Top Ten Love Stories in Fantasy/Sci-Fi Series

Hey everybody! We’ve spent so much time lately taking a look at contemporary romances, but I definitely think it’s worth acknowledging and looking at stories that aren’t conventional love stories with still incredibly believable and addicting characters and plots and love stories.

I think you’ll be able to figure out a few of these already, but they’re worth mentioning again and again.

Top Ten Love Stories in Fantasy/Sci-Fi Series

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas (YA Fantasy)

Let’s not pretend we didn’t know this wasn’t going to be on the list.

2. A Curse So Dark and Lonely, the Cursebreakers series by Brigid Kemmerer (YA Fantasy)

Kind of hard to pretend a Beauty and the Beast retelling wasn’t going to make the list. But I truly do adore this story and how everything unfolds. It’s got all the hallmarks of a great fantasy while introducing us to wonderful characters, including a heroine with cerebral palsy who is so strong and fierce. I love her.

3. The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson (YA Fantasy)

I talk about this one a lot too, but this one leave me breathless. It’s not just a story of finding love with another person–it’s also about learning to love yourself. And that’s even more important than any other love story.

4. Some Girls Bite, the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill (Urban Fantasy)

This is my one and only nod on this list to a non-YA series. I know it’s old and vampires are so 2012, but this series just grabs me every. single. time. Merit is turned into a vampire against her will (to save her life) and she’s forced to join the Cadogan house of vampires in Chicago. Lots of paranormal hijinks, but also a love story that will make you swoon. It is…it is something else, let me tell you.

5. Splintered series by A.G. Howard (YA Fantasy)

This retelling of Alice in Wonderland definitely gets marks for being high fantasy. It comes at you fast and very confusingly. But there’s a well written love triangle (something I normally try to avoid anymore) that really shows just how people can appeal to different sides of your personality.

6. Passenger series by Alexandra Bracken (YA Sci-Fi/Historical Fiction)

This time travel story is, admittedly, a little lacking in the sci-fi department if you’re looking for all the science jargon. In fact, maybe don’t look too closely at the mechanics of how the time travel works. But if you want a cool time travel story, this definitely has the adventure and a cute love story to boot.

7. The Taking series by Kimberly Derting (YA Sci-Fi)

I think it’s been a little while since I’ve talked about this series. Kyra disappeared five years ago without a trace, only to suddenly reappear–and not a day older than when she left. Everything she left behind has changed, from her parents getting a divorce to her boyfriend moving on. This story ventures into the land of aliens, which I normally find really annoying, but this series pulls it off, in part because of Kyra’s budding relationship with her ex-boyfriend’s kid brother…who is now the same age she is.

8. Under the Never Sky series by Veronica Rossi (YA Sci-Fi)

This is pretty typical of YA sci-fi at the time this came out (2012), in that we’ve got these domed cities that are save, brilliant meccas of technology and discovery–and being exiled from them is a death sentence. Aria has been cast out, only to fall in with an Outsider known as Perry, who is her only chance at survival. I really liked how the two worlds were presented and how Aria and Perry grew as characters as they got to know and understand each other.

9. Delirium series by Lauren Oliver (YA Sci-Fi)

I know this is an oldie, but I’m watching my students rediscover a lot of books I was reading back in the day and I think this one is worth mentioning. This is a society that has found a way to classify love as a dangerous disease and Cure people of it when they turn 18. Obviously, the plot very much focuses around forbidden love, but the society that comes out of a complete and utter lack of love of any form (familial ties, friendship, passions, etc.) means you’re in a complete nightmare scenario.

10. Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay (YA Sci-Fi)

Ok, fine, so this one isn’t a series, but I still think it’s definitely worth mentioning…and only in part because it’s another Beauty and the Beast retelling. Like Under the Never Sky, this is another domed city story. In this one, though, our heroine is a blind princess and our hero is a half-animal creature who lives outside the dome. It’s a wonderfully twisted, sometimes dark read that is just incredible at building not only the two words, but the perspectives of our two characters. Do you understand the challenges involved with creating a blind heroine, who can’t describe the world around her in sights? It’s amazing and fascinating how Jay pulls it off.

3 thoughts on “Top Ten Love Stories in Fantasy/Sci-Fi Series

  1. Great list!
    I totally agree with you. This list without A Court of Thorns and Roses would be no list at all. A lot of these are on my tbr as well 🙂

    • AH, it’s SO GOOD. There are some great twists that come up in the later books! I also fell off the wagon for a while. I kept rereading the first 3-4 books multiple times and never getting farther. I got on a roll once and just read all of them. It was definitely worth it for me.

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