New YA Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Books to Pick Up and Read

YA Fantasy and Paranormal Romances
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These new fantasy and paranormal romance titles have arrived just in time for spooky season!

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova 

I picked up Incendiary this summer and absolutely fell head-over-heels in love with this new Latinx fantasy. I had never read anything by Zoraida Córdova, but I’d heard amazing things about her books. I fell in love with the book from the first chapter and could not stop reading it. Zoraida Córdova’s writing is so lyrical and beautiful and she created such strong, dimensional characters. The plot was fast paced and interesting and the world that she created was fascinating and magical. This book quickly became one of my favorite fantasy books of 2020 and I cannot wait to see where the series goes. 

SYNOPSIS

I am Renata Convida.

I have lived a hundred stolen lives.

Now I live my own.

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.

But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas 

Cemetery Boys released the first week of September and I cannot wait for everyone to read this incredible Trans and Latinx ownvoices paranormal romance! This was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 and it after I read it soon became one of my favorite reads of 2020. This book is so beautiful, inside and out, and I fell in love with the story and the characters from the very first page. Cemetery Boys has an incredible plot, loveable characters, and a spectacular romance that will captivate the reader. Aiden Thomas’s writing is spectacular, and I cannot wait to see more from him. 

SYNOPSIS

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

The moment I heard about Raybearer on social media I knew I would have to pick it up and read it. It sounded incredible, and I was right in the fact that I was going to love it. This book soon became one of my favorite reads of 2020. From the second chapter, I was in love with the writing, the world, and the characters. I honestly couldn’t get enough of this book. I usually read books pretty fast, but with Raybearer I found myself slowing down my reading and prolonging finishing the book because I wanted the story to last longer. This is one of my new favorite fantasy novels and I really recommend it to everyone.

SYNOPSIS

Nothing is more important than loyalty.

But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?

Crave by Tracy Wolff 

If you love paranormal romance and have missed the days of vampires, werewolves, and hot steamy romances, then I really suggest picking up Crave by Tracy Wolff. Tracy Wolff has helped bring in the new wave of YA paranormal romance with this funny, sexy, fast paced read! I was so excited to read this book when I heard about it, and I was not disappointed. The characters in this book were so relatable and fun, and the romance was spectacular. I laughed so much while reading this book, and it felt like Tracy Wolff took the best of what we all love from past YA paranormal romances and put it into one book. I really recommend this book and I cannot wait for the release of the sequel, Crush on September 29th! 

SYNOPSIS

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait. 

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee

I had heard a lot about Forest of Souls right before the release date and I knew I had to pick it up. It had a beautiful cover and the synopsis sounded fantastic. I was pulled into this story immediately and I found myself not being able to put this book down. It was so fast paced and fun. The characters were so well constructed and well thought out. I fell in love with their personalities and relationships. I loved how this book really emphasized the importance of deep friendship. The world… I think that the world was my favorite part of this book. It was so deep and rich and was so interesting to read about. I really can’t wait to read more by Lori M. Lee! 

SYNOPSIS

Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.

 

Fable by Adrienne Young

I had read a few books by Adrienne Young before that I had really enjoyed so I knew I would be picking up Fable, especially once I read the synopsis and heard so many great reviews about the story. When I got this book, I was super excited and jumped right into reading it. This book was such a fun and interesting read! I thought that the world that Young created was super interesting and I fell in love with all of the characters. I really loved our main character Fable. She is such a strong female lead, and it was so much fun reading the story through her POV. 

SYNOPSIS

As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.

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