YA Books For When You Want To Feel Like You’re A Part of a Fairy Tale


With cottagecore becoming a hit right now over social media, it’s no surprise that people want to fall into a fairy tale. These YA fairy tale-like books bring you across time and space – from the celestial realms to 19th century Germany. Enjoy one of these six fantasy books that will sweep you off your feet.

Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao

Elva has a secret: she has visions and strange powers she is desperate to hide. Her city is not kind to those who are witches and the terrible things people say of the Witch of the North Woods. But when Elva experiences a terrible vision, she is determined to keep it from happening. She discovers a magical mirror and learns more about her growing magic. But the lines between hero and villain are not so clear cut, and Elva must right past wrongs before it’s too late. 

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

The night sky holds many secrets including why Sheetal’s hair is the color of starlight and some stars call her by name. One star like her mother, who returned to her place in the constellation Pushya years ago. But as her birthday draws near, so does Sheetal’s pull to the sky. When she accidentally loses control of a starflare which burns her human father, she has no choice but to answer the starsong and ascend into the sky to save him. But her celestial family has called for her to compete as their human champion in a competition that determines the next ruling house of heavens. She agrees but now must learn the stars’ dark history and fight against those determined to shut the gates between realms.

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

It has been three years since Sia’s mom disappeared, ICE raids, and phone calls from Mexico. Sia wants to move on, but it’s hard to when her tiny Arizona town refers to her mom’s deportation as “an unfortunate incident.” Sie knows that her mother must be dead, but when a blue-lit spacecraft crashes into her car – and is carrying her mom – Sia races against armed-quite-possibly-alien soldiers to save her. 

Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale

There’s nothing worse than peaking in high school, and nobody knows that more than Josie Pie. She once dropped out of high school to become a star, but now her Broadway dream is dead. Desperate to escape, Josie turns to reading. But when she starts reading, she falls inside it and within each YA book she becomes a different character. It’s alarming and amazing, but the longer she stays in a book, the harder it is to leave. 

Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

In the kingdom of Aloriya, there is no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting ever since the first king who made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest surrounding the kingdom. But as the kingdom prospered, the forest did not. When Cerys was young, she lost her friends and mother to the woods, and now she carries some of that cursed magic in her blood. When a new queen is crowned, things long hidden from the woods descend upon the kingdom. It’s up to Cerys to find the Lady of the Wilds and beg her to save her home. 

Lobizona by Romina Garber 

Manu is an undocumented imigrant who is on the run from her father’s Argentianian crime family and living a small life in Miami. But when her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE, Manu is determined to investigate a mysterious “Z” emblem. She is led to a secret world connected to Argentinian folklore and her dead father of brujas and lobizóns. But she also discovers it’s not only her US residency that’s illegal, it’s her entire existence. 

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