my favorite books of all time, Anikka will go far to fulfill her little brother’s wish before his cancer surgery. His wish? To meet Teen Robin Hood. Now Anikka must steal a famous actor to make her brother’s wish come true.

Timeless young adult romance novels

Once Upon a Marigold (Upon a Marigold #1) by Jean Ferris | A commoner. A cursed princess. Can love succeed? (Includes humor, dwarves, and messages by carrier pigeon.)

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine | In this loose retelling of Cinderella, Ella is cursed with the “gift” of obedience, and must go to far lengths to break the curse. And of course she meets a handsome prince on the way.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman | One of the funniest books you’ll ever read, and a sweet love story to boot. (Added bonus: An intelligent Sicilian, a rhyming giant, and a sword-fighting Spaniard with a vengeance.)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | Every word of this book is beautiful and romantic, and you’ll find yourself wanting Celia and Marco to find their way to each other.

historical young adult romance novels

Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter | A love story set in the time of Pompeii. You’ll wonder how this romance will pan out before the island goes up in smoke.

A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson | A Russian aristocrat flees her country after the Russian Revolution and finds work as a maid for the Westerholme family. Then she finds herself falling for the Earl of Westerholme.

To Catch A Pirate by Jade Parker | When hot pirate James Sterling steals Annalisa’s father’s treasure, she sets out to get revenge. But now, James just might steal her heart.

Ophelia by Lisa Klein | Like Shakespeare? This retelling of Hamlet is told from Ophelia’s point of view.

futuristic and dystopian young adult romance novels

The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass | Thirty-five girls compete for the prince’s heart and princess’s crown. Fiesty America’s love is back home, but maybe Prince Maxon will change her mind.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #1) | In this futuristic retelling of Cinderella, Cinder is a cyborg who manages to catch the prince’s attention. The problems? A deadly plague, a cyborg draft, and an evil moon queen. And Cinder’s in the middle of it all.

Matched by Ally Condie (Matched #1) | Cassia and Xander are meant to be together according to very in-depth research and calculations by the government. But what’s a girl to do when she falls for another guy?

Delirium by Lauren Oliver | Love is a disease. Thankfully, there’s a treatment for it that all citizens receive upon their eighteenth birthday. Lena is seventeen and has sworn to herself to not become infected. One guess as to what happens.

Christian young adult romance novels

There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones | Finley goes to Ireland to follow in her deceased brother’s footsteps. There she meets a movie star who won’t leave her alone.

First Date by Krista McGee |This book is based off the story of Esther, and Addy is in a competition to win a date with the president’s son.

So Not Happening (The Charmed Life #1) by Jenny B. Jones | What’s a New York girl to do when she’s forced to move to… gulp… Oklahoma? Join the school newspaper, sniff out a local mystery, and deal with the annoying (but hot) newspaper editor.
Fancy Pants (Only in Gooding #1) by Cathy Marie Hake | In this historical tale, Sydney is forced to disguise herself as a male and work alongside Tim, who isn’t so happy when he finds out he’s been deceived.

fantasy and supernatural young adult romance novels

Ruby Red (The Ruby Red Trilogy #1) by Kerstin Gier | Time Travel! Gwyneth discovers she has the ability to travel into the past. Unfortunately, the only other time traveler is a (admittedly good-looking) guy who gets on her nerves.

Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods. #1) by Tera Lynn Childs | Phoebe finds out that her mom has been keeping a secret from her—she’s a descendant of a Greek god! Her mother drags her across the world to go to a school for the gods’ descendants, and she meets her very own Adonis.

Beastly by Alex Flinn | When the absolutely-perfect-in-ever-way Kyle is turned into an ugly beast, he must learn to love to break the curse. (Does this sound familiar to any fairy tale fans?)

Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1) by Anna Banks | If you’re a fan of mermaids and/or sirens, you can’t miss this book! Make sure you have book two nearby, because it ends in a cliff hanger!


What romance books do we need to add to our list? What’s your favorite romance book?


Cover Collections: Blue

So because I love book covers and color and design, and how all that relates to the story, I had this thought… what if I collected books that had similar features on the cover then compare the stories, what would I find?

So here is my first collection.  Blue.  Now of these I’ve only read The Selection, the synopsis are gleaned from Goodreads.  The titles link to that book’s page.

Comment and let me know what you think of the collection and what you want to see next!


The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski – Paranormal Romance –  Darcy doesn’t remember, her childhood is blank space.  Darcy doesn’t belong, at least on this side of reality.  Darcy belongs to the other reality where the past didn’t happen and humanity is haunted by the shadows. The appearance of a strange boy that challenges everything she thought she could trust; him, herself, not even the world she’s walking in.

Drift by M.K. Hutchins  – Fantasy  –  Tenjat lives on an island atop the back a massive Turtle in Hell, an ocean filled with ravenous monsters. To avoid the shame of marriage Tenjat joins the defenders of the island, just as a battle with the sea monsters becomes immanent. What he doesn’t see coming is his chance of love and his sisters secrets. 
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner– Sci-Fi – It was travel as usual until a space crash strands the most important daughter in the universe with the skeptical son of nothing on the nearest planet.  Against time and odd they face their situation as equals, with only each other for help and comfort.  Of course secrets unearth and … well I suppose I’ll have to read the book 🙂

TBS is the first in a science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke – Historical Adventure – Pirates! Floating islands! Magic! Runaway nobility!  Need I say more? During a bold act of self defense, Ananna accidentally magicly  binds herself to the man sent to assassinate her.  To break the spell she must complete three immpossible tasks.  Obviously pirate love ensues… A stolen heart is precious booty.

TAC is the first in the Assassin’s Creed series.

btw.. this is totes on my TBR!!


The Selection by Keira Kass – Romance – He is born to choose. She is forced to choose.

Love this one!!!  See our review here!!

The Selection is the first is it’s namesake series.


Shelter by Harlan Coben – Mystery Thriller, Series  –   Main Character Mickey Bolitar does not have it good.  With his mother in rehab and his father dead, and living with an estranged uncle, meeting a nice girl is out of the question. Then he does. Then she disappears.  When Mickey dives into the “seedy underworld” of secrets and conspiracy he finds answers to questions he never wanted to ask about people he thought he knew.

Stickman Odyssey: The Wrath of Zozimos by Christopher Ford – Epic Adventure, graphic novel- In the previous installment our tragic hero battled cyclops and golems, and suffered enslavement, and  now he must face the wrath of the sea, along with the mighty centaurs and giant bear god…  “It would all be an epic tragedy if it wasn’t so funny.”   #TBR

This is the second of a duo.



Note: several books from the original collection were removed for content reasons.

So, commonalities…. well love… it’s hard to find a book these day that doesn’t have it.  Alternate worlds are also featured.  I guess there is something a bit mysterious about blue. Speaking of, mystery and facing the unknown comes into play in all of these stories.  Blue is usually figured to be a calm color but all of these books seem to be quite the opposite.

Well that’s my first comparative collection!  Wadda ya think?

hmmm maybe I’ll do books with stars on the covers… or faces… or dogs…


Top Ten Sequels I Want to Read

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today I’m talking about sequels I can’t wait to read. So let’s get started! (Click the title to go to the book on Goodreads.)The Heir by Kiera Cass  Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up by Ella Martin  Killer Instinct by jennifer Lynn Barnes1) The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass | It’s safe to say we’re a bit obsessed with this series, so of course we were excited to hear there will be two more books! Although now this means we have to meet Kiera again to get our new books signed… (Read our reviews of The Selection and The One.)

2) I Love Him, I Love Him Not (Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? #2) by Ella Martin | We LOVED the first book so much that we hosted a spirit week for its release! Can’t wait to get my hands on the next one because I need more Tim. (Also, this is the cover for book #1 since the cover for book #2 hasn’t been released yet.)

3) Killer Instinct (The Naturals #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | This was released just a few weeks ago. Why haven’t I bought it already? I don’t know. The Naturals was suspenseful and had an awesome cast of characters. I’m sure the second book will be just as fabulous!

Double Digit by Annabell Monaghan, The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa, I'm So Sure by Jenny B. Jones4) Double Digit (Digit #2) by Annabel Monaghan | A Girl Named Digit was the first book I reviewed when we started this blog. Julianne recently had the pleasure of meeting Annabel, who gave her a signed copy of Double Digit! I’m currently borrowing it, and it’s next on my to-read list!

5) The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2) by Julie Kagawa | I read the first book in this Iron Fey spin-off series, but, according to lots of rant-y reviews on Goodreads, book two ends in a BIG cliff-hanger. I’m waiting until the entire series has been released so I can just binge them all at once like I did The Iron Fey.

6) I’m So Sure (The Charmed Life #2) by Jenny B. Jones | It’s been a while since I read the first book, So Not Happening, but it was adorable. I’m thinking a reread is in order soon so I can read I’m So Sure!

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger, False Sight by Dan Krokos, The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan7) Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger | The first book in this series Etiquette & Espionagewas an absolute delight. Julianne and I both enjoyed it!

8) False Sight (False Memory #2) by Dan Krokos | False Memory is full of plot twists and surprises, so I have high hopes for False Sight. Plus, there are things that I hope are revealed in this sequel! (Again, both Julianne and I reviewed this book.)

9) The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan | Yes, yes, I know. I must finish this series, especially since I enjoyed the first one so much. There are just so many books on my to-read list that I haven’t gotten back around to Percy Jackson yet!

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles 3.5) by Marissa Meyer10) Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles 3.5) by Marissa Meyer | If you don’t know this already, let’s just get it on the table: The Girls in Plaid Skirts are OBSESSED with The Lunar Chronicles and all things Marissa Meyer in general. (No surprise, since we’ve met her and she loves us.) Although I’m disappointed that Winter‘s release was pushed back AN ENTIRE YEAR for Fairest, I’m super excited to learn more about Levana! (We’ve reviewed all three books in the series: Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress! If you want MORE TLC stuff—like our dream cast, TLC-inspired recipes, and fan art—check out our Cress Celebration.)


What sequels do you want to get your hands on? Are there any series you recommend we check out?

Review: Etiquette & Espionage

Author: Gail Carriger

Age: Young Adult

Genre: Steampunk

Click here to read summary from Goodreads.

This book is part of the Finishing School series.

dotsWhen I picked up this book I was giving in to two weaknesses: spy stories and pretty covers. I had heard the title before but wasn’t familiar with the story.  It took me two or three chapers to figure out it’s a steampunk book!  I’m not really a stempunk fan, not that I don’t like it, it just isn’t my thing.  (Althought I’m all for getting into “costume”) Because of this, I had a little trouble building the world in my head.  Trying to place robotic servents, blimps, and warewolves in a time of hoop skirts and horse-drawn carriages was a little difficult.

One thing I did pick up on within the first sentences was the spunk of the main character and her nack for getting into adventure/trouble.  The opening chapter starts in a dumbwaiter and involves flying desserts and assault with a pillow.  This set the bar pretty high for the rest of the book, and I was not disappointed.  Each chapter brought its own share of action, delightful character development, new characters, and suspicious activity.

The language of the book felt rather advanced, not only the esoteric terms but also wonderful, but brushed the dust off some rarely used, “regular English” words. (Like “esoteric”) A dictionary might come in handy on occasion.

The story didn’t develop very fast, but I was ok with that knowing that the sequel is out and available.  Kind of like reading the first third of a very large book. 🙂   However, even if it weren’t due out for another year it would be ok, the ending wasn’t particularly cliffhanger.  The story is obviously unfinished and I am looking forward to reading the next one, but I’m ok with putting other books in front of it.

I feel like this review isn’t much of a review and doesn’t do the book justice but it was good I promise!  I don’t want to give too much away! 🙂

Also, I just started Scott Westerfield’s Leviathan series, also steampunk-y and very full of adventure!


note: I knew that JB had read this book and loved it but I didn’t realize that she had reviewed it too!  So be sure to check hers out!!


Content Advisory:
All clean!! 


The Parasol Protectorate series

Review: Emerald Green

Review of Emerald Green by Kerstin GierAuthor: Kerstin Gier

Age: Young Adult

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Time Travel

Click here for the synopsis from Goodreads.


The third book in The Ruby Red Trilogy is a fantastic conclusion to an enjoyable series. Emerald Green is definitely my favorite out of the three books as exciting adventures abound and questions are finally answered.

We start out with Gwenyth sulking from being dumped by Gideon. I’ll just let her explain things: “I wouldn’t be the first to die of a broken heart, after all—I’d be in good company. There was The Little Mermaid, Juliet, Pocahontas, the Lady of the Camelias, Madame Butterfly—and now me, Gwenyth Shepherd.” She sulks. She still likes him. (You can read my review of Sapphire Blue in which I can’t understand her feelings for him, but to each her own.) So the romance (or lack thereof) is something that plays an important part in the third installment of this series.

There was a small thing that happened in the beginning of the book that was a BIG clue in something that happened later on. (Sorry I’m being vague, but spoilers.) I was disappointed, because I wanted there to be surprises at the end.

There were.

There was an event towards the middle of the book (again, sorry for being vague, but I don’t want to spoil) that made me go whoa. Didn’t see that one coming. It totally changed everything about what I thought I knew and led up to an incredible finale that surprised me. My only complaint was that the big finale was very quick for such a long book/series.

Okay, that’s not my only complaint, but I already went on a mini-rant about the L-word here.

It was also entertaining to see how things can get all wonky when time travelers run into themselves in the past. I won’t say anymore (goodness, I just want to spoil all the things), but… it happens. And it is amusing.

Ultimately, I found this to be a very satisfying conclusion for an enjoyable series.

Content Advisory:
Language: 5
Uses of h, d, and s throughout book.
Sexual: 3
(Kissing; some innuendoes/suggestive comments; a boy helps a girl button a lot of buttons on her dress–no suggestive comments are made; a boy goes for the button of a girl’s shirt, and the phone happens to ring at that moment)
Violence: 4
Someone gets stabbed; someone cuts their wrist (not in a suicidal or cutting way, but in order to fulfill something that requires blood)

>>>If you like The Ruby Red Trilogy (or books about time travel in general), I’d recommend Timeless by Alexandra Monir and An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle.

Review: Curiosity


Author: Gary Blackwood

Age: Young Adult

Genre: Historical Semi-Fiction

Click here to read summary from Goodreads.


A compelling story with mystery, secrets, a chess playing Turk, disappearing people, sneaky rivals, and unfortunate romance.  Curiosity is told in first-person retrospect, setting 1862, when the main character is a “scrawny, socially inept twelve year old”.

The tale follows a young boy whose father has been taken away to the “debtors prison”, leaving Rufus a social orphan, as his mother had died when he was very small.  Of course Rufus was no ordinary boy.  While his body was twisted by a spinal deformity, his mind was incredibly sharp, and he was nothing short of a chess genius, winning over masters with ease.  This garners the attention of one Maelzel, a rather shady showman, who runs a collection of collection of diaramas and the famous chess-playing automoton called The Turk. Folks would come for miles around to watch this unbelieveable machine play, and beat, great chess players for miles around, never realizing that it was controlled from inside my a human.  Of course the great maladies of life follow, stringing the story with the lights of the show, and the dark secrets of the night creeping in at the corners.

The book opens with a disclaimer forwarning about things that are contained in the story.  Warning to tales of strife, hardship, betrayal, and brokenness.  While those things are a large part of the story, and the characters, there are also bright spots, silver lining and all.  There are several themes in the storyline, converging and colliding as the characters develop and grow and change, and learn to face their past and change their future.  Our main character as well as a very colorful suppporting character go through a painful, but literally and figurativly, process of identity and trust, and learn to accept vunerabilities.   There are also apperances by som well knows figures of history, but you’ll just have to read it!

A great thing about this story is that it is based on actual people and events.  I don’t want to give away much, but look up the history when you read the book.


Content Advisory:
Language: 3

Quite a bit in the first few chapters, but only a few in the rest of the book.

Sexual: .5
A little like/love, but nothing sexual.
Other: .5
Some alcohol but nothing outrageous

To read more about automotons read The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
then look up the real people that inspired the story



Shakespeare Stealer, series

The Year of the Hangman

Second Sight (historical fiction, President Lincoln)



Swap from the Swamp: Mysteries!

Hey everyone!

This is Xander from ForeverBookish here with our monthly Swap From the Swamp! If you don’t already know, SFTS happens every first monday of the month and The Girls in Plaid Skirts and I choose a topic and post on each other’s blog. This month’s topic is…Mysteries!!!

I like mysteries, but the problem is I haven’t READ many. Today, though, I will be highlighting 3 mysteries that I LOVED reading back in 1st grade. So, here they are!

1. The Happy Hollisters by Jerry West


HH collection 613

Ok, that’s not my collection. Mine looks more like this:


I used to LOVE Happy Hollisters. I read them all the time, and couldn’t get enough of them. They are written for young readers around 2nd grade, and have simple and fascinating plots. My mom bought me all that she found at the library sales—she used to read them too when she was young. Oh! And they are back in print! Yay! 🙂

2. The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope


My collection:


I loved these as well. As much as The Happy Hollisters. They were SO awesome back then when I read them! Twins solving mysteries? How did they always figure the mystery out?!?! I literally used to go around saying “crickets!” because that’s what the Bobbsey Twins said! 😛

3. Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol


Not sure where mine are :-/

I loved these a bunch as well. They are basically, like, 20 short mysteries in one 200 page book that each have solutions that you try to guess. (The answers are at the back of the book 🙂 I was SO bad at guessing the answers, I think I might’ve gotten one remotely correct. These were lots of fun, and they also had a semi-plot in them, kind of a storyline if I remember correctly which I liked.


I want to read more mysteries, so I’ll see what I can fit in 🙂

Have you read any of these? Which mysteries are YOUR childhood favorites?

Let us know in the comments!


Don’t forget to check out Xander’s blog to find out our favorite mysteries!

Xander | Forever Bookish | My Bookworm Blog

Top Ten Books I Want to Reread

If I didn’t look so much like my mom, I would seriously wonder if I’m her actual daughter. We’re opposites in almost every way, and always have been. I was pretty young when my mom realized how often I reread books, and to this day she doesn’t understand it.

I LOVE to reread books. I love going back to visit my favorite characters and worlds. I’m currently rereading The Night Circus, and I think I need to reread a Gallagher Girl or two or six before the year ends. Here are the top ten books I want to (and will, at some point) reread.

Note #1: I won’t be including any Ally Carter or Kasie West books on here because I ALWAYS want to reread their books. All of their books.

Note #2: Click the book title to go to its Goodreads page!
Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Farris, Eve by Anna Carey, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins | Books to reread1) Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris | Ahhh. Such a cute, adorable book. It’s a cheesy, predictable romance that just makes your insides happy. It’s also a clean read, and appropriate for younger audiences. (I would classify it as young-YA, if not middle grade.) I just looked it up on Goodreads and found out it’s a trilogy! What?! Now I need to reread it and get the other two! (I also really need to get a copy of my own…)

2) Eve by Anna Carey |  I wish I had reviewed this trilogy. I’m honestly getting a bit sick of all the dystopian trilogies, but I truly enjoyed this one, except for the ending (and not for the reason most people weren’t too pleased with it). Despite the last 3 pages of the last book not being how I wanted them to be, I highly recommend this trilogy.

3) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins |  I think I am the only person in the world who hates this book. I mean it. I only gave it one star. It was so disappointing because I even bought the book (instead of borrowing it from the library) since it had such good ratings, thinking “Oh! I’ll like this one!” Nope. I only want to reread it to see if I can even make it through a second time and, if so, to see if I like it more now than I used to. (I will admit, the new cover is so much prettier than the first one!)

fancy pants by cathy Marie Hake, just one wish by Janette Rallison, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli | young adult books to reread4) Fancy Pants by Cathy Marie Hake | I don’t know why I read this book—I’m not usually a fan of historical fiction. But I ended up loving this cute book. It’s a clean read!

5) Just One Wish by Janette Rallison | You cannot possibly understand how much I adore this book. I’ve read it several times and it’s adorable and sweet every time. The end makes me cry. Plus, if I remember correctly, it’s a clean read! (I need to reread it and review it!)

6) Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli | Stargirl is one of those books that teaches the importance of being yourself. I remember loving how different and unique Stargirl was, and wishing I could be as daring and adventurous as she was.

a long long sleep by anna sheehan, to catch a pirate by jade parker, bras and broomsticks by sarah mlynowski | Young adult books to reread7) A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan | If you’re into futuristic retellings of classic fairytales (I’m looking at you, Lunartics), this is one you don’t want to miss. This retelling of Sleeping Beauty managed to drop my jaw several times. After a long, long wait, the sequel (No Life But This) is supposed to release in December!

8) To Catch a Pirate by Jade Parker | How about a first sentence? “Annalisa Townsend didn’t know which terrified her more: the razor-sharp edge of the dagger pressed against her throat or the ruthless glare of the pirate who’d shoved her against the wall with the harsh words, “Hold your tongue or I’ll remove it.” Also, the pirate is hot, so yeah. I’m all for hot pirates.

9) Magic in Manhattan Series by Sarah Mlynowski | This might be cheating, since there are four books in the series. I used to have them all, but I’m not sure if they’re packed in a box in the attic at my grandma’s or if I got rid of them. I certainly hope it’s the former and not the latter! These books are adorable. I first read them in high school and would love to read them again now! I remember loving the relationship between Rachel and her mom and sister. (The first book in this series is Bras and Broomsticks, if you want to check it out.)

dear killer10) Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell | I just can’t get over this book. I only read it a few months ago and was shocked to like it as much as I did. I enjoyed the story, the writing style, the characters. I’m trying to write a review on it, but the books I like the most are the hardest to review.


Do you like to reread books? What books do you want to reread?

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.