12 New Adult Novels With A Fantastical Twist
Although New Adult fiction is often considered a subgenre of romance, it has plenty of examples of crossover with things like fantasy, science fiction, dystopia, and even horror. If you're looking for something with slightly older protagonists than The Hunger Games but want to keep that speculative edge, these books are a great place to start. When you click links from this website, we may receive advertising revenue to support our research. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
New Adult Novels With Fantasy Elements
- Demons Forever by Sara Cannon
- Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
- Every Last Kiss by Courtney Cole
- Tempest by Julie Cross
- Anew by Chelsea Fine
- High Stakes by Erin McCarthy
- Clutch by JA Huss
- Survival by A. M. Hargrove
- Demon at My Door by Michelle A Valentine
- Here by Ella James
- Bane by H.M. Ward
- Crave by Tabatha Vargo & Melissa Andrea
What's Going On With New Adult Fiction?
Some of the most interesting books in history have made lasting impressions for different reasons. One element that enables a literary work to leave a mark on its readers is its surprising story. Here are 12 new adult novels, in no particular order, that have a memorable inclusion of fantasy elements.
#1: "Demons Forever" by Sarra Cannon. The story is about a young woman named Harper, a foster child who is brought to the small town of Peachville. There, she experiences a lot of things, including battling the forces of evil and falling in love. After spending most of her time in the safe confines of her father's castle, she is about to face the biggest challenge of her life. One day, an unexpected visitor arrives on their doorstep, nearly bleeding to death. What the stranger tells Harper will change her future. She needs to choose whether she will remain sheltered inside the castle or to prevent the Priestess Winter from taking the Order's blue ring.
#2: "Personal Demons" by Lisa Desrochers. This novel tells the story of Frannie, a devout Catholic girl who keeps everyone, including her closest friends, at a distance. Things change, however, when a boy named Luc enrolls in her class. The main character finds herself becoming attracted to him. Little does she know that the newcomer works for Hell's Acquisitions Department and his mission is to make Frannie a sinner. But Heaven will not let them win without a fight. They send an angel named Gabe to keep the protagonist away from committing sin and losing her soul to the king of Hell.
They send an angel named Gabe to keep the protagonist away from committing sin and losing her soul to the king of Hell.
#3: "Every Last Kiss" by Courtney Cole. This riveting novel talks about destiny and having the power to change it. The story features Macy Lockhart, a 17-year-old girl who is the keeper of the ancient organization called the Order of the Moirae. She holds fate in her hands, which is basically the destiny of every single person. Everything has gone smoothly for the last two thousand years. Then she finds herself needing to return to a previous life as Charmian, Cleopatra's handmaiden. If the main character decides not to alter the events of her past, she will again witness the death of her soulmate in the battle against the Roman Empire.
#4: "Tempest" by Julie Cross. The story revolves around a college student who has the power to travel through time without changing anything in the present. In 2009, Jackson Mayer and his girlfriend Holly are attacked by a group of strangers. They fatally shoot her. Out of panic, Jackson jumps back to the year 2007 and loses his capacity to return to the present. There, he learns more about his abilities and eventually crosses paths with the same people who shot his lover. Knowing the complexities of his situation, he asks himself how far he is willing to go to save Holly and possibly the whole world.
#5: "Anew" by Chelsea Fine. This mystery novel is about Scarlet, a woman who finds herself waking up alone and afraid in the forest. She cannot recall anything that happened until she meets Gabriel Archer, a boy whose voice sounds very familiar. With Scarlet determined to remember Gabriel's link to her past, she discovers a secret he has been keeping from her. The stranger has a brother - Tristan. She is also drawn to him and finds herself in the middle of a love triangle between the two. While the whirlwind of romance is getting complicated, she knows that she needs to get out of that imaginary world.
This mystery novel is about Scarlet, a woman who finds herself waking up alone and afraid in the forest.
#6: "High Stakes" by Erin McCarthy. Ethan Carrick is a wealthy politician and casino owner who also happens to be a vampire. With the election year for vampires drawing near, Ethan understands that he needs a First Lady to help him sway the votes. He goes hunting for his perfect partner. He meets Brittany Baldizzi, a smart, sweet, and pretty woman who fits the bill. Before Ethan gets to pick her, Brittany's sister, Alexis, enters the picture. The latter is more than willing to be a vampire and to sacrifice her mortal self. Readers commend the book for its characters with interesting personalities and fast-paced storytelling.
#7: "Clutch: I Am Just Junco" by J. A. Huss. This book is about self-discovery and survival in the middle of impending threats. The story is set in the year 2152 on Earth. The avian race is on the hunt for their stolen genetics, which were found in a backward farming country called the Rural Republic. In the spotlight is 19-year-old Junco Coot, daughter of the Republic's commander. She is the country's best sniper and one of its most foul-mouthed residents as well.
Things drastically change when her father dies, leading her to take adventures to places she's never been. Meanwhile, Tier, an elite avian officer, is bent on killing her and ending the Republic's illegal bioengineering projects. As things converge, Junco must come to terms with her past and her role in the future, to save the community that her father has loved all his life.
Meanwhile, Tier, an elite avian officer, is bent on killing her and ending the Republic's illegal bioengineering projects.
#8: "Survival" by A. M. Hargrove. This paranormal romance tells the story of Maddie Pierce, a 19-year-old girl who is on a backpacking trip in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. While there, she is thrown into a vortex where she keeps on spiraling aimlessly. She finds herself in the hands of a mad psychopath, and barely escapes with her life. She is rescued by a stranger who takes her to his mysterious community. Everything in his place looks unreal. It is for Maddie to find out if her savior will take her back to the real world or on to a new future.
#9: "Demon at My Door" by Michelle A. Valentine. This supernatural thriller is about Natalie, a gothic outcast who bargained her soul to a demon 16 years ago to save the life of her dying mother. Now that she's about to turn 21, the devil returns to collect her soul. With the lifelines on Natalie's palms slowly disappearing, she must act fast to kill the devil. Her journey leads her to a creepy fortune teller who provides her with the knowledge she needs to alter her future. However, before the palm reading ends, the oracle runs away. This makes Natalie miss an important warning that could save her life.
#10: "Here" by Ella James. The novel is about Milo Mitchell, a young woman who is facing different challenges in the wake of seeing her family torn apart. One day, she accidentally shoots a man dressed in a Brioni tux with a handkerchief to boot. The man doesn't seem to remember anything, even his own identity. Milo, in turn, feels guilty that her dart may have caused him amnesia. She takes him in and names him Nick. Things become weirder when they see Nick's face in a newspaper's obituary. The latter begins to have lucid memories of Milo, who's certain that she has never seen him before.
The man doesn't seem to remember anything, even his own identity.
#11: "Bane: Vampire Apocalypse" by H.M. Ward. This is the first book in the Bane trilogy. The world is no longer what it used to be. The ice caps have already melted, cities are submerged, and many people have died because of floods. Before humankind is totally eradicated, vampires hunt for the few remaining humans. They put their captives on a farm where humans breed and become their source for nourishment. As their prisoners turn anemic, the blood suckers are forced to hunt down the few who are out in the wild.
#12: "Crave" by Tabatha Vargo and Melissa Andrea. At the center of the novel is Harley, a young woman who is one of the last human beings on earth after vampires have preyed on almost everyone. As she tries her best to survive, a 156-year-old vampire named James finds her. He takes Harley home and prepares her for the breeding process. The two, however, build an unexpected connection that will lead to a precarious attraction. The book is hailed for getting readers on the edge of their seats while feeling sad for the protagonists at the same time.