You Asked, We Answered: Paranormal Romance

June 19th, 2016 by

On June 16, 2016, Kidsmomo reader Emily asked us for book recommendations based on her interests:

I love teen paranormal romance books but I don’t know what I should read next.

Well, Emily, we’d love to help! A lot of thought, and then furious typing, immediately occurred when we saw your message:


Emily, teen paranormal romance books are very popular these days, but there are so many of them! To avoid a ridiculously long list, we’ve skipped over the most well-known series, like Twilight (for ages 13+). Click on the description links below to see the entirety of the official publisher overview for each book:

[Note: Some of these books are recommended for older readers, so take note of the age ranges listed under the titles.]

Never Ever by Sara SaediNever Ever by Sara Saedi
Ages 12+

Speedy Summary: Peter Pan retelling, flying, romance, family issues.

Wylie Dalton didn’t believe in fairy tales or love at first sight. Then she met a real-life Peter Pan.

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When Wylie encounters Phinn — confident, mature, and devastatingly handsome — at a party the night before her brother goes to juvie, she can’t believe how fast she falls for him. And that’s before he shows her how to fly.

Soon Wylie and her brothers find themselves whisked away to a mysterious tropical island off the coast of New York City where nobody ages beyond 17 and life is a constant party. Wylie’s in heaven: now her brother won’t go to jail and she can escape her over-scheduled life with all its woes and responsibilities — permanently.

But the deeper Wylie falls for Phinn, the more she begins to discover has been kept from her and her brothers. Somebody on the island has been lying to her, but the truth can’t stay hidden forever.



Rebel of the Sands_Alywyn HamiltonRebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Ages 12+

Speedy Summary: Annie Oakley’s Wild West meets evil genies and mythical beasts a la Aladdin.

She’s more gunpowder than girl — and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

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Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.




The Darkest Minds Alexandra BrackenThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Ages 12+

Speedy Summary: One of Nancy’s favorite series! Teenagers with special powers, and the government doesn’t know what to do with them. The romance is light, but really addicting.

When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police.

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Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now 16, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her — East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Fallen_Lauren KateFallen by Lauren Kate
Ages 13+

Speedy Summary: Fallen angels, private school, a little cheesy, and lots of romance.

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

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Seventeen-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross… only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good and evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall… 




Shiver_Maggie StiefvtaerShiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Ages 13+

Speedy Summary: A typical girl meets boy love story, but the boy happens to be a werewolf.

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf — her wolf — is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

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Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human — or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.


Soundless Richelle MeadSoundless by Richelle Mead
Ages 12+

Speedy Summary: A fantasy set in China, deafness, and social class systems to deal with.

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear.

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Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.

One girl hears a call to action…

Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.



ForbiddenWish_BOM.inddThe Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
Ages 12+

Speedy Summary: Another retelling of Aladdin, with a female genie that totally kicks butt (and possibly falls in love with him).

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…

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When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years — a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity — only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: Is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.



And if you decide to take a break from paranormal romance after reading all the awesomely romantic books described above, then check out our answers to other “Ask Kidsmomo” questions!

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