9 YA Fantasy Series with a Twist of Romance

Both fantasy books and romance novels are wonderful on their own. But when you mix them together, the fantasy elements heighten the stakes of the romantic relationship and the romance elements provide relatable emotions that help readers connect with characters who are dealing with magical problems. These nine great YA series combine the two genres brilliantly, resulting in the best of both worlds. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

9 YA Fantasy Series with a Twist of Romance

Series Author(s) First Books in the Series
1. Burning Glass Kathryn Purdie Burning Glass Crystal Blade Frozen Reign
2. Mortal Enchantment Stacey O'Neale The Shadow Prince Mortal Enchantment Fragile Reign
3. Darkest Drae Raye Wagner & Kelly St. Clare Blood Oath Shadow Wings Black Crown
4. Angel Knights Mary Ting The Chosen Knights The Blessed Knights The Sacred Knights
5. Doon Lorie Langdon & Carey Corp Doon Destined for Doon Shades of Doon
6. Heart of the Ocean Lorraine M.L.M. SeQuence SeQuence Aligned SeQuence Entangled
7. Final Life Rose Garcia Final Life Final Stand Final Death
8. Bleeding Heart Nadège Richards Burning Bridges Deceiving Destiny Fleeting Fires
9. Daughters of Saraqael Raine Thomas Becoming Central Foretold

Fun Activities For Fantasy Fans

10 Great Fantasy Romance Films

  1. Death Takes a Holiday (1934)
  2. Graveyard Shift (1987)
  3. To Die For (1988)
  4. Ghost (1990)
  5. Practical Magic (1998)
  6. Tuck Everlasting (2002)
  7. Warm Bodies (2013)
  8. Beautiful Creatures (2013)
  9. Vampire Academy (2014)
  10. I Am Dragon (2015)

Why Fantasy Matters

In Depth

Mixing magic, mythical creatures, and romance together results in novels that are both exciting and full of passion. When these stories are presented as series, the adventure can continue, keeping you enthralled for book after book. In no particular order, here are nine enchanting fantasy series that will keep you delighted from start to finish.

#1. "Burning Glass" by Kathryn Purdie. The first book introduces Sonya, who was born with the ability to feel what everyone around her feels, both emotionally and physically. After the queen is murdered, she is sent to the palace and forced to serve the new ruler. She is tasked with sensing the intentions of potential killers, but her power remains untamed and reckless.

As she struggles to cope with her abilities, she seeks protection from the unpredictable Emperor Valko and his unwavering brother, Anton. When the two brothers are pitted against each other, Sonya must choose which one to trust and which to deceive.

When the two brothers are pitted against each other, Sonya must choose which one to trust and which to deceive.

#2. "Mortal Enchantment" by Stacey O' Neale. In the first installment, "The Shadow Prince", sixteen-year-old Rowan spends his days learning to control the element of fire. He can't believe it when his ruthless mother, Queen Prisma, steps down from her throne and insists that he, Rowan, is now king.

But before he can be crowned, his mother insists that he needs to prove his allegiance to the Fire Elementals by killing Kalin, the daughter of the Air Court king.

#3. "Darkest Drae" by Raye Wagner and Kelly St. Clare. Ryn, a barmaid in an oppressed kingdom, is captured by the evil king. Prior to her arrest, she had been entangled in a rebellion to overthrow the monarch and, with any luck, help restore the land. However, she is seized and imprisoned by the king's drae Lord Irrik, capable of shifting between human and dragon form. Their interactions and the truths they uncover indicate that they have bigger roles to play together than they had ever imagined.

Ryn, a barmaid in an oppressed kingdom, is captured by the evil king.

#4. "Angel Knights" by Mary Ting. An exciting paranormal series with a twist of romance, drama, and history, it follows a group of demon hunters who leave their home, the Crossroads, to look for teenagers who have disappeared in Hawaii. Disguised as students, they discover the mystery that connects the missing teens with the Knights Templar.

These half-humans, half-angels realize they need to look for a book that contains all the codes and secrets to finding a forbidden treasure before the lord of demons, Cyrus, gets a hold of it. The group will have to travel to the past and work together with other supernatural creatures.

#5. "Doon" by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. This captivating tale begins when Veronica decides to spend her summer in Scotland with her best friend, Mackenna. They discover plenty of secrets, including a peculiar set of rings and Mackenna's late Aunt Gracie's journal. The mysterious book transports them to Doon, a magical land where they meet a pair of handsome princes and must prepare to fight off an evil witch.

The mysterious book transports them to Doon, a magical land where they meet a pair of handsome princes and must prepare to fight off an evil witch.

#6. "The Heart of the Ocean" by Lorraine M.L.M.. Alessia Appleton is an endearing girl who suffers from an odd condition. She hears voices in her head, and the only thing that keeps them quiet is water. While she's escaping the noise, Alessia is dragged under the sea by a giant wave and comes across an unbelievable oceanic world. There she meets a charming young man, Dante, and learns that her arrival has set off the Foretold Sequence of Hearts, which will change the undersea society's future forever.

#7. "Final Life" by Rose Garcia. High school student Dominique is furious at her parents for forcing her to move across the country during senior year. When she plays a psychic card game with her new neighbor, she begins experiencing bizarre visions and learns that the fate of the world rests on her shoulders. As Dominique prepares a survival plan to keep herself alive, she also has to deal with the realities of a normal teenage life, such as discovering young love.

#8. "Bleeding Heart" by Nadege Richards, a dystopian tale that follows seventeen-year-old Echo Abbeny and her life as heiress to the throne. Her kingdom is divided into the Hunters and the Warriors, and her father, the king, forces all prisoners to fight until death inside an arena. As a Warrior, she usually falls in line with the other brave fighters, until she finds herself developing feelings for Ayden, a Hunter who comes from a poor family.

As a Warrior, she usually falls in line with the other brave fighters, until she finds herself developing feelings for Ayden, a Hunter who comes from a poor family.

#9. "Daughters of Saraqael" by Raine Thomas. This character-driven fantasy romance tells the story of foster teen Amber, who lives with her guardian and fellow foster, Gabriel. Every three years, she experiences a surge of strong power. As she approaches her eighteenth birthday, she feels an even greater energy building up.

Aside from learning how Gabriel really feels about her, Amber also finds out that she's not totally human, explaining why her last five foster placements didn't work well. Now she must transition to a whole new plane of existence, and risk losing the most meaningful relationship she's ever had.