Top Ten Tuesday: Romances in Young Adult Literature

Posted February 9, 2016 by Kara in Kara, Maryam, Top Ten Tuesday / 6 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

This week’s topic: top ten historical or futuristic settings.

This week is a Valentine’s Day themed freebie, and Maryam and I have decided to list our favorite romances in young adult! The books don’t have to be in the romance genre, but the romance must be found in a YA book.


1. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: This was definitely one of my favorite romances in 2015, and practically EVER. Kady and Ezra were such a shippable couple from the start, considering the fact that they actually JUST broke up as soon as the world went to hell. And it was a refreshing moment seeing how they really felt about each other in such dire situation.

2. Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake: This horror book actually got me squealing out loud, even in the midst of all the scary scenes. I mean, Anna and Cas were DEFINITELY the CUTEST scariest couple ever. I mean, I always definitely hate reading about books that include two different worlds, because HOW CAN TWO WORLD COLLIDE? HOW WOULD THEY SURVIVE? It’s like watching Dean Winchester from Supernatural falling for one of the demons. Ruby, maybe? HAHA. But yes, I was rooting for them all the way, though the way this series ended was seriously bittersweet. *sniffsniff*

3. End of Days by Susan Ee: OKAY, this is the final book, but I BASICALLY MEAN THE WHOLE TRILOGY, but I picked this book because I think this is THE book out of all three that showed the romance between Raffe and Penryn as their world collides. And in this haunting ending, we get to see how they actually support each other and have each other’s backs all throughout the chaos. EEEEEK. *squeals like a little girl*

4. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: WAIT, you don’t know who are Theodore Finch and Violet Markey? YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK NOW, because you won’t be able to handle the cuteness that is Finch and Violet. Vinch? Filet? HAH. Okay, I was never good with shipping names. BUT their romance was definitely TRAGIC and bittersweet, and reading that they’re each other’s strengths makes me cry. I am a sucker for romance okay?

5. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: Before you say anything, I know, I know there was BARELY any romance in this book. But that’s the whole point as to why I love this book. Maggie Stiefvater teases us with the POSSIBILITY of romance between Sean and Puck, and I couldn’t handle it. My whole being was like TREASURING every single scene that had them together. SIGH. SIGHHH. MY HEART.

“I say, ‘I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick.’
Now he looks at me. He says, very softly, ‘It’s late for that, Puck.”



1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: I mainly chose this one because of Kaz and Inej, though he other romances are almost just as awesome! Kaz and Inej have a wonderful friendship, and there is angst and they pine for each other, and OMG some of the things Kaz says…they melt my heart! Their relationship is the slow burn kind, which is my favorite kind. The chemistry is intense!

2. Cress by Marissa Meyer: Ummm, Cress and Thorne, anyone? I’m almost depressed this series is over because there are no more Cress and Thorne scenes! No more of Thorne’s wit and his worrying over Cress, off doing something incredibly dangerous. There were not nearly enough Cress and Thorne scenes in the final book, Winter, but what was there was tense and powerful and oh so memorable. I miss them!

3. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard: I read this book 4 years ago. Between then and now, I have read LOTS o books with lots of romances. But there are very few as memorable as Bria and Rowan’s relationship. Falling in love in beautiful, memorable places. Getting to know each other when you are still getting to know yourself. And I love travel so much, and this all just really resonated with me. It’s a GREAT book.

4. Compulsion by Martina Boone: I just really, really enjoy Barrie and Eight’s banter. Martina Boone writes a wonderful romance. Barrie’s trying to figure out how to get by in a new place where she doesn’t really feel welcome or comfortable, and Eight is able to figure out just what Barrie wants/needs due to his gift. Plus it’s Southern, Gothic, and the writing is fabulous.

5. The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne: There wasn’t that much romance in this book. A few people who expected more complained about it, but I believe those people were looking for quantity instead of quality. Because the chemistry between Andy and Kate is FIERCE and hot, and so freaking adorable all at the same time. I mean, this book is swoony, funny, emotional, and I loved it so much!

What are some of your favorite favorite romances in young adult?

6 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Romances in Young Adult Literature

  1. Cress+Thorne are literally THE BEST thing about The Lunar Chronicles. That kiss in Winter was to.die.for.

    Also? I just recently met Sean and Puck but regardless of the amount of romance in their story, I ship them like nobody’s business ♥ Also LOVED Kady and Ezra!! Love your picks ladies^^
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