Because we’re rapidly approaching the end of the year, I’m sure you’ve been seeing all kinds of award announcements and book roundups, each list proclaiming that in it you will find the “Best Books of the Year!” Here at RomanceAtRandom, we wanted to tell you about a few great YA titles that may not be on your radar if you are a more traditional romance reader, but that are extremely and intensely romantic reads. So here I am, following the crowd, proclaiming that our list contains the “Best Books of the Year!” (at least as far as romantic YA goes).
| The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue has always been told that when she kisses her one true love, he will die. She is the only member of her clairvoyant family that isn’t gifted, and she’s kept her distance from guys because of the prophecy that has haunted her for her entire life. But on St. Mark’s eve, Blue sees the ghost of a boy for the first time, and her aunt tells her “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.” It all gets a bit more complicated when Blue meets the boy she saw as a ghost, Gansey, and starts to fall for him.
This book is both haunting and beautiful, and if you like dark magic, mystery, and romance, you’ll love it. Best of all, it’s the first book in the series, so there’s even more to look forward to!
| Hallowed, by Cynthia Hand
A follow up to Unearthly, the first novel in this paranormal romance series, Hallowed continues the story of Clara Gardner, a girl who only recently found out that she is an angel. She’s torn between two boys, Tucker, a human who adores her, and Christian, another angel who knows and understands everything she’s going through. As she discovers new abilities and works to fulfill her “purpose”, she’ll have to choose who it is she really is in love with.
This book is perfect for fans of paranormal romance and fantasy.
| The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, by Jennifer E. Smith
This entire story takes place over the course of a single day. Hadley is flying to London to go to her father’s wedding, but on the way she meets Oliver, a British boy she thinks is perfect…and he’s sitting in her row. They part ways after the long flight, but then fate brings them back together again.
If you’re looking for a quick but throughly enjoyable read, this sweet story is perfect.
| Pandemonium, by Lauren Oliver
Another second in the series, Pandemonium is the next book in Oliver’s speculative fiction trilogy Delirium, where love is also known as ‘deliria’, a despised and deeply feared disease. Male and female children are kept apart as much as possible within each city, having separate schooling, work, etc. When teenagers in this futuristic world reach the age of 17, they undergo an operation that removes the part of their brain that would cause them to love. Despite the odds, the main character, Hana, falls in love.
If you like a little bit of action and adventure with your romance, this series is perfect. Make sure you read Delirium first though. It will leave you begging for more, and Pandemonium delivers.
| The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
This is, without a doubt, my favorite book of 2012. The Fault in Our Stars tells the love story of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, two terminally ill teens who meet at a “cancer kid” support group and fall desperately in love. Their star-crossed misadventures are both hilarious and heartbreaking, but ultimately, this book is about the power of love, the importance of family, and deciding to live your life to the fullest despite the inevitably of oblivion.
I highly recommend it.
Have you read any great YA this year? Leave your favorites in the comments below!
I hope you’ll check out a few of these books. I loved them all!